Lois Red Elk is descended from the Isanti, Hunkpapa, and Ihanktowan bands of the Dakota/Lakota Sioux Nation. Her father, James Red Elk is a descendant of the Sitting Bull family, and her mother spoke five different languages, French, Latin, Sioux, Assiniboine and English. She enjoys writing poetry and prose and practices the art of porcupine quill embroidery. She has a Human Services degree from Ft. Peck Community College and an Education degree from Rocky Mountain College. Married to her dear friend and husband Dennis for 41 years, they have two children and eight grandchildren.