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Peru State to Host Native American Lectures June 17-19 as Part of Trails and Tales Institute


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) will host a series of “Native Americans of the Great Plains” lectures Tuesday, June 17 through Thursday, June 19 during its popular Trails and Tales Institute.


The lectures, which will be held in the Academic Resource Center, are free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council.


Following is a schedule of events:


Tuesday, June 17
9:00 a.m. - Children’s Stories, Animal Stories, and Traditional Lakota Stories
11:00 a.m. - Songs, Dances, and Games of the Lakota
Both presentations are by Jerome Kills Small.


Wednesday, June 18
10:00 a.m. - Lifestyles of Lakota (Sioux) Women
The presentation is by Phyllis Stone.


Thursday, June 19
1:00 p.m. - Social and Political Structures of the Omaha Tribe
3:00 p.m. - Understanding American Indian Tribal Governments
Both presentations are by Wynema Morris.


PSC’s Trails and Tales program features a week of on-campus study and a six-and-a-half-day tour exploring historic and current sites that illustrate the lives of Plains Indians. Titled “Conflict, Compromise, and an Uneasy Coexistence on the Contested Plains,” this year’s Trails and Tales focuses on Plains Indians during the last half of the 19th century. The classroom experience will feature a study of the history and related literature of this era, as well as the presentations by Plains Indian speakers and storytellers.


Trails and Tales will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 16-20, for the on-campus institute. The tour portion of the program will run the following week, June 22-28. It will include stops in Nebraska and South Dakota, as well as one stop each in Wyoming and north central Kansas.


For additional information, contact Dr. Dan Holtz at 402-872-2267 or or Dr. Sara Crook at 402-872-2279 or