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Thursday, September 20, 2018

2018 PILSTER GREAT PLAINS LECTURE

7:30pm (Mountain Time)     

Chadron State College Student Center

"A Dakota Writer on Stories Powerful Enough to Change the World"

2018 Pilster Lecturer, Susan Power (Standing Rock Sioux)

Introduction: Holly Boomer (Oglala Lakota), Oglala Lakota College

The lecture is FREE!  The lecture will be followed by audience questions, refreshments and book signings. Books will be available for purchase at the lecture.

 

Friday, September 21, 2018

8:30 am (Mountain Time) 

Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center Chicoine Atrium

SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION & PACKET PICK UP

 

8:50am

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

 

9:00am

SESSION 1

"Dr. Susan La Flesche – A Warrior to Her People"

Twenty-four years after her birth in a buffalo-hide tipi in western Nebraska, Susan La Flesche graduated as the valedictorian of her medical school class and became America’s first Native doctor – 31 years before women could vote and 35 years before Natives became citizens in their own country. This is the story of how La Flesche overcame enormous gender and racial barriers to effectively become the chief of her beloved Omaha Indian people.

Speaker: Joe Starita, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

10:00am

SESSION 2

"Landscape, Place, and Identity: Two Visual Artists Respond to the Plains"

CSC Visual Art Professors Laura Bentz and Mary Donahue will share, through their art, how they respond to the landscape they call home.

Speakers: Mary Donahue & Laura Bentz, CSC Art Department

 

11:00am

SESSION 3

"Title TBA" 

Description TBA

Speaker: Judi gaiashkiobos (Ponca Santee), Executive Director, Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs

 

NOON-1:30pm    LUNCHEON     

Chadron State College Student Center

Presentation of the 2018 "In the Spirit of Mari Sandoz" Award, lively table networking and conversation

 

Return to the Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center Chicoine Atrium following the luncheon

 

1:30pm

SESSION 4

"Ally and Advocate: Mari's Approach to Support for Native Peoples"

This presentation explores the ways in which Mari Sandoz used her writing skills and authorial notoriety as a platform for addressing social justice and civil rights issues on behalf of Native American peoples. More specifically, the paper will focus on her activism for the Northern Cheyenne and Lakota tribes.

Speaker: Kimberli Lee (Hunka Lakota), Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK

 

9:00am

SESSION 5

"Warrior Women: Past & Present"

In the spirit of Mari Sandoz we will screen the newly released film Warrior Women and hear from the film team of Madonna Thunder Hawk and Dr. Elizabeth Castle. The film is story of Lakota mother and daughter activism from Wounded Knee through Standing Rock. The film was produced though a long term collaboration between Thunder Hawk and Castle who met when they first shared stories when Castle interviewed her for her doctoral dissertation almost 20 years ago. Since they have worked together to collectively tell the story of women's activism in the Red Power Movement. They will also discuss the contemporary activist legacy and what is happening now in the Plains and how Native women and white allies are leading the way.

Speakers: Dr. Beth Castle & Madonna Thunder Hawk (Cheyenne River Sioux)
 

 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

SATURDAY MORNING AT THE BEAN BROKER

The Bean Broker, Downtown Chadron

202 W. 2nd Street

 

9:30am

SESSION 5

“Who Are the Real Savages?”: Uncovering the Complex Story of Western Nebraska’s Lakota Activism

The region where Mari Sandoz grew up and wrote about saw a multifaceted grassroots Lakota civil rights movement during the twentieth century. Scholars often center western Nebraska’s Lakota activism around the American Indian Movement (AIM) during the early 1970s. Federal, state, and local archives, however, reveal a more complex narrative that includes numerous Native American organizations and persons, both male and female, pushing for civil rights in western Nebraska.

Speaker: David Christensen

 

10:30am

CLOSING REMARKS & ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2019 CONFERENCE