Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (Sioux Tribe)
Heather Larsen, M.Ed., Research Specialist, Tribal Research Office, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.
Heather Larsen is an enrolled tribal member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (SWO) of the Lake Traverse Reservation located in the northeast corner of South Dakota and the southeast corner of North Dakota. Ms. Larsen earned her Master of Education degree from South Dakota State University in the Counseling and Human Development program, specializing in the Administration of Student Affairs. She completed her undergraduate degrees at the University of Minnesota, Morris, with B.A. degrees in American Indian Studies and Liberal Arts for the Human Services. She also earned an Associate of Arts in General Studies while attending the Sisseton Wahpeton College. Since 2015, Ms. Larsen has worked as the Research Specialist in the Tribal Research Office where her primary role is to provide oversight for all research activities conducted on the Lake Traverse Reservation. In her current work, she develops and promulgates policies and procedures surrounding research protections and data management using a culturally-appropriate framework. She serves as the administrator of the SWO Local Research Review Board (Tribal IRB) where she continues to build the research infrastructure for her tribal nation.
Monday, November 18
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM