Maka Black Elk

Maka Black Elk (Oglala Lakota) is the Executive Director for Truth and Healing at Maȟpiya Luta | Red Cloud in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, where he previously served as a teacher and educational administrator. He graduated from the University of San Francisco and then earned his Master’s degrees in Peace & Human Rights Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College and in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame. He served as the chairperson of the American Indian Catholic Schools Network for four years and has advocated for truth and healing in Catholic ministries and schools serving Indigenous peoples.