Sioux Women – Past and Present – At The Journey Museum – Sunday, March 5, 2017



RAPID CITY, SD – The Journey Museum and Learning Center is excited to announce the next event in its Learning Forum Series set for Sunday, March 5 titled ‘Sioux Women – Past & Present’, presented by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. This forum is a part of the Journey’s month-long ‘Women in History’ programming.

‘Sioux Women – Past & Present’ will begin at 2 p.m. on March 5 in the Journey’s Wells Fargo Theater. Award-winning author, Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, will discuss her latest book, Sioux Women: Traditionally Sacred, and how women here have kept tribal values, even as their lives were changed by outside forces.

Virginia is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe in South Dakota. She attended the Bureau of Indian Affairs elementary school and graduated high school from St. Mary’s School for Indian Girls in Springfield, SD in 1954. She earned a Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees from South Dakota State University and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2008.

For 25 years, Virginia was a teacher and/or counselor in public schools in South Dakota, as well as an adjunct instructor at Oglala Lakota College, Rapid City Extension. She retired in 1995.

Her first book was released in 1972 and since then, she has published 27 books, numerous short stories, articles, and poems. Over the years, she has served as a consultant reader and reviewer for various print and media projects. Most recently for My People the Sioux, Nebraska Press, 2006 reprint, for which she also wrote the introduction. In 2007, she reviewed papers presented at the South Dakota State Historical Society’s annual conference. In 2011, she was an advisor and writer for Nebraska Educational Television’s e-book of Standing Bear of the Ponca. She has also served as a consultant for Native American content of textbooks for Scott Foresman and company in 1977, and Houghton Mifflin in 1985.

She has been accorded multiple awards, including the Distinguished Achievement in Humanities in 2012, the South Dakota Governor’s Award for Distinction in Creative Achievement in 2007, and the South Dakota Education Association Human Services Award in 1994.

Virginia is married to Vance M. Sneve, who is retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and they live in Rapid City. They have three children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Learning Forums are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each program features a forty-five minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic. Admission for Learning Forums is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members, and a student is FREE with an accompanying paid adult/senior admission (includes museum).

The Journey Museum & Learning Center was established in 1997 and is conveniently located in downtown Rapid City at 222 New York St, 2 blocks east of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center right across from the Club for Boys. Make sure to visit to find additional schedule information and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook!

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