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    • Armik Mirzayan

      Armik Mirzayan 

      Armik Mirzayan has been Assistant Professor in Native Studies, Lakota Language, and the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of South Dakota since 2011. He earned his PhD in Linguistics from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010. He also serves as an instructor in the Lakota Language Education Action Program, a federally-funded teacher training program taught at both USD and Sitting Bull College.

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    • Peter Hill

      Peter Hill 

      Peter Hill was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, but has been living and working on the Pine Ridge Reservation for over 15 years. He became fluent in Lakota during his years on the reservation. In 2012, he started the Lakota Immersion Childcare program, then a simple in-home daycare with five children and only one staff member. He continues to work as Language Coordinator for the program, which has grown into the Lakota Language Initiative of Thunder Valley CDC.

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    • Steve Elm

      Steve Elm 

      Steve Elm (Oneida), former artistic director of Amerinda Theater, has worked in the arts on both sides of the Atlantic. Trained at London's Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, Mr. Elm has appeared as an actor in film, television and on the stage. As a playwright and director he has worked with London's Fourplay Theater, Universi

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    • Junior Garcia

      Junior Garcia 

      Junior Garcia is Lipan Apache and Sičháŋǧu Lakȟóta and a teacher of Lakota language as well as traditional song and ceremony. He has served as the Education Director at the Lakota Language Consortium and prior to that as Dean of Culture at Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, NM. He lives with his wife and children on Pine Ridge Reservation, where he has taught language and culture at the Lakota Waldorf School since 2016.

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    • Kevin Locke

      Kevin Locke 

      Kevin Locke is Lakȟóta and Anishinaabe and a world famous visionary hoop dancer, storyteller and player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute. He is a highly proficient speaker of the Lakota language, and integrates his language and culture into his teachings of global citizenship. He is on the Lakota Language Consortium's Board of Directors and has taught at LSI since 2007.

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    • Áŋpaó Dúta Flying Earth

      Áŋpaó Dúta Flying Earth 

      Áŋpaó Dúta Flying Earth is from Standing Rock Reservation and also carries White Earth Ojibwe and Akimel O’odham ancestry. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's degree in Government. He is head of the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, NM, which he helped open in 2006, and where he also teaches Lakota language and culture classes.

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