Friday, April 17, 2015

BHSU leading American Indian studies

Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell is passionate about preserving public spaces and restoring Indian Country to prosperity through education. She has met with tribal leaders ahead of President Obama's trip to South Dakota.

Boasting the highest American Indian enrollment among the regental institutions Black Hills State University will host notable American Indian speakers during a week of celebration.
American Indian Awareness Week festivities are underway at Black Hills State University. In addition to notable American Indian speakers on campus throughout the week, BHSU expects over 3,000 participants and spectators for the 32nd Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (Pow Wow) April 17-19 at the Donald E. Young Sports & Fitness Center on the BHSU campus. [BHSU Communications]
The American Indian Studies-Great Plains Consortium launched late last month by the University of North Dakota, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State and Black Hills State University is leading collaboration efforts, boosting the quality of offerings to students, raising awareness of Native American issues and helping to ensure indigenous futures.
Drums, dancing and discussion converge on Black Hills State University’s campus during a week-long celebration of Native American culture April 12-19 with this year’s theme “Draw from the Past, Design the Future” with an emphasis on examining new and emergent Native art. [BHSU Communications]
Harney Peak's Lakota name is “Hinhan Kaga” or the place of owls.

Elders and educators are providing opportunities for American Indians to preserve language and culture essential to heritage.

BHSU is making "strategic changes" in efforts to address a revenue shortfall. Adding more programming options for students in the area the South Dakota Board of Regents recently approved putting the University Center in Rapid City under Black Hills State University governance.

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