Annual Essay Competition

The Anita Van Dyke Eells Miller Native American Essay Contest Scholarship awards up to three scholarships for the winners. All USD freshman, sophomore and junior students are eligible and must be a person looking to minister among Native Americans.

Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Lectures

The Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Lecture series was inaugurated in the fall of 1995. Featuring scholars in the fields of Indian studies, frontier, western and mining history, the university community is annually enlightened on current scholarship in the respective fields. The four major areas of study reflect the interests of the late Dean Cash.

Dean Cash never forgot his roots in Bonesteel, South Dakota and the surrounding community. Having forged lifelong friendships with Indian and non-Indian people in his immediate vicinity during his early life, he never forgot the people. He always admonished his students to remember history from small places. His memorial lecture series is built on that thesis: "History From Small Places."

The lecture series was developed through private donations from Dean Cash's family and friends and continues to grow as other contributions are received.

Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Library

The Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Library holds an array of printed sources for research pertaining to Native American history and culture. Located on the third floor of Dakota Hall, the Cash Library contains the Joseph Harper Cash and Herman P. Chilson collections of donated books, catalogues, directories, maps and several resources useful to the study of Native American heritage and the history of South Dakota. 

The Cash Library provides a quiet space for researchers to browse and discover materials. Because of the need for preservation, items from the Cash Library collection do not circulate. The library is open during normal business hours and welcomes visitors. For more information, call 605-677-6497.

Ullyot Scholarship

The Ullyot Scholarship is supported by the Ullyot Lakota Education Endowment and is administered by the Institute of American Indian Studies.