About Us

Mission Statement
We will use the skills taught to us to learn and survive in our environment today. Our service area and beyond must be reached by all possible means. We will provide opportunities to teach every tribal member our languages, histories, traditions. And through these experiences, each participant will have been given a chance to learn and grow with dignity and balance the true meaning of being a Cheyenne and/or and Arapaho. Various types of learning environments will be used to reach all tribal members.

Gordon Yellowman : Language Program Director

Gordon Yellowman

Language Program Director

Gordon Yellowman has served as the Director of the Language Program since 2009. As Director, Mr. Yellowman guides the vision of the Language Program, oversees the grant projects, and coordinates outreach activities. Mr. Yellowman is also a Cheyenne Chief and award-winning artist.
gyellowman@c-a-tribes.org
405-422-7729

Rebecca Risenhoover : Teaching Specialist/Grant Manager

Rebecca Risenhoover

Teaching Specialist/Grant Manager

Develops language training programs for the education of Cheyenne and Arapaho language teachers. Confers with tribal, state, and local school officials to develop certifications agreement that meets the Oklahoma World Language Certification guidelines. Also manager of the Cheyenne Living Language Project ANA Grant 90NL0572.
rrisenhoover@c-a-tribes.org
405-422-7422

Joyce Twins : Lead Teacher

Joyce Twins

Lead Teacher

Joyce Twins has taught the Cheyenne language for 20 years and is recognized as a Master Teacher by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Ms. Twins provides Cheyenne language classes via distance learning technology to local high schools as well as language training for school teachers and other interested individuals.
jtwins@c-a-tribes.org
405-422-7640

Carol Whiteskunk : Language Outreach

Carol Whiteskunk

Language Outreach

Carol Whiteskunk coordinates the Cheyenne community language meetings throughout the service area and serves as a liaison between speakers, language learners, and the Language Program.
cwhiteskunk@c-a-tribes.org

Billie Sutton : Curriculum Specialist

Billie Sutton

Curriculum Specialist

Billie Sutton develops and designs Level 1 and Level 2 language books and teacher guides to be used  in high schools in the Cheyenne and Arapaho communities.
bsutton@c-a-tribes.org
405-422-2502

Ray Mosqueda : Arapaho Researcher

Ray Mosqueda

Arapaho Researcher

The Arapaho Researcher:  Finder of history, language, and culture of the Arapaho Ray also serves as a liaison between speakers, language learners, and the Language Program.
rmosqueda@c-a-tribes.org
405-422-7423

Micaela PrairieChief : Administrative Assistant

Micaela PrairieChief

Administrative Assistant

mprairiechief@c-a-tribes.org
405–422 –7728

Everett Moore : Technical Specialist

Everett Moore

Technical Specialist

Everett Moore uses his recording and design skills to create Cheyenne and Arapaho audio, video, and visual resources for the Language Program.
emoore@c-a-tribes.org
405-422-7878

Kenzie Grubitz : Consultant

Kenzie Grubitz

Consultant

Kenzie Grubitz creates Cheyenne and Arapaho language resources for use in the classroom and at home. She has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of Chicago.