Friday, October 27, 2023

Donald Trent Jacobs

Donald Trent Jacobs, also known as "Wahinkpe Topa," a Lakota term translating as Four Arrows, (born 1946) is an American college professor, writer and activist for American Indian rights whose work has focused on Indigenous worldviews, wellness and counter-hegemonic education. He lives in Mexico.

Jacobs self-identifies as Cherokee, Irish and possibly [Creek] based on family stories. He is a faculty member in the School of Educational Leadership for Change at Fielding Graduate University.

He was formerly a tenured associate professor at Northern Arizona University and prior to that Dean of Education at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In 2014 he was put on the International Fulbright Scholars list. In 2004 he received the Moral Courage Award from the Martin Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University for his activism.

In 2009, the American Education Resource Organization selected him as one of "27 visionaries in education" for their text, Turning Points.

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