Dr. Joseph Hobot is a descendant of the Hunkpapa Band of the Lakota Nation from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation – where his Grandfather and Mother are both enrolled members. He previously held the positions of Lead Teacher and Director of Education at AIOIC. In those roles, he was responsible for the effective oversight and progress of the agency’s alternative high school, its Adult Basic Education/GED program, and its accredited career college. Additionally, Hobot serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Falmouth Institute and as a consultant with the National Urban Indian Family Coalition. Hobot was recently appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to serve on the Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership’s Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas, and a Doctorate of Education from Hamline University.
The Indigenous people of the United States are in need of creating and sustaining our own variant of the public education system. In so doing, our community will serve to stabilize student participation (attendance), achieve higher completion rates (early childhood reading comprehension and mathematic competencies, secondary graduations), and reinvigorate the ability for our students to better prepare and transition into post-secondary programs or career pathways.