Mitákuyapi, Alayna Eagle Shield emáčiyapi. Íŋyaŋ Woslál Háŋ Akíčita Háŋska-ta imáčaǧe. Húŋkpapȟa Malákȟóta, Isáŋyathi na Bdewákhaŋthuŋwaŋ Damákȟota, na Pȟaláni hemáčha. (Hello my relatives, my name is Alayna Eagle Shield. I grew up in the Long Soldier District on the Standing Rock Nation. I am Tip of the Horn Lakota, Lives on Knives and Dwellers of the Sacred Lake Dakota, and Arikara). I am first and foremost Iná (mother) of four beautiful children, Tȟá Oníya Wakȟáŋ Wiŋ (Her Sacred Breath Woman), Waaruxti Nataree’ux Tawisa (Blue Thunder Returns), Tȟa-Čháŋgleška Lútǧ Hokšíla (His Red Hoop Boy), and Ȟé Wígmuŋke Wakȟáŋgli Wiŋ (Rainbow Mountain Lightning Comes back Holy Woman). I am married to a prayerful partner.
I have a rez education from home and an education in a mix of Tribal community college, state college and university settings. I am a reactivated language warrior and health promotion worker. Our traditional languages are the center of who we are as Indigenous people. Working as a Language Specialist for my tribe and as a Language Activities Instructor for our language immersion school has equipped me with the knowledge and tools to create language videos and training materials to better share teachings and language with my people all over the world through social media and training settings. This has also impacted how I did work as the director for the Health Education Program on Standing Rock. I use language and traditions to guide my health promotion work. I am currently the Co-Executive Director for the Mni Wichoni Health Circle and one of a group of co-founders who are co-creating the Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Wóuŋspe (Defenders of the Water School). I am also a Doctoral Student at the College of Education and a Research Assistant at the Banks Center for Educational Justice at the University of Washington.
Mitákuye Owás’iŋ! (We’re all related)