Cheyenne Nation visits Akron school
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 it’s 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
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