Yvette Running Horse Collin

Alabama State Parks Foundation Board Member Yvette Running Horse Collin


Dr. Yvette Running Horse Collin received her doctorate in Indigenous Studies from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in May 2017. Her research focused on the historical, cultural, and spiritual relationship between the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and the horse.

Dr. Yvette Running Horse Collin is one of the Founders of Sacred Way Sanctuary,

which is located in Florence, Alabama, and the Native American Horse Trail. She

currently serves as the Oglala Nation Presidential Ambassador. She is also Executive

Director for Sacred Healing Circle, a New Mexico-based 501c3 nonprofit organization

that focuses its resources on American Indian programs and communities. Dr. Running Horse Collin is also part of the Administrative Team for the Black Hills Sioux Nation Council of Elders on Pine Ridge Reservation.

Dr. Running Horse Collin is an award-winning journalist, and has held various executive positions at non-profit institutions around the United States. She has advised state, federal and Fortune 100 organizations on Native American policy. She lectures extensively throughout the United States and internationally on her people’s traditions and history surrounding the horse at academic and Native leadership conferences such as the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE), the Canadian Indigenous/Native Studies Association (CINSA), the Alaska Native Studies Conference, and Standing Rock Sioux Nation’s Prophecy of the Grandfather’s Conference. She practices the traditional ways of her Ancestors and is a wife, mother, and grandmother.