The Changing Black Hills is the theme of the 37th Annual Dakota Conference on Northern Plains History, Literature, Art, and Archaeology, April 22-23, 2005, held at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD. Over 70 papers will be presented, and an autograph party featuring authors of recent books about the Northern Plains will be held. Many voices speak on behalf of the Black Hills, the geologic upthrust on the Northern Plains that the Lakota Sioux call Paha Sapa. Imbued with spiritual significance by some and with economic promise by others, the Black Hills have undergone significant cultural and environmental changes. Funded by the South Dakota Humanities Council, the conference will examine issues of ownership, natural resource use, and cultural identity with respect to the Black Hills.
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