2010 Cash Lecture at USD to focus on 'Cultural Leadership'

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Four distinguished Native American women will present the 16th annual Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 in Farber Hall at The University of South Dakota.

Presented by the USD Institute of American Indian Studies, the 2010 Cash Memorial Lecture will address informal Native leadership relating to culture, language and community issues with participants Mary Louise Defender Wilson, Dakotah/Hidatsa; Grace Her Many Horses, Sicangu Lakota; Tunte Eaton, Rosebud/Tewa; and Frankee White Dress.

Defender Wilson, NEA National Heritage Fellow and a recipient of a 2009 Bush Enduring Vision Award, is a renowned storyteller and educator from Standing Rock while Her Many Horses is chief of police of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and an avid powwow dancer. Eaton is a law student at the University of New Mexico who seeks to serve her people by running for public office in the state, and White Dress, a foster parent extraordinaire, is an educator on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

The Cash Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 1995 to promote education and awareness of American Indian culture, issues and problems. Supported by an endowment established by Cash’s family and friends, the lecture annually features scholars in the fields of Indian studies, frontier, Western and mining history – the four major areas of Cash’s interests. Cash, from Bonesteel, S.D., was dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at USD for a decade. In his lifetime, he forged lifelong friendships with Indian and non-Indian people, and admonished his students to remember history from small places. His memorial lecture series is built on that thesis.

For more information regarding the 16th annual Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Lecture, contact the Institute of American Indian Studies at The U, (605) 677-5208 or e-mail iais@usd.edu.