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One Book South Dakota author to speak at NSU library

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Williams Library at Northern State University will host author Michael Lawson at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at the library.

Lawson is the author of “Dammed Indians” and “Dammed Indians Revisited.” He will be discussing the latter book as part of the 2012 One Book South Dakota program.

“Michael Lawson’s ‘Dammed Indians Revisited’ highlights the complex and ongoing debate over water rights, along with the tremendous impact the damming of western rivers has on the region’s Native American population,” said Williams Library Director Robert Russell. “We are thrilled to host Mr. Lawson, who is both an excellent writer and engaging speaker, at Northern State University.”

The One Book South Dakota program was established in 2003 as a statewide event to encourage regional conversations of a common text. In so doing, the South Dakota Center for the Book aims to provide a bedrock of understanding and civility over cultural issues pertaining to our state and its history.

Lawson is a partner in Morgan, Angel & Associates LLC, a historical public policy consulting firm in Washington, D.C. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a doctorate in American history at the University of New Mexico.
 
A three-time recipient of the South Dakota State Historical Society's Governor's Awards for History, he  has also been honored by the Western History Association and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society for his writing on Native American topics.
 
Lawson’s ties to the area include his work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the early 1980s, and publication of “Dammed Indians” while living in Aberdeen.

Several copies of Lawson’s book are available on lan at Williams Library for anyone interested in reviewing the book before the event.
 
Funding for the program is made possible with a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  For more information, visit http://www.sdhumanities.org/programs_book.htm.
 
Photo: Michael Lawson