Class Impacts Native Americans Wisdom

By Hotchkin, Sheila | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), September 16, 1996 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Class Impacts Native Americans Wisdom


Hotchkin, Sheila, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Sheila Hotchkin Daily Herald Correspondent

When students walk into Jim Frank's Native American Studies class, they have a clear image of who they think will be teaching.

What they find usually surprises them.

"I always joke in classes that I'm full-blooded Western European," said Frank, whose interest in Native Americans began when he watched Western movies as a boy.

Students are sometimes surprised to discover that this Western European is responsible for bringing Native American Studies classes to the College of DuPage.

With the help of colleague Peter DuFresne, Frank is now interested in establishing a two-year Native American Studies program at COD, where he works as a counselor

Frank, a Naperville resident, began teaching students about Native Americans when he offered a class that took his students to a Navajo reservation in New Mexico.

Since then, he also has taken classes to the Ojibwa reservation in Wisconsin and the Rosebud Reservation of the Lakota Sioux in South Dakota.

"These are very powerful personal learning experiences for people," said Frank, describing COD's field studies program as the best at any two-year college in the country.

About a year ago, Frank met Glen Ellyn resident DuFresne at a meeting of the Native American Club at COD, which Frank oversaw.

DuFresne, who is part Choctaw, had left his job in clinical psychology for teaching.

DuFresne belongs to Dark Night Relatives and the Will County chapter of the American Indian Movement of Illinois.

"I know spiritually and in my heart, I identify with being Native American," he said.

While Frank's classes often take the students to a reservation, DuFresne uses his contacts in the Native American community to bring speakers to COD, often tapping his friends and acquaintances.

"Most people really don't have the experience of talking to a Native person," DuFresne said. "They want to romanticize them and keep them in the past."

Both men said the Native American Studies classes are popular and always fill quickly. Although the classes are purely elective, the interest among students is great.

"No one is holding a gun to anyone's head," DuFresne said. "They're taking them because they want to take them."

In the upcoming session, DuFresne is offering three courses.

One will study how Native Americans have been portrayed in film. Students also will study the myths that European Americans formed about the Native Americans, and another course will examine the people and culture.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Class Impacts Native Americans Wisdom
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?