Edward Valandra named chair of the Department of American Indian Studies at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Edward C. Valandra, Ph.D., has been named chair of the Department of American Indian Studies at The University of South Dakota.

Born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, Valandra is the son of Christine and Cato Valandra, who served as director of the Institute of Indian Studies at The U from 1977 to 1986. He received his bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato, a master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his Ph.D. from State University of New York-Buffalo.

Valandra is the author of "Not Without Our Consent," a book chronicling the Oceti Sakowin Oyate nation’s successful resistance to termination. The College of Arts & Sciences at USD recently welcomed Valandra with a reception at the W.H. Over Museum. He will also serve as a professor in the department, which provides students at The U with an opportunity to appreciate and learn about American Indian peoples. The program's interdisciplinary curriculum includes American Indian philosophy, anthropology, art history, criminal justice, education, English, history, Lakota language, pre-law, pre-medicine, oral history, philosophy, political science, sociology, psychology, Siouan Tribal Culture and women's studies.

For more information about USD’s Department of American Indian Studies, please visit http://usd.edu/ais/. A photo of Valandra is available for download at www.usd.edu/urelations/images/Edward_Valandra.jpg.