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Julia White Bull, Class of 2015

Julia White Bull obtained her master of arts degree in Indigenous Studies from the University of Kansas in 2015. Julia is also known by her Lakota name, Tawačíŋ Wašté Wíŋ, and is a proud alumni of Haskell Indian Nations University, graduating in 2010 with her bachelor of arts degree in Indigenous Studies. Julia is passionate about education, specializing in the study of matrilineal societies, Indigenous legal studies, Indigenous matrilineal theory, violence against Indigenous women, and the Lakota language. She currently teaches American Indian History, Ethics in the Workplace, and Indian Art History at Oglala Lakota College on the Cheyenne-River Sioux Tribe reservation. Julia also works at the Cheyenne-River Sioux Tribe Public Defender’s Office.

Julia White Bull and her two children at Little Eagle, South Dakota, powwow in June 2017.Julia currently lives in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, with her two children. In her spare time Julia likes spend time traveling to powwows with her children, beading, sewing, and teaching the Lakota language.

While a graduate student at KU, Julia was asked to step in as the First Nations Student Association club president. She found it to be an empowering experience, with duties ranging from organizing events like the educational and awareness panel “Shadows of Education” to planning the annual KU powwow to organizing the Indigenous Empowerment Summit along with the Haskell Indian Nations University empowerment club. Her main role was organizing cultural events and inviting guests to empower students through education, storytelling, music, and cultural activities.  

Julia’s future plans are to continue working as an adjunct instructor at Oglala Lakota College and eventually work full time in the history department. She wishes to share the following words of inspiration with the new graduates of the Indigenous Studies Program: “Good luck in your future endeavors, wherever the road may take you!”


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