Matthew Rama, Lakota Language Initiative Director - Matthew took the reins in June, 2013.

Matthew has extensive training and experience in early childhood education, and is a second language learner of Lakota. Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction.  Under his leadership, the program has grown from a fledgling startup,with two staff members and secondhand, donated toys and office supplies, to the strong, well known and respected, and growing program it is today.