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      Stay tuned! 

      The instructor list for the 2020 LSI is currently in development. Stay tuned to see which of your favorite teachers will be here next year!

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    • Marek Kupiec

      Marek Kupiec 

      Marek Kupiec holds a Master’s degree in English with Translation from the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. He works as Language Materials Editor for the Lakota Language Consortium and has been a linguistic associate of Jan Ullrich since 2014. He authored the Lakota Basic Reader “Táku Tókȟuŋpi he?” and participated in the creation of such materials as the Lakota Grammar Handbook, Lakota Vocab Builder and Lakota Children's Songs vol. 3.

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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 Todd County Middle School, and before that, at St Joseph's Indian School. 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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    • Junior Garcia

      Junior Garcia 

      Junior Garcia is Lipan Apache and Sičháŋǧu Lakȟóta and teacher of the Lakota language and culture, as well as traditional song and ceremony. He has served as Education Director at the Lakota Language Consortium and Instructor at the Lakota Summer Institute since 2012. He has also taught several Lakota Language Weekends around the country. He served as Dean of Culture/Lakȟóta Language Instructor for the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He currently works as Lakota Language and Culture Instructor at Wounded Knee District School.

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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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    • 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 the Lakota Language Consortium and the Lakota Summer Institute, and one of the world’s leading applied linguists and authorities on the Lakota language. He has published numerous books and articles on Lakota language and mythology, including The New Lakota Dictionary, widely considered to be the the Gold Standard not only for the Lakota and Dakota languages, but for all Language dictionaries. Jan continues to personally teach classes at the Institute, and looks forward to seeing many old friends there this year!  

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    • Ben Black Bear

      Ben Black Bear 

      Ben Black Bear is Sičháŋǧu Lakȟóta and a native speaker of his language. He founded the Lakota Studies Department at Siŋté Glešká University. He currently teaches Lakota language at St. Francis Mission School in St. Francis, SD, and serves as Vice-Chairman of the LLC Board of Directors. He has been instrumental to every flagship project at the organization, and has provided voice for a number of multimedia projects, including Matȟó Waúŋšila Thiwáhe, the New Lakota Dictionary Pro, and the Lakota Audio Series.

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    • François Fouquerel

      François Fouquerel 

      François Fouquerel has been on staff at Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota for 24 years, teaching French as a second language in immersive, experiential environments. He is Dean of Concordia’s French Year-Round Programs. François was born in France and grew up in Normandy. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.

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