Since 2003, SDHC’s One Book South Dakota (OBSD) program has encouraged people across the state to read and discuss the same book throughout the year. Groups can request the current OBSD on loan and host an SDHC scholar for their discussion.
In 2022, readers around the state, including those participating in SDHC-funded book club programs, will read and discuss Nick Estes’ Our History Is the Future.
Estes’ book talks about timely issues in terms of protests and actions and the water protectors movement, but also puts them in a context of a couple of centuries worth of Indigenous resistance to the kinds of injustices that have been perpetrated on Native American people and their land. It ties these issues together with a focus on the Oceti Sakowin — the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota tribes of South Dakota.
Estes, who has researched the politics of water and the Missouri River for more than a decade, has received critical acclaim for his scholarly and thoughtful approach to the Standing Rock protests and other Indigenous movements.
The annual One Book South Dakota Author Tour provides South Dakotans opportunities to attend an event in their area featuring the One Book SD author. Tours, which have featured national bestselling authors like Kent Nerburn and J. Ryan Stradal, are targeted to areas around the state that can accommodate readers and encourage attendance.