Lakota expert to speak at USD Oct. 23 Karen Lone Hill, chair of the Lakota Studies department at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation, will be the featured speaker at the ninth annual Joseph Harper Cash Lecture at The University of South Dakota.
The lecture, titled "History from Small Places � A Legacy of the Grandmothers' Manifest Ways," will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Farber Hall of Old Main on Oct. 23.
The event is sponsored by the Institute of American Indian Studies at USD and is free and open to the public.
Lone Hill is an Oglala Sioux tribal member, and since 1984 has taught Lakota language, history, and culture, as well as American Indian literature, gender, and contemporary issues. She received her B.S. degree in secondary education with a major in English composition and a minor in Indian studies from Black Hills State University in 1980.
Lone Hill received her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from South Dakota State University in 2000. She has authored a book titled Sioux (North American Indians Today), which will be available for purchase in January 2004.
Established by the state Legislature in 1955 to study and preserve American Indian culture, the Institute of American Indian Studies houses the South Dakota Oral History Center, including the American Indian Research Project and the South Dakota Oral History Project, and coordinates the American Indian Studies major and minor.
The mission and goals of the Institute of American Indian Studies are to develop and promote American Indian-related projects, activities, and programs at USD.
The annual event is named in honor of the former director of the Institute of American Indian Studies and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Cash Memorial Lecture series was established to bring scholars in the fields of Indian studies, frontier, western, and mining history to the campus for presentations and discussions. The program was developed through private donations from Cash's friends and family and continues to grow as other contributions are received.
Past speakers include Russell Means, Bob Karolevitz, Webster Two Hawk, Suzanne Barta Julin, Robert L. Spude and Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve.