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Our Instructors

Every year DLSI brings together an awesome group of instructors from across Standing Rock and beyond.

Armik Mirzayan

Armik Mirzayan

Armik Mirzayan is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia and Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics at University of South Dakota, where he teaches Lakota.

He earned his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010. His research interests include phonology, acoustic phonetics, and language documentation.

Danny Luecke

Danny Luecke is a graduate student at NDSU in math education and is learning to live out Indigenous Research Methodologies. He grew up on Očhéthi Šakówiŋ and Anishinaabe land, now known as Fargo, ND, and is enrolled in Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He and his wife Kali have the cutest 18-month old named Kamila. Yakoke!

Elliot Bannister

Elliot Bannister

Elliot Bannister has been learning D/Lakota for around a decade. They live at Standing Rock and work for the Tribe's Language and Culture Institute. They have taught a number of language classes at Sitting Bull College, and also graduated from there with a Master's in Education.

Helene Circle Eagle

Helene Circle Eagle is a fluent Lakota speaker from Cheyenne River, where she taught at her language at the K-12 level. Since 2018, she has been a faculty member in the Nation American Studies Division at Sitting Bull College.

Josh Dunn

Joshua Dunn is a Dakota/Lakota language instructor and Language Researcher for the Wóoyake Project. He studied Lakȟól’iyapi at Sitting Bull College, graduated from the Dakota/Lakota Master Apprentice Program on Standing Rock in 2018, and has been studying Mnišóta Dakhóta iápi at the University of Minnesota since 2019

He is also a bioregional herbalist and plant medicine teacher, and has studied with Indigenous plant knowledge-keepers across Turtle Island. He has a Master’s degree in Indigenous Land-Based Education from the University of Saskatchewan.

Kim Campbell

Kimberlee Campbell

Kim Campbell has taught language pedagogy courses at Sitting Bull College for several summers. She earned her PhD at New York University.

During her career at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard, she built up experience of creating lessons in a variety of world languages including Ojibwe, Hebrew, and Celtic. She is co-author of Lakȟótiya Wóglaka Po!, a Lakota textbook series.

Nacole Walker

Nacole Walker

Nacole Walker is Director of the Language and Culture Institute at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She has taught many year-round courses in language, linguistics, and teaching methods at Sitting Bull College.

She studied Linguistics at Dartmouth College and has been learning her language for nearly a decade. She has also studied German and Māori.

Natasha Frazier

Natasha Frazier (Húŋkpapȟa, Mnikȟówožu) is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and began learning Lakȟótiyapi at a language weekend in 2017. They have participated in LSI, DLSI and teacher training from Standing Rock’s Language & Culture Institute.

They earned their B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies, during which they took classes such as "Gender and Communication" and "Gender in Society."

As well as co-facilitating the Gender Diversity in Contemporary Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Languages workshops, they look forward to participating in DLSI classes too!

Sunshine Claymore

Sunshine is a mother from Standing Rock, a graduate from Sitting Bull College with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science, and a board member with Mni Wiconi Clinic and Farm. As a Regenerative Land Management Coordinator with Earth Activist Training, and permaculture facilitator for Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Wóuŋspe, educating others to better understand and work with natural systems is integral to her day to day life. Sunshine is actively working to restore the land she lives on and create harmonious, pro-environmental relationships between people and the planet.

Tasha Hauff

Tasha Hauff

Tasha Hauff is a Mnikȟowozu Lakȟota scholar, teacher, and language activist. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Califonia, Berkeley with a dissertation entitled: “Lakȟótiyapi kiŋ uŋglúkinipi (We Revitalize our Lakota Language): Native Language Revitalization at Standing Rock."

She is  currently a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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