I am an Oglala Lakota residing on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota with my tiyospaye (extended family) in the Wanblee/Hisle area. I am an iyeska and the term connotes a variety of different meanings. My dad is an Irish Catholic who went to the Rosebud Reservation in the 1970s and met my mother. My mom’s family are first language Lakota speakers. My Irish-side resides in the New England area near Boston. Out of my two distinctly different families, I found anthropology to be a bridge that provided a vocabulary to connect the cultural spaces.

Currently, I am the President of the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists (AIA)—a subsection to the American Anthropological Association (AAA). My research and scholarship is interdisciplinary by nature and fits well with Applied Anthropology and American Indian Studies. Although my main focus has been on identity articulations through the lens of sociolinguistics, my work has spanned a broad gamut of topics often all falling under the rubrics of Native North America, Indigenous, American Indian, Native, and ethnic. From education to sacred sites, my interests and experience are broad based. I can be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]

Teaching & Research Interests

Formation of Federal Indian Policy; Social-Cultural Anthropology; Economic Anthropology; Anthropology of Consciousness/Sociolinguistics/Identity/American Indian Policy/Education/Music/Film



August 14, 2017