Monday, October 29, 2007
Roy His Horse Is Lightning: Tribal Leader, North Dakota Sioux Community
My name is Roy His Horse Is Lightning. I am a member of the Hunkpapa-Lakota Oyate. I serve as the Tribal Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. I am also the Chairman of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association.
In 1988, I received my Juries Doctorate from the University of South Dakota School of Law. In 1985, I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Black Hills State University. I began my career by serving in several professional capacities, such as an attorney, director, and grants evaluator on the Rosebud and Standing Rock Sioux reservations.
From 1991-1993, I served as president of Standing Rock College, where I was responsible for the overall college operations. I took two years off as president of Standing Rock College and headed the American Indian College Fund based in New York, NY, where I was the president from 1993-1995. In 1995, I accepted the position of president at Little Hoop Community College in Fort Totten, ND. Returning to the presidency of Sitting Bull College (formally Standing Rock College) in 1996, I served in this capacity until my election as Tribal Chairman in 2005.
I have served as a commissioner for the Higher Learning Commission for the North Central Accreditation for Schools and Colleges. I also served on the boards of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and North Dakota Tribal College Association. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed me as Chairman of the President's Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities. I am married to Deborah Wetsit-His Horse Is Lightning.