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Professor emerita, author Elizabeth Cook-Lynn to give lecture at Mines
Release Date Friday, March 14, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (March 14, 2014) – The Office of Multicultural Affairs at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will present a 90-minute guest lecture by Elizabeth Cook-Lynn from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Electrical Engineering & Physics Building, room 252, on campus. The lecture is open to the public, and media is invited to attend.

Cook-Lynn will cover subjects such as tribal government and the American Indian history of dissent – AIM, the BIA and Post-War activism – in her lecture entitled, “Indian Policy and History,” followed by a 30-minute discussion period.

Cook-Lynn, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe, is professor emerita of Native American studies at Eastern Washington University, a writer and a poet.  Her books include Anti-Indianism in Modern America: A Voice from Tatekeya’s Earth, The Politics of Hallowed Ground: Wounded Knee and the Struggle for Indian Sovereignty (with Mario Gonzalez), Aurelia: A Crow Creek Trilogy and “Why I Can’t Read Wallace Stegner” and Other Essays: A Tribal Voice, winner of the Gustavus Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights of North America.

The lecture will take place in conjunction with the “History of the American West” course, taught by Frank Van Nuys, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Social Sciences.


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