Humboldt students protest firing of Native American scholar

Jan 25, 2015 11:13 AM by News Staff

ARCATA, Calif. (AP) - About 30 people have taken over a building at Humboldt State University to protest the firing of a Native American professor and other actions they say have made it harder for minority students to find support on campus.

The Eureka Times-Standard says the around-the-clock sit-in started Monday at the end of a two-day Native American activism conference. Participants tell the newspaper they plan to remain in the Native American Forum building until the fired scholar, Jacquelyn Bolman, is reinstated.

Bolman was director of the Indian Natural Resources Science and Engineering Program, which trains students with American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian backgrounds to serve their communities through science.

Humboldt State President Lisa Rossbacher visited the sit-in on Friday and told students that while personnel rules prevented her from discussing Bolman's dismissal she wants to address their concerns.

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