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Carolina Indian Circle

Students at a Carolina Indian Circle workshop on campus

Indian enrollment at Chapel Hill has grown slowly but steadily. In 1972, there were 41 Indian students; in 2005 that number rose to 238, less than one percent of the student body. Carolina students formed the Carolina Indian Circle in 1974 to build a support network for Native American students and to share their culture with the rest of the campus. The Circle has also taken an active role in increasing Indian student enrollment and Indian studies faculty. It has sponsored lectures, performances, and workshops and lobbied for more study of Indian culture. The first courses on Indian culture added to the curriculum were in History, American Studies, and Anthropology.