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Presented by the University of Colorado Law School, the Center of the American West, and the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies.

Join us for a tribute to Vine Deloria, Jr.’s enormously influential book, Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto, and a recognition of the proud heritage of Vine Deloria, Jr.’s long association (as a recipient of a law degree and as a professor of history) with the University of Colorado. Presenters will include a combination of people who knew and worked with Vine Deloria featuring his remarkable son, Harvard Professor Phil Deloria, and American Indian historians and activists inspired by his writings.

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Due to an overwhelming response, all registrations made after 1:00pm on September 11th, may be seated in the overflow room.
Registration is FREE but required for attendance. The lunch and reception for this event are now full. You may still register for the panel sessions until we reach capacity. Thank you for your understanding.



8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  – Session I.

Vine Deloria, Jr.: Initiator, Instigator, Warrior

Chase Iron Eyes
Chase Iron Eyes
Lakota People’s Law Project
Faith Spotted Eagle
Faith Spotted Eagle
Native American Activist
Mark Trahant
Journalist, Indian Country Today

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Session II.

Vine Deloria, Jr.: Writer, Reader, Thinker

David Martinez
Arizona State University
Robert Warrior
University of Kansas
Dan Wildcat
Haskell Indian Nations University

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

Keynote  Speaker

Phil Deloria
Harvard University

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Session III.

Vine Deloria, Jr.: Lawyer, Litigator, Discoverer of Documents and Precedents with Promise

James Anaya
University of Colorado Law School
Richard B. Williams
Johnson Scholarship Foundation Indigenous Consultant
John Echohawk
Native American Rights Fund

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Session IV.

Vine Deloria, Jr.: Leader, Influencer, and Mobilizer

Kent Blansett
University of Nebraska at Omaha
David Wilkins
University of Minnesota
Charles Wilkinson
University of Colorado Law School

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Student Presentation

Short Presentation by University of Colorado students on what getting a degree from the college that was Vine Deloria, Jr.’s home campus means to them.

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Reception