Get to know our team!
Tipiziwin Tolman - Lead Lakota Activities Instructor (Lakȟól’iyapi Wahóȟpi)
Tipiziwin Tolman is a Wičhíyena and Isáŋathi Dakȟóta and Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta. She’s served as a member and co-chair of Standing Rock’s Education Consortium’s Lakota Language and Culture Committee. Tipiziwin is a graduate of Sitting Bull College, where she earned a Bachelor degree in Native American Studies. She also completed the College’s intensive Lakota language teacher preparation program (LLEAP). She lives with her husband and family on Standing Rock.
Ti Tolman - Primary Instructor (Wičhákini Owáyawa)
T Tolman is Hoȟwóžu Lakȟóta and German, whose family comes from Cheyenne River and Pine Ridge. He is a 2007 Black Hills State University graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in Native American Studies and History and currently holds a South Dakota teaching certificate. Previously, T was employed at Black Hills Career Academy, Spearfish, South Dakota as the Lakota Language and Culture Teacher for five years. He also was the Lakota Language and Culture teacher at Rock Creek school in Bullhead, South Dakota for the 2014-2015 school year. He currently lives with his wife and family on Standing Rock.
Deb GrayEagle - Curriculum/Assessment Manager
Deb received her Bachelor degree from the University of Connecticut. She has two children and five grandchildren. Deb and her husband Linus manage Wakiksuyapi, a non-profit program focused on youth and horse activities such as spiritual rides. After moving to South Dakota, Deb worked as a Head Start Supervisor/Teacher for about 10 years, and as Preschool/Kindergarten teacher at Rock Creek Grant School for nine years before joining the Nest team a year ago. She enjoys creating teaching aids, translating books, and organizing curriculum for the teachers and students of the Nest.