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July 8, 2010


University of Maine at Fort Kent Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, Dr. Mariella Squire, will be the consulting scholar, and scholar-in-residence at the 2010 Abby Kelly Foster Charter Public School teachers’ symposium on the teaching of native New England history under a Teaching American History grant. 

The symposia, entitled: Citizenship, Property, Identity, and Representation: The Historical Journey of Southern New England’s Native Peoples will be held at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts from July 12 to 15.
Dr. Squire will present on Wabanaki migrations from the 19th to 21st centuries, including Micmac and Abenaki migrations to southern New England; rural and urban culture; the formation of urban colonies; and the resurgence of these cultural identities.   She also will assist grades K to 12 Massachusetts teachers to develop appropriate curricula for the teaching of accurate, native New England contemporary culture and history.
“As an anthropologist, I am particularly interested in Native American, Francophone, and rural North American communities, and in developing culturally-sensitive and accurate curricula on these groups for K to 12 curriculum.” 
In 2006, Dr. Squire developed a curriculum and resource guide for the teaching of St. John Valley native history and culture through the auspices of the UMFK Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes.
Dr. Squire received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University at Albany – SUNY; a Master of Education in Secondary Education/Multiculturalism from St. Michael’s College (Vermont); a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo; and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Vermont.
Dr. Squire has been a member of the UMFK faculty since 1998.