Center for Western Studies launches Native American Initiative

SIOUX FALLS – The Center for Western Studies (CWS) at Augustana today announced a Native American Initiative with a series of events in 2009-10.

Launching the series on Wednesday, November 18, is a lecture on Urban Native American Health Issues. The presenters are Donna Keeler, Executive Director of South Dakota Urban Indian Health, Inc., and Professor Karla Abbott from Augustana’s Department of Nursing. The presentation begins at 4:30 p.m. in the CWS Fantle Building, 2121 S. Summit Avenue.

Times and dates of additional programs in the series:

December 12, noon, Augustana’s Morrison Commons
Tribes as Sovereign Corporations: Inspiring Change, featuring Libby Traversie-Bayless, Director of Native American Services in Sioux Falls.

February 19-21, Holiday Inn City Centre
29th Annual Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale
Native American artists have included JoAnne Bird, Roger Broer, Donald Montileaux, Harvey Rattey, Edward Thomas, and Paul Szabo.

March 29, 10:00 a.m., CWS Fantle Building, 2121 S. Summit Avenue.
Chapel service, Native American Perspectives on the Season of Renewal, in association with the Augustana Student Congregation.

April 23-24, CWS Fantle Building, 2121 S. Summit Avenue
42nd Annual Dakota Conference on the Northern Plains
The conference theme is Western Highways: Journeys through Space and Time and includes special sessions on Plains Indian History: The Road Ahead with Michael Mullin, PhD, Augustana NEH Chair in Regional Heritage; and The Journey to Wounded Knee Reconciliation.

June 15, Augustana's Morrison Commons
Recognition Dinner and Musical Program Celebrating the Art of JoAnne Bird, presentation of the Western America Award to JoAnne Bird.

June 16-September 18, Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries, CWS Fantle Building, 2121 S. Summit Avenue.
JoAnne Bird Retrospective Exhibit

September 24-26, South Dakota Festival of Books, Holiday Inn City Centre.
Release of The Kingdom of Grass: Contemporary South Dakota Poetry edited by Patrick Hicks, PhD, Augustana Writer-in-Residence and featuring Native American authors Allison Hedge Coke, Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, and Lydia Whirlwind Soldier, and A New South Dakota History (2nd edition) featuring Native American authors Vine Deloria Jr., Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, and Herbert T. Hoover.

The Froiland Plains Indian Room (pictured above, right) at CWS exhibits art and artifacts, and the gift shop features Native American-made silver jewelry and books by Native American authors. Additional information about the Center for Western Studies may be found at

Bruce Conley
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