in January and leading up to the 35th annual University
of North Dakota Indian Association powwow in April,
UND has scheduled two book discussions and three forums
on the topic of “Exploring the American Indian
The events, sponsored by UND’s American Indian
Programs Council and a number of campus and community
entities, are free and open to the public. The schedule
January 22 and February 23: Discussion
of The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge: A Lakota Odyssey
by Joe Starita, 7 to 9 p.m. in UND’s Barnes
& Noble University Bookstore. Birgit Hans, associate
professor of Indian studies, will discuss this account
of four generations of an American Indian family from
South Dakota that, according to critics, offers a
unique glimpse into Lakota culture from the 1870s
to the 1990s.
January 29: Community forum, 7 to
9 p.m. in the Grand Forks Herald Community Room, 375
2nd Ave. N. Greg Gagnon, associate professor of Indian
studies, will discuss “The Setting of the American
Indian Experience,” exploring the history of
and common beliefs about American Indian culture.
March 1: Community forum, 7 to 9
p.m. in the Grand Forks Herald Community Room. Jim
Grijalva, associate professor of law, will discuss
“Current Issues in Indian Country,” which
range from state-tribal jurisdictions and demographics
to treaties and gambling casinos.
April 1: Community forum, 7 to 9
p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Brian Gilley,
assistant professor of Indian studies, and Russ McDonald,
associate research director of the National Resource
Center on Native American Aging at UND, both of whom
will be involved in the UNDIA powwow April 2-4 at
the Hyslop Sports Center, will explain the role of
tradition in modern powwows. Dancers and musicians
will perform and explain the significance of various
aspects of the powwow and American Indian dancing.
More information on the events and the availability
of the Starita book is available at www.conted.und.edu/AIE.