Annual Lectures

Eastern Idaho

Fort Hall, Thursday, April 18

Bestselling Author David Grann to Speak at 15th Annual Eastern Idaho Distinguished Lecture

Join the IHC for our 15th annual Eastern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture with bestselling author David Grann on Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m at the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel and Chiefs Event Center. The author will discuss his book Killers of the Flower Moon with Mark Trahant, editor at large of Indian Country Today in a conversation moderated by new tribal author Randy’L Teton.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, is a true-crime tale that unravels one of the most sinister crimes and racial injustices in American history. With over 100 weeks on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list, it was a finalist for the National Book Award. Killers of the Flower Moon was adapted for the screen in 2023, with Martin Scorsese as director, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Actress Lily Gladstone earned critical acclaim for her portrayal of Mollie Kyle, and recently became the first Native American to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama). 

The author will discuss his book Killers of the Flower Moon with Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock tribal member and editor at large of Indian Country Today. Trahant was recently inducted into The National Native American Hall of Fame for his decades of work on behalf of Indigenous peoples through his work as a journalist, speaker, and teacher. Trahant is an innovator within digital and print media who began his career as the editor of the Sho-Ban News at the age of 19. 

Grann and Trahant will be joined on stage by Randy’L Teton (Shoshone-Bannock). Since 2022, Randy'L has served on the IHC board of directors. Teton currently serves as a Public Affairs/Tribal Relations Specialist with the USDA Forest Service. Teton also recently published her first novel, It’s Her Story: Sacajawea. The graphic novel, aimed at children 7-10, is written about Sacajawea's journey from an Indigenous perspective and is listed as Amazon's bestselling children's book. 

Ticket prices for the Eastern Idaho Distinguished Lecture will be offered on a sliding scale. Sales with suggested ranges are currently available here. Tickets are available for a private reception prior to the lectures with the author for $75.00, with cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. The program starts at 7PM and will be theatre seating. Following the event, the author will be signing books. Books will be available for sale at the event.

High school students are invited to attend a special event to meet the author at ISU’s Stephens Performing Art Center from 10-11 AM on April 18th. For more information or to sign up to bring your students, please contact Holly Kartchner at or at 208-282-5362.

Author David Grann
David Grann
Mark Trahant
Mark Trahant
Randy' L Teton
Randy' L Teton

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