JOINED THE DEPARTMENT
Jayne Reinhiller grew up in a pastor’s family throughout North and South Dakota spending extensive time on the Rosebud Reservation and ministry to marginalized people. This instilled a passion for social justice and reconciliation between cultures and the celebration of diversity within communities. Reinhiller’s current academic work centers on cultural preservation on minority groups in the face of majority cultures and the interactions between Native American tribes and the Christian Church. These works include an examination of the Smallpox Epidemic of 1837 and its impact of the religious structure of the Mandan and Hidatsa and the cultural preservation of the Germans from Russia during the Great Purge from 1936-1939.
During her undergraduate studies at Taylor University, Reinhiller was part of the Emmaus Initiative a nonprofit organization tracking freedom of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity in the United States. Reinhiller focused her reports on religious freedom on Native American reservations throughout the United States.
Edren Graduate Tuition Fellowship. University of Nebraska Lincoln. 2017-present
- "Holding On to Culture: The Effects of the 1837 Smallpox Epidemic on the Mandan and Hidatsa." Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research 4 (2018): In Press
- "Hear the Stories." The Echo. Taylor University, 28 Apr. 2017. Web
- “Holding on to Culture: The Effects of the 1837 Smallpox Epidemic on the Mandan and Hidatsa.” North Central Jurisdiction Archives and History Convocation, Bismarck, ND. July 2017
- “Preserving Identity Through Adversity: The Germans from Russia.” The Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference, Indianapolis, IN. March 2016
- “Holding on to Culture: The Effects of the 1837 Smallpox Epidemic on the Mandan and Hidatsa.” The Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference, Indianapolis, IN. March 2015