Andrew Bentley

 Andrew Bentley
Gifted & Talented Program
St. Francis Indian School

Greetings, my name is Andrew Bentley. I am an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, but I was born in and raised around Baltimore, Maryland. Like other American Indians alive today, I am the result of diaspora (displacement and dispersion). Along with other Lumbee of their generation, my grandparents left our homeland to pursue opportunity in Baltimore City after growing up in the economically depressed rural South. My grandfather helped establish the South Broadway Baptist Church and the Baltimore American Indian Center to serve as a hub for our newly established community. Perhaps it could be said that I’m following in his footsteps, living my life to honor his.

In 2011, I graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with a B.A. in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media. In 2010 and 2011, as an undergraduate student, I participated in a Service Immersion Program with the Sicangu Lakota Sioux on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.

My experiences on Rosebud reshaped my thoughts about us being spirits on a humanistic journey and left me wanting to continue my service there. As an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, I found an opportunity to do this through placement with Partnership With Native Americans (then NRC) from 2012 to 2013. in addition to continuing work with Rosebud, my service with PWNA allowed me to travel to American Indian reservations all across the Northern Plains and Southwest. Serving all these communities was a blessing.

In July 2013, I started a new role with St. Francis Indian School on the Rosebud Reservation, advising and training on the use of technologies by faculty and students in the Gifted & Talented Program. PWNA later invited me to serve on their Long-Term Solutions team, and I currently work with Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

I am humbled and grateful that PWNA has invited me to be a continuing contributor to their blog. I hope you will enjoy reading my topics and know that I will look forward to reading your comments.

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  1. Posted August 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Very Proud of you Andrew!

  2. Marlene Abel
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    I would like to try to help save the Wounded Area from being sold. I hope it will be saved for a monument for the Native Americans.

  3. Posted February 5, 2015 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Andrew! you are a gift to the world to open the eyes of people to see the needs around them and respond with love and help. So very proud of you and the work you do.

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