Alayna is from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and is currently the Language Specialist for a program called the Language and Culture Institute. She has previously taught in the Lakota Language Immersion Nest located at Sitting Bull College. Alayna earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Mary in 2014. She received certification to teach the Lakota language from Sitting Bull College through the Lakota Language Education Action Program. Alayna is working on her Masters of Public Health at the North Dakota State University distance program. She is married and has two children.