Dallas Nelson is a citizen of the Oglála Lakȟóta Nation. He was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation. His wife Emily Charging Crow-Nelson and him have four children and reside within the Red Cloud Community near Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He holds a Bachelors in both Sociology and American Indian Studies from Black Hills State University along with a Masters in Lakota Leadership & Management at Oglala Lakota College. He is an advocate for Indigenous Education, Language & Lifeways Reclamation, and the ongoing movement to create systemic change within all Indigenous Communities.