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Pictured, from left, are Sequoyah High School seniors Diamond Bailey, Sadie Red Eagle and Rebecca Castillo. Red Eagle and Castillo attended the fly-in at Dartmouth while Bailey attended the Colorado-based U.S. Air Force Academy program from October 15-19.

Dartmouth College Hosts Native Students for Fly-In


More than 60 prospective Native American students spent three days at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire from October 12 to 15 as part of the Native American fly-in.

Participants visited classes, learned about the college’s Native American studies program, and attended panel discussions about being a Native student at the college, reported The Dartmouth, the college’s newspaper. Students also learned how to put together a persuasive and comprehensive college application, in part by looking at past Dartmouth applications.

The fly-in program aims to help students understand the College’s history with Native American communities and help students decide if Dartmouth is a place they will be comfortable for four years, Steven Abbott, the Native outreach coordinator and associate director of admissions, told The Dartmouth.

And last year, half of the 50 who attended the fly-in decided they were comfortable and are now enrolled at Dartmouth.

Two of this year’s fly-in participants were Sequoyah High School seniors Sadie Red Eagle, 17, Otoe-Missouria, and Rebecca Castillo, 18, Cherokee, both of Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

“Dartmouth’s relationship with the Native community is one of the reasons it’s in my top three schools of choice, so when I got the acceptance letter, I was super happy,” Red Eagle said. “If I were to get accepted into the school, that would be amazing, but right now I’m just going to enjoy this experience.”

Abbott told The Dartmouth that the college’s strong emphasis on community is one its most defining and attractive features.

Amber Webb ’18 had never even heard of Dartmouth before being accepted into the fly-in program, which she heard about through an email from the Cherokee Nation.

“I had never been particularly active with my tribe because I didn’t live in the center of our tribal affairs in my state, so it was really different for me to see a lot of people who identified as being Native,” she told The Dartmouth. “Just having that sense of community from being [Native American] was so special.”

Two additional fly-in programs, one focusing on science, technology, engineering and math exploration, have brought prospective students to Dartmouth since July.

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