BHSU to promote veterans’ history found in national cemeteries

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WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) awarded Black Hills State University a contract to research and share local history through the diversity of Veterans’ experience found in VA national cemeteries, officials announced Feb. 28.

“We want to empower communities of young learners to see themselves as agents of their own history, researching, writing, and sharing their local history through the lens of Veterans,” said Interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Ronald E. Walters. “The award of this contract signifies the VA National Cemetery Administration’s (NCA) dedication and commitment to providing enhanced memorialization of Veterans interred in our VA national cemeteries.”

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The university received a $73,993 contract to provide a framework of digital and non-digital outreach based on student research focused on Veterans interred at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sicangu Akicita Owicahe Tribal Veterans Cemetery and Lakota Freedom Tribal Veterans Cemetery. The project will be led by Ms. Kelly Kirk, department of history, joined by colleagues: Dr. Courtney Huse-Wika, director of Honors Program; Dr. Cody Lawson, School of Education; Dr.Urla Marcus, director of Center for American Indian Studies; and Dr. David Wolff, department of history.

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NCA awarded three separate contracts to San Francisco State University, Black Hills State University and University of Central Florida as the first of many planned initiatives to engage educators, students and researchers and the general public through NCA’s Veterans Legacy Program

Information from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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