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Yellowtail to speak at MSU Berger Lecture set Sept. 27

September 26, 2007


William Yellowtail, a member of the Crow tribe and the current holder of the Montana State University's Katz Endowed Chair in Native American Studies, will deliver the 2007 Phyllis Berger Memorial Lecture sat 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Museum of the Rockies' Hager Auditorium. Phot courtesy of William Yellowtail.   High-Res Available

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William Yellowtail, a former administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the current holder of Montana State University's Katz Endowed Chair in Native American Studies, will deliver the 2007 Phyllis Berger Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Museum of the Rockies' Hager Auditorium.

Yellowtail's lecture, "Sovereignty from Self-Sufficiency: The Indian Imperative for the 21st Century," is free and open to public. MSU's Department of Native American Studies sponsors the lecture.

Yellowtail, a member of the Crow Nation, holds one of just a few endowed chairs in Native American Studies in the country. MSU's Katz Endowed Chair in Native American Studies was named for its benefactors, Sheldon and Audrey Katz of Silver Spring, Md.

The son of William Yellowtail, Sr., Yellowtail grew up on the family ranch in Wyola. In 1993 former U.S. President Bill Clinton appointed Yellowtail as Regional Administrator for the EPA's Region 8 office, headquartered in Denver. Yellowtail was an unsuccessful candidate for Montana's seat in the U.S. Congress. Yellowtail has also been the executive director of the Montana Inter-Tribal Policy Board and director of human resources development and education for the Crow Tribe. He also served three terms as a Montana senator, representing Big Horn, Rosebud and Powder River Counties. Yellowtail has also worked as a consultant on western issues. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy, based at MSU, as well as the National Audubon Society. He has served extensively on the boards of national, regional and state organizations.

The annual Berger Memorial Lecture honors the memory of MSU benefactor Phyllis Berger and is offered each year at MSU. The lecture features a nationally recognized Native American, Alaskan Native 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 (406) 994-3881.

Contact: Saralyn Sebern (406) 994-3884, saralyns@montana.edu