The South Dakota Board of Regents will consider naming two facilities on the Black Hills State University campus after American Indian leaders, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The library on the campus would be renamed after Lionel R. Bordeaux and the American Indian Center would be named after Jace DeCory.
Lionel Bordeaux, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, is currently the president of Sinte Gleska University in Mission, and is also one of the longest-serving university presidents in the United States. Bordeaux earned his undergraduate degree from Black Hills State University in history and political science, and went on to earn his master’s degree from the University of South Dakota in educational psychology. Bordeaux earned his doctoral degree in education administration from the University of Minnesota.
Jace DeCory, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, has been a faculty member at Black Hills State University since 1984. DeCory received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and American Indian Studies from the University of South Dakota. She went on to earn her master’s degree in counseling and guidance from South dakota State University.
If the naming request is approved, BHSU will hold dedication ceremonies this fall.
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