Thursday, September 4, 2008

Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize Lecture

The Center for Great Plains Studies at UNL will be hosting a lecture by Akim D. Reinhardt, entitled "American Colony: Pine Ridge Reservation in the 20th Century."

Reinhardt's book Ruling Pine Ridge: Ogalala Lakota Politics from the Ira to Wounded Knee was the recipient of the 3rd annual Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize.

From the Center for Great Plains Studies website:

"England and other European nations used colonialism to establish their presence and exert influence in America. By establishing colonies, they gained control over an expanding region, at the expense of Indigenous nations. When 13 of those English colonies broke away and formed their own nation, they continued the process of colonial expansion, again seizing land, resources, and political power from Indigenous peoples. While that process has changed many times and in many ways over the last 500 years, it nevertheless remains in motion, even to this very day. Akim Reinhardt will examine the role colonialism played for Indian nations during the 20th century. In particular, he will discuss the political situation on Pine Ridge Reservation, home to the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) people."

The lecture will be the first in the 2008-2009 Paul A. Olson Seminars in Great Plains Studies.

When: Wednesday, September 17 at 3:30 p.m.

Where: Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q Street in Lincoln

A reception will follow the talk.

For further information, please visit the Center for Great Plains Studies website.

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