Native American Expert to Speak at Briar Cliff University

02.25.13 Native American Expert to Perform at Briar Cliff UniversitySIOUX CITY, Iowa – Native American expert Dwight Howe will present “Life With No Culture, A Vanishing People”at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in the Assisi Room in the Stark Student Center at Briar Cliff University.

Raised in the Ponca Tribe and a member of the Omaha Tribe, Howe will discuss the struggles of Native people to maintain their traditional values. This free public event is sponsored by BCU’s Departments of Social Work, Theatre and Mass Communication.

For over 20 years, Howe has been an educator on cultural awareness and sensitivity. A Marine Corps veteran and traditional dancer, Howe’s presentations heighten cultural awareness by sharing his life experiences and perspectives. 

An Omaha and Ponca Indian, Howe lives in the village of Rosalie, Neb., on the Omaha Indian reservation. He teaches at Saint Augustine Indian Mission in Winnebago, Neb., where he serves as a Cultural Mentor.

Howe attended Chilocco Indian Boarding School in Oklahoma during the 1970s and Haskell Junior College in Lawrence, Kan., both Bureau of Indian Affair sponsored schools. His blog about his views and experience is at

Briar Cliff University is a Catholic institution with an enrollment of more than 1,150 students from 29 states and 11 other countries. Students are educated in the Franciscan tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and career preparation in an environment of care, compassion and service. For more information, please visit

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