Museum to Host Jeffrey Ostler, Native American History Program Online

(Pictured: The Lakotas and the Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground book by Jeffrey Ostler.)
(Pictured: The Lakotas and the Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground book by Jeffrey Ostler, 2010.)

Campbell County Rockpile Museum will host a virtual Black & Yellow Theatre: Voices of the Powder River Basin program this Friday, Feb. 19, featuring author Jeffrey Ostler and his book The Lakotas and The Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground.

The Lakota tribal nation have long made their home in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and include some of the most famous Native Americans in history including Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse, according to a Feb. 5 press release from the museum.

Ostler’s powerful history of their struggle “captures the heart of a people whose deep relationship with their homeland would compel them to fight for it against overwhelming odds, on battlefields as varied as the Little Bighorn and the chambers of U.S. Supreme Court,” per the release.

Ostler is a professor of Northwest and Pacific History at the University of Oregon, where he teaches courses on the history of the American West and American Indian history. His books include The Plains Sioux and U.S. Colonialism from Lewis and Clark to Wounded Knee and Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas, among others.

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The program will be broadcast live Friday at 5 p.m. on the museum’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

A limited number of Ostler’s latest book are for sale at the museum’s gift shop, open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday of this week.

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