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WCU records Cherokee anthem, helps with language revitalization

What began as a request to translate “The Star-Spangled Banner” into Cherokee evolved instead into a new song, the “United Cherokee Nations Anthem,” which was recorded in a studio for the first time at Western Carolina University. The anthem opens with a translation of “O say can you see,” but then takes its own course into messages of strength and the desire for peace.
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Students mentor Cherokee youth, explore heritage through program

Wayne Robbins, English instructor at Western and SMART program director, is rolling out new activities and rewards to strengthen a different kind of bond – the bond between the tribe's young members and their own heritage. The recent Cherokee Preservation Foundation's decision to continue supporting the program with a more than $50,000 grant to WCU's English department means Robbins will be able to advance those efforts into the 2006-07 school year.
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WCU helping meet need for registered nurse anesthetists

There is a critical need for certified registered nurse anesthetists – advanced care nurses commonly known as CRNAs and who specialize in pain relief – and Western Carolina University's department of nursing is doing something to meet that need, with the help of several Western North Carolina medical care providers.
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500 gather at Western summit to tackle meth problem

Law enforcement officers from across North Carolina joined with state legislators, county and municipal officials, medical and social services professionals, and students and educators at Western Carolina University on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to examine strategies for curbing the rampant problem of methamphetamine.