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Founding of Akwe:kon

Beginnings of Akwe:kon

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Cornell Program to Study American Indians Opens a House

Sep 8, 1991

The decade-old American Indian program at Cornell University last week opened what it says is the first residential house in the nation dedicated to American Indian studies. Built in the form of an eagle, a symbol that holds a special place in Indian lore, the $2 million structure known as Akwe:kon (pronounced ah-GWAY-goh) houses 35 students, about half of whom are American Indians, plus a computer center and library.