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South Dakota Diversity Tour

South Dakota Diversity Tour: Critical Thought, Telling the Story


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South Dakota Diversity Tour:
Critical Thought, Telling the Story

May 23-25, 2014
Sponsored by Academic Affairs


Crazy Horse MemorialSouth Dakota Diversity Tour: Critical Thought, Telling the Story

The Office of Academic Affairs and School of Education are sponsoring a three-day educational opportunity that will focus on South Dakota Diversity.  This trip will be an educational tour through the reservations and lands that have historical, cultural and spiritual meaning for the Native Americans living in South Dakota. 

The South Dakota Diversity tour is an introduction to the Pragmatic, Idealistic, and Genuine aspects of historic and contemporary Indigenous life among the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota (Sioux Tribes).  This program will cover Indigenous values, social and economic structures, traditional spirituality, storytelling, governmental strategies, treaties and related areas.  The program focuses on teaching awareness to assist participants in bi-cultural understanding.  The program will also address the complex omnipresent relationships between American Indians and the dominant culture.  In this program, we will recognize, analyze, and synthesize elements of the plains Indian cultures as they pertain to education, including Indian values, moral and ethics; family structure and dynamics; spirituality and metaphysics; public policy, politics, and economics; and history.  Participants will leave with a profound understanding of American Indians and American Indian life in South Dakota.

Tour Itinerary:
Day 1: May 23, 2014
8:00 a.m. Depart from Parking Lot 36, near Coyote Village, by Dakota Street
8:15 a.m. Spirit Mound
8:45 a.m. Depart for Wounded Knee
Explanation of sites and events will be given as you travel through the different areas.
10:15 a.m. Rest Stop in Wagner (Depart at 10:30 a.m.)
11:45 a.m. Lunch in Winner (Depart at 12:45 p.m.)
2:15 p.m. Rest Stop in Martin (Depart at 2:30 p.m.)
3:15 p.m. Arrive in Wounded Knee
Explanation of poverty
See sights, including housing.
5:15 p.m. Depart Wounded Knee
5:30 p.m. Drive through Pine Ridge (Depart at 5:45)
Drive through White Clay, NE.
7:15 p.m.

Arrive in Rapid City for the evening
Hotel: Best Western Ramkota (phone #: 605-343-8550)

9:00 p.m. Focus Group Meeting: Review of day's events and sites in Badlands Room -  meeting room at Ramkota

*Research Focus Group

Day 2: May 24, 2014
8:00 a.m. Depart for Devils Tower
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
11:00 a.m. Arrive at Devils Tower (depart at 1:00 p.m.)
1:00: p.m. Lunch
5:00 p.m. Arrive at Crazy Horse Memorial
Visit Museum and Monument
8:00 p.m. Focus Group Meeting
Eat supper in Crazy Horse and stay the night at Crazy Horse Motel (hotel will be double occupancy)

Day 3: May 25, 2014
7:00 a.m. Depart Crazy Horse Memorial
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Arrive at Bear Butte  (Stop and leave at 12:00 p.m.)
12:00 p.m. Eat Lunch at Sturgis
5:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Arrive in Vermillion

Devils TowerThe tour will include the following:
  • Travel to Rapid City via Charter Bus Line
  • Double Occupancy Hotel Accommodations
    • Day 1: Ramkota
      Day 2: Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Meal reimbursement per state rate
  • Entrance Fees

Please Note: This tour is sponsored by Academic Affairs. All meal reimbursement will be managed through Sally Slama, Office of Academic Affairs

About the Tour Leader: Gary Cheeseman, Ed.D.:

Gary Cheeseman is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction within the School of Education at the University of South Dakota.  Gary considers himself a traditional thinking American Indian person with traditional American Indian values. As an American Indian person, and father of six children who have gone or are going through the post-secondary school system, it has always been important to him that they receive a sound education in the classroom and acquire an unassailable life perspective both inside and outside the formal school walls. As a Doctor of Education in Higher Educational Leadership and having a 20-year career path in higher education, it is safe to say that education is a corner stone in his personal construct.

Dr. Gary Cheeseman earned a Doctorate of Education Degree from St. Mary's University. His thesis work was in the area of diverse perspectives as forms of education. Gary's dissertation was chosen as "Most Outstanding" by St. Mary's University. Gary also holds master's degree in Social Responsibility from St. Cloud State University.  His thesis was in the area of teaching social justice; his thesis was chosen "best" by St. Cloud State.


This tour is offered to USD employees at no cost.  However, if USD employees would like to take the course for credit (3 cr), they must register and pay for the course. The tuition will be billed at the current self-support rate.

Course Syllabus


Other Requirements:

Waiver Form

For More Information:

For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Gary Cheeseman at Gary.Cheeseman@usd.edu or 605-677-6312.
For more information about the tour and reimbursement, please contact Sally Slama at Sally.Slama@usd.edu or 605-677-6497
For more information about registering for undergraduate or graduate credit, please contact Gary Girard at Gary.Girard@usd.edu or 605-658-6129.