The Ohio State University at Newark

Guest Lecturer to Speak on Native American Culture

NEWARK, OH, Sept. 29, 2017 — Ohio’s history is rich with Native American influences. You don’t have to go far to see it: The Great Circle and Octagon Earthworks are visible reminders of our ancestors. To offer his perspective of the historic and current state of Native American culture, guest lecturer Guy Jones (Wakuwa la) will present “Lakota’s Philosophy of Life” on Oct. 10, 2017, from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Alford Performing Arts Hall at the John Gilbert Reese Center, 1209 University Drive. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Jones, a Hunkpapa Lakota and full-blood member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, carries in his heart a strength that comes from living in today’s diverse society and the spiritual wisdom of his Lakota upbringing. He has unselfishly devoted his life to the sharing of this knowledge in the interest of promoting healing and respect for American Indians. He speaks honestly on such topics as life on the reservation, the shattering effects of governmental policies, environmental issues, the challenges of drug and alcohol abuse and the survival of his culture.

Jones is a direct descent of Chief Gall, famous for commanding the Hunkpapa Lakota at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Jones, a leader in his own right, is making a name for himself through activism, education and service. Among his many accomplishments, Jones co-founded the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans in 1989, co-authored the book Lessons from Turtle Island with Sally Moomaw and developed several outreach programs to assist families and individuals in crisis situations. The Ohio Free Press presented Guy with the Selma Walker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Human Rights Activism, and San Antonio recognizes Nov. 1 as “Guy Jones Day” to commemorate his work on race relations between Kelly Air Force Base and the city.
This event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Native American Studies at Ohio State Newark. For more information, contact Vorley Taylor at or 740-366-9443.

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