Means will deliver Cash memorial lecture Oct. 26 Famed political activist Russell Means will present the sixth annual Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Lecture on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. in Farber Hall on The University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion.
The lecture is titled, "History from Small Places: Matriarchy vs. Patriarchy." While at USD, Means will also visit classes and participate in other campus events.
A special showing of The Last of the Mohicans, in which he had a leading role, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. in Charlie's in the Coyote Student Center.
Means was born on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation and is the son of Hank and Theodora Means. He graduated from San Leandro High School in 1958 and continued his formal education at Oakland City College and Arizona State University. Means currently lives in Santa Fe, NM, and the Pine Ridge Reservation at Porcupine.
An early leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM), Means has actively worked to improve race relations and to make the lives of the elderly and children better. Among the programs he has instituted are the Porcupine Health Clinic, the Free Ambulance Service and the T.R.E.A.T.Y. addiction treatment center.
Means has also recently become involved in the motion picture industry with leading roles in Natural Born Killers, Wagons East and Wind Runner.
The Cash Lecture Series was established to bring scholars in the fields of Indian studies, frontier, western and mining history to USD for presentations and discussions. The program was developed through private donations.
Cash, originally of Mitchell, grew up in Bonesteel where he graduated from high school. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from USD and his doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1966.
Cash joined the USD faculty in 1968 as a professor of history. He held the position of Duke Research Professor of History, and from 1976-1977 and again in 1987-1990, he served as director of the Institute of Indian Studies.
He was founder and director of the American Indian Research Project and the South Dakota Oral History Project, major divisions of the South Dakota Oral History Center.
He was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a position he held for 10 years before returning to teaching. Cash authored 10 books and numerous articles on South Dakota history, mining, Indians and oral history.