Gladys Hawk is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She comes from the Hunkpapa band of the Teton Lakota. She grew up in Wakpala, South Dakota, and graduated from Wakpala High School. She received an A.A. from Sitting Bull College and a B.S. in Human Services with a minor in Indian Studies from Black Hills State University. She also has a Master’s degree in Tribal Leadership and Management from Oglala Lakota College. She has been a Lakota language and culture instructor for more than 30 years, and currently works at Sitting Bull College. She has also been a visiting professor at Black Hills State University, an instructor at the Marty Indian School on the Yankton reservation, and an Indian culture teacher at the Wakpala Public School.
She has published essays in On the Home Front: South Dakota Stories, Country Congregations: South Dakota Stories, and This Stretch of the River: Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Responses to the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Bicentennial (Oak Lake Writers’ Society, 2006).