Special Education Paraprofessional & Indigenous Home School Liaison
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Office: (651) 528-8091

Háu mitákuyepi, Justis Brokenrope emákiyapi do. Nabdáska héčhiya imáčhaǧe, ómakha napčíwaŋka heháŋyaŋ Bdé Óta Othúŋwe ded wathí. Šičháŋǧu Oyáŋke ed omáwapi.

Hello my relatives, my name is Justis. I grew up in Nebraska, have lived in Minneapolis for the last nine years, and am an enrolled member of the Sičháŋǧu Lakȟóta tribe.

I have a BA from the University of Minnesota and have spent the last few years working as an educator and language revitalization advocate in various settings. Most recently I worked as a Dakhota language instructor in a preschool immersion program through the University of Minnesota, and still occasionally for the American Indian Center in Minneapolis, the American Indian Family Center in St. Paul, and Dakhóta iápi Okhódakičhiye (DIO). I love working with kids of all ages and making education accessible and empowering for native students and their families, and I will always strive for this in a system that historically hasn’t supported us.
When I’m not at school, I love listening to most kinds of music, hanging with my puppy, Watheca, riding my Harley, and continuing to learn and teach my tribe’s language.

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