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      Stay tuned! 

      The instructor list for the 2018 LSI is currently in development. Stay tuned to see which of your favorite teachers will be here next year!

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Allen Wilson

      Allen Wilson 

      Allen Wilson is from Rosebud Reservation. He is a teacher of Lakota language, history and culture at St Joseph's Indian School, and together with Ben Black Bear Jr., regularly facilitates language meetings at Siŋté Glešká University. He grew up hearing Lakota around the rez and began studying more intently in 2012 after learning how close Lakota is to extinction. He has attended the Lakota Summer Institute since 2015.

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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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    • 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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    • Wil Meya

      Wil Meya 

      Wil Meya is the co-Founder of the Lakota Summer Institute, and Executive Director and co-Founder of the Lakota Language Consortium. Since LSI’s beginnings in 2007 he has taught Phonology, Neologism, Teaching Lakota I & II, Drama, and numerous other courses in addition to being an administrator and coordinator for the Institute. He has a MA from the University of Arizona, and an ABD PhD from Indiana University, specializing in Lakota linguistics and language revitalization.

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    • Nacole Walker

      Nacole Walker 

      Nacole Walker is Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta and Iháŋktuŋwaŋna Dakȟóta from Standing Rock Reservation. She earner her Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from Dartmouth College in 2011 and is currently completing her Master's degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Nacole is a Bush Foundation Native Nation Rebuilder Cohort 7.

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