"Han mitakuyapi! Sisituwan Wahpetuwan Oyate omawapi. Bde Hda Kinyan makoce hematahan. Waunspewicawakiye. I am enrolled at Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, I come from the Lake Traverse Reservation and I am a teacher!"
Demi is a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, located on the Lake Traverse Reservation in Northeastern South Dakota. Demi is an alum of Morris. While at Morris, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with an emphasis in History, and a minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Demi has taught middle school social studies for the last four years in South Dakota at Enemy Swim Day School in Waubay, SD, and Tiospa Zina Tribal School in Agency Village, SD. She received her Masters of Science in Secondary Education from Black Hills State University with a 5-year teachers certificate from the South Dakota Department of Education and is currently working on her Ed.D. in Educational Innovation and Leadership at Arizona State University. Her research has focused on the decolonization of education in the United States and aims to infuse more Indigenous history and education in teachers’ lessons. Demi is dedicated to teaching and learning strategies focusing on equity and inclusion, specifically for Native and Indigenous youth.