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February 8, 2013

Prominent S.D. lawmaker, columnist to discuss Tribal issues at DWU

MITCHELL — Poverty, Tribal management and South Dakota Native American policies are just a few of the topics up for discussion Tuesday during a special speaker session at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Frank King and Ron Volesky will be on campus at 11 a.m. and noon, Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Java City, to discuss these issues during a free and open session. Following each speaker, there will also be a question and answer portion. Guests may purchase lunch at Java City, within the McGovern Library, during the event.

King, probably best known for his column for Indian Country Today from 1995-2000, is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and CEO of National Native Media & Consulting. King is also the founder of The Native Voice and has published two magazines, “Native Americana” and “Native Voice Pow Wow/Rodeo.”

In addition he has also executive produced three documentaries, “Obama in Indian Country” (the story of President Obama’s campaign in Indian country), “Indian Renaissance” (the benefits of Indian gaming), and “The 14th Amendment and Tribal Sovereignty” (traditional elders speak on nation-to-nation politics and policies in their native language).

King has also worked as a consultant for the Democratic National Committee, Tribal governments and leaders, national campaigns and celebrities.

In 2007, King was asked by the medicine men of the Lakota people to take the Headdress as a chief of his people.

Volesky was born in Bullhead, S.D., on the Standing Rock Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. According to his biography, “he passed his earliest years in poverty and insecurity living on a dirt floor of a one-room log cabin located on the Standing Rock Reservation.” He graduated from Harvard University in 1976 with a degree in government and international relations, writing his Harvard honors thesis on “Tribal Government in South Dakota.” He then earned his a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications in 1977 from South Dakota State University, and his law degree from the University of South Dakota in 1980.

Volesky is also a member of the South Dakota Law Review and has served 16 years in the South Dakota State Legislature. He was a candidate for Congress in 1986, nominated for assistant secretary of the Department of Interior for Indian Affairs in 1997, a former member of the State-Tribal Relations Committee in the South Dakota Legislature and 2002 gubernatorial candidate.

Volesky began his own law firm in 1986 and is currently sole proprietor of Volesky Law Firm in Huron.

The event is sponsored by the DWU Student Activities Board.


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