October 24, 2006
Tribal Leader To Deliver Native American Heritage Month Keynote Address on Nov. 8
Ron His Horse Is Thunder will deliver the 2006 Native American Heritage Month keynote address at the Library of Congress at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave S.E., Washington, D.C.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
A special display of items from the Library's collections that highlight the contributions of Native Americans to the nation will be on view in the Madison Building lobby throughout November.
Named by his grandfather, Tasunka Wakinyan-His Horse Is Thunder is a member of the Hunkpapa-Lakota Oyate tribe and tribal chairman for the Standing Rock Reservation. He is the great-great-great grandson of Chief Sitting Bull, a well-known figure in Native American history.
His Horse Is Thunder received a bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State University in 1985 and a law degree from the University of South Dakota Law School in 1988. From 1989-1993 he served as president of Standing Rock College in Fort Yates, N.D. He headed the American Indian College Fund in New York City for several years before becoming president of Little Hoop Community College in Fort Totten, N.D. In 1996 he returned to Standing Rock College, which was renamed Sitting Bull College that same year, and served as its president until 2005.
In addition to these positions, His Horse Is Thunder has served as a commissioner for the Higher Learning Commission for the North Central Accreditation for Schools and Colleges. He also served on the boards of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and North Dakota Tribal College Association. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him chairman of the President’s Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities.
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