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American Indian Studies

 

Christmas is the season of giving. In addition to good company, great food, and holiday wishes, the Black Hills State University Administrative Team used their holiday get-together as an opportunity to give back to their community in a multitude of ways.

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John Glover’s affinity for peregrine falcons began in fifth grade during the years when this raptor was an endangered species due to widespread use of pesticides.  More than 40 years later, Glover’s fondness for peregrines inspired a Black Hills State University video project capturing personal histories of some of the Great Plains’ most respected American Indians. 

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Black Hills State University student Mary Mitchell replays her day spent with fifth-graders at Creekside Elementary School in Spearfish. As she shares her stories from the classroom one can’t help but notice her passion, excitement and energy.

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The deadline for registration in the Black Hills State University Summer Bridge Program is quickly approaching.

Incoming freshmen that wish to register for the Bridge Program must do so by Friday, Aug. 1. 

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Two longtime Black Hills State University professors, Jace DeCory, assistant professor of history and American Indian Studies, and Dr. Robert Schurrer, professor of exercise science, were recognized with the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award, a prestigious honor which is bestowed upon them by their colleagues.


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Black Hills State University students will display art projects created during their spring Traditional Lakota Arts course. The exhibit will be on the second floor of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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The Black Hills State University track and cross country program is organizing the 29th Annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk Sunday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Lyle Hare Stadium. The race is one of the final events of the week-long American Indian Awareness celebration. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with categories for all ages.


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Black Hills State University faculty and staff are transforming lives and making headlines.

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Black Hills State University’s week-long celebration of Native culture kicks off Monday, April 7 with this year’s theme “Earth is Sacred; Honor our Mother” focusing on environmental concerns.

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Black Hills State University recently celebrated the grand opening of its native plant ethnobotanical garden, one of several events held during the University’s Outdoor Week. The ethnobotanical garden, located on the west side of the Life Sciences Laboratory, was merely an idea a little over a year ago, and is now home to a variety of native species including buffalo grass, yucca, prickly pear, blue stem grass, evergreen, pine trees, sage, and purple coneflower.

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More than 30 new students spent a week touring the Black Hills State University campus and Northern Hills community through a program aimed at helping Native American students make a smooth transition into university life.

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A workshop, Microsoft Outlook Training, will be held at the University Center Rapid City Monday, Sept. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the computer lab, room 106.

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Four Black Hills State University students spent a week last month collecting and analyzing the DNA of a rare plant as part of a summer science program designed to engage students and create interest in field and lab sciences.

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Rilda Means has known what she has wanted to do since she was a junior at Red Cloud Indian School – help change the stigma of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Means was one of more than 400 graduates earning degrees Saturday during the 165th Black Hills State University Commencement Ceremony. Means, who received her bachelor of science in political science and American Indian Studies, was also one of the 34 Native American students graduating – the highest in the University’s history.

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Black Hills State University will kick off its week-long celebration of Native American culture Monday, April 8. This year’s theme for American Indian Awareness week is  “STRONG: Solid Tribal Roots Offer New Growth” and includes the 30th Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi taking place April 12-14 at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House.

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