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From

Rapid City, S.D.

Date Appointed

Occupation: Business Development Specialist, Bluebird Consulting

Lafawn Janis is a 7th Generation member of the Oglala Lakota tribe, born on the Pine Ridge Reservation and a longtime resident of Rapid City where she lives with her two sons. She is alumni of Black Hills State University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Education. Lafawn is committed to giving her expertise and time to impactful community projects. Lafawn has served on numerous boards and committees with the intent to help bring South Dakota communities together. She gave a Tedx talk called “A Tribe Called Respect”, as well as received a national award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, 40 under 40 in 2019.