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Release Date Friday, September 16, 2022

Human Services Coordinator for Rapid City Presented Constitution Day Talk at Mines

Lila DeMarrias Mehlhaff, human services coordinator for the City of Rapid City, speaking at South Dakota Mines annual Constitution Day Talk on Sept. 16, 2022.

South Dakota Mines hosted speaker Lila DeMarrias Mehlhaff on Sept. 16, 2022, for the annual talk celebrating the U.S. Constitution. Mehlhaff is currently the human services coordinator for the City of Rapid City, in the mayor’s office, where she helps coordinate community resources to help end homelessness. Mehlhaff’s professional background involves mostly small business development, franchising and startups, but it also includes non-profit experience with early-stage development of the South Dakota Center For Enterprise Opportunity based at Black Hills State University as well as Warrior’s Circle, a Native American ministry.

Mehlhaff spoke about the United States Constitution and its role in Indian Treaty-Making. “In the Constitution, Article XI talks about the Supremacy Clause. ...One of the things that it basically addresses is treaties,” Mehlhaff said. “There is lots to be learned about treaties,” Mehlhaff said later in the program.

Mehlhaff was born and raised in the village of Little Eagle on the Standing Rock Indian reservation. She is Hunkpapa Lakota and Wahpekute Dakota. In addition to working in the mayor’s office, Mehlhaff has worked for United States Congress as a tribal liaison and is also a South Dakota licensed real estate agent. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with an Indian studies minor and a Master of Science in strategic leadership (MSSL), both from Black Hills State University. Mehlhaff and her husband are partners in the two Qdoba Mexican Eats restaurants in Rapid City and is also an inventor with a provisional patent pending. She and her husband, Stewart, have four children, four grandchildren and Isabel the cat.

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, recognizing as citizens all who are born in the U.S. or those made citizens by naturalization.


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Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

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