Seven Generations of Indigenous Education at Morris


Seven Generations of Indigenous Education at Morris



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Villeneuve presented the Morris campus history as a story told in three acts defined by a set of educational “experiments” on its campus: the “Indian Boarding School” (1887-1909), the West-Central School of Agriculture, (1910-1963), followed by the University of Minnesota Morris (1960 to the present). While these are undoubtedly important chapters in the institutional history of this place, what happens when we center the uncommonly long and enduring presence of Native learners here? This talk reconceptualizes the history (and perhaps even the future) of the place called Morris into seven generations by highlighting the distinctive experience of Indigenous students here over the last 135 years.

Villeneuve earned his PhD in history from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied in the fields of U.S. History since 1865, American Indian history, and environmental history. Currently, he is pursuing research on a number of projects at the intersection of progressive education and federal Indian boarding schools. At UW-Madison, he teaches courses on American Indian history, Native studies, and Indigenous education.

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Indigenous people--Education; University of Minnesota Morris--History


Indigenous Education | Indigenous Studies | Native American Studies | United States History

Seven Generations of Indigenous Education at Morris