Mari Sandoz Conference

Thank you for attending the 2017 Mari Sandoz Conference

Mark your calendars for next year September 20-22, 2018 in Chadron!


"Indian Activism"

The 2018 Mari Sandoz Conference will be held September 20-22, 2017 at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. All events on Thursday and Friday take place on the Chadron State College campus in Chadron, Nebraska and Saturday morning's session will be held in downtown Chadron at the Bean Broker Coffee House. The conference schedule reflects times in the Mountain Time Zone. The Conference is open to anyone. Registration is required, except for the Pilster Great Plains Lecture and Saturday morning's session that are free and open to the public.

Our Pilster Lecturer in 2018 will be Susan Power (Standing Rock Sioux) and she will be presenting “A Dakota Writer on Stories Powerful Enough to Change the World.” Other speakers include Joe Starita, artists from the Pine Ridge, Judi M. gaiashkibos (Ponca/Santee), Kimberli Lee, Beth Castle and Madonna Thunder Hawk and their documentary, Warrior Women.

About the Conference

When Sandoz enthusiasts gather, the discussion is always lively. Although scholars might present, this is not a scholarly symposium. Anyone who enjoys reading and wants to learn is welcome. The one-day format allows lots of interaction with other attendees who attend and with the speakers. One of the popular sessions, the round-tables, discusses a book written by Mari Sandoz. Each year, the committee suggests reading, re-reading or brushing up on a specific book, but participants are welcome to listen as well.

Through this event, the Sandoz Society fulfills its vision to perpetuate and foster an understanding of the works of Mari Sandoz; and to honor the land and the people about which she wrote: Native Americans, ranchers, farmers and the people who settled the High Plains. So come, put on your jeans and boots and learn with us.