Respected Native educator bridges cultural gap

Henrietta Mann, a Southern Cheyenne from Oklahoma, spent 33 years in higher education before retiring from Montana State University-Bozeman in June 2003.

But that wasn't the end of Mann's storied career that has taken her from the cover of Rolling Stone magazine to the site of the World Trade Center after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. She was snapped up by Montana State University, where she serves as a special adviser on Native issues.

"It dawned on me that we can't allow such an important, powerful person to fade away," MSU President Geoff Gamble tells reporter Jodi Rave Lee.

Mann, 80, is a full-blood Cheyenne who is fluent in her language. Friends and colleagues call her an "icon" for Native education. She was one of the first professors in the Indian studies field.

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