Sacred Way Sanctuary
Dr. Yvette Running Horse Collin received her doctorate in Indigenous Studies from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in May 2017 where she graduated with Honors. Her research focused on the historical, cultural, and spiritual relationship between the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and the horse. She currently serves as the Oglala Lakota Nation Presidential Ambassador, and is honored to represent her people in this manner. Dr. Running Horse Collin is one of the Founders of Sacred Way Sanctuary and the Native American Horse Trail. She is currently in collaboration with the University of Toulouse, France's Laboratorie AMIS AGES's project, which focuses on Ancient DNA and Horse Evolutionary Genomics. Dr. Running Horse Collin received her B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University (Writing Seminars), and a Joint M.A. from New York University (Journalism and Latin American Caribbean Studies.) She has been the recipient of numerous scholarships, and was granted Fellowships at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 2016-2017 (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship), 2014-2015 (UAF Indigenous Studies Fellowship) and 2013-2014 (UAF Indigenous Studies Fellowship.) She is currently the Executive Director of Sacred Healing Circle, a non-profit organization that focuses on healing Native communities. She also proudly serves as part of the Administrative Team for the Black Hills Sioux Nation Council of Elders. Dr. Running Horse Collin is an award-winning journalist, and has held various executive positions at non-profit institutions around the United States. She has advised state, federal and Fortune 100 organizations on Native American policy. She lectures extensively throughout the United States and internationally on her people’s traditions and history surrounding the horse at academic and Native leadership conferences such as the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE), the Canadian Indigenous/Native Studies Association (CINSA), the Alaska Native Studies Conference, and Standing Rock Sioux Nation’s Prophecy of the Grandfather’s Conference. She practices the traditional ways of her Ancestors and is a wife, mother, and grandmother.