Our Executive Director

Our Executive Director

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Lakota Children’s Enrichment proudly announces and welcomes the appointment of Autumn White Eyes as its new Executive Director.

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 LCE’s 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.”

We hope that you are as excited as we are about this new chapter for LCE.

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You might be interested in reading the Press Release announcing the appointment of Autumn White Eyes.