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Dr. Gagnon to speak on Dakota Sioux, 1862 to 21st Century

Dr. Greg Gagnon of the University of North Dakota will speak on the evening of November 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Martin Luther College auditorium.  Brought here by MLC as part of New Ulm’s city-wide commemoration of the U.S. – Dakota War of 1862, Dr. Gagnon will speak less about the past than about the present situation of Native Americans in Minnesota.  Specifically, Dr. Gagnon’s presentation is entitled, From Despair to Self-Determination: The Dakota Sioux from 1862 to the 21st Century.   Prof. Keith Wessel, a board member of the Brown County Historical Society and organizer of the event, explains the choice:  “After all the wonderful presentations this past summer about the U.S. – Dakota War, we wanted to invite a speaker who could move the conversation forward from the past to the present.    It’s an appropriate focus as a wrap-up to this anniversary year’s events, and we hope that many will take advantage of this opportunity to hear a noted expert on the subject.”    Admission to the event is free, and there will be ample time for an open question & answer session.

Dr. Gregory Gagnon   (Bad River Chippewa) is a Research Associate at Loyola University of New Orleans and is emeritus in the University of North Dakota Indian Studies Department.   He is a consultant for three tribal colleges: White Earth Tribal and Community College,   CankdeskaCikana Community College, and Oglala Lakota College.   Culture and Customs of the Sioux, (revised slightly from the 2011 hardback publication) is available from the University of Nebraska Press      Dr. Gagnon’s co-authored Introduction to Native American Studies was also released in 2011.  “Ojibwe Religion and Social Justice,” a chapter in Wiley-Blackwell’s Religion series, appeared in 2012.  The second edition of Pine Ridge Reservation:  Yesterday and Today is in process.  Some of his public presentations have been sponsored by the Minnesota Council on the Humanities and the Minnesota Historical Society.

Professor Gagnon has written An Indian Chapbook and numerous articles and book reviews.    His Ph.D. is from the University of Maryland.  A  popular classroom and public forum speaker,  he has also appeared in Prairie Public Television’s  Emmy Award Winning documentary Homesteading,  and also  in Steamboating on the Red River of the North.    Prior to joining UND, he was an administrator and teacher at Oglala Lakota College for sixteen years.    Greg Gagnon is a citizen of Bad River Chippewa Reservation.