John Beheler is an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. He currently lives in Ft. Thompson and serves as principal of Crow Creek High School. He is also executive director for the Dakota Indian Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and grants to Native American students. Mahed Wayanka (Sees Within) is the Dakota name his grandmother gave him following a vision he received on Bear Butte over 25 years ago. The name also pertains to his appreciation for traditional art, song, and dance. Beheler is the illustrator of the bestselling book, Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related by Dr. A.C. Ross.
Please feel free to bring your lunch. In case of inclement weather, the lecture will be moved to the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman Street.
We greatly appreciate our sponsors for this lecture: The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood History, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Deadwood Mountain Grand, Saloon No. 10, The Lodge at Deadwood, and the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.