Wizipan Little Elk, Rosebud Lakota
“On the reservation, you have the beauty of the culture and our traditional knowledge contrasted with the reality of poverty.”
From: How We Go Home
Wizipan Little Elk, who is Rosebud Lakota, tells his story. He is the Executive Director of the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation, where he manages development projects to create jobs for his community. He shares about his childhood being homeschooled by his well-educated parents, about poverty in his community, and perspectives on community sovereignty. He shares his educational journey and how it led him to his current work for his community, as well as his involvement with the Obama Administration. He highlights the ways poverty manifests in his community, including access to healthcare, and shares the ways he hopes to improve life for his community.
Sara Sinclair is an oral historian, writer, and educator of Cree-Ojibwe and mixed settler descent. Sara teaches in the Oral History Masters Program at Columbia University. She has contributed to the Columbia Center for Oral History Research’s Covid-19 Oral History, Narrative and Memory Archive, Obama Presidency Oral History, and Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project. She has conducted oral histories for the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and the International Labor Organization, among others. Sara is co-editor of Robert Rauschenberg: An Oral History, published with Columbia University Press in 2019.