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Posted on: October 17, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Jerome Kills Small to Present at the Library

Humanity Speaker to appear

Chadron- Jerome Kills Small will present a program titled: Water, Lakota Spirituality and Science, Friday, October 20, 2023 at 6:00pm at Chadron Public Library. 

This presentation is made possible by Humanities Nebraska, The Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and Chadron Public Library as part of the HN Speakers Bureau.

Living with his grandparents, Kills Small gained personal experience being around Lakota sacred sites in southwestern South Dakota and place names for water in western Nebraska and brings this experience to a discussion of the source and spiritual aspects of water and how what the spirit says and what science says complement each other.

Jerome Kills Small is an Oglala Lakota from Porcupine, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. A 1997 graduate from the University of South Dakota, with an M.A. in Selected Studies, and retired after 20 years at USD. He taught Lakota Language, American Indian Thought, Siouan Tribal Culture, Early Native American History. He is featured in the book, Wounded Warriors: A Time for Healing, and has a story in the Silver Anniversary Anthology published by the SD Humanities Council. Mr. Kills Small has parts in the videos: Sucker Punched, Nagi Kicopi (Calling Back the Spirit,) Lost Landscapes, and Bones of Contention: Repatriation and Reburial (BBC.) Jerome is a storyteller for public schools, museums, and colleges. Jerome translates, explains, and sings Lakota ceremonial, sweatlodge, powwow, rabbit, round dance, warrior, vision quest, and sundance songs. He sings with the Iron Wing Singers of Wagner, SD. He is a powwow organizer, announcer, arena director, and helps in conducting Lakota ceremonies. He portrayed Tecumseh, a Shawnee Chief and British General. He also portrayed Dr. Charles Alexander Eastman, the first Dakota Medical Doctor. Mr. Kills Small is on the board of Directors for the Native American Advocacy Program,

Water, Lakota Spirituality and Science is one of approximately 300 programs offered throughout the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau. The more than 165 available speakers

Include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, story tellers and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers bureau in the nation.

Speakers are available to any nom-profit organization in Nebraska. Each question - program lasts 30 minutes to an hour, plus a question-and-answer period.

The most frequent users of the HN Speakers Bureau are primary and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, arts organizations and ethnic organizations. Humanities Nebraska sponsors the largest Speakers Bureau program in the U.S. according to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For information detailing the available speakers and guidelines for booking them, please access the website at (Speakers section) or contact Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mail South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, phone (402) 474 2131, fax 94020 474 4852 or e-mail

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