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The members of a contingent of visitors from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, including Valentina Merdanian, the most recent of the president's distinguished speakers, joined BSU officials for a tour of Plymouth during their stay in the area.
Ms. Merdanian is the director of institutional relations at Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota. During her address on campus, she spoke about her school and issues surrounding Native American reservations, particularly poverty. Some of those accompanying her on the trip to Plymouth were fellow members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, who live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
BSU was represented by Fred Clark, executive vice president and vice president for External Affairs, and Dr. Joyce Rain Anderson, assistant professor of English. Tour guide, Tim Turner of Native Plymouth Tours, led the group through a two-hour trek through "America's hometown," from Plymouth Rock to Cole's Hill to the statue of Massasoit. The tour also made its way through the natural springs to Hobbamock's Homesite and to the plaque marking the death of Metacomet.
In addition to Ms. Merdanian, the guests included Fr. George Winzenburg, Tashina Banks, Robert Braveheart, Tina Merdanian and Colleen McCarthy.