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Native Voices exhibit opening soon

South Dakota State University Briggs Library is pleased to host the traveling exhibition Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. This free exhibit is on display to the public from April 24 — June 5 on the main level of the library.

Native Voices explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land, and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.

An opening reception will be held at the library on April 25 at 5 pm, with a panel discussion beginning at 7 pm titled "Presence of the Past: How Historical Trauma has Affected Modern Health of the Lakota Community." See for more information on the program. 

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) developed and produced Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. The American Library Association Public Programs Office, in partnership with NLM, tours the exhibition to America’s libraries. Briggs Library was selected in a competitive application process as one of 104 grant recipients from across the country to host this exhibit. To learn more and view content from the exhibition, visit

Briggs Library is located at 1300 N. Campus Drive in Brookings. Free parking is available in Lot 164 north of the library after 4 pm on Monday through Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday. More parking information is at