Cinnamon Spear is a Northern Cheyenne woman, writer and filmmaker. She lives in Lame Deer, Montana and lived nearly seven years in New Hampshire earning the B.A. and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degrees from Dartmouth College. She is the first and only student from Lame Deer High School to receive an Ivy League education. Her work is a direct response to American misrepresentation and cultural appropriation, and provides a true sense of her history and people. More recently, she utilized documentary filmmaking in her home community as the focus of her Master’s thesis. Pursuing higher education in the eastern United States has provided challenges for cultural participation as a Cheyenne woman, because indigenous spiritualties are place-based; post-undergrad, Cinnamon lived in Pine Ridge, South Dakota and developed spiritually with her Oglala Lakota relatives, historic allies of the Northern Cheyenne.