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( February 17, 1998)
VINE DELORIA, JR. TO BE GUEST SPEAKER FEBRUARY 23 DURING
SDSM& T ENGINEERS WEEK
Noted author and South Dakota native Vine Deloria, Jr. will be the guest speaker at SDSM& T on Monday, February 23, as part of SDSM& T’s Engineers Week activities. Deloria will present “ An Informal Fireside Chat” ( without the fireside) at 2: 00 p. m. in the Surbeck Center Ballroom and at 7: 00 p. m. in the Didier Education Center ( Classroom Building 204).
Deloria’s presentations at South Dakota Tech are open to the public with no admission charge. His appearances are co- sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council and SDSM& T.
An internationally acclaimed scholar and author, Deloria is recognized as a leading and outspoken voice of Native American viewpoints. His works include Custer Died for Your Sins, Of Utmost Good Faith, God is Red, and The Metaphysics of Modern Existence. In Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact, one of his recent works, Deloria provides a provocative and challenging discussion of certain anthropological and scientific theories from a Native perspective.
Vine Deloria was born in Martin, South Dakota. His great- great- grandmother was the daughter of an Indian chief who married a French fur trader. Both his grandfather, who was one of the first Indian converts to the Episcopal Church, and his father were Episcopal priests who worked in the Indian mission field.
Deloria currently is a professor of American Indian studies, professor of history and adjunct professor of law, religious studies and political science at the University of Colorado. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Journey Museum in Rapid City.
A member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Deloria attended reservation schools in South Dakota; Iowa State University ( B. S., General Science); Lutheran School of Theology, Rock Island, IL ( M. A., Theology); and the University of Colorado ( J. D.). He also served a tour of duty in the U. S. Marine Corps in the mid- 1950’ s. From 1964 to 1967 Deloria served as executive director of the National Congress of American Indians. He then entered the University of Colorado School of Law and received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1970.
The Friends of the Devereaux Library are hosting a book- signing reception for Deloria on Sunday, February 22, from 2: 00 - 4: 00 p. m. in the Devereaux Library on the South Dakota Tech campus. For additional information about Deloria’s appearances or other Engineers Week activities, contact the SDSM& T Vice President’s Office at 394- 2256.
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