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Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows) a.k.a. Donald Trent Jacobs


Born in Missouri in 1946, Four Arrows bloodline is mostly Irish with claims from his mother about her Cherokee heritage.

After a stint as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, a variety of adventures brought him to live or work closely among the Raramuri, Kunkaak, Navajo and Lakota. Made a relative and named by the Oglala after fulfilling his Sun Dance vows while serving as Dean of Education at Oglala Lakota College.  He continues on the Oglala spiritual path as a pipe carrier and served four “tours of duty” at Standing Rock.

With doctoral degrees in Health Psychology and in Curriculum and Instruction (with a cognate in Indigenous worldview), he has authored twenty books and numerous invited chapters and articles. While a tenured professor at Northern Arizona University, he co-founded a Veterans for Peace chapter.

In 2004 he was awarded the Martin Springer Institute Award for Moral Courage and in 2010 AERO named him as one of “27 visionaries in education” for their text Turning Points.

Among his hobbies he plays handball and stand-up paddle board surfs. He was first alternate for the U.S. Equestrian Endurance team for the 1996 Olympics and has participated in the International Old Time Piano Playing Contest have won the duet division at the University of Mississippi in 2016. He lives with his artist wife in a small village in Mexico. Currently a professor with Fielding Graduate University, he is a popular presenter and radio guest and can be reached at

Michelle Johnson represents Wahinke Topa.
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