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Cornel Pewewardy
Cornel Pewewardy

Native Knowledge

Challenging students to think critically about history and cultural identity

As a Native American, Cornel Pewewardy tells his students, “Columbus didn’t discover us.” For the director of PSU’s Native American Studies program, it’s a way of teaching students to think critically about U.S. history, tribal sovereignty, identity politics, and negative ethnic stereotypes. Pewewardy’s efforts were recognized by the National Indian Education Association, which named him its 2009 Teacher of the Year.

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