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Deer to speak at MSU Berger Lecture set Sept. 21

September 18, 2006 -- from MSU News Service

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Bozeman - Ada Deer, who served as the first female Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs under the Clinton administration, will deliver the 2006 Phyllis Berger Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 in room 103 of the Engineering Physical Sciences Building on the campus of Montana State University.

Deer's lecture, "Politics, Problems, and Possibilities," is free and open to the general public. MSU Department of Native American Studies sponsors the lecture.

Deer, a member of the Menominee Nation, is a nationally recognized political leader, activist, scholar and mentor. The first female Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, she was also the first woman to chair the Menominee Nation. She was also the first Menominee to receive undergraduate and then honorary degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the first American Indian to receive a Master's of Social Work degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work, and the first American Indian woman to run for Congress and for Secretary of State in Wisconsin.

Deer currently serves as director of the American Indian Studies Program at UW-Madison, where she is also a distinguished lecturer of the School of Social Work.

The annual Berger Memorial Lecture honors the memory of MSU benefactor Phyllis Berger and is offered each year at MSU by a nationally recognized Native American, Native Alaskan, or Native Hawaiian scholar, artist, or leader speaking on Native history, cultures, or contemporary issues of interest and importance to both Indian and non-Indian people. For more information, call MSU Native American Studies at 994-3881.

Contact: Saralyn Sebern (406) 994-3884,