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|Vernon Ashley was born on the Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation in Buffalo County, South Dakota-—an enrolled member of his tribe with full Sioux Indian ancestry. He attended elementary school in his home county and graduated from Flandreau Indian School. Mr. Ashley served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WW II and was honorably discharged in Feb. 1946.
After 4 years in the cattle ranching business, Mr. Ashley entered Dakota Wesleyan University in Jan. 1951, graduating with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1954. Ashley was a tribal leader for 8 years and prior to his enrollment at Dakota Wesleyan, assisted in the organization of his tribe in 1948 with a Constitution and Bylaws, which are still in use today. <p>In 1955, Mr. Ashley accepted a position as an Employment Assistance Officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Standing Rock Agency, Fort Yates, North Dakota. Ten years later, he was appointed Coordinator of Indian Affairs for the State of South Dakota, a position that gave him the opportunity to work with reservations throughout the state. During this time Ashley developed a Model Form of Tribal Government and a widely launched Tribal Council Training Program. <p>A member of the Episcopal Church, Mr. Ashley has served on its National Advisory Committee of Indian Work and has also been a member of the Bishop’s Advisory Committee for South Dakota. <p>In 1972, Ashley developed a concept called DISCUS (Developmental Indian Sports Clinic for Upper States). Working with such outstanding athletes as Billy Mills, he developed a clinic to motivate and inspire Indian youth through sports. <p>Vernon Ashley was a member of the Board of Trustees for Dakota Wesleyan University and has received an Honorary Achievement Award from Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honorary for exceptional service and outstanding contributions in the field of political science and government.
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