This name change occurred within the Native American culture.
Angela Lynn Cavender (1968-2007)
She was born to a former professor of Indigenous Nations & Dakota Studies at Southwest Minnesota State University and a social service director. Waziyatawin grew up in and out of the Upper Sioux Indian Reservation.
In 1992, she would earn a double degree in history and American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota. Eventually, her PhD dissertation involved Dakota decolonization and Eli Taylor’s writings.
She would become an activist alongside being a tenured professor at the Arizona State University. Waziyatawin also founded the non-profit organization called Oyate Nipi Kte dedicated to preserving Dakota knowledge and livelihood.
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