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Historical Society to Focus on Rosebud

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Historical Society annual meeting on May 21
and 22 will focus on the history of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

The two-day meeting will feature speakers from the Sicangu Lakota,
including writers and poets, artists, performers, historians and attorneys
who all have knowledge of the Lakota.

Featured will be Albert White Hat, elder Sicangu Lakota, who will speak
about Lakota life.

Jeff Mammenga, State Historical Society, said the annual meeting will be
mostly on Rosebud and will give the attendees a chance to learn about the
culture of the Lakota.

Present-day life on the reservation and its history will fill the schedule.
Attorneys will hold a panel discussion on reservation status disputes.
Well-known attorneys, Mario Gonzales and Terry Pechota, along with State
Attorney General Larry Long and Tom Tobin will participate. This forum will
discuss disputes between the tribes, state government and the federal
government.

Pre-settlement and the opening of the Rosebud to the settlement era will be
topics that experts will focus on during the conference.

For more information, call (605) 773-6000, or visit www.sdhistory.org.