Sarah Beare, Wichapi Luta (Red Star), is Hunkpapa Lakota and an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Fort Yates, North Dakota. Sarah grew up in Pierre, South Dakota and currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sarah received her Bachelor of Social Work from Oglala Lakota College. Before moving to Minneapolis Sarah lived in Rapid City, South Dakota and worked at Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board as a Program Manager of a SAMHSA funded behavioral health grant. Under this grant Sarah established a program that focused on blending western behavioral health approaches with holistic approaches by incorporating the Lakota culture into services provided.
Sarah has a passion for serving tribal populations and finding solutions for the health and socioeconomic inequities they face. In 2022, Sarah was selected as a Fellow in the National Network of Public Health Institutes’ inaugural Indigenous Public Health Leaders Program, a leadership training institute for emerging public health leaders serving American Indian communities. Upon completion of the 6-month institute Sarah was then selected as an Advisory Council Member for the Indigenous Public Health Leaders Program and served from January-August 2023.
Sarah enjoys spending time with her two children, Grace and Tristan, and dog, Penelope.