Reception to Honor Sinte Gleska President Lionel Bordeaux
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Lionel Bordeaux, president of Sinte Gleska University, will be honored Tuesday, April 20, during a reception from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Center for Western Studies on the Augustana campus.
Bordeaux is the featured speaker for the last installment of the Augustana Academy for Seniors series entitled, Cultures in Turmoil: Bridging the Gap in South Dakota.
He has served the people of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and Native Americans throughout the nation as president of Sinte Gleska College since 1973. He also provided leadership for Sinte Gleska’s founding. It is the first fully accredited reservation-based institution of higher education at the bachelor’s level.
Bordeaux, who was granted the Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Augustana College in 1989, graduated from Black Hills State University and earned a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota.
He has been a major supporter of American Indian issues throughout his tenure at Sinte Gleska. He has served on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, a U.S. presidential appointment; as co-chair of the White House Conference on Indian Education; as president of the National Indian Education Association; as president of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium; as board member for the Native American Rights Fund; as a member of the National Congress of American Indians; and as a Rosebud Sioux tribal councilman.
In 1988, he received the prestigious National Indian Education Association Educator of the Year award.
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