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Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook

A Lakota Elder, she curently lists being a grandmother as her top priority. Since the arrival of her first grandchild, Loretta is committed to ensuring the world is a better place for him to grow up.  She is a keeper of her culture and the female Sundance Leader for the Afraid of Bear/American Horse Sundance.

Fluent in Lakota, Loretta serves as Cultural Specialist for The Fountain, and is the only representative who speaks both languages perfectly on the board of the Paha Sapa Unity Alliance Black Hills Reparation. Loretta carries an enormous mission: gathering and presenting to the Obama White House a consensus for the return of the stewarship of the Black Hills to the peoples of The Great Sioux Nation. Loretta holds that consensus: “The Black Hills are not for sale. We want all the unseated lands in the Black Hills returned to the nine tribes of The Great Siox Nation.” She also sits on a number of international boards including the Running Strong Foundation, The Sacred Healing Circle and the Black Hills Unity Alliance.