Chancellor Phil DiStefano, left, and President Bruce Benson, award an honorary degree to Gerald One Feather during the 2013 University of Colorado Spring Commencement on Friday. (Photo: Cliff Grassmick/Daily Camera)Photo: AFSC
Former AFSC staff person Gerald One Feather was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by the University of Colorado-Boulder during commencement exercises on May 10, 2013.
Gerald began work with AFSC in 1988 and directed the Lakota Oyate Oaye Program on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Gerald played a key role in reviving Lakota language and traditions, boosting education opportunities for the Lakota People, and advocating on the international scene for treaty rights for all indigenous peoples.
An article he wrote about this latter effort can be found here. Gerald retired from AFSC after more than 12 years of service.
Marilyn Hays recently wrote to AFSC on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples Concerns committee at Boulder Friends Meeting. "Aya (Mariagnes) Medrud was very instrumental in making this happen," Marilyn said. "I watched on live streaming at home, and it was a splendid and colorful scene. Gerald was given a standing ovation by thousands of students, parents, guests, and faculty. A drum ceremonial preceded the Sociology department's commencement following the main event at Folsom Field."
The presentation of the honorary degree and a short documentary about Gerald's life can be found beginning at the 48:50 mark of this video.