First in our 12th Annual Fall Lecture Series, sponsored by Greg A. Vital, is Dr. Daniel Littlefield, Jr. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. On a day when we reflect upon times of great threat to our nation, Dr.Littlefield will share stories of American Indians answering the call to protect freedom and democracy across the globe during World War I. While most American Indians were not legal citizens and could not be drafted, they volunteered in the thousands to continue the warrior traditions of their tribes, a fascinating but little known facet of The Great War. This lecture will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center Auditorium at UT-Chattanooga, located at 624 E. 5th Street. Directions can be found here; free parking is available in the Visitor Garage across from the University Center; on-street parking may also be availabe on E. 5th Street.
Dr. Littlefield is Director of the Sequoyah National Research Center, which houses the American Native Press Archives, the world’s largest archival repository of Native American newspapers and periodicals. The Center at UA-LR is also home to the Dr. J. W. Higgins collection of Native American art. Dr. Littlefield has served in the Cherokee Nation’s Great State of Sequoyah Commission and the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Humanities Council. He has published scores of articles and is author, co-author or editor of 18 books on Native studies. He was inducted in 2001 into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame; in 2014, the Arkansas Historical Association honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his co-founding of the Sequoyah National Research Center and for his promotion of Arkansas history.