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Sarah  Eagle Heart

Sarah Eagle Heart

Emmy Award Winning Storyteller


Sarah Eagle Heart is an Emmy award winning storyteller focused on education and advocacy on behalf of Indigenous Peoples whose deep perspective is rooted in her life story as Oglala Lakota activist raised on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She is an internationally accomplished executive with a diverse background in tribal, corporate, and non - profit organizations focusing on communications, marketing, program development, fundraising and advocacy with a unique vantage point to amplify impact. Read More >

Ms. Eagle Heart is currently Co - CEO of 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, restorative and regenerative development. Her current narrative change initiatives in 2020 revolved around 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.

As an Emmy winning social justice storyteller, she enjoys utilizing innovative approaches and partnerships to amplify stories from grassroots communities, artists and movement leaders. Ms. Eagle Heart's project with Baobab Studios won her an 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Interactive Media as a consultant producer with John Legend on Crow: the Legend led to a 2019 Emmy as a Consultant Producer. Ms. Eagle Heart has also produced PSA GOTV campaigns with StandNVote with Mark Ruffalo and Sisters Rising with Anne Hathaway and Maria Tomei. She is currently executive producing a docuseries, producing a horror film, and writing a drama film script.

She also previously served as CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy, a national nonprofit that focuses on investment in Native American communities. In this role, she supported endeavors on narrative change through healing and amplifying accurate history and contemporary issues.

Prior to this role, she served as the Team Leader for Diversity and Ethnic Ministries and Program Officer for Indigenous Ministry at The Episcopal Church, New York, NY. The Episcopal Church serves 2 million members in 16 countries. Under her leadership, The Episcopal Church became the first major denomination to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery focusing programmatic education and advocacy on accurate history, education, cultural teachings, healing and asset-based community development. Ms. Eagle Heart supported various denominations in their renouncement of the Doctrine of Discovery, including the World Council of Churches in 2012. In 2012, The Episcopal Church successfully presented statements and oral interventions on the Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues with a coalition of NGO’s from around the world.

Ms. Eagle Heart has been a public speaker for over a decade, sharing her traditional cultural knowledge to raise awareness and build strong networks. Ms. Eagle Heart 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. She is currently signed with APB Speakers Bureau.

Ms. Eagle Heart holds a B.A. in Mass Communications (print and multimedia emphasis) and B.S. in American Indian Studies from Black Hills State University. She also holds an M.B.A. (global management emphasis) from University of Phoenix.  currently volunteers on the boards of Women’s March, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, and We Stand United.

Ms. Eagle Heart’s writing was recently featured in the feminist anthology, This Is How We Come Back Stronger released by Feminist Press in the UK and US in April 2021. She is also currently writing a book on healing, leadership and advocacy with her identical twin sister/psychotherapist, Emma Eagle Heart - White to be published in January 2022 by Feminist Press. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Crow: The Legend - Animated Short Film

Crow: The Legend – Behind the Scenes

Oyate Today Interview

Speech Topics

Reconnecting in a Time of Disconnection

COVID19 has disconnected us from friends, colleagues and loved ones… we had time to reconnect, but did you learn how? Sarah Eagle Heart will share her insight into reconnecting to ourselves, our spirituality, Mother Earth from lessons from the Lakota people.

Mitakuye Oyasin - We are all Related

Mitakuye Oyasin is the Lakota amen. It means we are all related, we are all connected… to the two legged, four legged, winged and Mother Earth. This knowledge is inherent from the time you are born, you are constantly reminded that the world is bigger than yourself. Learn Indigenous world view and collectivity from Sarah in this session.

How to be an Ally

Sarah shares her knowledge on how to be an effective ally from her work with allies from her time at The Episcopal Church, philanthropy and working with influencers like Anne Hathaway and Mark Ruffalo.

Narrative Change as a Tool for Impact

The propaganda of the United States has created misinformation and ignorance among Native Americans. Truth telling is a form of healing and acknowledgement begins with the truth.

Indigenous Women

Indigenous women are the key to saving Mother Earth. They are the center of their communities organizing for their people.

How to Handle Conflict & How to Forgive

Lakota people strive to live their lives aligned with their traditional Lakota values. Due to the value of Wowijake to live in honesty and truth with yourself, higher power and others with sincerity... conflict is expected to be handled directly in a good way.

Tiyospaye (Extended Family)

Introduction to Lakota kinship bonds and families are structures; resiliency and the importance of strong role - models. In Lakota culture, real poverty means not having kinship bonds—unsica (pitiful). The most humble are the most revered.

Learning to Follow Intuition

How to use intuition to focus for impact and identify calling.

Inclusion at Every Level

Understanding the history of harm and how to ensure Native Americans are at the table from the beginning.

Decolonizing the Workplace

Systems and workplaces have been set up in a patriarchal hierarchy. The complete opposite of a collective world view. How do you begin to restructure and revision the workplace?