Dennis Sun Rhodes - Professional Resume

Dennis Sun Rhodes

Dennis Sun Rhodes

Professional Resume

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture;
Montana State University; Bozeman
Chief of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, 1984-1988
Wind River Indian Housing Authority, elected official
Little Bighorn Battle Site Monument

Dennis Sun Rhodes — Professional Resume

Dennis was tutored by his great-grandmother and the tribal education system in the Arapaho language, sacred tribal traditions and conventions. He attended a missionary elementary school on the reservation and started secondary school at a BIA boarding school in South Dakota. He graduated from MSU at Bozeman, Montana in 1971, with a BA degree in architecture.

Dennis worked with American Indian Architect, Denby Deegan at Bismarck, ND from 1972-73 and The Hodne-Stageberg PARTNERS of Minneapolis, MN from 1973-83, and in this era, he directed the design development of award winning projects, including the Native American Center for the Living Arts, Inc. (The TURTLE) at Niagara Falls, NY. After serving as an elected chief, he then formed AmerINDIAN Architecture in 1992, serving as president until 2009.
Awards
• AIA/Minnesota Honor Award for Piya-Wiconi (Oglala Lakota Community
College); Kyle, SD
• AIA/Minnesota Honor Award for Little Wound High School; Kyle, SD
• AIA/Minnesota Honor Award for Pine Point Experimental School; Ponsford, MN
• Selected as one of 100 Centennial Alumni, Montana State University
Achievements
• Served as one of six elected Chiefs for the Northern Arapaho Tribe, 1984-88 and as an elected official on the Wind River Indian Housing Authority (IHA)
• 1984-86: Set up the Arapaho Language and Cultural Commission on the Wind River Indian Reservation to retain the Arapaho Language, traditions and conventions
• Developed “Architecture of the Americas” a course that he team-teaches at the College of Architecture, University of Minnesota
• Wrote the narrative for a Smithsonian Institution sponsored video on the Arapaho Plains Indian Tipi
• Appointed to Little Bighorn Battle Site Monument Committee of the National Park Service by Secretary of the Interior, Babbit; the Monument is dedicated to the Indian participants of the battle

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