March 23, 2005
Native American social and political activist Frank LaMere will present “Lewis and Clark: A Native American Perspective” on Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center. The free event is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS) and is open to the public.
LaMere, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, will discuss a side of the Lewis and Clark Expedition that is often left untold, that of Native Americans’ roles in the historic journey.
LaMere has had extensive involvement with empowerment efforts of native people throughout the United States. In 2001, he was named Peacemaker of the Year by the Nebraskans for Peace for his work to stop the illegal flow of alcohol on to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He has been active in state and national politics since 1987 and chaired the Native American Caucus at the 2000 and 2004 Democratic Conventions. He is former vice chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party and is currently a member of the executive committee of the Democratic National Committee.
Until recently, LaMere was employed by E3-Nature of Shawnee, Kan., where he worked to formulate social and energy policy for Tribes and First Nations in the United States and Canada. He is continuing that work on a consulting basis.
For more information, contact Sandi O’Brien, director of Diversity Affairs at Morningside, at (712) 274-5123, or the office of Public Relations at (712) 274-5320.