USD to host third annual Native American Symposium

USD to host third annual Native American Symposium
The University of South Dakota is hosting the third annual Native American Symposium, titled "Native Student Success: Incorporating Indigenous Worldviews into the Higher Education Experience," beginning with a pre-symposium on Thursday, Sept. 13, and concluding with a day-long symposium on Friday, Sept. 14.

Thursday's pre-symposium includes keynote speaker Carole Anne Heart, executive director of the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman's Health Board, and a presentation of the documentary In Whose Honor. Heart's address is at the Freedom Forum Conference Room in the Al Neuharth Media Center at 5:30 p.m., while In Whose Honor will be shown to the public free of charge at Farber Hall inside Old Main.

Charlene Teters, a professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts, will introduce the one-hour documentary that takes a critical look at the controversial use of Native American mascots and nicknames in sports. She will also host a question and answer segment following the conclusion of the film.


Teters will provide the keynote address during a 9 a.m. symposium on Friday at the Freedom Forum Conference Room. In addition, Friday's workshops include strategies on improving native student success in higher education, and discussion forums about topics such as "Native Student Learning Styles," "Winning the Gates Millennium Scholarship," and "Cultural Based Curriculum and Research Methods."

Sponsored by USD's Native American Recruitment and Retention Committee, the co-chairs of the 2007 symposium are Anthony Shaheen (Anthony.Shaheen@usd.edu), USD Graduate School, and Erin Thin Elk Contreras (Erin.Contreras@usd.edu) with the USD Academic Advising Center. For more information or to register for the symposium, please visit www.usd.edu/gradsch/NA_Symposium.cfm, or contact Shaheen or Thin Elk Contreras at (605) 677-5435 (Shaheen) or (605) 677-5426 (Thin Elk Contreras).

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