USD Dakota Writing Project hosts Spirit Mound experience

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Experience Spirit Mound, a site of spiritual and historical significance, with the Dakota Writing Project. Dakota Writing Project leader Lil Manthei, in a session entitled “Writing the Sacred Into the Real: (Re)visiting Spirit Mound,” will guide participants through multiple viewpoints of Spirit Mound, including Lewis and Clark’s journal entries, through the eyes of an educator with a strong American Indian viewpoint, and through discussions and reflections in writing.

"Writing the Sacred Into the Real: (Re)visiting Spirit Mound" begins at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 25 in Old Main 212 on the campus of The University of South Dakota and will include a trip to Spirit Mound (located six miles north of Vermillion). The event will end at 12:30 p.m. Participants are advised to bring writing tools (paper and pencil or pen, and/or laptop), comfortable walking shoes, bug spray, appropriate clothing for the weather, and an umbrella. Bottled water will be provided at this event, which is open to the public.

Manthei is a teacher-consultant for the Dakota Writing Project and has served on the DWP Board of Directors for several years. She is the lead English teacher at Takini School on the Cheyenne River Reservation and has also taught at Oglala Lakota College, Kilian Community College, Little Wound School on the Pine Ridge Reservation and the Crow Creek Tribal Schools. Areas of specialization include South Dakota Indian studies, literature, history and writing. She has a master of arts in secondary education from The University of South Dakota and a bachelor of science in secondary education from Black Hills State University.

To register for this event, fill out the registration form available at and submit the form along with the registration fee (a check or money order for $10) postmarked by June 20. Please make checks or money orders out to the Dakota Writing Project, Dakota Hall 212, The University of South Dakota, 414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069-2390. If registering after June 20, bring the registration form along with a $15 fee to the event on June 25. Please e-mail if you’re planning to attend. This event is co-sponsored by the Dakota Writing Project and the South Dakota Humanities Council. The Dakota Writing Project is a non-profit teachers’ organization that focuses on strengthening the teaching of writing in South Dakota – in and out of the classroom. For more information, visit