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Fun 45th Fact: Ute Mountain internship keeps bringin’ em back

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Since when is living in a tent part of College life?

In 2005, Professor of Anthropology Jack Schultz made this observation after the first Ute Mountain Ute Internship program: “I’m not looking forward to spending eight weeks in a tent again. But the students keep telling me, ‘We want to go back home.’”

Heading into its sixth year, the internship program has to date exposed nearly 150 college students—the majority Metro State students— to life “on the rez.” The course has inspired a number of students to pursue careers in related fields such as archaeology and Native American law.

The internship runs June 2 through the last week of July on the Ute Mountain Indian Reservation, in southwestern Colorado just 11 miles south of Cortez. This summer, 21 students from Metro State and Colorado State University, representing a range of majors including nutrition, social work, anthropology, psychology and political science, will work on the reservation. The students will contribute by volunteering in tribal law offices, helping on farms and ranches and delivering programs that address diabetes and obesity. They will also help build trails that will be part of a tribal park. (View images of the reservation and testimonials from previous interns.)

Needless to say, during this field season, Schultz and his student team will reside in tents at the Tribal Park canyon.


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