Historical Society annual meeting will focus on Rosebud Reservation "Opening the Rosebud: A Multicultural Perspective" is the theme of the South Dakota State Historical Society annual meeting, May 21-22, at the Ramkota Inn in Pierre.
A diverse range of speakers will explore how race, culture, class and gender figured into, and were affected by, opening the Rosebud Indian Reservation in south central South Dakota to settlement. Topics will include land claim issues, Lakota Indian poetry, homesteading, historic characters and western art, among others.
South Dakota native Richmond Clow, Ph.D., professor of Native American Studies at the University of Montana in Missoula, will focus on the opening of the Rosebud through the eyes of tribal leader Hollow Horn Bear at Friday's luncheon. Clow, who has written numerous articles on American Indian and Black Hills topics, will also tie the sessions together by providing introductory remarks on Friday and closing comments on Saturday.
Saturday's luncheon will feature Kathy Antonen, Department of Humanities chair at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, leading a literary discussion with Rosebud author/poet Lydia Whirlwind Soldier.
The Governor's Awards for History, recognizing individuals, organizations and teachers who excel in history, will be given at that luncheon, presented by Secretary of Tourism and State Development Jim Hagen. The SDSHS is an office in Tourism and State Development. The results of this spring's annual election of the SDSHS Board of Trustees will also be announced.
"This year's meeting, hosted by our State Archives staff, should be both entertaining and educational," said Jay D. Vogt, State Historical Society director.
Another featured session is Friday at 2 p.m. South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long, Winner attorney and SDSHS board member Tom Tobin, and Rapid City attorneys Mario Gonzalez and Terry Pechota will participate in a panel discussion titled "Reservation Status Disputes." The panel will discuss disputes between the tribes, state government and the federal government. Long will present the state of South Dakota's view of the issue; Tobin, whose primary focus is federal Indian law, will present the non-Indian view; Gonzalez will present the Lakota perspective and Pechota will present the Rosebud view.
Other speakers include Albert White Hat, Sr., Sinte Gleska University; Ron Theisz, Black Hills State University; Betty C. Van Epps-Taylor, social historian specializing in African American history; Brian Dippie, University of Victoria, British Columbia; Kadoka author Jan Cerney and Clearfield author Yvonne Hollenbeck.
Rosebud tribal member Dallas Chief Eagle, a hoop dancer, will be performing Friday night at a reception at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center.
One teacher certificate renewal credit through the state Department of Education is being offered at the meeting. The early registration deadline is May 12. For more information visit the society's Web site at www.sdhistory.org or call (605) 773-6000.