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The Timeline of American Indians and Indigenous Peoples at Virginia Tech chronicles important individuals, groups, events and dates pertaining to the history of Indigenous Peoples in the university and the community.

February 2000
Henrietta Mann, Endowed Chair of Native American Studies at Montana State, visits Virginia Tech.

Fall 2000
Headed by Dr. Samuel R. Cook, the American Indian Studies Program at Virginia Tech is started.

September 2000
Eric Lassiter of Ball State University gives a presentation on Kiowa hymns at Virginia Tech.

November 2000
Walker Calhoun, a Cherokee Elder from Big Cove, North Carolina on the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee reservation), visits Virginia Tech as a storyteller. Calhoun is a conservator of traditional Cherokee knowledge.

April 12-13, 2001
The Virginia Indian Nations Summit on Higher Education is held at Virginia Tech.

November 30, 2001
George Whitewolf, Monacan, speaks to Professor Harry Dyer's class about Indian spirituality and his role as an Indian activist.

2006
Stanley Atcitty, Navajo, becomes the first Native American man to receive Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering.

2007
Rufus Wayne Elliott becomes the first Monacan Indian to graduate from Virginia Tech, earning a B.A. in History.

2009
Native at Virginia Tech is founded to advance the visibility of American Indians and other indigenous peoples on campus.

August 2016
American Indian & Indigenous Community Center (AIICC) founded to serve as living room, study space, and community gathering center.

April 1, 2017
Virignia Tech hosts its first inter-tribal powwow, in part to open a relationship with Virginia's eleven tribes and to acknowledge the Tutelo/Monacan people, the stewards of the land, air, and water used at Virginia Tech.

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Last Updated on: Tuesday, 05-Dec-2017 14:34:47 EST
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