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                                                     A storyteller, author, and

                                                     above all a common man

                                                     from Wounded Knee, South

                                                     Dakota, Walter served his

                                                     country in Vietnam and his

                                                     community during the

                                                     Wounded Knee uprising. He

                                                     created and directed a non-

                                                     profit in Denver, CO to serve

                                                     urban Indians in varying

                                                     capacity. He continues to

                                                     live a life that reflects long-

                                                     held Lakota values. Today, he educates others through his book “They Call Me Uncivilized: The Memoir of an Everyday Lakota Man from Wounded Knee” and award-winning documentary “The Thick Dark Fog”, both of which emphasize hope, humor, and healing, despite unthinkable trauma.

During the last five centuries, storytelling, data collection, and research of indigenous peoples have been largely extracted, owned, and often used in disparaging ways by outsiders. Thus, political alliances, wealth, resources, and decision-making among others have continued to be funneled away from indigenous communities, reinforcing systemic racism and the structures that have contributed to communities of poverty, dependence, and food deserts. Further, Indigenous Nations know well that American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian families experience high rates of hardship when entering the workforce and universities. Despite these barriers indigenous scholars, Native-led research efforts, and everyday common people like Oglala Lakota elder Walter Littlemoon live and work diligently in ways that share knowledge, strengthen foundations, solve problems, and build futures.


To assist in just one very small way, Sweet Grass Consulting, LLC wants to be more intentional about working with American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian aspiring researchers. It is our hope to increase research equity and enhance data sovereignty by providing greater opportunities for permanent capacity, impactful job readiness, career development, heightened esteem, and increased economic return. For this reason, we invite you to apply for the annual Walter Littlemoon Indigenous Researcher Scholarship! We will provide each competitively chosen researcher with a $3,600 stipend to participate in 240 hours of research. The selected aspiring researcher will learn applicable skills, knowledge, and confidence in applied research, evaluation, and monitoring methods by engaging in meaningful research in indigenous communities.

                                                                                                         Sweet Grass has worked with     

                                                                                                         over 21 tribal nations in 14                                                                                                                   states, operated 8 field schools,

                                                                                                         and developed over 60 databases

                                                                                                         since 2008. Our research and

                                                                                                         engagement contribute to new

                                                                                                         businesses and employment

                                                                                                         opportunities, new programs

                                                                                                         and services for Native youth,

                                                                                                         elders, farmers, ranchers, buffalo

                                                                                                         caretakers, and homeowners,

                                                                                                         tribal control over data and

                                                                                                         resources, and more.

                                                                                                         To date, we have trained over 35 interns (university students, university graduates, and community researchers). Likewise, we have trained dozens of employees from Native organizations on research techniques, data analysis, and report writing in order to build capacity in ways that promote tribal self-determination, enhance sovereignty, increase job  readiness and placement, and perpetuate localized decision-making.


This scholarship will allow aspiring researchers to: further pursue their research, academic, and workforce related goals; enhance their experiences, skills, and resumes; partner with universities for work-study and practicum credits; support their families; and support positive changes and adherence to traditional values in Native communities.

My name is Kehaulani Lagunero and I am a Cultural Anthropology student who graduates Fall of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Indigenous political science and in linguistics. I am a Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) and have always had an interest and passion for assisting indigenous communities with the intention to help revive indigenous cultures, communities, languages, and practices. I was raised in a predominately Polynesian and Asian community and was taught from a very young age of how to dance Hula Kahiko (ancient Hula) and Hula Auana (Modern Hula) through my father’s side of the family. I also practiced Hawaiian Oli (chant) and Mele (song) through my Hawaiian cultures, while learning Tahitian dance.

I had the opportunity to be awarded with the Indigenous Research Scholarship from Sweet Grass during Fall of 2020. The information of the scholarship was forwarded to me by my Archaeology professor to recommended that I apply, and I am very grateful that I did. My experience at Sweet Grass has been extremely insightful and meaningful for being more involved with the analytical side of helping with indigenous communities. I have learned about exciting projects for Native American communities that I had the opportunity to be a part of, learned more about processing, cleaning, and coding data for such projects, and completing work that involved transcriptions and case studies. The things that I enjoyed that the Indigenous Research Scholarship had was the affective teaching when it came to doing any tasks, and also how involved the tasks were. For example, all the tasks I have done contributed to something bigger within that project and were actively helping the Native communities that we were working with. The lessons I’ve learned from this scholarship was that I can still help indigenous communities without being there in-person. I got this scholarship during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I like to think that it is what kept me engaged with pursuing my future career in Cultural Anthropology while transitioning from predominantly in-person school semesters to online learning. Another lesson learned that this scholarship provided for me was learning more on how to use certain methods for collective data and research. I am going to continue my academic career in graduate school Fall 2021, and I think that this scholarship has gave me an extra helping hand in subjects that involve quantitative and qualitative data recording because it was one of the things that I learned during the scholarship.    


I think that the Indigenous Researcher Scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for those interested or pursuing a career working in Anthropology, or in fields similar to Anthropology. This scholarship provided many different teachings and lessons that I will continue to practice throughout my academic career, and also will apply to my future career in Cultural Anthropology.