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Contact: Mark Calamia, 507-825-5464 Ext. 216
Pipestone National Monument Guest Speaker Series
Pipestone National Monument announces the third presentation in this year's Guest Speaker Series atthe Pipestone Performing Arts Center, Pipestone, Minnesota, on Saturday, July 19th, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Guest speaker, Donovin A.Sprague, educator and historian, will offer a presentation based on his research concerning "Dakota Historical Connections in the 1800's." There will be a question and answer session following the lecture and slide presentation.
Mr. Sprague will give a lecture and photograph slide show on various Dakota historical events, such as events during and after the Battle of the Little Big horn recorded by a Lakota family historian, the works of George Catlin, and the 1862 Shetak captives of southwest Minnesota. Using the Shetak captives as a backdrop, he will explain the involvement of the Fool Soldiers and their contact with the captives along with the route taken. Regarding the Shetak captives, Sprague will discuss the role his family ancestors played in securing the captives from the Fool Soldiers and protecting them until they were reunited with their families.
For the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Sprague will discuss his family's ancestral contact with the Dakota at the Little Bighorn, and their visit to Canada and related events during that period.
Mr. Sprague is a member of the Minnicoujou Lakota tribe and was born and raised on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in SD, and his hometown is in Dupree, SD.He is a descendent of Chief's Hump and Crazy Horse. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. He works as a university instructor at Black Hills State University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in history and American Indian studies. He is also the author of seven books on Midwest American Indian history. He lectures across the U.S. and Canada, and offers American Indian historical tours throughout the Plains region. He serves as a consultant to the University of Iowa and has appeared on various public radio and television programs, including the History Channel, History 2 Channel, and History Detectives. He is a member of the South Dakota Humanities Speaker's Bureau. In his spare time, he enjoys making bowsand carving Indian flutes.
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