Henrietta Mann, Ph.D., a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes located in Oklahoma, will give a talk on “Walking the Cheyenne Road of Life” in Kinsley from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 at the Methodist Church, 803 Marsh St, Kinsley.
This presentation is open to the public and is part of the final meeting of the five-month discussion series, “Kansas Forts and the Indian Wars” sponsored by the Edwards County Historical Society, the Kinsley Library, and the Kansas Humanities Council.
“Dr. Henrietta Mann is a remarkable Cheyenne woman and a great teacher,” said Dr. Leo Oliva, scholar for the discussions series. “We are truly honored to have Dr. Mann share her knowledge of and insight into Cheyenne life and culture. They were a magnificent people and lived in this region during the apex of their history. As the character Jack Crabb says in Thomas Berger’s classic novel, Little Big Man, ‘I reckon when the subject of manliness comes up, you can just say “Cheyenne” and be done with it.’ Dr. Mann will give us a look into that fascinating ‘Cheyenne Road of Life.’”
Dr. Mann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1954, and a Master of Arts Degree from Oklahoma State University in 1970.
In 1982, she earned her Doctor of Philosophy Degree in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She is Professor Emeritus in Native American Studies, Montana State University where she continues to serve as Special Assistant to the President. On leave from Montana State University she is the founding president of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College temporarily located on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.
Dr. Mann has been a professor/administrator at: The University of California, Berkeley; University of Montana, Missoula; Graduate School of Education, Harvard University; and Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence. She was the first person to fill the Katz Endowed Chair in Native American Studies at Montana State University, Bozeman.
In 1991 Rolling Stone Magazine named her as one of the ten top professors in the nation. Southwestern Oklahoma State University inducted her into its Hall of Fame in 1997.The University of New Mexico Alumni Association honored her as its 2008 recipient of the Bernard S. Rodey Award for her leadership in education. She also received the 2008 National Indian Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
“In order to give more people an opportunity to hear Dr. Mann, we are inviting the public to come to this talk before the 96 participants in the discussion series adjourn to the Kinsley City Building to wrap up the series,” said Joan Weaver, Director of the Kinsley Library. “We invite anyone interested in Indian culture and history to attend.”
This series is partially funded by a Kansas Humanities Council grant to the Edwards County Historical Society and Kinsley Library. The KHC conducts and supports community-based humanities programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to participate in their communities.
For more information call the Kinsley Library at 620-659-3341 or come by 208 E. 8th St. Library hours are: from 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday.