NDN Collective Campaigners & Organizers

NDN Collective is the most ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous communities in the history of philanthropy.

NISN Fellow - Education Equity Mary Bowman Standing Rock Sioux

Mary Bowman (She/Her), NISN Fellow and Education Equity Team Member, is Hunkpapa/Oglala Lakota from Rapid City, South Dakota. Mary has 15 years of experience working with Indigenous students in schools located around the Rapid City area. She believes that students deserve to see themselves in their curriculum and as a teacher has worked in classrooms helping students achieve academic success through cultural lessons in math, literacy, science, and social studies. Mary is the lead designer for the Oceti Sakowin Community Academy, an Indigenous School grounded in the language, thought and philosophy of the Oceti Sakowin set to open in Fall 2022. Mary has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Lakota Leadership at Oglala Lakota College.