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    • Tasha Hauff

      Tasha Hauff 

      Tasha Hauff is Mnikȟówožu and Oglála Lakȟóta from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She is a doctoral student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, and is writing her dissertation on Lakota language revitalization and tribal sovereignty. She currently teaches Native American Studies at Sitting Bull College on the Standing Rock Reservation.

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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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    • 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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    • Sunshine Carlow

      Sunshine Carlow 

      Sunshine is Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta, Oglála Lakȟóta and Northern Cheyenne and serves as Director of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Language and Culture Institute. She graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in management with a business focus from Sí Tȟáŋka University at Huron and is a second language learner of the Lakota/Dakota Language. She, her husband and their four children live in Fort Yates, ND. Sunshine  is a Bush Foundation Native Nation Rebuilder Cohort 7.

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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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    • Michael Moore

      Michael Moore 

      Michael Moore has been Director of the Native American Studies Division at Sitting Bull College since 2006. He has been researching the Lakota language for nearly a quarter century and has conducted, recorded and trascribed numerous interviews with Lakota elders. He lives in Bullhead, SD on the Standing Rock Reservation.

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