Edward Charles Valandra is Sicangu Lakota and was born and raised on the Rosebud reservation. Edward received his BA in Chemistry from Minnesota State University-Mankato, his MA in Political Science from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and his PhD in American Studies from State University of New York-Buffalo.
He served one four-year term on the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council, representing the Owl Bonnet Community. He was his nation’s representative on the Inter-Tribal Bison Cooperative (ITBC) Board of Directors, and served on its Constitutional Task Force from 2004 to 2006.
He is the founder and research fellow for the Community for the Advancement of Native Studies (CANS). In addition, he is an associate professor at the University of South Dakota and Chair of the Native Studies Department and Director of the Oral History Center. In February, 2010, he was elected President of the American Indian Studies Association, the signature association for the discipline of Native Studies. His research focus is on the national revitalization of the Oceti Sakowin Oyate, and the disciplinary development of Native Studies. The University of Illinois Press published his book, Not Without Our Consent, with a Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr., in 2006.