South Dakota State University
Richard Meyers began working at South Dakota State University in the summer of 2012 with a goal in mind—he was going to start an American Indian Studies major.

SDSU Tribal Relations Director Appointed to National Organizations

South Dakota State University
3/7/14

Richard Meyers began working at South Dakota State University in the summer of 2012 with a goal in mind—he was going to start an American Indian Studies major.

“In a state with nine different federally recognized tribes, it was vital, and the existing minor indicated that the desire for the major was long-standing,” said Meyers.

Meyers is the tribal relations director and program coordinator for the American Indian Studies program that opened for enrollment fall 2013 with the new major highlighted.

Alongside coordinating American Indian Studies, Meyers teaches an upper level anthropology course, and plans to teach more once he solidifies the administrative work that goes along with developing the program.

Meyers was able to secure excellence funds to conduct a study on how to make the major fit to this region and the SDSU academic community.

“I’ve been exploring how to make the SDSU AIS program applicable to the Plains Indians and to South Dakota,” said Meyers.

Meyers’ work at South Dakota State University ties into the notion of being elected and appointed to two national organizations.

He was appointed to serve on the Task Force on Cultural Heritage, a subsidiary to the world’s largest anthropology organization called the American Anthropological Association. The group meets annually to discuss methods to build a strong, multifaceted approach to cultural heritage issues in the United States.

Meyers was also appointed to serve a three-year term on the American Indian Studies Association board of directors. Headquartered at Arizona State University, an annual conference brings together scholars from around the country to discuss problems and solutions for American Indian Studies topics.

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