USD Alum to Speak on Geopolitics of Native Life

The Native American Studies program at the University of South Dakota is hosting a speech on campus Thursday by USD alum Nick Estes entitled "Bordertown Violence: The Geopolitics of Native Life Off-Reservation."

Estes graduated from USD with a history degree in 2008 and currently is a doctoral candidate at the University of New Mexico.

His presentation examines the social and political life of native people living in border towns and predominantly non-native settlements that ring American Indian reservations as well as places with large urban native populations like Rapid City, South Dakota, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

His presentation, which is open to everyone, begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, in the grand ballroom of the Muenster University Center.

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