- Peter Hill’s road to Lakota fluency began when he moved to the Pine Ridge Reservation full-time in 2000. There, he taught for ten years at Red Cloud High School, including three years teaching Lakota language. In 2012, he founded Lakota Immersion Childcare (Iyápi Glukínipi), a full-immersion daycare program located in Oglala, SD. He continues to work there in the role of Language Coordinator. Peter has two daughters, an 8 month-old and a 4 year-old, both of whom he speaks to in 100% Lakota.
- 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, University of Manchester (England), Chuka Lokoli Native Thea
- Junior Garcia is the Dean of Culture & a Lakota language Instructor at the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, NM. He has taught Special Projects and Teaching Lakota Methods at LSI since 2012.
- Sunshine Archambault Carlow is the Education Manager for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She is an active advocate for teaching and learning Lakota, and has been the Tribe’s lead administrator for LSI since 2011. She assists LSI instructors and keeps the entire Institute running!
- 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.
- Nacole Walker (Hunkpapa) earned her BA in Linguistics from Dartmouth College in 2011 with a special interest in the Lakota language. She has returned to her home on Standing Rock to work at the Language Immersion Nest at Sitting Bull College. As a promising young professional lingu
- Michael Moore has been an instructor at Sitting Bull College since 2006, and heads up the Native Studies program there, teaching classes in Lakota culture and history. He has been a language activist for the last 20 years, with a great interest in stories and language documentation. He teaches Phonology at LSI.
- Kim Campbell joined the LLC team in 2009 to help create the Level 3 Textbook, and began teaching second-language teaching techniques at LSI. Her past career at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard built up decades of experience creating lessons in Ojibwe, Thai, Celtic, Russian, Hebrew and Japanese, as well as medieval languages, and the LSI participants have become her Lakota language teachers. At LSI she leads classes in Teaching L
- Kevin Locke (Hunkpapa and Anishinabe) has been a Cultural Ambassador for Lakota and Plains Tribes for nearly 40 years, and has traveled around the world with his company of indigenous dancers and musicians. He is on the Board of Directors of LLC, and has taught at LSI since 2007. His classes include Intensive Lakota, Intensive Lakota for Teachers, Drama, and in