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The Henry L. Bolley Academic Achievement Award honors individuals who have attained noted achievements in the area of education as teachers, researchers or administrators.

Duane Champagne
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BA '73, mathematics
MA '75, sociology

Duane Champagne is an outstanding sociology scholar who focuses on how Native cultures intersect with western culture. He grew up in Belcourt, North Dakota, and is an enrolled member of North Dakota's Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa.

Champagne is a professor of sociology and also professor in the School of Law at UCLA. He is co-chair in the Native Nations Law and Policy Research Center and supervises the Tribal Learning Community and Educational Exchange program. He has written five books, published 26 journal articles and written more than 100 essays. Champagne edited 20 volumes of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. He is senior editor for Indian Country Today Media Network contributing bi-weekly editorials since 2006.

In addition, he was director of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center from 1991 to 2002 and assistant director from 1990 – 1991 and 2011-13 and has consulted for more than 15 colleges and universities with Native programs.

"Few scholars have such far-reaching influence," wrote Ann Burnett, director of NDSU's women and gender studies program and associate dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. "Not only is Dr. Champagne a good role model as an advocate, consultant and teacher, he also has an impressive publication record."

Following his education at NDSU, Champagne earned a doctorate in sociology from Harvard University. He began his teaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before joining the faculty at UCLA in 1984.

"Duane Champagne is one of our college's extremely distinguished alumni," wrote Thomas Riley, NDSU professor of anthropology and former dean, in a letter of support. "He is a role model for our students and a gem in diadem of NDSU alumni and alumnae."

Champagne was recognized with a Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1982-83, a National Science Foundation Fellowship in 1985-88 and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1988-89. He was named a distinguished alumnus of the NDSU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in 2011.

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