Executive Director and Board


Marla is a member of the Milks Camp Community of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and is the founder and Executive Director of Lakota Youth Development. Marla received her Masters in Counseling from Sinte Gleska University (SGU), a tribal university located on the Rosebud Reservation. She is a former chairwoman of the Board of Regents for Sinte Gleska University. In addition, Marla has served the state in various capacities including serving 12 years on the State Alcohol and Drug Advisory Council and Chairwoman of that council for 5 years ending her service in 2005 having last been appointed by Governor Janklow.

Marla C. Bull Bear, Executive Director

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Joseph Marshall III,
Board President

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Joseph Marshall III was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) tribe. Because he was raised in a traditional Lakota household by his maternal grandparents, his first language is Lakota. In that environment he also learned the ancient tradition of oral storytelling. He is also a practitioner of primitive Lakota archery, having learned from his maternal grandfather the art of hand crafting bows and arrows. Joseph is also a specialist in wilderness survival.Joseph taught at the high school and college levels, and developed native studies curriculum as well. For several years he worked for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Now he writes full time, having published nine nonfiction works, three novels, a collection of short stories and essays, and has written several screenplays. Many of his books are published in foreign countries and he has won several awards for his books, both for the text and audio versions.Joseph has appeared in several television documentaries, served as technical advisor for movies, and had a role in a major television network mini-series. He was a technical advisor and narrator for the Turner Network Television (TNT) and Dreamworks Television six-part mini-series Into the West, as well as playing the on-screen role of “Loved by the Buffalo,” a Lakota medicine man.One of his most treasured and meaningful experiences was to be one of the founders of Sinte Gleska University (1971) on the Rosebud Reservation. He is one of the Charter Board Members.As a speaker and lecturer he has appeared in many venues throughout the United States and in countries such as France, Sweden, and Siberia.

Earl Bullhead, Secretary

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Earlwin Bullhead is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He is a performer and educator with over 20 years’ experience teaching Lakota Language, Song and Dance, History and Culture at both elementary and secondary levels. Earl has produced numerous Lakota song albums of both social, ceremonial, hand drum and powwow CD’s with his drum group Ikce Wicasa. Earl is currently working within the Spirit Lake school system in North Dakota. He is an experienced presenter, having been key note speaker as the Lakota Language Summit held annually In Rapid City, SD. Earl has been an avid advocate in the sobriety movement throughout Indian country and has lent his expertise to commercial tobacco prevention messages and promoting sacred use of tobacco through tribal nations in North and South Dakota. 

Jerome Kills Small, Treasurer

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Jerome Kills Small is an Oglala Lakota from Porcupine, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He graduated from and taught at the University of South Dakota, instructing Lakota language, American Indian thought, Siouan tribal culture, Lakota history, and a seminar on Black Elk. He also taugh tthe Dakota language and American Indian cultures at Nebraska Indian Community College in Santee, Neb., and South Sioux City, Neb.

Karen Little Thunder, 

Oglala Sioux Tribe

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