Member of Oglala Sioux Tribe to Speak at Colorado State University Nov. 10

Walter Littlemoon, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe and author of the book, “They Called Me Uncivilized: The Memoir of a Lakota Man from Wounded Knee,” will speak with his wife, Jane Ridgway, in a Colorado State University anthropology class at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 in Room 5 of Eddy Hall on campus. The couple will focus their presentation on ways of knowing nature.

This event is free and open to the public. An open discussion will follow the presentation.

As a child, Littlemoon was taken away from his family by the U.S. government and enrolled in boarding school. In his book, he recounts his experiences with sanctioned prejudice and institutionalization. He offers a firsthand account of the cruelty inflicted upon generations of Native American children through the implementation of government boarding schools.

It is well known that, in the years following European colonization, Native American tribes were disrupted and destroyed through war and expropriation of land and property. However, it is not generally known that native cultures also were subverted in more subtle, psychological ways well into the 20th century. Littlemoon and Ridgway work to bring light to issues surrounding this topic through lectures, books and documentaries.

The talk is sponsored by CSU’s Department of Anthropology.

“They Called Me Uncivilized” is published by iUniverse Inc. and available at most bookstores.

For more information, contact Kathleen Sherman at or (970) 491-5962.