Photographer Dawnee LeBeau is Itazipacola Oohenunpa of the Tetonwan Oyate. She was born and raised on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, and was introduced to her love of photography when gifted her first Nikon film camera while working on a tribal youth project.
Dawnee is inspired by portrait, landscape, and documentary photography. She currently resides on the Cheyenne River Reservation with her two beautiful wakanyeja (children). She gardens, promotes wellness, the Lakota language, cultural values, and minimalism, all while photographing the beautiful and talented oyate (people) of her community.