Richard W. Iron Cloud

Richard Iron Cloud
Year
2014
Term
24 months
Program
Porcupine, SDLakota peace-making has a long tradition in Richard Iron Cloud's family--his grandparents participated in the 1851 and 1868 Peace Treaty at Fort Laramie both as leaders and interpreters. Richard will use his Bush Fellowship to complete a Ph.D. in psychology and focus his dissertation on Indigenous peace-making systems. The increased knowledge and leadership capacity he will gain through the Fellowship will support him in bringing a peace-making structure to his work for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, where he is charged with updating and maintaining its natural resources code.

Learning Logs

Updates and Insights from Bush Fellows During Their Leadership Journey

What I initially applied for a Bush Fellowship is to get some support in accomplishing one of my primary goals, which is obtaining a Doctorate in Psychology. I want to get my doctorate so I can feel prepared to provide critical analysis and to feel truly competent with the ability to engage our reservations multiple fronts and to know that I have been armed with research and writing skills that would enable me to be an effective agent of change for my Lakota people. I just learned that I can sign my name Richard Iron Cloud Ph.D.

In this past year in retrospect, the first year of my Bush Fellowship, my understanding of leadership has changed. I have been doing my dissertation prospectus and reading about Servant Leadership theory that was created by Robert Greenleaf in 1977. One of the questions posed to me by the chair of my committee Dr. Patricia Loun, was “is this theory the same as Indigenous Lakota Leadership” (Personal Communication, Loun 2015).

What I’ve learned thus far.

I applied for a Bush Fellowship is to get some support in accomplishing one of my main goals, which is obtain a Doctorate in Psychology. I want to get my doctorate so I can feel prepared to provide critical analysis and to feel truly competent with the ability to engage our reservations multiple fronts and to know that I have been armed with research and writing skills that would enable me to be an effective agent of change for my Lakota people.

Issue Area

Richard W. Iron Cloud Fellowships