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John Trudell will visit LCSC campus week of March 25

The Lewis-Clark State College Humanities Division is bringing John Trudell, a Santee Sioux poet, musician, and activist, to campus March 25-26 and 29 as part of the Visiting Artist/Scholar program, sponsored through a donation from the Rosehill Estate.
On Tuesday evening March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Trudell will give the Rosehill Lecture/Presentation in Sacajawea Hall 115, which is free and open to the public. In addition to Tuesday's presentation, Trudell will be visiting classrooms, including Dr. Marlowe Daly-Galeano’s American Literature II class on Monday, and Dr. Chris Norden's Native American Written Literature class on Tuesday. Trudell will also speak with the Humanities Faculty during a "Thinking Through Lunch" on Friday.
Trudell's rich history includes being spokesperson for the Indians of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969 to 1971. He then worked with the American Indian Movement (AIM), serving as Chairman from 1973 to 1979. In February of 1979, a fire of unknown origin killed Trudell’s wife, three children and mother-in-law. It was through this tragedy that Trudell began to find his voice as an artist and poet, writing, in his words, "to stay connected to this reality."
His poetry and spoken word recordings, where he records his poetry to traditional Native music, has led to the release of 11 albums, including "AKA Graffiti Man", dubbed by Bob Dylan as the best album of that year. Trudell has also played roles in a number of feature films, including a lead role in the Mirimax movie "Thunderheart" and a major part in Sherman Alexie's "Smoke Signals." He is involved in Native and popular music, oral culture and American Indian Literature, human rights and other contemporary issues.
For more information visit Trudell’s website at
For more information on Trudell's visit to LCSC, contact Dr. Okey Goode at 792-2434 or [email protected].