- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs will deliver the keynote address at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 173th commencement.

Michael Black will deliver the address May 7. In 2010, Black was named the director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which provides services directly or through contracts, grants or compacts to 567 federally recognized tribes throughout the country.

The school will award more than 370 doctorate, master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees. Black, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and a 1986 graduate of the School of Mines, will also be awarded an honorary doctorate.

The event will take place at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena.


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