University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Three Affiliated Tribes historian receives Boswell Award Nov. 14

Calvin Grinnell, historian for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, will be presented with the Paul V. Boswell Community Scholar award at the annual Stone Soup Awards Program and Luncheon at noon Thursday, Nov. 14.

Grinnell also will speak about community sustainability at the program and will be part of a discussion on “Engaging Communities Across Boundaries” at 2 p.m. that afternoon in Swanson Hall Room 10-12.

The Stone Soup Awards Program is hosted by the UND Center for Community Engagement and features awards presented to UND faculty and students as well as community partners for their exemplary community-university engagement.

The Boswell award is named for the former director of the UND Native Media Center, Paul Boswell, who died in 2006. The award recognizes an individual who supports community building and works across human differences. It is sponsored by the UND Center for Community Engagement, the UND American Indian Studies Program, and the UND Multicultural Center.

Grinnell is the historian for the Tribal Historic Preservation Office of the Three Affiliated Tribes. He is also the president of the North Dakota State Historical Board and has served on the North Dakota Historical Review Board and Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Committees. He narrated The People of the Upper Missouri: the Mandans, a 77- minute documentary produced by the State Historical Society, which received an Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History.

Grinnell has testified on behalf of his people before Congress in Washington, D.C. and traveled to Germany twice to represent them as part of a historic delegation. He co-produced In the Words of our Ancestors: the Mandan Language and Oral Traditions Preservation Project, a two-volume DVD and CD recording six stories told in Mandan with translation texts. In March 2013, he presented “A Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Interpretation of George Catlin’s Influence” at the National Portrait Gallery, London Conference, “American Indian Images: Making and Breaking George Catlin’s Legacy.”

The Stone Soup Awards Program and Luncheon takes its name from the stone soup legend in which hungry travelers start soup from a stone and feed a village when everyone makes a contribution. A special recipe stone soup will be served by Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown and UND First Lady Marcia Kelley. Program hosts are co-chairs of the Center for Community Engagement Advisory Board, Greg Hoover, Director of the Grand Forks Office of Urban Development, and Kelly Greenlees, Nonprofit Resource Specialists with the Otto Bremer Foundation.
The awards program will be held at the UND Gorecki Center. Reservations can be made by calling the Center for Community Engagement at 701.777.0675 or registering online at Cost of the luncheon is $10 for students and $15 for others.

-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement