Speakers, receptions at Old Main April 11-13

Speakers, receptions at Old Main April 11-13 Osage poet Carter Revard will present a reading from his new book, How the Songs Come Down, at The University of South Dakota on April 11. On April 12 at USD, Ponca activist Carter Camp and his son, Ponca/Lakota activist Victorio Carter Camp will speak about the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee and on current issues important to indigenous nations. Both events will begin at 7 p.m. in Farber Hall, Old Main. Receptions allowing the public to meet the speakers and view the Oscar Howe Gallery will follow both. These events celebrating the 50th anniversary of USD's Institute of American Indian Studies are free and open to the public.

Revard is professor emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Revard grew up on the Osage Reservation in Pawhuska, OK, and on farmland near Buck Creek. He received a bachelor's degree in English at Tulsa University 1952 and completed a master's in English at Oxford University in 1954 and a Ph.D. in English at Yale in 1959.

Revard's books include Winning the Dust Bowl (2001), Family Matters, Tribal Affairs (1998), and An Eagle Nation (1993) all published by the University of Arizona Press and Cowboys and Indians Christmas Shopping (1992) and Ponca War Dancers (1980) published by Point Riders Press of Norman, OK.

His work is featured in the major anthologies of Native literature. The journal Studies in American Indian Literature published a special issue on his work in 2003 which became the foundation for a volume of essays on Revard's work to be published by SALT Press of London in 2006. SALT Press published his new volume of poetry, which is just out. Revard is the cousin Camp, whom Revard visited during the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee.

Camp, and American Indian Rights Activist and Ponca Tribal Leader, is former National Chairman of the American Indian Movement and founder of Kansas and Oklahoma A.I.M. In 1973 at Wounded Knee, he was one of three A.I.M. leaders of several hundred warriors in the historic 73-day Wounded Knee occupation and subsequent siege by the U.S. government. This desperate action created dramatic change all across Indian Country and forced the U.S. to re-examine its treaties with Indian Nations.

Camp was recently a delegate to the National People of Color Leadership Council as a result of his work against environmental racism. This coalition was formed by Jesse Jackson, Dorothy Huerta, Benjamin Chavez, Eleanor Holmes Norton and other leaders of minority communities. Camp has successfully fought against many multi-national corporations to prevent the pollution of Indian country, in particular his own Ponca reservation.

Today he works for the Ponca Tribe as an administrator and advisor to the Ponca Tribal Council and continues as chairman of the American Indian Movement in Oklahoma. He is a founding member of the Defenders of the Black Hills and serves on the board of directors of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.

Camp is a longtime Sundance Society leader and traditionalist in Ponca religious practices. He is the father of Victorio Carter Camp.

Victorio Carter Camp, a young Ponca/Lakota man, is busy raising his children and attending college on the Pine Ridge Homeland of the Oglala Band of the Lakota Nation. With his wife, he is engaged in decolonization work at Pine Ridge. Named at birth for his Ponca grandfather, White Buffalo Chief, he is know to his Oglala family and friends as "Tatanka Ska Mani" (White Buffalo Walking).

Victorio Camp grew up on horseback along the banks of Wounded Knee Creek. He is the president of the Wounded Knee College Student Organization, as well as projects coordinator for the grassroots organization, Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way). Victorio Camp entered service to his Nation as a Cante Ti Zan (Brave Heart) warrior. He has organized among the Lakota Nation for several years around Lakota way of life revitalization issues, including human rights, environmental racism, treaty rights and scared site protection, and he represents his generation on a leadership time for a social change group called Unite to Fight! Lakota People's School of Liberation, which centers out of the sacred Black Hills.

Sponsors of the visit of these relatives are TRIO Programs, the English Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of American Indian Studies, the Office of Research at the USD and Jane and Mike Long.

For further information, contact Dr. Norma C. Wilson, professor of English, University of South Dakota, 605-624-9279, nwilson@usd.edu.

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