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NSU professor presents paper at UNL drought symposium

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University Professor of Education Alan L. Neville was one of 40 presenters at the 40th annual Great Plains Symposium.

The event, “Drought in the Life, Cultures, and Landscapes of the Great Plains,” was held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in April.

Neville’s paper, “Water Quality Challenges and Initiatives Impacting South Dakota’s Nine Reservations,” examined water quantity and water quality issues facing South Dakota’s American Indian reservations, from both a historic and contemporary view. Additionally, his paper documented ongoing issues related to drought and other water quality concerns, such as the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and possible ground water contamination by uranium mining, among others.

The symposium featured several national speakers, including Ian Frazier, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of “Great Plains” and “On the Rez”; and Harvard University Associate Professor Richard Hornbeck. Hornbeck spoke about environmental economics – specifically, those affecting the Ogallala Aquifer.  


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