Lakota Children’s Enrichment proudly announces the appointment of Autumn White Eyes as its new Executive Director, effective immediately. After almost ten years of service, LCE’s CEO and Founder Maggie Dunne announced that she is stepping back from her day-to-day leadership position to pursue graduate studies. Dunne will continue to volunteer and fundraise, and will assume the non-executive position of Chair of the Board.
LCE’s new Executive Director Autumn White Eyes is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation and grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing and Native American Studies at Dartmouth College and is a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she studied Arts in Education. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Autumn worked with multiple nonprofits in both programming with youth and fundraising. Autumn first became involved with Lakota Children’s Enrichment as a student participant in LCE’s annual writing challenge as the 2014 “Voices of the Land” Grand Prize winner, and then continued to participate in our writing challenge as a judge in 2015 and 2016.
Autumn said on the start of her new position:
“I strongly believe in the work and mission of Lakota Children’s Enrichment and I am committed to serving programs that offer mentorship and art education opportunities to students from low-income backgrounds, especially those from my home community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It always has been my dream to give back to Lakota youth and the community that raised me. In this position, I plan to take LCE in a direction that expands on current programming to center Lakota youth and culture in all that we do. I also hope to strengthen and create new community partnerships, both on and off the reservation. I’ve been impressed with the commitment that LCE has for Lakota youth, and hope that under my leadership, the organization will become a leader in providing resources to empower Lakota children. I hope that you all will join us on our vision towards the future.”
The LCE Board issued the following statement:
Maggie Dunne founded LCE in 2008 and brought it from a small service project to a nationally respected nonprofit and thought leader.The Board respects Maggie’s decision to step back from LCE’s day-to-day operations to pursue her education, and looks forward to continuing to work with her in her non-executive role as Chair of the Board.
We know that donors and supporters will be as excited as we are about this next chapter for LCE. Autumn White Eyes, who won the Board’s unanimous support following a competitive selection process, grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, was the Grand Prize winner of LCE’s 2014 Writing Challenge and then later served as a judge in its annual contest. We are excited and confident that Autumn’s vision and talent will send LCE’s impact to new heights.”
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It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the Oglala Lakota Nation for the past nine and a half years. When I first visited the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, I was a sixteen-year-old student attending Scarsdale High School, and I never imagined that the trip would result in this journey and ultimately, today’s announcement.
After nine and a half years, I am stepping back from the day-to-day leadership of LCE to pursue graduate studies. I am not, however, stepping away from this organization which I founded from a place of passion, love, respect and community support. I will continue to advise, fundraise and volunteer for Lakota Children’s Enrichment in my new non-executive role as Chair of the Board.
With your help, over the past years: we provided over 100,000 books to schools on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; we provided support to countless families and youth in need of essential services such as medical transport, warm clothing, housing and food; we hosted youth summits and art and spoken word contests that gave Native youth a scholastic platform to express themselves; over one million people viewed the written and spoken word works of our program participants; we engaged Nobel Peace Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners in activities with Native youth; we provided scholarship and grants to children and families as they pursued their educational goals; the majority of our youth participants stayed in school and many received Gates Millennium Scholarships, a Truman Scholarship, and other prestigious National Fellowships, Scholarships and awards; we took a youth leader from Pine Ridge on a global conservation mission to Antarctica to observe the impacts of climate change with the 2041 Foundation; we stood with the Water Protectors on Standing Rock Indian Reservation in ND; and we produced TEDxYouth@DinosaurPark, an annual independently produced TED event which engages Native and non-Native youth in a collaborative educational event and provides a national platform to amplify their voices. Further, we perpetually pushed the national dialogue on issues facing Native Nations to new levels, and helped and encouraged educators to teach culturally competent and accurate Native American history through our outreach and consulting services.
On behalf of Lakota Children’s Enrichment’s Board of Directors, it is my honor to announce that after interviewing numerous candidates, the Board unanimously selected Autumn White Eyes as the new Executive Director of Lakota Children’s Enrichment, effective immediately!
Autumn White Eyes is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation and grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing and Native American Studies at Dartmouth College where she was a Gates Millennium Scholar, and is a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she studied Arts in Education. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, Autumn worked with multiple nonprofits in both programming with youth and fundraising. Autumn first became involved with Lakota Children’s Enrichment as a student participant in our annual writing challenge as the 2014 “Voices of the Land” Grand Prize winner and then continued to participate in our writing challenge as a judge in 2015 and 2016.
On a personal level, having worked with Autumn over the years, I am confident that her passion, vision, storytelling and development experience, cultural competence and the research-based methods that she brings to this role are a great match for the community of Lakota Children’s Enrichment, and that under her leadership LCE’s impact will reach new heights. Autumn is an exceptional role model for Lakota youth and will lead Lakota Children’s Enrichment into a stronger future.
We look forward to introducing Autumn to you over the coming months as we prepare to celebrate our 10th year of service to the Oglala Lakota Nation.
Peace & Best Wishes,
Board Chair & Founder, Lakota Children’s Enrichment
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Graduate students at Monmouth University in New Jersey organized a school supplies and book drive during the month of April to collect items to be sent to schools in the Pine Ridge Reservation. Students collected boxes of new supplies and items that will be sent to the Pine Ridge Girls’ School in the Porcupine district of the Pine Ridge Reservation.
We thank the students of Monmouth University for volunteering their time and efforts to provide needed resources to schools in the Pine Ridge Reservation!
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Lakota Children’s Enrichment is once again proud to be organizing and sponsoring TEDxYouth@DinosaurPark– a collaborative and positive event in Rapid City, South Dakota that amplifies the voices of youth in South Dakota. This event took place for the first time last year in 2016. Our founder, Maggie Dunne, is once again the lead organizer of TEDxYouth@Dinosaur Park. We are currently accepting speaker applications on a rolling basis. There is no age limitation for speakers, but the topics of the talks must be accessible to a YOUTH audience! The event will take place October 2017, in Rapid City, South Dakota.
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