Anthony Dorame to Present Commencement Address at Mount Union College

April 01, 2010

Anthony Dorame, lieutenant governor of the Tesuque Pueblo in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will present the address at the 160th Commencement ceremonies at Mount Union College on Sunday, May 7. His address is entitled "A Tewa Viewpoint."


Dorame, a Tewa man, has served numerous terms on the Tribal Council in an appointed position. Formerly educated at diverse schools including the University of New Mexico and University of California at Berkley, Dorame has earned degrees in biology and public administration. For 25 years, he worked as an environmental management consultant with various tribal communities. He also taught classes as an adjunct instructor at various colleges and universities and still lectures at workshops and seminars. A published author, he now spends his time as an award winning oil painter and sculptor.

Over the last six years, Dorame and representatives of Mount Union have worked to develop a relationship with the Tesuque Pueblo's Tribal Council that has allowed a small group of students and faculty to visit the reservation. Native Americans do not usually permit white Europeans to come into their reservations, so this is a very unique and special cultural experience for the students and faculty members who attend each year.

The Tesuque Pueblo is one of the most traditional of all Tewa speaking pueblos. One of the smallest pueblos with a population of 400, it has successfully preserved its traditional religious ceremonies, native language and ways of life for centuries.

The Pueblo Tribe has lived in the Santa Fe region since the early 1600s when the Spanish proclaimed the city as the capital of the new Spanish colony. Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States. Accordingly, Santa Fe is rich in a Spanish and American history and culture that differs greatly from that of Ohio.

Dorame has been involved with the development of a wellness center at the Pueblo, designed to integrate all generations through wellness, education and culture. He has also been involved with developing a youth program at the Pueblo.

Mount Union's 160th Commencement ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. on May 7. The ceremony is preceded by the annual Baccalaureate ceremony at 10 a.m. For the first time in more than two decades, both Commencement and Baccalaureate will be outside at the south entrance of Chapman Hall. In the case of inclement weather, they will be moved to the gymnasium of the Timken Physical Education Building.

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