Stephan Cheney

Lakota, Kul Wicasa Oyate
Executive Manager

Stephan Cheney is Lakota, from the Kul Wicasa Oyate located in Lower Brule, South Dakota. Stephan pursued higher education at the University of South Dakota, where he earned a degree in Psychology, minoring in Inter-disciplinary sciences.

During the summer of his junior year, Stephan worked as a wildland firefighter traveling the country fighting major wildfires. This ignited a passion he did not know existed! He spent the next 6 years of his life working directly with Unci Maka(Grandmother Earth) suppressing wildfire and implementing fire as a tool in land and cultural restoration. It was this connection, understanding the value of taking care of the land and all of the natural processes that exist within it that led Stephan to the path he is currently walking. Living each day in ceremony, being conscious of the decisions we make today as they impact our future, the Wakhanyeza, our children.

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