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Cash Lecture to feature journalist educator Mark Trahant

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Mark Trahant, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe of Idaho and former president of the Native American Journalists Association, will present the 2013 Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Lecture at the University of South Dakota on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Al Neuharth Media Center.

Trahant’s presentation, “Money in the Cup: The Affordable Care Act and American Indian Health Care,” will explore how the Affordable Care Act impacts the Indian Health Service. Trahant is an independent writer, teacher and a “Twitter poet.” A 2009-2010 Kaiser Media Fellow, he was editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Trahant was also chair and CEO at the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, a nonprofit organization that serves as the country’s premier institute for providing advanced diversity training and services to news media. He and his wife, LeNora Begay Trahant, have two sons, Marvin and Elias, and presently reside on Bainbridge Island in Washington state. A photo of Trahant is available for download at

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, which is free and open to the public, is built on that thesis.

For more information regarding the 2013 Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Lecture, contact the Institute of American Indian Studies at The U, (605) 677-6497 or e-mail A list of previous Cash Lecture guests is available online at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News