Northern Great Plains History Conference

September 27th-30th, 2023 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

58th Northern Great Plains History Conference
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 27th-30th, 2023
Hosted by the University of South Dakota

The History Department at The University of South Dakota invites you to the Fifty-Eighth Northern Great Plains History Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, from September 27th-30th, 2023. The conference will take place downtown in the City Centre Holiday Inn on Eighth Street.

Proposals for individual papers and complete sessions in all fields of history – around the globe and across time – are welcome! To honor and commemorate the Fiftieth Anniversary of Wounded Knee 1973, the Conference Program Committee encourages proposals and panels on the modern Indigenous rights movement and the history of Native sovereignty.

The 2023 Northern Great Plains History Conference keynote speaker will be Dr. Kent Blansett (Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee, and Potawatomi descendant from the Blanket, Panther, and Smith families), the Langston Hughes Associate Professor in the Department of History at The University of Kansas. He is the author of A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement (Yale University Press, 2018); coeditor of Indian Cities: Histories of Indigenous Urbanization (University of Oklahoma Press, 2022); and founder and executive director for the American Indian Digital History Project (

Please send proposals to Molly Rozum at by Monday, April 24th, 2023.

Individual paper proposals should include a one-paragraph abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae. Session proposals should include a one-paragraph session abstract and a short abstract and one-page curriculum vitae for each presenter in the session. Proposals for roundtables should include a session abstract and a one-page c.v. for each participant. Please indicate any audio-visual requirements. Anyone willing to chair sessions or serve as commentator, or who has questions should send an email to

The Northern Great Plains History Conference welcomes graduate and undergraduate student participants. Prizes will be awarded to the best graduate and the best undergraduate paper.

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