Kate Beane, PhD (Flandreau Santee Dakota and Muskogee Creek) holds a BA in American Indian Studies and a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. With an employment background rooted in history and education, she has worked in the Twin Cities as an after school mentor for American Indian youth, an early childhood Dakota language immersion teacher, a local public history consultant, and as a college instructor. Previously, she served as a Charles A. Eastman Pre-doctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College, and as a President’s Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently Manager of Programs and Outreach for Native American Initiatives at the Minnesota Historical Society, and teaches Dakota history at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner and their two young daughters.
Syd Beane is a filmmaker and holds a Board Chair in the American Indian CDC, a Board Vice-Chair in the Little Earth United Tribes Housing Board, and a Committee Chair in the Cloudman Village Recognition Committee. He was a writer and co-producer for Native Nations: Standing Together for Civil Rights and is a producer on Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian.
Syd Beane recently retired as the National Field Director and Minnesota Coordinator with the Community Learning Partnership a national network of community change studies programs working to develop partnerships between community groups and colleges. He developed the Community Development Degree Program at Minneapolis Community & Technical College while teaching as a community faculty in Political Science, Business, and American Indian Studies. He returned to Minnesota 13 years ago after serving asWestern Regional Director for the Center for Community Change based in San Francisco supervising community development and community organizing projects in the Western United States. Syd has also served as Executive Director of the Phoenix Indian Center and Lincoln Nebraska Indian Center. He was awarded a Bachelors Degree from Yankton College in South Dakota, a Masters Degree from Arizona State University and a Robert Kennedy Fellowship from the Robert Kennedy Memorial Fund.