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Native American Heritage Summit at U of R

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The University of Rochester is hosting a summit designed to educate the community about Native American heritage and culture and how to best support students on campus.

The U of R is already part of a national organization called "College Horizons" that connects with Native American students.

Tuesday’s summit is a continued effort to build better relations with Native American’s and to recruit and retain more students.

Chris Bethmann is a sophomore at the U of R. He's proud of his Native American heritage.
He helped organize the summit that includes members of six Iroquois nations, chiefs and Ganondagan spirit dancers.

"My grandparents were really really involved. So on my dad's side my grandma his mom was a story teller and she married a medicine man from New Mexico and on the other side my grandfather was an Oneida and was an activist who was really involved in the 70's and 80's," said Bethmann.

Native Americans currently make up less than one percent of the student population at the U or R.

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