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Native American Tim Giago to present Hansen Lecture

Tim Giago, editor and publisher of The Lakota Journal and a member of the Oglala Lakota, will deliver the A.T. Hansen Anthropology Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Heritage Room of Shriver Center.

Giago’s topic will be "The State of the Media in Indian Country and A Little Bit About Indian Mission Boarding Schools and Their Impact Upon Several Generations of Indians."

A syndicated columnist for Knight Ridder Tribune News Service, Giago has taken uncompromising public stands on trends in society that demonstrate a lack of respect for Native culture, including the veneration of historical figures who took part in injustices committed against Native Americans. Giago is credited with writing the first newspaper columns that brought attention to the use of mascots referring to Native people.

Born on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Giago attended mission school, an experience he wrote about in The Aboriginal Sin: Reflections on the Holy Rosary Indian Mission School. He founded the Lakota Times (later renamed Indian Country Today), which became the nation’s largest American Indian newspaper.

Giago received the Civil and Human Rights Award from the National Education Association and the Harvard Foundation Award for his contributions to Native American journalism.

The A.T. Hansen Anthropology Lecture Fund was established by Hansen’s former students, George and Johanne Fathauer, who served as members of Miami’s department of sociology, gerontology and anthropology for many years.

Date Published: 11/21/2002
Volume: 22   Number: 17

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