University of North Dakota
Calvin Grinnell, historian for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.

Three Affiliated Tribes Historian Selected for Community Scholar Award


Calvin Grinnell, historian for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, will be presented with the Paul V. Boswell Community Scholar Award at the University of North Dakota Center for Community Engagement’s annual Stone Soup Awards Program and Luncheon on November 14.

As part of the program a special recipe stone soup will be served by Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown and University of North Dakota First Lady Marcia Kelley.

Grinnell will speak about community sustainability at noon and will be part of a discussion on “Engaging Communities Across Boundaries” at 2 p.m.

The Boswell award is named in honor of Paul Boswell, former director of the UND Native Media Center, who walked on in 2006.

“The award recognizes an individual who supports community building and works across human differences,” states a press release from the university.

Not only is Grinnell the historian of the Three Affiliated Tribes, he is also the president of the North Dakota State Historical Board and has served on the North Dakota Historical Review Board and Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Committees.

He also narrated The People of the Upper Missouri: the Mandans, a 77- minute documentary produced by the State Historical Society.

He has testified on behalf of his people before Congress and traveled to Germany twice to represent them.

The luncheon will take place in the University of North Dakota’s Gorecki Alumni Center. Reservations can be made by calling the Center for Community Engagement at 701-777-0675 or registering online. Tickets are $10 for students or $15 for others.

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