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October 12, 2017

Anthropology undergraduate earns Native American Student Award

Submitted by Lauren W. Ritterbush

Morgan Fluker, senior in anthropology, was recently awarded the Native American Student Award from the Plains Anthropological Society. 

The annual award recognizes one or more outstanding Native American students of anthropology with a financial grant to help defray educational costs.

Fluker, tribal member of the Kaw Nation and Osage Nation of Oklahoma, is a first-generation college student. She holds interests in archaeology, cultural anthropology, Native American ethnohistory, and environmental issues. Her recent research involves exploring the culture history of the Kaw or Kanza Indians while preparing a digital timeline of changes in Kaw culture. 

Fluker also is researching and mapping the historic use of natural resources by the Kaw as an intern with K-State's Chapman Center for Rural Studies. The Native American Student Award was presented at the banquet of the 75th annual Plains Anthropological Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. Fluker is the first K-State student to be awarded this honor.