Recipient of the Brandon University Senate Lifetime Achievement Award Doris Pratt otherwise known as Duzahan Mani Win passed away on March 6th, 2019.
Previously in October of 2017 The Quill wrote upon Elder Doris Pratt’s dedication to the preserving the Dakota Culture and her influence upon the educational system that earned her both regard and the Lifetime Achievement Award at Homecoming of 2017. Elder Doris Pratt was an Educational Elder Advisor for Sioux Valley Education, and had been involved in educational administration for three decades. She leaves behind a legacy of literary works such as “Dakota Imakhmakhapi Woyakapi: A Collection of Humour and Bravery” a collection of twenty five stories written in both English and Dakota, in addition to have written dictionaries and glossaries in her efforts to preserve the language and culture. Pratt dedicated fifty years of her life to her work.
Elder Doris Pratt received traditional education consisting of educational teaching from her family and community knowledge carriers. She also earned a mainstream education from Brandon University resulting in the successful completion of a Master of Education, and additionally earned an Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Arizona.
Elder Doris Pratt was 83 years old when she passed in her sleep at home at the Dakota Oyate Lodge personal care home.