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November, 2012

Northern Cheyenne Nation visits Akron school
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Ohio:  Northern Cheyenne tribal members recently traveled to Akron to visit Lippman school students. Their visit was part of a cross-cultural exchange that began last year when Lippman students visited the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and were immersed in Northern Cheyenne traditions and culture.

About 30 tribal members met students from Lippman and other  schools at Portage Path Community Learning Center.

Portage Path is located where generations of Indians had portaged their canoes between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas rivers. The students presented a program about the history of Summit County and its highway of rivers used by Erie, Delaware, Wyandot, Ottawa, and Mingo tribes.

I think its important for our students to understand their local history. In terms of education, the history of this building is important to our students, said Akron Superintendent, David James.

Norma Wolfchief Gourneau is from the Northern Cheyenne Agency Bureau of Indian Affairs. She said the partnership between Lippman  and the Northern Cheyenne is due to the efforts of Sam Chestnut, the head of Lippman School. She said she watched Chestnut grow up because his father, Steve Chestnut, was general counsel to the Northern Cheyenne for more than 40 years.

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