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Preservation Thursday: A Diplomat, a Politician, an Evangelist, and a Warrior: The Greatest Lakota Leaders

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by Steve Linstrom, South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers’ Bureau Scholar, at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood. The event is wheelchair accessible. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Steve Linstrom will identify the differences and similarities between Spotted Tail, Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse. This presentation is based on a nonfiction book Linstrom has been researching. Four men led the Lakota Sioux Indians through the thirty-five year transition from unconquered rulers of the high plains to a people totally subjugated by white America. It was the ultimate crisis. Each of the leaders was the most prominent Indian in America for a time and their every action was closely followed by politicians, military leaders, and the American public. The relationships between Spotted Tail, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, and Crazy Horse were complicated and the men were sometimes allies, sometimes bitter enemies, and always rivals. They had drastically different political beliefs, personalities, and leadership styles, but all were focused on the preservation of the future of the Lakota people.

After completing a career in South Dakota state government and another in the corporate world, Steve Linstrom is living a new chapter in his life writing, speaking, and teaching. He received a Master of Arts Degree in English Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His debut novel, The Last Ram, and his second novel, Murder Trial of the Last Lakota Warrior, were published by North Star. Linstrom has also published short stories in the Arizona Literary Magazine, the Lake Region Review, and the Talking Stick Journal. His short story, Lake Marshall, was the winner of the 2010 Brainerd Short Story Contest. Linstrom is currently teaching writing classes as an adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University. He lives with his wife, Steph, on Lake Marshall in Minnesota.

Preservation Thursday is co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood History, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Saloon No. 10, Fresh Paint, Homestake Mining Company, TDG, and South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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