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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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    • Kim Campbell

      Kim Campbell 

      Kim Campbell joined the Lakota Language Consortium in 2009 to help create Lakȟóliya Wóglaka Po! Speak Lakota! 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.

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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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    • Jan Ullrich

      Jan Ullrich 

      Jan Ullrich is the co-Founder and Linguistic Director of LLC and the editor of the New Lakota Dictionary in both its print and online formats. Ullrich’s courses put the “intensive” in Intensive Lakota, with emphasis on Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Grammar

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