2017 Scholars

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    Dr. Marilyn A. Carlson Aronson

    Dr. Marilyn Carlson Aronson
    Academic Dean, Retired
    29615 469th Ave, Beresford, SD 57004
    (605) 957-4371, mcarlson@iw.net
    OB, RGT, SB

    World War II Comes to South Dakota—Preserving the Story
    This presentation explores the harsh lessons taught by war; the work of the local commanders of the South Dakota National Guard in calling both active and inactive members into active service; the hurried mobilization which affected South Dakota families, farms, schools, universities, towns, and cities dramatically; the involvement of South Dakotans in the all-out war effort; the free courses and special training programs used as incentives for young people to gain civilian skills and help in the all-out war effort; the early work of the Civil Air Patrol and its licensed pilots; the iconic stories of some fearless SD pilots; and stories by South Dakotans who fought in World War II on various battle fronts. The topic also provides a voice for some selected World War II veterans. I will need a projector at the site to attach to my laptop for the presentation. Questions and Answer period will follow.

    The National Park Service Turns 100: A Woman's Voice
    This presentation gives the background of the National Park Service as we celebrate its 100-year history. The topic highlights and gives the history and description of national parks in ten states that I have personally visited, and provides the varied and professional roles of women in the National Park Service, today. In addition, I will use a slide presentation using my laptop and a projector to add interest to the presentation. Therefore, I will need a projector at the site to attach to my laptop for this presentation. Questions and Answer period will follow.

    Cultural Diversity-Teaching in Trondheim, Norway Versus the Great Plains
    This is an oral/visual presentation entitled "Cultural Diversity" which I presented for the Sons of Norway luncheon, in Canton, South Dakota. Photos highlight the beauty of the Norwegian landscape. The presentation focuses on my experiences and reflections from teaching at Sor Trondelag University in Trondheim, Norway as an exchange professor. I compare my college teaching experiences in the Midwest with my experiences in Norway, particularly in the areas of climate, history, culture, diet, and educational differences. I will need a projector at the site to attach to my laptop for the presentation. I always bring items from Norway, which add interest to the presentation. Questions and Answer period will follow.

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    Molly Barari

    Senior Creative Writing Teacher, Freelance Writer
    4349 Red Cliff Ter, Rapid City, SD 57702
    (308) 440-0047, mollybarari@gmail.com
    OB, RGT, SB

    Thus Far: Creative Life Writing Workshops for Seniors

    I can also lead writing workshops on obituary writing.

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    Verna Kay Boyd

    25627 484th Ave, Garretson, SD 57030
    (605) 594-6731, omahashewolf@hotmail.com

    Monarch Butterflies
    They have an amazing life cycle from egg through 5 instars (sizes) of caterpillar to adult butterfly. Learn why their numbers are rapidly declining and the plants that they require for survival. Follow their dramatic generational migration North to their breeding grounds and then South to their winter ranges.

    Skin, Scales, Jaws & Claws
    The life cycles and habits of native amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the Great Plains. Learn about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Feathers, pelts, skulls, teeth and claws as well as live animals are discussed and exhibited.

    Journey into The Past
    An introduction to the American Indian people Omaha, Ponca, Iowa and their way of life in southeastern South Dakota. There were large village and trade sites in what is now South Dakota. They were farmers as well as hunters. Artifacts, samples trade items, replicas of a dog travois, tools and pottery used are discussed and exhibited.

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    Roderick Brown

    Museum Manager, Dakota Discovery Museum
    1300 McGovern Ave, PO Box 1071, Mitchell, SD 57301
    (605) 996-2122, robrown@dwu.edu
    BR, RC, SB

    Discovering Dakota: A Look at the People of this Land Through Art & Artifact
    Everyone came from somewhere and everyone has a story worthy of telling and worthy of hearing. This presentation is adaptable to a wide variety of audience age and interest groups and uses art and artifact to tell the stories of the people of this region.

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    Robert Burns

    Distinguished Prof of Political Science Emeritus, SDSU
    1336 Trail Ridge Cir, Brookings, SD 57006
    (605) 691-3095, robert.burns@sdstate.edu

    US Bill of Rights
    I can discuss the framers' motivation in proposing the Bill of Rights as amendments to the US Constitution; the substantive and procedural guarantees of the US Bill of Rights; and 10th Amendment and American Federalism. In addition, I can present specialized programs on First Amendment freedom of expression, free exercise of religion and protection from the establishment of religion and Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth Amendments programs focused on rights of the accused in the criminal process. Finally, I can discuss application of the individual guarantees of the US Bill of Rights to the states through the judicial selective incorporation process.

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    Patricia Catches the Enemy

    1008 S Hwy 87, Box 1847, Pine Ridge, SD 57770
    (605) 867-1282, mell8@goldenwest.net

    Life in the 40's
    Catches the Enemy discusses boarding school days on the reservation.

    Lakota Elder
    Catches the Enemy discusses her experiences of events and highlights of her life.

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    Marian Cramer

    Independent Scholar, Director of Little Prairie School
    408 Calumet Ave NE Apt 37, De Smet, SD 57231
    (605) 270-4904, mariancramer@yahoo.com
    OB, RC, RGT, SB

    Laura's Responsibility and Achievement as a Dakota Territory Child
    A presentation of the life of Laura Ingalls in the De Smet community and how she brings the early pioneer experience home to us in stories she left behind

    Drifting Goose - A Peace-loving Member of the First Nations People
    How in a peaceful way he held the railroads and development away from the Watertown and beyond community for two years.

    The Other Ingalls Girl, Carrie
    The story of Carrie Ingalls and her achievements as a career professional in early 20th century.

    Pothole Lakes
    How the glaciers formed pothole lakes and what they look like today including lakes from the Little House books and the De Smet vicinity.

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    Rocky Dailey

    Asst Prof of Journalism and Mass Communication, SDSU
    Box 2235 Yeager Hall 232, Brookings, SD 57007
    (605) 688-4171, rocky.dailey@sdstate.edu
    BR, RGT

    1st Amendment
    The results of the latest election cycle have given journalists much to think about both in terms of ethical coverage and access. Freedom of speech is the first amendment for a reason; our founding fathers felt it was the most important aspect of a democracy. The First Amendment is invoked often in a variety of forums, however often the true application and meaning is lost. To become critical consumers of information, we must understand that free speech includes speech we do not agree with from people we may not like. This presentation explains how the First Amendment came to be and how it has been applied to both journalists and citizens over the years. The discussion will include the possible future of the First Amendment and what we need to be aware of as citizens.

    Fahrenheit 451
    Ray Bradbury's dystopian look at a future where books are outlawed in favor of a more homogenous mass media is more applicable now than when the book was first published in 1953. Much of what Bradbury's novel demonstrated is in place today; smart televisions and mobile devices that respond primarily to the focused interests of the user. The echo chambers of our own opinions dominate our prescribed media diet and reinforce our own beliefs. The homogeny is one we create ourselves and allows for little outside thought to enter. This discussion focuses on exploring Bradbury's future in comparison to our present and what possible future we can expect if we remain on this path.

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    Jessica Daw, Ph.D.

    1OU/Community Outreach Director, Huether Family Match Pointe
    1119 N Springfield Pl, Sioux Falls, SD 57107
    (605) 929-4341, jessied_19@yahoo.com

    A Terrible Splendor: Three Extraordinary Men, a World Poised for War, and the Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played
    This book by Marshall Jon Fisher describes the five sets of the tie-deciding tennis match between Don Budge of the U.S. and Baron Gottfried von Cramm of Germany in the 1937 Davis Cup. As world history is woven in, the reader discovers that von Cramm is not only playing for the Cup, but for his life. The book provides historical review and illuminates the role of sport in international dynamics. Dr. Daw will present based on this book.

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    Jace DeCory

    Asst Professor in American Indian Studies, BHSU
    1200 University St, Spearfish, SD 57799-9003
    (605) 722-8648, jace.decory@bhsu.edu

    Wotakuye - Living in Balance with One's Relatives
    This topic deals with kinship and relationships with the world around us. How is one's relationship to the Creator and all of creation? What is the quality of our relationships with humankind, especially children, and with animals? How can we live in harmony and treat one another with civility and respect?



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    Betsey DeLoache

    Author, Researcher, Owner of Red Bird Studio
    Red Bird Studio, 29666 Lakeview Pl, Pierre, SD 57501
    (605) 945-1894, betseydsd@mncomm.com

    Country Schools: Past and Present
    This is the story of my interest and pursuit of learning about country schools. I relay stories from my research and photos of the buildings, students, documents, etc., to support the reminiscence and other related topics for discussion. I welcome learning more and hearing other stories from the audience.

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    Lawrence Diggs

    Professional Presenter
    104 Carlton Ave, PO Box 41, Roslyn, SD 57261
    (605) 486-4536, public@ldiggs.com
    BR, OB, RC, RGT, SB

    Erasing Imaginary Lines
    This program makes the case that the distinctions we make based on "race" are imaginary lines that have no basis in science or nature. It points out how imaginary lines separate us from people who could be valuable employees, church members or our dearest friends. It will give you plenty of cause to rethink your ideas of "race" and escape your cultural imprisonment.

    Lowering Prison Recidivism in South Dakota Prisons
    The large number of people in our prisons represent a loss in human potential, broken families and a large sucking sound on our state budget. There are efforts at the state government level to reduce the prison population while insuring public safety. But there is much the general public could and should be doing to help fix this problem. As a chaplain in the state prison system, Diggs speaks with inmates regularly about what they can do to be better citizens when released. This interactive presentation is intended to inform the audience and explore ways of making our society safer by better preparing both the inmates and communities for their return into society.

    The 5th P in Marketing
    Whether it is for our businesses, schools, churches or civic organizations, we are all involved in marketing. At the very least we are, or should be, marketing ourselves. This program points out that people, the 5th P in marketing, are central to the promotion of our businesses, churches, schools and ourselves. It focuses on the importance of including ALL people in our marketing strategies.

    Valuing Collaboration over Competition
    While competition is routinely romanticized, it is collaboration and cooperation that renders real results. What often seems impossible can be accomplished through collaboration. That is why the future will be about collaboration. This presentation will introduce you to the force of collaboration. It will show you how and why collaboration will win over competition.

    Poetry in Motion
    This is an hour long program of animated poetry and short talks on subjects ranging from "Cultural Imprisonment" to "The Nature of Reality, how the Mind Plays Tricks on Us." It takes the participants on a journey of the mind, challenging them to rethink what they think is reality. It features short animated poems, each followed with an opportunity for the audience to engage in a discussion of the poem.


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    Anne Dilenschneider

    Counselor, Educator, Consultant, Writer
    Journey Counseling Services, 6209 S Pinnacle Pl Suite 102, Sioux Falls, SD 57108
    (605) 906-5404, dradilenschneider@gmail.com
    OB, RC, SB

    Healing Our Shared Past, Present, and Future: The Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum
    (Note: This presentation is best as a combined presentation with fellow humanities scholar Jerry Fogg.)
    From 1902-1933, Native Americans who misbehaved in boarding schools or who alienated reservation agents were sent to the Hiawatha Asylum in Canton, SD. That institution was the linchpin of federal "Indian" policy. Over the years, non-Native staff dared to speak up and file reports about Native mistreatment to the federal government, even though doing so meant losing their jobs during the Great Depression. By the time it closed, nearly 400 Native inmates from across the U.S. had been incarcerated in the asylum in circumstances described by federal investigators as "like a leper colony" and "inhumane." Many had died of untreated diseases. Currently, 121 Native Americans from 53 tribes remain buried in unmarked graves at the site. Until recently, this important piece of our state and national history was virtually unknown. Now, as Keepers of the Canton Native Insane Asylum Story, Anne and Jerry speak about this aspect of our shared past so we may begin to heal this wound in our own time.

    Repairing Our Relationships: The Power of Forgiveness
    From the time we are children, we are told to apologize when we hurt someone. However, apologies are not the same as the process of forgiveness. Likewise, our attempts to "forgive and forget" don't restore relationships. There is another path. Those who have suffered trauma, betrayals, and genocide show us that the process of forgiveness is powerful. It allows us to repair and rebuild our families, communities, and countries. It's no wonder Truth & Reconciliation Commissions across the world teach us that forgiveness is essential to restoring relationships. This presentation explores the power of the process of true forgiveness.

    Developing Teams of Leaders
    There are eight basic leadership competencies that are essential for the health of any organization. Each of us has only one of these competencies. So, when an organization is committed to working in a transformational leadership model, each person is called to live into their own competency in integrity with her/his values. When this is done, it becomes possible to develop teams of people who allow each other to take turns balancing and sharing leadership as needed. During this session, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of transformational leadership. In addition, each participant's leadership competency will be identified, and participants will learn how to use the processes of transformational leadership to promote personal and community integrity in their context.

    Going Out Green: Natural Burial in 2017
    "Green," or natural, burial conserves natural resources and restores and/or preserves wildlife habitat. It is more environmentally sensitive than cremation, and costs significantly less than other burial practices. Currently, there are 41 natural burial grounds in 26 states. In South Dakota, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls is the first cemetery in the upper Midwest to be certified as a Green Burial Council provider. This presentation focuses on the American history and practices of natural burial since the 1700s, as well as suggestions on how to participate in this effort to make burial environmentally sound.

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    Pegie (Margaret) Douglas

    Former Special Ed Teacher
    PO Box 811, Custer, SD 57730
    (919) 414-9383, pegiedouglas@earthlink.net

    The Life and Music of Badger Clark
    Badger Clark was South Dakota's First Poet Laureate. He lived in Custer State Park for 30 years. My musical program includes a narration of Badger Clark's life along with his poetry set to music. The program lasts about an hour and is a fairly fast-paced show. I talk about his life briefly, then sing one of his poems set to music. I accompany myself on the guitar.


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    Lana Dannenbring Eichstadt

    Retired Educator, NSU
    170 Wessington St S, PO Box 138, Wessington, SD 57381
    (605) 354-3589, lana7dann@gmail.com
    BR, OB, RC, RGT

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    Arch Ellwein

    Flyin' Lion Productions
    1005 15th St SW, PO Box 333, Sidney, MT 59270
    (406) 488-5109, arch@midrivers.com
    BR, SB*

    I have done over 2300 performances for all kinds of audiences in all kinds of venues since 1996 and have studied my characters and related subjects for over 20 years. I have been associated with SD Humanities for several years and most of my characters have a direct association with South Dakota and its citizens. All chautauqua.

    Theodore Roosevelt
    The 26th president of the United States comes back to life in this exciting show.
    H.G. Wells
    "The man Who Saw Tomorrow", author of 161 books. Set in 1940.
    Steamboat Captain Grant Marsh
    A pioneer of the Missouri and Yellowstone, he commanded the FAR WEST that brought the news of Custer's defeat.
    SGT John Ordway of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
    The only man to have a journal entry every day of the voyage from St. Louis and back. Set in 1813.
    Wagon Master James Liberty Fisk
    Guided wagon trains from Minnesota to the Montana gold fields in the 1860's.
    "Yellowstone" Vic Smith
    Champion buffalo hunter, Army scout, dispatch rider brings the late 19th century back to life.

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    Arley Fadness

    Free Lance Writer, Retired Lutheran Clergy
    442 Gordon St, Custer, SD 57730
    (605) 673-5044, arpamfad@gwtc.net

    Webster's Bandit Buster - Doc Sorbel
    This fascinating PowerPoint™ talk exposes the "secret" Webster, SD citizen Doc Sorbel hid all his life. Asle Oscar Sorbel was the 17-year-old lad who when living in Madelia, MN was responsible for the capture of the Younger Brothers of the infamous Jesse James Outlaw gang in 1876. He quickly and judiciously disappeared. After several years he re-appeared in Webster, SD and lived and served as the area "horse doctor", all the while carrying that "secret" until a year before he died in 1930.

    Outlaw Cole Younger "Preaches" in Hot Springs, SD
    This program tells about the capture, the imprisonment, and the post Stillwater Prison life Cole Younger of the infamous Jesse James Outlaw gang experienced. After prison, Cole Younger sold tombstones, developed and traveled with the "Cole Younger/Frank James Historical Wild West Show" and lectured on his reformation. We examine the lecture (preachment) Cole delivered at the Grand Theater in Hot Springs, SD in 1911.

    South Dakota Bombed by Balloon Bombs
    This presentation describes the little-known bombing of SD by Japanese Fugo balloons with incendiary bombs during WW II. Nine thousand balloons were launched from the Japanese mainland in late 1944 and in 1945. These balloon-bourne bombs targeted all of North America. Nine landings have been discovered on SD soil. It is speculated that additional dangerous bombs may still lurk undetected in remote areas.

    Huron-born WWI Balloonist First Hero
    This slide program and talk portrays the fascinating drama of the Huron, SD born WWI balloon aeronaut, Lieutenant Harlou P. Neibling. Neibling received the Distinguished Service Cross medal for his valor in France for shooting down a German Fokker D-VII airplane with his Colt .45 pistol while parachuting from his attacked and burning observation balloon.

    Aeronauts, Balloons and the Stratobowl
    This PowerPoint™ presentation tells the stories of seven significant historic and scientific balloons that flew out of the Stratobowl since 1934. The Stratobowl is a deep, natural circular canyon eleven miles south of Rapid City, SD. 2015 is the year that notes and celebrates the 80th anniversary of the 1935 launch and successful landing of Explorer II.



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    Wayne Fanebust

    705 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
    (605) 496-8730, wfanebust@q.com

    Outlaw Dakota
    A book talk about criminal justice in Dakota Territory as seen through the life and lens of Peter C. Shannon, chief justice on the Dakota Territory Supreme Court from 1873 to 1882. Shannon presided over several noteworthy trials that received national attention, including the trial of Jack McCall for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok, and the trial of Peter P. Wintermute, a rich, Yankton banker who shot and killed Edwin S. McCook, the territorial secretary of state and a Civil War hero.

    Senator R. F. Pettigrew
    A book talk based on my comprehensive biography of Senator Pettigrew who, along with G. C. Moody, was chosen as the one of the first Senators when South Dakota was admitted into the Union in 1889. Pettigrew was a frontiersman, a Sioux Falls businessman and booster, member of the Dakota Territory legislature and the delegate to congress from Dakota, before becoming a U. S. Senator. He acquired a reputation as a controversial figure because of his stand on Imperialism and the money issue of 1896, at which, he bolted the Republican Party in favor of populism.

    Jesse and Frank James' Great Escape through Dakota
    A book talk on my book about the James brothers that will be published next year. My lecture will reveal their amazing escape from the authorities, following the botched bank robbery in Northfield, Minnesota. Special emphasis will be on the legendary jump across Devil's Gulch near present day Garretson, SD.

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    Jerry Fogg

    Cultural Historian and Artist
    1405 E Walnut St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
    (605) 254-8189, jerryfogg@sio.midco.net

    Native Soul: Every Picture Tells a Story
    Jerry invites all South Dakotans into our shared history. He is an artist who is not afraid to tell the complicated stories of this land. He brings the stories of the past into the present through his art, connecting his own feelings and those of all of us who engage with his art, in order to help us imagine a preferred future together. Using a mixed media approach that includes historical pieces, Native American craft, traditional art techniques, and a touch of humor, he asks: Who are we? Where do we come from? And, where are we going?

    Healing Our Shared Past, Present, and Future: The Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum
    From 1902-1933, Native Americans who misbehaved in boarding schools or who alienated reservation agents were sent to the Hiawatha Asylum in Canton, SD. By the time it closed, nearly 400 Native inmates from across the U.S. had been incarcerated there in circumstances described by federal investigators as "like a leper colony" and "inhumane." Currently, 121 Native Americans from 53 tribes remain buried in unmarked graves at the site. As Keepers of the Canton Native Insane Asylum Story, Jerry and Anne speak about this aspect of our shared past so we may begin to heal this wound in our own time. (Note: This presentation is best as a combined presentation with fellow Humanities scholar Anne Dilenschneider).

    Let's Communicate: How Art is Generated out of Legends, Lore, Culture and Historical Events
    In every piece of Jerry Fogg's work, "there is more in the picture than just the story." In this presentation, he shares the process he goes through in order to engage the viewer in the past, present, and future. He makes informed choices about how to incorporate actual items (documents, furs, coins, certificates, etc.) as well as symbols of Native and non-Native cultures. This process takes time. Once, he had a snakeskin for 20 years before it was needed. Another piece has been germinating for 7 years, but he knows it is not time for it to be completed.


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    Timothy Fountain

    Author, Former Minister
    508 E Sandpiper Trl, Sioux Falls, SD, 57108
    (605) 376-2976, caregivingstinks@gmail.com
    BR, SB

    Anomalies in the 2016 General Election: Fun with the X Amendment
    The Bill of Rights tells us that powers not given to the federal government are retained by the states and the people. In the last election, some states voted for the "anti-Washington" candidate while enacting progressive laws at home. Are Americans, South Dakotans in particular, against "big government" or just "big government from afar"? This program invites audiences to discuss what is and what we hope might be.

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    Jamie Fryslie

    Discussion Leader, Speaker
    PO Box 43, Willow Lake, SD 57278
    (605) 759-6643, jlnfryslie@gmail.com
    OB, RC, RGT

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    Wayne Gilbert

    Speaker, Legal Researcher, Investigator
    832 Fairview Dr, Belle Fourche, SD 57717
    (605) 641-5642, gilbert@rushmore.com

    Incident at Lightning Creek
    A gunfight occurred in northeastern Wyoming in 1904 between a Sheriff's posse and a band of Lakota who were traveling in the area under a permit issued by Pine Ridge Indian Agent John Brennan. Members of the band were accused of taking game in violation of Wyoming game laws. The Sheriff, a posse member, and four Lakota were killed. Members of the band were later arrested, charged with murder, and taken to Douglas Wyoming for legal proceedings. John Brennan obtained the aid of the United States Attorney to represent them, and the charges were dismissed at the preliminary hearing. At the insistence of Wyoming Congressmen, a congressional investigation into the incident was held. The interaction between the Lakota and Wyoming law enforcement both before and after the gunfight is fascinating, and Gilbert discusses this interaction as well as the larger picture of what some have called the last battle of the Plains Indian Wars.

    The Crow Dog Case: High Water Mark of Post-Reservation Native Sovereignty
    Crow Dog was a Brule elder who killed another Brule elder named Spotted Tail inn 1882. He was charged with murder, and brought to Deadwood for trial. He was jailed in Deadwood in September of 1882. The trial was held in March of 1883. He was found guilty and sentenced to hang. His Deadwood attorney appealed the conviction all the way to the United States Supreme Court, which in December of 1883 reversed the conviction, holding that the United States did not have jurisdiction to try and punish a Native for a crime committed upon another Native in Indian Country. The case resulted in Congress's passage of the Major Crimes Act, which created the basis for federal jurisdiction in Indian County. A remarkable development occurred while Crow Dog was held in Deadwood from September of 1882 to December of 1883. He became a social celebrity in Deadwood. Gilbert weaves this remarkable story in with the legal proceedings which made this landmark case. Crow Dog had a great deal of charisma, and Gilbert's presentation also follows the remainder of Crow Dog's life, including his involvement in the Ghost Dance movement of 1890, and his heroic decision to bring his band in from the Stronghold days before the Wounded Knee Massacre.

    Vigilantes in the Black Hills from 1876 to 1900
    Vigilante posses were not for the faint of heart, either for the victims or the perpetrators. This presentation is a detailed account of reported lynchings near Rapid City, Spearfish, Deadwood and Sturgis during the last quarter of the 19th century. Where information is available, Gilbert will focus on the victims of the lynchings, their survivors, as well as the likely perpetrators, at least some of whom received their just desserts.

    Valentine McGillycuddy: A Life
    Valentine McGillycuddy came from Detroit to the Black Hills in a roundabout way. He was on a survey crew that set the boundary with Canada from northeastern Minnesota west to the Rocky Mountains. He then joined with the Newton-Jenney Expedition in 1875, and was the first white man to reach the summit of Black Elk Peak. He traveled with General Crook on the ""horse meat march"" in the fall of 1876; and treated both wounded soldiers and Lakota warriors at the Battle of the Slim Buttes. He became Agency Superintendent at Pine Ridge where he repeatedly had political and legal battles with Red Cloud. He tended to Crazy Horse while he suffered from his mortal wounds He treated wounded survivors of the Wounded Knee Massacre. These and other details of Dr. McGillycuddy's phenomenal life in the Black Hills, and his contributions to the developing governmental structures, are fully discussed in this presentation.

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    Joyzelle Gingway Godfrey

    Independent Scholar
    2811 Tierra Dr, Apt 107, Lincoln, NE 68516
    (402) 613-1200, joyzellegodfrey@gmail.com
    RC, SB

    Storytelling of the Dakota
    Story of the first twins who get lost and get help from Iyan and Tate to get back to their camp and family. In his sorrow over not being able to help children in the future, Iyan who is Rock, cries and sheds tears of pebbles. Tate calms Iyan's grief by showing him how they can leave something behind, the tears, that will help all children in the future, children of all ages.

    Meriwether Lewis and the Sioux at Bad River
    The descendants of this encounter live on the Lower Brule Reservation mainly, but are scattered about. This presentation is a comparison/combining of the Lewis Journal information which includes a marriage description, with the Deloria information about the historical culture of the Sioux to get a true picture of the events of this encounter.

    Speaking of Ella Deloria
    This presentation is about the life of Ella growing up on the Standing Rock Reservation as a Yankton Sioux. Her father was one of the first Episcopalian ministers to be ordained and her mother was a member of the San Arc Band, the Keepers of the Pipe, which had a great impact on Ella's future as a scholar and ethnographer.

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    Nels Granholm

    PhD, Professor Emeritus, South Dakota State University
    216 Sundance Pass, Brookings, SD 57006
    (605) 692-6416, nels.granholm@sdstate.edu

    How Native American Philosophies Can Enable us to Protect Our World?
    Invariably, Native American authors elaborate fundamental principles on how to live honorable lives of reciprocity with one another and the natural world. It seems we in the Western world need, at the very least, to contemplate these notions of reciprocity and embrace them if worthwhile and practical. Accordingly, we will examine aboriginal themes discussed by Robin Wall Kimmerer in her 2013 text entitled, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Knowledge, and The Teachings of the Plants. Dr. Kimmerer is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and a distinguished professor of environmental biology. She also directs the Center for Native Peoples and Environment at SUNY, Syracuse, NY. Fundamental Kimmerer themes include notions of reverence, reciprocity, and profound respect for all life, e.g., Lakota concept of "Mitakuye Oyasin" - we are all related. For example, photosynthesis or the production of sugar and energy from oxygen and water that occurs within plant cells, the chemical reaction that sustains all life on earth, is a gift to us from Nature. Accordingly, we should show great respect, dignity, and reciprocity for that process as well as all the other life-sustaining processes of our world. We out to celebrate photosynthesis and embrace indigenous knowledge of the living world. Dr. Kimmerer can help us to reciprocate in kind and to clearly demonstrate our deep respect for the natural world. We will look particularly at concepts of: 1)Plants as gifts and how gifts entail reciprocity; 2) We humans are part of Nature and are not separate from the natural world; how we act matters greatly; 3) Critical importance of ceremony (example salmon returning to Cascade Head, OR; 4) Importance of active language in framing plant-human relationships; 5)Our complicity in "Windigo thinking", i.e., profligate lifestyles; 6)Restoring our relationship with the land; and 7) Others. Per Dr. Kimmerer, the purpose of education is to "...learn the nature of our own gifts and to use them for good in the world".

    21st Century Global Imperatives: why should we know about (and do something about) global warming, global resource depletion, food security, and global poverty?
    Our 21st century world is extremely fragile. Because of current global imperatives (energy requirements based on the dreaded carbon-based oil, gas, and coal; attending global warming which is extremely serious but so readily politically deniable; pressures from Middle East democracy events; global recession with problems in the Euro zone; ongoing war and terrorism; horrendous potential food production and food security problems; global natural resource depletion of forests, fisheries, topsoil, water; global poverty; global population causing enormous resource pressures; shifting major power polarities from West to East; and others), the 21st century is qualitatively different from the 20th century. Fundamentally, we in the world need a very different course of action; continued reliance on 20th century models will only get us into deeper jeopardy!      

    What does Aldo Leopold have to offer in the way of ecological clarity? Or why do we need to preserve our global and regional ecosystems?
    Leopold portrays the natural world in ways that are simple, poetic, lyrical, astonishingly pure, lovely, and without us even knowing it, embedded in sound ecological principles that we learn painlessly. As a graduate of Yale Forestry School in the early 20th century, Leopold was hell-bent to grow as many trees, clear-cut as many forests, and make as much money as humanly possible. But then, one day he experienced a glorious ecological epiphany: we (all life) are all part of the same fabric, we are essentially all one being.

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    Candy Hamilton

    Independent Scholar
    124 East Saint Anne St, Rapid City, SD 57701
    (605) 407-8488, hamcandy@gmail.com
    RC, RGT

    Surprising Friendship: Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull, A Civil Guide to Twenty-first Century Race Relations
    As Native People and other South Dakotans seek ways to bridge the gaps between the two races through civility, Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull offer excellent guidance. Sitting Bull, who lived by the traditional Lakota values relied on respect and generosity, cornerstones of civility, to persuade Annie Oakley to allow him to visit her when they were both in Minneapolis. Oakley saw no point in meeting this Lakota man and rebuffed his request three times. Yet they did finally meet, became friends, and worked together through one season of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. They remained in contact until Sitting Bull's death in 1890. The two could not have been more opposite, but Sitting Bull's admiration for Oakley's skills overcame any hesitancy he might have had about approaching a white person. By 1884 when they met, he had plenty of experience with the misunderstandings, false assumptions, mistrust, and other forms of racism that had plagued his life since his first contact with white people. On her part, Oakley at first saw no reason to meet this man, usually touted in the press as a wild Indian who killed Custer and about whom she knew nothing but this false stereotype. Sitting Bull's determination won him a first visit, and once she met Sitting Bull, Oakley was willing to set aside her preconceived ideas based on stereotypes and see him as a particular individual whom she could enjoy knowing and share a friendship with. At the time they met, their lives were moving in concentric circles. Annie Oakley could finally put behind her one of the worst childhoods anyone ever experienced and was on the cusp of enormous fame. Sitting Bull, a major spiritual and civil leader of his Hunkpapa Lakota, had enjoyed the ideal childhood of the free Lakota, but now entered the most challenging and dispiriting years of his life with his people forced onto Standing Rock Reservation without horses, buffalo, or freedom to make their own decisions. However, Oakley did not let the distractions of her budding success, nor did Sitting Bull let the tragic elements of his life interfere with their friendship. They discovered what they had in common, a basis for their enduring bond. Oakley's husband and manager saw their connection as a boon to her career, but Oakley appreciated Sitting Bull for himself, not just what he represented. Their friendship has much to teach us in the twenty-first century when we need to come together with civility. I had the great, good fortune to live on Pine Ridge Reservation for most of my adult life. I learned something of what being the "other" means. (Two to three percent of the Pine Ridge population is white.) More importantly, I had an amazing opportunity to become friends—and family—with so many Lakotas. They more than demonstrated generosity, kindness, openness, and a willingness to share history, customs, and a way of life that have certainly enriched my life. I enjoyed such a privilege to share in their rich cultural and spiritual customs and lives and maybe best of all to get to know the delightful Lakota humor. During my time on the reservation, I came to know people through community work, teaching, and working as a reporter. I enjoyed taking a number of college courses in Lakota Studies, but I learned just as much, maybe more, from daily interactions and friendships. No matter what divides between the races some people may see, I know how much more enriched our lives will be when we cross that divide.

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    Sarah Hernandez

    Asst Professor, South Dakota State University
    Pugsley Center 301, Box 2218, Brookings, SD 57007
    (605) 688-4121, Sarah.Hernandez@sdstate.edu
    OB, RC, RGT

    Toward a Dakota Literary Tradition
    This presentation focuses on Dakota literature from 1836 to present. Specifically, I analyze the published and unpublished writings of Gideon Pond, Samuel Pond, Stephen Riggs, Ella Deloria, and Elizabeth Cook-Lynn to better understand how Dakota literature evolved from an oral to a written form. The purpose of this presentation is to increase knowledge of and appreciation for Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota writers and their rich and complex literary traditions.

    American Indian Literatures of the Present
    This presentation focuses on contemporary American Indian literature and poetry, and examines the different literary strategies and rhetorical devices used by tribal writers to articulate and define their communities. Today, more than 5,000 tribes exist worldwide. Each with their own literary tradition. This presentation provides an overview of some of the indigenous literary traditions that exist locally, nationally, and abroad.

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    Patrick Hicks

    Writer-in-Residence, Assoc Professor of English, Augustana University
    2001 S Summit Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57197
    (605) 274-5434, patrick.hicks@augie.edu

    Auschwitz, the Holocaust, and Memory: Doing Research & Writing about a Nazi Concentration Camp Hicks will discuss his latest novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, which is based upon Auschwitz and the other Operation Reinhard camps. Hicks will read passages from his novel, show several photos, and talk about what it was like to visit Auschwitz.

    Writing Fiction, Writing Poetry
    Acclaimed author and poet, Patrick Hicks, conducts a workshop to help participants understand the writing life, hone their own craft, and learn more about how the power of words can shape our daily lives.

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    Yvonne Hollenbeck

    Cowgirl Poet, Quilter
    30549 291st St, Clearfield, SD 57580
    (605) 557-3559, geetwo@gwtc.net

    Patchwork of the Prairie
    A historical and entertaining trunk show where Hollenbeck unfolds and shows approximately 40 quilts made on the prairies of South Dakota and Nebraska by five generations of members of her family, accompanied by a slide show of photos of the makers, the homes they lived in (some sod) and matters surrounding their lives (including the feed store where much of the feed sack fabric in their quilts came from) and stories about the lives of these hardy men and women.

    Rhyming the Range
    Hollenbeck entertains the audience with original story poetry about life on a cattle ranch in South Dakota. Yvonne is the top-award winning cowgirl poet in America and has delighted audiences of all ages and genders at the top western events as well as civic events in the U.S. and Canada.

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    Paul Horsted

    Author, Photographer
    24905 Mica Ridge Rd, Custer, SD 57730
    (605) 673-3685, paul@paulhorsted.com

    The Black Hills Yesterday & Today
    From the 1874 Black Hills "Custer" Expedition, through the gold rush, to the early days of tourism Paul Horsted presents rare historic photographs carefully matched with modern views from the same locations today. The resulting "then and now" images are not only fascinating to see, but also reveal insights into our history, development, ecology and more across the Black Hills region.



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    Karla Hunter

    Assoc Professor of Communication Studies, SDSU
    433 Telluride Ln, Brookings, SD 57006
    (605) 212-0894, Karla.Hunter@sdstate.edu
    RC, SB

    Find Your Voice
    This workshop empowers interpersonal, professional and civic "voices" by helping participants build their communication competence and overcome barriers to positive communication outcomes. These barriers can include Impostor Syndrome, fear of public speaking, listening obstacles, and "Grouphate" (anxiety associated with working in groups). Evidence-based tools offered include skills training, personal communication inventories, myth-busting, and desensitization to fearful situations.
    This presentation requires an overhead projector or PowerPoint equipment and is well-suited for the high school, or college/adult learner.

    (Not so) Divine Comedy: Humor's Role in Politics
    Dr. Hunter explores historical uses and theories regarding humor's power at the polls, sharing findings from her own program of research. This presentation requires audio/visual equipment such as a PowerPoint projector with speakers. The program is especially suited to adult learners such as civic organizations or college students.


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    Dylan Jacobson

    Comic Artist/AISC Resident Artist, SD Arts Council
    405 E 12th St #213, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
    (605) 941-1846, thedylanjacobson@gmail.com
    RGT, SB*

    Comics and Character
    Jacobson presents a Chautauqua on how comics and character building can change our points of view.

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    Joyce Jefferson

    Principal/Owner, Joyce Jefferson Creates Stories in Song
    PO Box 5007, Rapid City, SD 57709
    (605) 393-2680, storyteller@JoyceJefferson.net

    Chautauqua programs (Sarah Campbell, Lucretia Marchbanks) "Phenomenal Woman' and Other S/Heroes" (revival); "Dakota Daughters" (revival)

    Phenomenal Woman and Other S/Heroes
    Researched and presented African American history and culture through poetry, song, and narration. This is a timeless and universal message. Women comment, "This is so uplifting." Men say, "Thank you for reminding me of the women in my life." Received standing ovation at Red Hats State convention and continuing engagements.

    Dakota Daughters
    Lakota. Euro-American. African American. Women from these cultures weave a perceived history of Wounded Knee (Former Three Voices). This historical interpretation of the events culminating in the massacre at Wounded Knee Creek in 1890 has been researched and historically reenacted to display the possible thoughts and feelings of women during that time.

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    Belinda Joe

    MS in Education, Educator and Scholar
    PO Box 345, Fort Thompson, SD 57339
    (605) 245-2453, bfjoe@hotmail.com
    OB, RC, SB*

    Making Connections and Transformations Through "Watanyan": An Aquarian Educator and Dakota Storyteller
    In the essence of "watanyan" (to see the good and be true to one's mark), we can strive to walk in dignity and with respect as we make connections with one another, the earth, water and sky. In connecting with the winged, we too can make transformations, for it is the geese who demonstrate civility during transformational leadership.


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    Dani Johannesen

    Asst Professor of English, University of Minnesota-Crookston
    502 Euclid Ave, Crookston, MN 56716
    (218) 281-8250, johan259@crk.umn.edu
    OB, RGT, SB

    No Place Like Home: The Origins of Magical Ruralism
    Especially since the latter half of the twentieth century, rural American culture has evolved in fascinating, significant ways. Canonical, widely known literary works by Sherwood Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, and others portrayed rural American life as essentially alienated from modernity. Theodore Dreiser's Carrie Meeber and Sinclair Lewis's Carol Kennicott yearned to escape small town life in favor of the opportunities and excitement promised by the city. This desire manifested in many rural high school graduates, who left their "small town" lives behind to pursue a college education or a job in a nearby city. Indeed, some of the most central modernist works of the twentieth century contributed to a kind of "master narrative" hinged on presenting rural life as stifling, boring, and lacking in opportunities. In a shift away from the pastoral notion of rural life as idyllic and fruitful, early twentieth century narratives often presented rural life as disenchanted and existing on the margins. This presentation will show how late twentieth century rural narratives and rural culture more broadly responded to this disenchantment via a cultural discourse called magical ruralism. Surveying works by Louise Erdrich, Stephen King, Tim O'Brien, E. Annie Proulx, and others, I show how magic and re-enchantment have figured prominently in contemporary rural narratives and culture. I also trace how magic and re-enchantment emerge in cultural artifacts such as roadside monuments, invented mythologies, and rural rhetoric in general. As a concept, magical ruralism contributes to how scholars and communities come to understand contemporary rural culture.


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    Dr. Barbara Johnson

    511 South Arch St, Aberdeen, SD 57401
    (605) 229-5988, prairielitdocbj@aol.com
    OB, RC, RGT, SB

    The Diverse Heritage of South Dakota Stained Glass
    Explore the beautiful stained glass of South Dakota and how it represents the state's varied and unique cultural and historic heritage.

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    Bruce B. Junek and Tass Thacker

    Owners, Images of the World
    612 Saint James St, Rapid City, SD 57701
    (605) 348-3432, iow@hills.net

    Images of the World
    We currently have seven programs featuring different countries. Each program features social studies, art history, natural history, religion, science and geography. The programs promote cultural and ethnic understanding and respect, global awareness, environmental education and stewardship, intellectual and artistic curiosity, healthy lifestyle choices, goal-setting and the value of pursuing dreams, personal growth through willingness to face hardships and challenge one's own inner strengths, fears, and passions.

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    Richard Kaan

    27946 Lariat Cir, PO Box 222, Hot Springs, SD 57747
    (605) 440-1007, sheepwagon2010@gmail.com

    Black Hills Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Routes
    A presentation of the political, cultural and economic issues affecting the Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Routes into the Black Hills from Cheyenne, WY and Sydney, NE using timelines, maps, original photos and satellite imagery.

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    Jerome Kills Small

    Storyteller, Singer
    204 3rd St., Utica, SD 57067
    (605)660-4366, chikkawk@gmail.com

    Children's Stories for All Ages
    Family oral histories

    Stories of Foods and Medicines in Lakota Ways of Life

    Origins of Lakota Song and Dance
    Kills Small explores life in the festivals and rituals of the Lakota.


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    Amy Kirk

    Columnist, Speaker
    26436 SD Hwy 89, Custer, SD 57730
    (605) 673-2063, 4atkccranch@goldenwest.net

    Navigating the Obstacles to Journaling and Discovering Your Journaling Style
    Amy will show you how to overcome anxieties about journaling and how to tap into a journal style that works for you.

    Keeping a Journal to Organize Your Life
    Amy elaborates on how journaling can be so much more than writing about what you did today and will give you ideas on how to make journaling benefit all aspects of your life.

    Ways to Continue an Interest in Journaling
    Amy will give journalers tips and ideas on how to continue keeping a journal when you get stuck or drop the ball.

    Thinking outside of the Journal
    Amy will share ways she shakes up conventional journaling to make it more fun and exciting to want to journal regularly.

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    Dirk Lammers

    Author, Journalist
    1516 S Raymond Cir, Sioux Falls, SD 57106
    (605) 254-3472, dirkl@lammers.net

    Baseball No-Hit Wonders
    Lammers chronicles baseball's most interesting no-hitters during the national pastime's storied history, starting with George Washington Bradley's 1876 no-hitter for the St. Louis Brown Stockings and culminating with no-nos thrown by such modern-day pitching greats as Nolan Ryan, Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum.

    Baseball No-Hitters of the Midwest
    Lammers provides a look at the three no-hitters thrown by Iowa's own Bob Feller and other no-nos thrown by pitching greats and one-timers who hail from the Midwest or played for teams in the region.

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    MaryJo Benton Lee

    Adjunct Asst Prof, Dept of Sociology and Rural Studies, SDSU
    1124 Fourth St, Brookings, SD 57006
    (605) 692-8252, mjblee@mchsi.com

    Ethnicity and Empowerment: What Minority Education in China Can Teach Us About Minority Education in the U.S.
    Lee, who has written a book about minority education in Southwest China and a book about Native American education in the Midwest, compares and contrasts schooling in two cultures.

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    Coleen Liebsch

    Author, Books 4 Kids Program
    209 Main Ave, PO Box 206, Hayti, SD 57241
    (605) 783-7715, Books4Kids@PublishPS.com

    Books 4 Kids
    Building children's character through books is the mission of the Books 4 Kids Program, but as it enters its fourth year of operation, it has blossomed into much more. The last thing kids today want to do is sit through another lecture on how to behave. When the lesson is infused in an entertaining book that allows them to discover the "moral of the story" on their own though, it's a whole different scenario. Add to that an opportunity for the students to meet and ask questions of the author before receiving their own copy of the book for free, and you have the Books 4 Kids Program. Implemented through elementary and middle schools, the Books 4 Kids Program promotes values of kindness, anti-bullying and inclusion as it promotes interest in writing.

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    Rich Lofthus

    Professor of History, Mount Marty College
    801 East 15th St Unit 11, Yankton, SD 57078
    (605) 661-4022, rlofthus23@gmail.com

    Over Here, Over There: The World War One Correspondence of the Private John Warns Family
    I have developed a presentation on a South Dakota family that lived during the World War I era. It is based on the letters written from the family and community of Wentworth, SD to a soldier named John Warns, and on letters he wrote home from basic training and the Western Front.

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    Ray Maple

    Owner, Tom O'Day Productions, Living History Performer
    2821 Rocky Road #115, Cody, WY 82414
    (307) 527-7314, tomodayproductions@bresnan.net

    Wearing period costume, I recall the life and times of early day Wyoming outlaw Tom O' Day, who rode with Butch Cassidy and who was involved in the botched Belle Fourche bank robbery. I tell tales relating to Tom's interaction with other outlaws and famous persons of the 1880's, 90's and up to 1930 when Tom died in Timber Lake, SD. Also, tell tales about Ella Smith, aka Bronco Nell, a partner and horse thief from Meeteetse, WY who was the last woman to serve time in the state penitentiary. Much info is from stories from people I have met, and not published.

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    Bill Markley

    803 Bridgeview, Pierre, SD 57501
    (605) 224-5322, markley@pie.midco.net

    Deadwood Dead Men
    This is the title of Markley's latest book, a historical novel based on actual events in Deadwood in August, 1876. Markley discusses his research into Deadwood's past, its characters, and the events that unfolded in the mining boom town. Markley also discusses the processes of writing fiction and nonfiction.

    Dances with Wolves
    2015 was the 25th anniversary of the release of Dances with Wolves filmed in South Dakota. Markley was involved as a reenactor in its filming; scenes that he participated in were the opening Civil War scene, the Fort Hays scene where Dunbar was sent further west, and the final scene where the cavalry was searching for the Lakota village in Spearfish Canyon. Markley also discusses the process of journaling.

    Custer's 7th Calvary Guidon
    The South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center has a guidon flag that most likely was from the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Markley discusses his research into the guidon and why he believes it is from the battlefield.

    Dakota Territory History
    Markley can discuss a variety of historical topics including sites associated with the life of Sitting Bull, the quarries at Pipestone, MN, Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery up the Missouri River, Kenneth McKenzie, King of the Upper Missouri, the Choteau Family fur trade along the Missouri River, the Fort Pierre to Deadwood Trail, Fort Dilts in North Dakota, the murders of Bummer Dan, Spotted Tail, Wild Bill Hickok, and Di Lee, Deadwood's China Doll.

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    Michael McDonald

    Singer, Songwriter
    2609 Mulligan Dr, Yankton, SD 57078-5306
    (605) 664-7672, oisins_remnant@yahoo.com

    Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery in Song and Story
    A program of songs and stories about the Corps of Discovery traveling through the Missouri and the Columbia River regions from 1804-1806 based on my readings of the Bakeless edition of "The Journals of Lewis and Clark" and Stephen Ambrose's book, "Undaunted Courage".

    Cowboy Poetry and Songs of Badger Clark, E. A. L. Griffin, and Robert V. Carr
    All native cowboy poets of western South Dakota.

    Cowboy Tunes and Nighthawk Songs
    Tunes ranging from Thomas Moore's "Irish Melodies" poems that were sung by Irish-American cowboys after the Mexican American War (1848), the Civil War (1861-65) and the Indian Wars of the Central and Great Northern Plains to tunes of George F. Root, Stephen Foster et al.

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    Dr. Jason McEntee

    Professor/Department Head, English Department, SDSU
    SPC 301, Box 2218, Brookings, SD 57007
    (605) 688-5191, jason.mcentee@sdstate.edu
    OB, SB

    Strangers in Their Own Land
    McEntee examines Iraqi Freedom movies in the context of the warrior's coming home story. He analyzes the "coming home" narrative as well as studies both trauma and warrior re-adjustment and repatriation as seen in movies.

    The Famous, the Infamous, and the Dead: Filming: Operation Iraqi Freedom
    The presenter discusses the idea of "filming war" through an emerging body of Iraq War movies - mainstream, alternative, and even those shot by warriors themselves, often utilizing "new media" technology.

    Re-Thinking Gender after the Gulf Wars: Literary and Film Representations of the Female Warrior
    This presentation examines the role of the female - as soldier, nurse, citizen - in post-Vietnam combat narratives, both autobiographical and fictional.


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    John Miller

    Independent Scholar
    1055 Circle Dr, Brookings, SD 57006-1238
    (605) 692-7680, john.miller@sdstate.edu

    The 2016 Election and American Democracy
    Drawing upon recent books such as Charles Murray's Coming Apart, Yuval Levin's The Fractured Republic, Robert Putnam's Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, and Arlie Russell Hochschild's Strangers in Their Own Land, Miller considers the current condition of American society and democracy and explores possible paths to political renewal.

    South Dakota: The "Creativity State"?
    Drawing upon 22 interviews with creative South Dakotans he collected in First We Imagine and upon his other 2014 book, Small-Town Dreams: Stories of Midwestern Boys Who Shaped America, Miller discusses the characteristics that foster creativity and strategies for promoting creativity in South Dakota. The latter book discusses major national figures over the past century and a half, ranging from Henry Ford and Sam Walton to Walt Disney, Sinclair Lewis, and Ernie Pyle.

    What Makes George McGovern Tick?
    Was he the "Prairie Populist" that Time magazine pictured him as in its early 1972 cover story, or was he an extreme liberal who endangered the "American Way of Life"? Opinions about McGovern veered from one end of the spectrum to the other. Miller, who interviewed the Senator several times and is writing a book about him, will sort out fact from fiction regarding one of the state's most significant political figures.

    Libertarians on the Prairie
    Miller, author of three books on Laura Ingalls Wilder, discusses Christine Woodside's new book, Libertarians on the Prairie. It argues that in the process of editing and partially re-writing her mother's Little House books, Rose Wilder Lane infused them with conservative and libertarian political ideology. Miller also discusses the nature of the literary collaboration that existed between the two, calling into question Woodside's assertion that Lane essentially became Wilder's "ghostwriter" for the last several books.

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    Rick Mills

    Museum Director, SD State Railroad Museum
    222 Railroad Ave, Hill City, SD 57745
    (605) 574-9000, sdsrrm@gmail.com

    Black Hills Railroads - Then and Now
    Mills presents a PowerPoint™ presentation and discussion providing an overview of railroad history and operations in the Black Hills region from 1874 to today.

    South Dakota Railroading 101
    A PowerPoint™ program focusing on the most important and topical people, places, and trains that have shaped Dakota Territory and the State as we know it today. Designed for both children and adults alike.

    The South Dakota Railroad Photography of Otto Perry
    Otto Perry (1894-1970) was an accomplished American photographer specializing in railroad photos. Perry traveled extensively in Colorado, the surrounding plains, and north to the Black Hills of South Dakota in a five-decade pursuit to preserve a changing, and ultimately diminishing, era of railroading. His historic images captured narrow guage steam locomotives, classic passenger trains, lowly freight trains, quintessential short lines, and the rise and ultimate dominance of diesel locomotives. In South Dakota, Otto trained his camera lenses on the equipment and operations of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy; the Chicago and Northwestern; the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific; and the local favorite - the Rapid City, Black Hills and Western. This PowerPoint™ program presents a selection of these images, plus re-photographed images of some of the same scenes today.

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    Miss "V", The Gypsy Cowbelle

    Performing Artist, Cowbilly Productions
    PO Box 809, Thermopolis, WY 82443
    (307) 231-9252, gypsycowbelle@gmail.com

    The Modern-Day Homesteader
    This program is presented either as a theme concert or as a showing of the artist's documentary by the same name. The concert utilizes song and story to explore elements of Western pioneer life, while the documentary incorporates slides, music and narrative to depict the artist's personal account of one homestead ranch. Engaging discussions follow the shows, particularly the documentary presentation.

    Dawn in the Night
    This is a unique and compelling portrayal of Amelia Earhart in a Chautauqua-esque format. The stage is set when "Amelia" stops by as part of a trip she made to Wyoming in 1934. The body of the performance, though not impromptu per se, appears as such while Amelia answers questions posed by "plants" in the audience. Following this overview of her life thus far, "Amelia" then answers unscripted questions relevant to this date. Additional questions and post-script follow when Miss "V" appears for the final segment of the performance, which covers the final three years of her life.

    Homespun Instruments
    This program is an interactive workshop which stimulates music making, creative expression and positive group dynamics through the use of a wide array of simple and homemade instruments. A brief overview of historic origins and construction of the instruments sets the stage, after which participants "join the band", as Miss "V" leads traditional folk, cowboy and classic country tunes. Though designed for younger participants, the workshop is popular among all ages and has been well-received at numerous community events, living history demonstrations and folk festivals.

    Trails West
    This program celebrates the era following the Civil War, one of the most colorful chapters in American history. Many of the events which spurred and define the exploration of and immigration to the Western territories come to life through story and song in this educational and entertaining theme concert. From the Oregon Trail to the Chisolm Trail, from the Gold Rush to the Land Rush and from the Pony Express to the Union Pacific, the presentation is sure to unveil hidden chapters of history as well as evoke new insight into traditional tales.

    Mare's Tales
    This is a theme concert depicting some of America's leading ladies. Whether she is a "mail-order" bride, maritime legend, martyr or maverick, the heroines of these tales will not be forgotten! Though Mare's Tales was originally scripted to celebrate Women's History Month in March, it has been popular among audiences any time of the year. Original and classic songs on the guitar and banjo add personal affect to both legendary and obscure ladies who have made their mark on American history over the past two centuries.


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    Marsha Mittman

    Speaker, English Literature
    PO Box 586, Spearfish, SD 57783
    (605) 644-8062, marsha.mittman@thenextfoundation.org

    Chicken Soup for the Soul Books: Their Popularity and Author's Selected Readings
    Chicken Soup for the Soul books have sold over 500 million copies worldwide, are published in over 100 countries, and been translated into 43 languages. Presenter will read selections from four of her stories recently accepted by Chicken Soup, and discuss the publishing phenomenon's popular self-help approach.

    Visiting "Signature" American Cities and Sites
    How to visit them realistically and inexpensively. Why they are considered special and what makes them unique.

    Women's Issues Worldwide
    Presenter will discuss women's issues as experienced in global travels to over 125 countries on six continents, and read selections from her poetry chapbook, Patriarchal Chronicles, accepted by Finishing Line Press.

    Meditation for Stress Relief and Creativity
    Understanding meditation and learning a non-sectarian form to facilitate stress relief and unleash creativity. Presenter has run programs in twelve states, and will read selections from her meditation chapbook, Message from a Goldfish, as well as suggest/illustrate various formats.

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    Sandra Kern Mollman

    Theatre Artist
    30717 University Rd, Vermillion, SD 57069
    (605) 670-9753, sandra.mollman@usd.edu
    RC, SB

    The Role of Theatre in Civil Discourse
    Theatre provides entertainment and escape for its patrons and participants alike. Theatre artists strive to engage their audiences to live with them for a moment IN the moment, together as a community, where they will all imagine together, express together, experience and explore together the community they are creating together for the stage. A discussion on the Role of Theatre in Civil Discourse explores the use of theatre spaces for creative, inspired, civil discourse, with a common goal of exploring the communities that we are creating together off the stage.

    Theatre in Real Life
    It is the work of theatre artists to come together from their various disciplines to create one unified world, the world of the play. How do we use the skills of theatre artists in our REAL world to come together to create the world that we want to see? This presentation can focus on four areas of theatre (directors, designers, actors, playwrights), or can be broken down into four different presentations that discuss each area of theatre separately. We are all the directors, designers, actors, and playwrights of our own worlds.

    YOU are NEEDED: Your Own Individual Creativity is NEEDED in the World Today!
    Somewhere from the time we are children to the time we become adults, we often lose sight of ourselves as creative beings. This presentation focuses on re-connecting individuals with their own personal creativity, and on how our unique creativity as individuals is a crucial part of the whole of our communities.

    The Stories Tell, the Stories We Live
    An exploration of how we are writing

    I also have an interest in presenting on: Native American Playwrights, Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwrights, American Theatre Today, Community-Based Theatre

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    Laura Hovey Neubert

    Laura Hovey Neubert
    Development Director, Rapid City Library Foundation, Inc
    610 Quincy St, PO Box 1015, Rapid City SD 57709
    (605) 786-3344,laura@rapid citylibraryfoundation.org

    Book-Slingers: Libraries in the Wild, Wild West
    Black Hills libraries are a part of the vivid story of our wild west history. But, what's the real account behind them, who are the well-known book-slingers of yore, and how is this past influencing our libraries today? Join me for stimulating evidence, tidbits of insight, and davits of drama supporting the development of libraries in the Black Hills. In western Dakota Territory during the late 19th and early part of the 20th century, individuals and communities pooled resources, appealed to national philanthropists, lobbied citizens and focused effort on enhancing consequence of the populace through development of public libraries. Rapid City's pioneers like John Brennan, a father of the city; Joseph and Alice Gossage, early editors of the regional newspaper; Carrie Ingalls of later 'Little House" book series fame; and national philanthropists Andrew Carnegie and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, all played a part in the birth of libraries here. Some may call these individuals book-slingers, i.e. community leaders, cultural supporters, visionary civic advocates. Individuals who fought for their communities with literacy, sans the gun.

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    Jean Patrick

    Author, Speaker, Storyteller
    40519 258th St, Mitchell SD 57301
    (605)770-7345, jean@santel.net
    RC, RGT, SB

    Mount Rushmore: Past and Future
    Using archival photographs and objects, Mount Rushmore author Jean Patrick presents unique facts and perspectives about the memorial, including its current importance for people of all backgrounds. (Appropriate for all ages.) NOTE: THIS CAN FIT THE RACE AND CIVILITY THEME

    The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth
    Jean Patrick (author of The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth) dramatizes the true story of Jackie Mitchell. Afterwards, Jean reveals her writing process by displaying piles of primary source research and stacks of rough drafts. Jean also connects Jackie Mitchell's life with the experiences of women baseball players in South Dakota. (CHAUTAUQUA PRESENTATION)

    The Writing Life
    Jean Patrick, author of eleven books, encourages writers of all ages by revealing an inside look at her writing process, including her newest book, Long-armed Ludy and the First Women's Olympics. Jean tailors this presentation to the needs of your group and includes writing activities upon request.

    Memoir Writing
    Jean Patrick leads beginning and advanced memoir writing classes. Please contact her with the needs of your group.

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    Lilah Morton Pengra

    Independent Scholar
    13703 Lame Johnny Rd, PO Box 126, Buffalo Gap, SD 57722
    605-255-4605, lilah@hcinet.net
    RC, SB

    Interpreting the Evidence
    This presentation analyzes the difficulties in identifying racism and cultural misunderstanding in historical documents about Isaiah Dorman, an African American who married a Dakota woman in Minnesota, fought in the Civil War, worked for the US Army at Fort Rice, Dakota Territory, and died at the Little Bighorn in 1876. Many secondary sources over the past 135 years have claimed he was a runaway slave and hated by the Lakota. The program will investigate how stereotypes, changing word meanings, beliefs and values shaped the information and required sensitive interpretation in order to write his biography and refute these claims.

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    Frank Pommersheim

    Author, Poet, USD School of Law
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069
    (605) 677-6350, fpommers@usd.edu
    BR, RC, SB

    Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution: A Review of the Past, Present, and Future

    The Bill of Rights and Native People: Equality or Discrimination?

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    Jane Rasmussen

    Independent Scholar
    217 5th Ave East, Sisseton, SD 57262
    (605) 237-6004, janeandjohnrasmussen@gmail.com

    The Stavig Letters
    The immigrant experience comes to life in this three-person readers' theater program created by Dr. Wayne Knutson. Content comes directly from an extensive collection of letters written over a fifty-year period between two brothers, one who emigrated to Dakota Territory and one who stayed in Norway.

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    Jim Reese

    611 Augusta Cir., Yankton, SD 57078
    (605) 660-3737, james.reese@mtmc.edu

    Get Published Now
    This is a hybrid writing seminar where participants spend time generating ideas, writing their own memoirs and poetry, and discussing real methods on how to get published in today's market. The workshop features informal conversations with a working writer and editor, discussing craft, publishing and the writing life.

    Jim Reese is also available to talk about transformative learning and teaching within the prison system.

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    Marcella Remund

    235 E Lewis, Vermillion, SD 57069
    (605) 366-6096, mremund@usd.edu

    Poems of the Prairie: Beyond Bucolic
    In this program, Marcella reads original poetry that explores the struggles, joys, beauty, and hardship of life in South Dakota. The reading is accompanied by images of South Dakota land and people and is followed by time for Questions & Answers.

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    Lee Ann Roripaugh

    SD State Poet Laureate, University of South Dakota
    208 N Pine St, Apt 202, Vermillion, SD 57069
    (605) 675-9539, Lee.Roripaugh@usd.edu
    RC, SB

    A Reading by South Dakota State Poet Laureate, Lee Ann Roripaugh
    South Dakota State Poet Laureate, Lee Ann Roripaugh, reads selections from, and discusses, her award-winning poetry.

    Poetry of the Japanese-American Internment (Race and Civility Series)
    Lee Ann Roripaugh reads selections from her series on the Japanese American Internment during WWII ("Heart Mountain, 1943") and leads a discussion on race and history.

    Workshops with South Dakota State Poet Laureate, Lee Ann Roripaugh
    Lee Ann Roripaugh guides workshop members through reading and writing prompts to generate new work and approaches to writing poetry.

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    Phyllis Schrag

    Retired Teacher
    2320 Westwind Dr, Ames, IA 50010
    (515) 337-1713, phyllis_schrag@mediacombb.net

    Frances Perkins a Powerful Influence
    Participants will learn about the woman behind The New Deal, her early years, and her humble beginnings. The PowerPoint™ presentation discusses other influential women of the time including Jane Addams, Rose Schneiderman, Mary Woolley, and Florence Kelley along with men of influence including Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    If you Have to Grow Up, it Might as well be in a Small Town
    Growing up in a 1950’s small town has some unique advantages that modern children will never experience. This “storytelling” type lecture is sure to delight audiences as it explores commonalities found in most regional small towns. Details of lessons learned from a child’s point-of-view will evoke many individual memories among audience members.

    Baseball, Preachers, and Funerals
    A sequel to "If you Have to Grow Up, it Might as well be in a Small Town", this “storytelling” type lecture is a humorous yet poignant look at small town life where all the town kids were needed to have their own “World Series”, preachers had their impact on children’s development, and funerals were simply a part of life. Lessons gleaned from baseball, preachers, and funerals present a child’s perspective of life in a small town.   

    Home Remedies
    During the Great Depression and many years following it, people did not frequent a doctor as much as we do today. Most towns did not have a local doctor and many farm families would not have had the luxury of seeing a doctor. Even if there was a doctor, the trip would be miles away. In a PowerPoint™ presentation, “Home Remedies” references the work entitled, Little Heathens- Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression, by Mildred Armstrong Kalish. In it the author describes home remedies she knew growing up on an Iowa farm. Audiences find it fun to explore their own home remedies and from where those home remedies originated. Although not a requirement, audience members are encouraged to read Little Heathens... prior to the event.

    Letters from the Attic
    Participants will gain a perspective on the life and times of people who settled in Dakota Territory. The presentation is based on 50 letters written in German Script addressed to Schrag's great-grandfather, F.J. Meier. These letters had been carefully saved, never translated, and handed down through the generations; they detail faith, personal experiences, and the agrarian nature of Dakotans between 1878 and 1889. PowerPoint™

    Ms. Schrag has several more programs available.


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    Marty Seifert

    Speaker, Morgan Books, LLC
    1113 East Lyon St, Marshall, MN 56258
    (507) 829-7683, seifert@iw.net

    Sundown at Sunrise: A Story of Love and Murder
    This presentation takes participants back to rural farm life in the early 1900's. The book and accompanying presentation focus on the lives of Maude Petrie Kleeman and her husband William who live in southwestern Minnesota. After they are joined by a school teacher as a boarder, William breaks down and axe murders his wife and four children under the age of six. Gripping in detail, this story is based on a true story. Suitable for audiences age 14 and above.

    Reinvigorating Small Towns
    This presentation focuses on strategies to grow communities, utilize assets and set goals. Also, discussion of changing demographics, historical data and future prospects for growth. Suitable for city councils, EDA's, or historical societies and Chamber of Commerce Boards.

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    Scott Simpson

    Learning Specialist, Technology and Innovation in Education
    821 N 8th St, Spearfish, SD 57783
    (605) 641-4289, dsimpson@tie.net
    RC, SB

    WoLakota Project: Listening to the Elders of the Oceti Sakowin (with Co-Presenter Sharla Steever)
    This workshop will explore elements of the 300 plus Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Elder interviews housed on the WoLakota Project website. It can be tailored to be applicable to classroom practice, community work, church or religious settings, parenting or almost any purpose that includes developing deeper understandings of ourselves and the land we live on through interacting with the words, stories and wisdom of the Indigenous people of South Dakota.

    Developing Circles of Trust (with Co-Presenter Sharla Steever)
    Based upon the work of Parker Palmer (author of Courage to Teach) this workshop will explore ways of coming together to build community and trust. We will spend time working in circles, processing "third things" (often poems, art work, short writings, videos, or other things appropriate to the particular group, purpose and setting). We will learn more about developing and uncovering what Palmer calls the "Hidden Wholeness" that resides within us all. Scott has been a Courage & Renewal facilitator since 2012.

    Creative Writing
    This workshop will focus primarily on helping writers to develop a process for getting started. We will use games and improvisational activities to generate language that participants may eventually develop into poems, stories, essays or whatever fits their particular style. Scott is a published poet and teacher of creative writing.

    This workshop will explore ways of writing lyrics and developing songs. Participants do not have to play an instrument, but instruments are welcomed. We will take time to find inspiration, develop song ideas, collaborate, and in some cases, perform new songs. Scott is a songwriter who has produced more than 21 studio albums. His music is available at www.scottsimpsonmusic.com.

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    Judy Sneller

    Professor of English, SD School of Mines and Technology
    4904 Galena Dr, Rapid City, SD 57702
    (605) 430-5956, judy.sneller@sdsmt.edu

    Look Who's Laughing: The Power of Humor
    Although humor is all around us in our daily lives, few of us really stop to consider its importance. This presentation explores the many functions of humor in our daily lives, whether psychological, sociological, philosophical, or aesthetic. This talk can be adapted to Seizing the World by the Tail: The Power of Women's Humor.

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    Sharla Steever

    Learning Specialist, Technology and Innovation in Education
    13801 West Hwy 44, Rapid City, SD 57702
    (605) 209-5056, ssteever@tie.net
    RC, SB

    Understanding My Neighbor (Presented with Dr. Scott Simpson)
    This program incorporates Native American Elder interview videos into discussions where participants reflect personally on the topics of the videos and then share together in small groups. Through hearing multiple perspectives on topics specific to South Dakota, participants grow in understanding, and begin to transform personally. The more we know about our neighbors, the more informed we become leading to positive personal and community relationships.

    Learning About the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (Presented with Dr. Scott Simpson)
    This program provides an overview and experience with the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings, the Native American culture and language standards for our state. The OSEU were written by Lakota, Dakota and Nakota elders in South Dakota and express what is most important for people (Native and Non-Native) to understand about the culture and language of the Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires. This program will give participants time to learn about the OSEU as well as engage in conversations to deepen their understanding of the people who have lived in this region the longest.

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    Ken Steinken

    305 St Francis St, Rapid City, SD 57701
    (605) 348-4895, kensteinken@juno.com
    OB, RC, RGT, SB

    Can We All Just Get Along?
    An interactive presentation using literature, independent film and self-assessment to explore our attitudes and behaviors toward people we don't agree with or like. The length of this 2017 Race and Civility Initiative presentation can vary from a single session to a half-day workshop based on the desires of the host organization.

    Exploring Home: A Place-Based Writing Workshop
    Opening yourself up to find inspiration to write no matter where you have landed in life.

    A Blessing Where It Falls
    How kayaking the Cheyenne River, studying suburban Chicago flooding, and building a Rapid City park gave the writer a new perspective on water and life.

    Escape from Dark Territory
    The writer's search for hope on a planet in peril spans a decade of research along the trail of coal from Wyoming's mines to Chicago power plants.

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    James Teller

    7305 West Lobelia St, Sioux Falls, SD 57106
    (605) 362-4166, jteller@sio.midco.net

    A Way with Words
    This presentation is concerned with the writing of short stories and the aspiring military veteran writer. The presentation discusses style, sentence structure and writer motivation. The author also speaks to PTSD and its successful treatment.

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    Brad Tennant

    Professor of History/Government, Presentation College
    1500 N Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401
    (605) 229-8577, brad.tennant@presentation.edu
    BR, OB, SB

    Landmark Decisions and the Bill of Rights
    This program features an overview of five landmark Supreme Court decisions involving the Bill of Rights and their historical impact on American society. Additional landmark decisions can be included based on the desired topics of sponsoring organizations. The presentation coincides with the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights and is intended for general audiences, library discussions, and students in grades 7 and up.

    The Lewis and Clark Expedition
    This program can easily be adjusted to cover various aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition depending on a group's specific interest (e.g., American Indians, wildlife, military, food/nutrition, medicine, members, etc.) This program can be adapted for any audience.

    Looking Back at South Dakota's first 125 Years of Statehood
    This program features select events from South Dakota's first 125 years of statehood. Topics include, but are not limited to, statehood conventions and issues, the impact of Populism and Progressivism, ethnic influences, the Great Depression, and the Cold War era. This program is suited for junior high/high school audiences and the general public. The emphasis is on how events in South Dakota were connected to the larger picture of United States history.

    The Arikara
    This program includes the history and culture of the Arikara, their role in intertribal trade, the impact of disease, their encounter with Lewis and Clark, and their conflicts with the U.S. government from 1807 to the 1820s. This can be adapted for any audience.

    Images of the Northern Plains: The Pen and Brush of Alfred Sully
    This presentation includes many of Alfred Sully's sketches and paintings from his military service on the northern plains during the 1850s and 1860s. Sully's artwork includes scenes related to American Indians, military life, and the landscape. Other topics included are the Minnesota Sioux Uprising, attack at Whitestone Hill, death of Captain John Feilner, and the Battle of Killdeer Mountain. This program is for adults and students in grades 7 and up.

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    John Timm

    Independent Scholar
    925 S Thompson Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
    (605) 338-3312, johntimm@sio.midco.net

    Patronage, the Dark Side of Politics and How It Affected the Development of the Dakotas
    A brief history of the spoils system: when it began and how it became embedded in national and state government. I discuss the reformists and politicians who tried to stop or at least contain patronage and feuds that resulted.

    The Friendship that Brought Statehood to the Dakotas
    The story of the unlikely friendship between President Benjamin Harrison & Gov. Mellette and how it lasted for 30 years. Includes the story of the friendship between Governors Mellette & Sam Elrod.

    Inside the Civil War with Governor Mellette
    The Civil War Diaries of Arthur and Margaret Mellette, their experiences and the death of President Lincoln. Governor Mellette's Lonely Mission Early statehood problems are discussed.

    Drought, Ghost Dance
    Corruption on the Indian reservations, feuds with Senator Pettigrew, William Taylor's theft of the state treasury, the suicide of Wylie Mellette, Mellette injuries on the prairie and eventual death of the governor - how life experiences in Indiana prepared Mellette for life in Dakota.

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    Joseph Tinguely

    Asst Professor of Philosophy, University of South Dakota
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069
    (605) 677-5218, joseph.tinguely@usd.edu
    RC, SB

    On the Limits of Civil Discourse
    A well-functioning democracy is premised on conflict and a commitment to resolving those conflicts through discourse rather than force. However, in a climate characterized by a deep skepticism about "political correctness", calls for "civil discourse" appear as the _problem_ not the solution. In this talk I propose to take a look at the limits of civil discourse and to raise the question of what to do when it fails.

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    Dr. Orval Van Deest

    Professor Emeritus, Dakota State University
    PO Box 291, Madison, SD 57042
    (605) 591-9830
    RGT, SB*

    Prairie Chautauqua: Buffalo, Bears, Bibles and Prairie Dogs
    Buffalo Jones recounts the slaughter of 62 million buffalo as the government schemes to starve the Indians onto the reservation. "A cold wind blew across the prairie when the last buffalo fell...a death-wind for my people." - Sitting Bull. Hugh Glass, mountain man mauled by the grizzly, gains revenge on those who left him to die. Sinclair Lewis, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize Award author, defends his portrayal of the prairie evangelism evils described in his novel, Elmer Gantry. Old Prairie Dog Frank enlivens the immigrant story with tales, tall tales, chinch bugs and fleas. (Choose one; except for Sinclair Lewis, all are adaptable to most audiences.)

    Laura Ingalls Wilder Onstage - Adapting and Directing The Long Winter, The First Four Years, By the Shores of Silver Lake
    Dr. Van Deest discusses the challenges of adapting Laura's books and bringing them to life in the outdoor pageant venue. He describes the challenges of textual integrity, casting, staging and working with volunteers. He also poses the question and engages the audience in discussing whether the pageant focus should be literature, history or theater. Dr. Van Deest uses passages from the books for illustration and springboards of discussion.

    Sinclair Lewis, 1926 Pulitzer Winner, Meets Laura Ingalls Wilder on the Prairie
    Sinclair (Harry) "Red" Lewis, the man who changed the Pulitzer Prize, returns from the dead. He attacks the Pulitzer Prize and other literary awards - the Caldecott, the Newberry, the Wilder Medal. He compares his satiric views of pioneer America - Main Street (Gopher PRAIRIE) 1920, Babbitt, 1922, Elmer Gantry, 1927 - with the romanticized views of Laura Ingalls Wilder in Little Town on the Prairie, 1941, These Happy Golden Years, 1943, The First Four Years, 1971. The influential writings of Lewis and Wilder created differing world views of the American pioneer experience, views which continue today. (Chautauqua)


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    Ruth Wegehaupt

    Educator, Artist
    1324 12th Ave SE #27, Aberdeen, SD 57401
    (605) 228-9268, wordweaver@wegelyon.org
    RC, RGT, SB

    Seminars in Media Literacy
    We are bombarded with images and messages on a daily basis from cell phones, the internet, TV's, movies, social media and news sources. Many of these messages are designed to get us to feel, consume, behave, or think in a particular way and to bypass the parts of our brains that filter and analyze. Media Literacy is about deconstructing and analyzing the messages for intent, techniques of persuasion, and reliability of information. Seminars are available in each of the following areas and may include art related activities: Media Literacy and Civil Discourse, Media Literacy and Race Relations, Media Literacy and Gender Roles, Media Literacy and Body Image

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    Gary Westgard

    Retired Lutheran Pastor
    1340 22nd St NE, Watertown, SD 57201
    (605) 882-5733, vivigard@gmail.com
    OB, SB

    I Shall Miss Bananas
    I will read from both of my books, The Journey and the Grace and At Break of Day, and more recent poems and articles. I will invite the listeners to see the sacred in the ordinary, to pay attention to the moments of grace in their lives, and to find joy in living upon this earth.

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    Barbara Richardson White

    Principal, Rockyford School, Oglala Lakota County School District
    9 Cliff Dr, Porcupine, SD 57772
    (605) 407-1356, barb7656@gmail.com

    What Happened after Whetstone?
    Here is a look at events in the lives of Spotted Tail, Swift Bear and Good Cane Milk after the closing of the Whetstone Agency of 1869 until the Rosebud Reservation was created in 1875.

    How Todd Lost His County
    The first Todd County in South Dakota is extinct, but how and why did it come into being west of the Missouri River in 1862? The presentation focuses on this interesting boundary Todd created south of the 43rd Parallel.

    Lucky S.O.B.: The Story of Elmer Richardson in WWII
    This presentation uses his own words, as well as some of his 100 original photos and documents, as told to (and now by) his daughter.

    White and Whirlwind Horse: Coworkers on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
    These two women explore the friction that exists when two cultures bump against each other...sometimes within one person.

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    Jerry Wilson

    30959 Frog Creek Rd, Vermillion, SD 57069
    (605) 670-1843, wilson57069@gmail.com

    Recreating History Through Fiction
    Since retiring as managing editor of South Dakota Magazine, Jerry Wilson has published four books. His latest is Across the Cimarron, a novel that begins with the chaotic 1892 Land Run into Cheyenne Arapaho territory in western Oklahoma, where he was born near the homesteads two of his great grandfathers claimed. Fascinated by both family legends and historical research, he's been mulling the story of this turbulent time for decades, until its 2016 publication as a novel.

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    Norma Wilson

    PhD in English, Rivers, Wings & Sky
    30959 Frog Creek Rd, Vermillion, SD 57069
    (605) 670-1843, Norma.Wilson@usd.edu

    The Art of Collaboration in Rivers, Wings & Sky
    Poet Norma Wilson and visual Artist Nancy Losacker will speak about the ways in which the environment of South Dakota has influenced their collaborative work.

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    Lillian Witt

    Educator, Scholar, Entertainer
    6715 State Hwy 27, Gordon, NE 69343
    (308) 360-3029, lillyrae49@yahoo.com

    Annie Tallent 1887-1901: The First White Woman in the Black Hills
    A woman of refinement and education, Annie Tallent was the first white woman in the Black Hills. Along with her husband D.G. and their nine-year-old son Robert, Annie joined the Gordon party on a long and grueling journey of deep snow, bitter cold and constant fear of attacking Indians en route to the Black Hills. Even though she first entered Dakota Territory illegally, Annie Tallent represents the heroism and resourcefulness of pioneer women and is recognized as an interesting figure among the pioneers of the Black Hills, especially in the annals of early educational history. (Chautauqua)

    Dakota Daughters: Lakota, Euro-American, African American (former Three Voices)
    Women from these cultures weave a perceived history of Wounded Knee. This historical interpretation of the events culminating in the massacre at Wounded Knee Creek in 1890 have been researched and historically reenacted to display the possible thoughts and feelings of women during that time. (Chautauqua)

    Daddies' Dreams
    Humanities scholars Joyce Jefferson and Lillian Witt share memories of their fathers' dreams carried through time by the Dakota prairie winds. Joyce discusses through poetry and song, the life of her father, a 30-year Air Force veteran. Lilly tells hilarious, but true antics of her adventurous father as a young cowboy, WWII veteran, and South Dakota rancher. (Chautauqua)

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    Robert Wright

    PhD in History, Augustana University
    2001 S Summit Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57197
    605-274-5312, robert.wright@augie.edu

    Trails of Tears and Prosperity: South Dakota's Cultures of Enterprise
    This talk will survey entrepreneurial activities in South Dakota undertaken by both Indians and Euro-Americans since 10,000 BCE. It will then describe the numerous barriers that have faced Indian entrepreneurs under the reservation system and suggest that those barriers, and not the racial or cultural traits of Indians, are the root cause of poverty on reservations.

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    Dr. James Zarzana

    227 North Hill St, Marshall, MN 56258
    (507) 532-9117, jazarzana@iw.net

    Getting Started with Writing Fiction
    This workshop discusses the major parts of writing fiction: plot, characterization, setting. Excellent fiction is driven by strong characters and the development of plausible character interaction. Plots must be tightly woven and tension-filled, yet believable. This workshop will discuss first-person narration and third-person narration. It will also discuss several subjects such as word choice and dialog presentation. It is a practical workshop that will develop any writer. It can be tailored to suit specific genres, for instance, science fiction, romance, adolescent or young adult fiction, and historical fiction. It can be tailored to suit the beginner as well as the more advanced writer. It is also suitable for those interested in writing memoir.

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    Nathan Ziegler

    ESL Programs Director, South Dakota State University
    West Hall 123, Brookings, SD 57007
    (605) 688-5077, nathan.ziegler@sdstate.edu

    Diversity and Discourse: Exploring the Impact of Beliefs and Attitudes on Conversations about Race, Identity, and Privilege
    This lecture will establish a framework for engaging in dialogue about race, power, and privilege. The presentation will further explore the value of diversity and the need to create solidarity and alliance with oppressed populations.

Scholar Key:

BR - Bill of Rights Scholar                  OB -   SD One Book Discussion Leader
RC - Race and Civility Scholar          RGT - Reading Group Toolkit Discussion Leader
SB - Speakers Bureau Scholar            SB* - Speakers Bureau Chautauqua Program Scholar