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Our Instructors

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

Courtney Yellow Fat

Courtney Yellow Fat has been a Lakota language teacher for over twenty years, most recently at Fort Yates Public School. He is also a renowned singer and carries a broad knowledge of Lakota songs. This year will be his sixteenth at the Dakota/Lakota Summer Institute - meaning he hasn't missed a single summer!

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 love raising their young children. 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 who studied Lakȟól’iyapi at Sitting Bull College. He 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.

Michael Moore

Michael Moore is the Director of the Native American Studies Division at Sitting Bull College, where he has taught classes in Dakota/Lakota language, history, culture, and government for many years. He lives in Bullhead with his family.

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.

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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