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School reschedules peace exchange for Native American students

The Review, Vol. 19, #12, March 17, 2004    Translate This Article
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
17 March 2004

A Cultural Peace Exchange being planned by Maharishi School students that will bring Native American youth to campus has been rescheduled for May 1 and 2.

The event is being organized by 10 boys enrolled in Peace Exchange Project. These boys are also members of the school club Students Creating Peace Network. Lynn Kaplan, who is teaching the course and who advises the club, said that other students in the region have joined the Peace Network and are attending weekly meetings to help with the project, including students from Fairfield High School and Scattergood Friends School, a Quaker School in West Branch, Iowa.

'The network is growing,' Ms. Kaplan said. 'Our mission is to connect students interested in implementing an enlightened vision of peace.' According to Ms. Kaplan, students from a number of Native American tribes have either committed to coming or have expressed strong interest.

A group of Maharishi School students recently traveled to the Dakotas to personally invite Native American youth, and so far have received commitments from students at Tiospaye Topa School on the Cheyenne River Reservation and from the Boys and Girls Clubs for Native Americans on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota.

In addition, Native American students from the Omaha Nation and the Winnebago Nation, both in Nebraska, have expressed interest, as have participants in the Meskwaki Youth Program in Tama, Iowa.

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