(Oglala Lakota Nation)
Maka Black Elk is the Executive Director for Truth and Healing at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, SD, a former Indian boarding school. He first graduated from the University of San Francisco and then earned his Master's degrees in Peace & Human Rights Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College and in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame. He was a teacher and an educational administrator at Red Cloud before taking on his current role. A descendent of boarding school survivors, Maka brings a passion for interreligious dialogue to his work. He also serves as chairperson of the American Indian Catholic Schools Network and advocates for truth and healing in Catholic ministries and schools serving indigenous peoples.