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Sarah Eagle Heart & Emma Eagle Heart-White

Sarah Eagle Heart & Emma Eagle Heart-White

Authors, Storytellers & Advocates

Sarah Eagle Heart & Emma Eagle Heart-White

Authors, Storytellers & Advocates


Twins Sarah Eagle Heart and Emma Eagle Heart-White are members of the Oglala Lakota Nation and grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where they learned Native American storytelling traditions. They are the authors of Warrior-Princesses Strike Back: How Lakhota Twins Fight Oppression and Heal Through Connectedness, which was published in 2023 by Feminist Press.

Sarah uses her storytelling skills as a public speaker, writer and filmmaker—sharing her traditional cultural knowledge to raise awareness and build strong networks, as well as fight for social justice. In 2019, she won an Emmy Award as a Consultant Producer for her work on Crow: the Legend. Inspired by the Native American legend, the animated short is an interactive tale of community and sacrifice exploring themes of self-discovery and selflessness. In 2022, Sarah co-founded Zuyá Entertainment to share stories of her Lakota culture and worldview.

Sarah is also co-founder and senior advisor for Return to the Heart Foundation, an Indigenous women-led organization focused on resourcing innovative Indigenous women-led initiatives in the ecosystems of narrative change, healing, climate justice, civic engagement, and restorative and regenerative development. Her narrative change included civic engagement with Sisters Rising working with We Stand United and Justice for Migrant Women, as well as supporting traditional helpers and healers. Their organization has worked with actors and musicians like Anne Hathaway, Brooke Simpson, Mac DeMarco, Marisa Tomei, Mumu Fresh, Taboo, Tonia Jo Hall, Orville Pec, Piper Perabo and Portugal. The Man. She also co-founded the Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.

Sarah has been a public speaker for over a decade. She won the 2017 American Express NGen Leadership Award as an emerging leader under age 40 who has already demonstrated significant impact in addressing society’s critical needs. In 2014, she was awarded the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s Top 40 under 40 for those who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication and made significant contributions in business and in their community.

Emma is a licensed professional counselor, psychotherapist, wounded healer, storyteller, advocate and survivor. She has over 15 years of experience providing counseling and advocacy to adults, adolescents, teens, couples and families who have experienced trauma, suicide, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, grief, identity, relationships, change and adversity. As a survivor of sexual assault, her passion is in helping others find healing. She understands healing from trauma is often full of complexity and experiences are interwoven with one another.

Emma employs her intuition to guide her clients in exploring and understanding the unique aspects of their lived experiences, including the emotional, mental and physical dimensions of family, social, cultural and spiritual. Emma utilizes a multifaceted approach to healing with the use of various modalities, including Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered, Mindfulness-Based and Brain-spotting therapy. She currently works as a Psychotherapist for Oneida Behavioral Health for the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.

Speaker Videos

Warrior Princesses Strike Back | Sarah Eagle Heart and Emma Eagle Heart-White

Speech Topics

Reclaiming Spirit: Healing From Intergenerational Trauma

The Eagle Heart twins utilize a trauma-informed perspective to enlighten others on how they can reclaim their spirit after a loss during a traumatic event by focusing on traditional strategies of reciprocity, acknowledgment and collectivism.

Healing the Lakota Way

Twins Sarah Eagle Heart and Emma Eagle Heart-White share their journey growing up on the Pine Ridge reservation of South Dakota with their great-grandmother and grandmother in a home where the Lakota language, culture and spirituality are vital. They discuss overcoming enormous odds—first as teenage girls in a majority-white high school, and then battling bias in their professional careers. They also discuss the importance of the Lakota values versus the Lakota laws worldview and how this applies to the healing process today.

Your Best Self

Twins Sarah Eagle Heart and Emma Eagle Heart-White offer their lived experiences as the blueprint to success in business and healing, so you may continue to evolve.