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Anpao Duta Flying Earth is the outgoing executive director of the Native American Community Academy (NACA), a charter school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is also the executive director of the NACA Inspired Schools Network (NISN), a network that assists communities in implementing structures of Indigenous education. Duta assisted in the creation of the charter school in 2006 and the network in 2014. In his capacity as Executive Director at NACA & NISN, Duta has been instrumental in representing NACA as a premiere example of indigenous education nationwide that combines academic preparation for higher learning, grounding in culture & identity, and holistic wellness together for community transformation through young people.
He is a Pahara-NextGen Fellow in the Fall 2015 cohort, as well as a W.K. Kellogg Foundation community leadership network fellow. Duta grew up on Standing Rock Reservation in South and North Dakota. He is Lakota, Dakota, Ojibwe, and Akimel O?odham. Duta is the youngest of three siblings and a third-generation college graduate. He graduated from Cornell University with a BA in government and earned an MBA as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the University of New Mexico.