McLaughlin, who received a Ph.D. from Columbia University, is a social anthropologist whose research focuses on the historic and contemporary American west. She developed a lifelong affinity for Plains Indian art and culture while growing up in Oklahoma, and has done extensive fieldwork in North Dakota where she studied wild horses for the National Park Service and researched cattle ranching on the Fort Berthold Reservation. As curator of Native American Ethnology at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, she works closely with Indian people to research the museum’s collection of historic objects as well as develop related exhibitions. She is the author of “Arts of Diplomacy: Lewis and Clark’s Indian Collection” and recently completed research on a Lakota ledger book that was found in a Harvard library.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Immediately following McLaughlin’s address, there will be a reception in the Muenster University Center room 211 for McLaughlin and to honor the legacy of Oscar Howe. The Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture is the kickoff event to the 26th Annual Northern Plains Indian Art Market weekend, sponsored by Sinte Gleska University. This year, the market is Sept. 20-22 at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls, S.D. For more information about the market, visit An image of Howe’s “Breaking a Wild Horse,” painted in 1967 and copyright Oscar Howe’s family, is available at

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