|Urla Marcus has been named director of the Center for American Indian Studies at Black Hills State University.
Urla Marcus has been named director of the Center for American Indian Studies at Black Hills State University. Marcus has served as associate director of the center since 2006.
Marcus, says she is plans to continue to advance the work of the Center in her new role as the director.
“The Center for American Indian Studies has been very productive in the last few years with Dr. John Glover’s strong leadership. I am honored to have been a part of it and eager to continue advancing the interests of the Center and BHSU,” Marcus says. “Attracting more Indians to BHSU is one of several objectives I have in mind for the Center as well as creating new programs to meet the needs of these students when they get here.”
Marcus will guide the activities and initiatives for the Center at BHSU. For many years, BHSU has had the highest percentage of American Indian students as compared to any other state university. BHSU offers a major and minor in American Indian Studies (AIS), and provides additional educational, social, and cultural enrichment through the Center.
The Center also actively supports two student organizations: Lakota Omniciye ("a gathering, assembly"), and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). Lakota Omniciye promotes fellowship among Indian and non-Indian students, and organizes an annual Cultural Awareness Week and Wacipi (powwow) every spring. The BHSU Wacipi, held annually for 27 years, has grown to become one of the largest powwows in the state.
Marcus is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in adult and higher education. She earned a master’s and bachelor’s degree from BHSU and has taught American Indian Studies courses at the University. Prior to her work at the Center, Marcus worked in admissions and as a project and research coordinator. She is an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, Lame Deer, Mont.