Tom Belt and Freeman Owle were two of the lucky ones. As young Native American students in the 1970s, they left their home communities to venture onto college campuses and found safety nets of support to help them make the transition to being successful college students.
A $40,000 grant from the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research will enable Western Carolina University to create a 10-week interdisciplinary summer research program focusing on the preservation of Cherokee heritage and culture in the face of increasing economic and environmental pressures.
A partnership between Western Carolina University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opened the door this summer for two Western students with Native American roots to gain valuable experience working for the federal agency.
Western announces the launch of the official Cherokee Studies program and Web site. Uniquely located amidst rich cultural and academic resources, the interdisciplinary program exists in partnership with the Native American and Cherokee, N.C. community. Western’s Cherokee Center is an integral part of the program, offering services to tribal and non-tribal residents of Cherokee and the surrounding communities since 1975.
Representatives of Western Carolina University and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians got together Wednesday (Feb. 19) to celebrate the establishment of Western’s Sequoyah Distinguished Professorship in Cherokee Studies, and the “quiet genius” of the Cherokee for whom the endowment is named.