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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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Students spend summer on Cherokee preservation projects

A group of Western Carolina University students spent much of the summer studying the diversity and preservation of Cherokee lands and heritage, a project that had them getting their hands dirty in an archaeological dig, conducting DNA studies of soil samples and examining microorganisms in elk droppings.
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Cherokee hosts Chancellor’s Regional Roundtable

Students in Laura Pinnix's class at Cherokee High School demonstrated their proficiency in the Cherokee language by responding to the roll call and singing songs in Cherokee during a recent visit by Western Carolina University Chancellor John Bardo.