This year's conference was held April 6, 2018 at the Muenster University Center Ballroom on USD's campus. This annual event is a collaborative conference sponsored by the clinical psychology program and admissions.
Nataanii Means is an accomplished hip-hop artist, actor and the son of prominent Native American activist Russell Means. He is of Oglala Sioux and Navajo background. Nataanii started making music in 2009, when he was attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There, he drew inspiration from his personal experiences as well the struggles of Native American individuals across the nation. He appeared on MTV’s widely popular Rebel Music, and is part of a growing movement of Native hip-hop artists who use their voice and music to help bring awareness to the issue of indigenous youth suicide.
Along with musical contributions, Nataanii has also actively engaged in advocacy work and demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Nataanii strongly identifies with both his musical and his Oglala background and has strived to provide a voice for many Native communities.