Board President, Tilda Long Soldier St. Pierre
Founded the Cloud Horse Art Institute in 2001. Her vision is to “Keep the Lakota culture alive another generation by “Bringing the Arts to the Lakota People.” She is a fine Traditional Artist who has created works and taught beaded embroidery, porcupine quill embroidery, using tendon thread and on home-made buckskin. Her work is in both private and public collections.
As a Master Artist she has often worked with apprentices under grants from the SD State Arts Council. In 2007, Tilda received her 501c3 for the Cloud Horse Art Institute. In 2015 she acquired the Cloud Horse Campus in Kyle, a true first!
As Executive Producer for Cloud Horse Media, she has produced 3 feature length films, now broadcast on the new Heritage Broadcast Network.
Tilda is literate and fluent in Lakota language having spoken it as a first language.
Most recently Tilda has been employed as a State Certified Lakota Language Immersion Teacher at our Lady of Lourdes. Her book for Simona & Schuster, “Walking in the Sacred Manner” has been published in Multiple Languages.
Vice President Development, Mark St. Pierre
Mark St. Pierre has a Bachelors Degree in Community Development from Springfield College Springfield. MA, and a Masters form USD in Educational Administration has taught high school and college. Mark is a Pulitzer Prize nominated writer in 1992 for “Madonna Swan” and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Creative non-Fiction. He has written numerous books, magazine articles, screenplays and been a CEO in various Native Economic and Community Development projects. He has also done production work in the recording and film industry for 40 years. Mark formerly operated a Native Arts Gallery with his wife Tilda, for 11 years and has 50 years of experience with Native Arts. He has a recognized and thorough knowledge of All historic Lakota Art Forms. “Mallard’s Road” A Romantic Comedy, written by Mark for Cloud Horse Media, is now Broadcast on the Heritage Broadcast Network.
Board member, Shannon Wray
Shannon Wray is a television writer/producer with more than 800 hours of broadcast network programming to her credit. She was the supervising producer of the world's first live cross-platform broadcast, which was nominated for an Emmy Award. Ms. Wray has produced for CTV, Bravo, CBC, NBC, UPN and has written documentaries and features.
Board member, Jesse Thunder Hawk
Jesse is a family man, who graduated from Red Cloud Indian School, where he finished with the top of his class. He next attended Creighton University, where he majored in Fine Arts. His work is in both private and public collections. He has done work in various media, from landscape to portraiture. He is also a graduate of the Federal Police Academy and recent veteran of the U.S. Army, earning the rank of Sargent. After returning from the military in 2020 he joined the CHAI Bd. Most recently he contributed by leading a new roof effort for one of our buildings.
Board member, Daniel G. Snethen
Daniel G. Snethen has worked with Lakota youth for the past 26 years on the Pine Ridge Reservation at Little Wound High School. He currently serves as head of the Science there.
Several members of his Drama Program have performed at the SD State Oral Interpretation Festival and the SD State One-Act Play Competition. As Drama Program Director, Dan has qualified several students for the SD State Poetry Out Loud Competition with two advancing to the National Poetry Out Loud Competition at George Washington University in Washington D.C.
Recently, Mr. Snethen, through Reel Jobs Film School, directed a feature-length romantic comedy, Mallard’s Road, for Cloud Horse Media, which was showcased at the 2019 Skins Film Festival in Hollywood, California and premiered at the Chinese Theatre and nominated for Best Narrative Film.
Dan is the current vice-president of the SD State Poetry Society and the Spring Editor of Pasque Petals.
Dan also does biological research with the American Burying Beetle, Nicrophorus americanus and several species of SD lizards. In the summer of 2021
Dan and a film crew from the Pine Ridge Reservation shot a documentary film about the status of the American Burying Beetle in SD. This was the culmination of a three-year study involving not only the research effort of Mr. Snethen but also of four Indigenous students as bio technicians.
Dan is most proud of the accomplishments of his students and his major focus in life is bringing opportunity to the Indigenous youth of the Pine Ridge Reservation.