Tatewin Means, J.D. is from the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, Oglala Lakota and Inhanktonwan nations in South Dakota. Tatewin has two children and currently lives in Rapid City, SD. She has her BS in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University with a minor in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity; JD with a concentration in Human Rights Law from the University of Minnesota Law School; and MA in Lakota Leadership and Management from Oglala Lakota College.
A longtime advocate for human rights, survivors, children, and families, Tatewin Means served as the Attorney General for the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota from 2012-2017. She was a German Marshall Fund – Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2015. From 2017-2018, Tatewin was the Graduate Studies Department Chair at Oglala Lakota College. Currently, Tatewin is the Executive Director of Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, an Indigenous non-profit organization on the Pine Ridge Reservation seeking to lead systemic change through the development of a regenerative community with the ultimate vision of a liberated Lakota nation through language, culture and spirituality. Tatewin is a 2020-2021 ambassador for Health Equity fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Policy Link.