The Rev. Raymond Bucko, S.J., chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and professor of anthropology and Native American Studies at Creighton University, was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee Drum Major Award at the group’s annual unity luncheon Jan. 19. The award honors a person who is an advocate for social justice in the spirit of Dr. King, who works to bring the community together by promoting collaboration among diverse groups.
Fr. Bucko has worked with Native people since 1975 in the capacities of Jesuit, scholar and friend. He serves as the director of the Native American Studies program and is a scholar-in-residence and chaplain of the Kenefick Community.
Fr. Bucko taught both high school and college on the Pine Ridge Reservation and worked at the Buechel Museum on the Rosebud Reservation. He has published a book on the Lakota Sweat Lodge ceremony, and continues his work among the Lakota tribe, promoting many cultural links between Creighton University and the Lakota people, most notably the Lakota Immersion Mentorship program open to Creighton faculty and staff.
The Drum Major Award was inspired by the following quote from Dr. King:
“Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness. I want to leave a committed life behind.”