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 a 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.
While previously an Assistant Professor of Lakota and American Indian and Indigenous Studies, I am now working directly with tribes and schools to grow impactful Očhethi Šakowiŋ language programs and with other Native communities to plan and implement their language programming.