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Native American Law Students Association to Host Film Screening and Discussion

Native American Law Students Association graphic The USD School of Law Native American Law Students Association hosts a film screening and panel discussion Nov. 12 at 5:20 p.m.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Law Native American Law Students Association will host an event entitled “Violence Against Native Women: Problems and Responses,” on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 5:20 p.m. in the USD Law courtroom.

It's important to our organization to provide educational opportunities to our members, USD law students and to the larger South Dakota legal and non-legal community on issues that impact Indian Country and Indian Law,” said Josey Blare, a second-year law student and president of NALSA. “We hope that this event will be informational and continue the dialogue about the missing and murdered indigenous women in this country and what we as future leaders in our respective fields can do to combat it.”

The event will start with a screening of the documentary, "Wind River," a film focused on the issues surrounding murdered and missing indigenous women. That will be followed by a panel discussion.

Speakers include Elise Boxer, an assistant professor and coordinator of the Native American Studies program at USD, Elaine Yellow Horse, former prosecutor for the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Shane Sprague, former police officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Native American Law Student Association serves as a cultural resource within the USD Law community by showcasing Indian law issues and scholars. The event is open to the public.


USD’s Knudson School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News