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    • Dusty Lee Nelson

      Dusty Lee Nelson 

      Dusty Lee Nelson (Oglála Lakȟóta) is a teacher at Pine Ridge Girl's School in Porcupine, SD. She has previously served as an immersion teacher both at Thunder Valley CDC's Lakota Immersion Childcare in Oglala, SD and at Lakȟóta Wóglaka Wóuŋspe in Kyle, SD. She is politically engaged member of the community and has taught language workshops in Lakota communities around the country.

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    • Mike McFarland

      Mike McFarland 

      Mike McFarland teaches Lakota history, language and culture at Edison Middle School in Sioux Falls, SD as part of the school district's Native American Connections program. After a long and honorable career in the US Army, Mike attended the University of South Dakota where he studied Lakota language. He has also attended the Lakota Summer Institute as a student.

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    • Ethan Three Stars

      Ethan Three Stars 

      Ethan Three Stars is the Dakota Instructor and Researcher at Fort Peck Languages and Cultures Department. He is a second language learner of Yanktonai Dakota and learnt from several of the last fluent speakers on Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Ethan has competed in the Dakhóta Iápi Akíčhiyapi in Minneapolis–St. Paul and is also a student at Fort Peck Community College.

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    • Nāʻilima Gaison

      Nāʻilima Gaison 

      Nāʻilima Gaison is Native Hawaiian from the Hawaiian Home Lands of Keaukaha who received his MA in Indigenous Language and Culture Education from University of Hawaiʻi, Hilo. He is one of the first Hawaiian immersion teachers at the Pūnana Leo o Hilo preschool language nest, where he taught for 19 years before moving to the kindergarten classroom at Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu (Nāwahī), where he has taught for 11 years. He is also a Hawaiian language lecturer at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, and an online teacher of advanced

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    • Šišóka Dúta

      Šišóka Dúta 

      Sisoka Duta (Sisíthuŋwaŋ Waȟpéthuŋwaŋ) is a Dakota Language Teaching Specialist in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. His undergraduate work focused on Dakota language, culture and history. Following graduation, he worked with two fluent Dakota/Lakota speakers for four years to improve his language skills. He also taught Dakota language for three years at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. He did not grow up speaking Dakota so he recognizes the need to acknowledge the first speakers of the language and to continue improving his own skills, so he ca

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    • Blaze Starkey

      Blaze Starkey 

      Blaze Starkey is a Lakota educator from Cheyenne River Reservation. He is a facilitator of the Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa, which serves children at the water protectors' camp on Standing Rock Reservation.

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    • Gabe Black Moon

      Gabe Black Moon 

      Gabe Black Moon (Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta) a respected Elder who has spoken Lakota since childhood. At the Lakota Summer Institute, he specializes in Lakota phonology.

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    • Marek Kupiec

      Marek Kupiec 

      Marek Kupiec holds an Master's degree in English with Translation from the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. Since 2014 he has been a linguistic associate of Jan Ullrich. He has been studying the Lakota language since 2008 and is active in Lakota language revitalization.

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    • Yuliya Manyakina

      Yuliya Manyakina 

      Yuliya Manyakina is the Project Director for Lakȟól’iyapi Wahóȟpi/Wičhákini Owáyawa (Lakota Language Immersion Nest) at Sitting Bull College. Since 2011, she has been working in partnership with various Native North American Nations across the U.S. and Canada to preserve language and culture. Her previous professional experience includes Communications & Events Manager at The Language Conservancy, Community Liaison for McGill University’s partnership with Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nations Community, Teaching Assistant at McGill University, and Student Success Mentor at Concordia University. S

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    • Elliot Bannister

      Elliot Bannister 

      Elliot Bannister grew up in Northampton, England, and earned their Bachelor's degree in Arabic and Persian from the University of London. They have been learning Lakota since 2011 through self-study and with elders while living on Cheyenne River Reservation. Elliot now serves as an Education Specialist for the Lakota Language Consortium.

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