Taŋyáŋ yahí. (Welcome.)
I am a Mnikȟowožu Lakȟota scholar, teacher, and language activist. I am enrolled in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and work closely with and for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North and South Dakota.
I earned my Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory at the University of Califonia, Berkeley. There I wrote my dissertation entitled: “Lakȟótiyapi kiŋ uŋglúkinipi (We Revitalize our Lakota Language): Native Language Revitalization at Standing Rock” under the auspices of Drs. Thomas Biolsi, Shari Huhndorf, Leanne Hinton and Keith Feldman.
I am currently an Assistant Professor of Lakota and American Indian and Indigenous Studies at South Dakota State University where I am working with university colleagues and community members to grow our robust and impactful Očhethi Šakowiŋ language program.