Office for Inclusive Community

Division of Student Services

Vine Deloria Jr. Lecture Series


Vine Deloria Jr. was one of the preeminent intellectuals of the 20th century, whose work brought attention to the importance of place and traditions within Native American communities. He was the author of more than 20 works, and was an active leader for numerous Native American institutions. After Deloria died in 2005, Reed students and staff created the Vine Deloria Jr. lecture series to honor his memory. The series recognizes the work of Native American scholars whose intellectual pursuits reflect the spirit and commitment exhibited by Deloria. This series is a collaborative effort between the multicultural resource center and the office for institutional diversity. The inauguration of this series occurred in fall 2007.


Terry Cross: Educator, leader, and activist Terry Cross will present the 2011 Vine Deloria Jr. Lecture. Terry Cross is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and is the developer, founder, and executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. He is the author of Heritage and Helping, an 11-manual curriculum for tribal child welfare staff. He is also author of the Positive Indian Parenting curriculum, as well as Cross-Cultural Skills in Indian Child Welfare. He co-authored Toward a Culturally Competent System of Care and Reclaiming Customary Adoption.  In 2008, Terry became a member of the SAMHSA National Advisory Council. 

In 2009, Terry received the Civic Engagement Award for Excellence in Community-Based Research from Portland State University. In 2010, he was a finalist for the EcoTrust Indigenous Leadership Award. This summer, Terry will receive the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps' Embracing the Legacy Award at the Kennedy Library in Boston. Terry has 38 years of experience in child welfare, including 10 years working directly with children and families.  He served on the faculty of Portland State University School of Social Work as adjunct professor for 15 years.