Dee Le Beau-Hein is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, specifically from the Minnicoujou Band, located in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. She graduated from the University of South Dakota in 2007 with a Master of Science degree in Administrative Studies and a Minor in Human Resource Management. She has extensive work experience in the chemical dependency field. Dee is currently the Behavioral Health and Recovery Administrator for the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board, Rapid City, S.D. The Behavioral Health & Recovery Department focuses on reducing behaviors that lead to adverse outcomes through education, outreach and support.
She is a Consultant for the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) for Native American Indians and Alaskan Natives. She is one of a core group of Master Trainers who provide training for the American Indian Curriculum for State Accredited, Non-Tribal Substance Abuse Programs in South Dakota. She has established and maintained strong working relationships with Tribal, State and Local governmental agencies throughout her career.
Dee was employed with the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, S.D. She was a Mentor to the Native American students receiving a scholarship within the Tiospaye Program, funded by the National Science Foundation. Her counseling background, cultural awareness and academic experience compliment the scholarship program’s objective to ensure the students’ succeed in their academic goals to graduate with a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. She also held an adjunct faculty position with United Tribes Technical College at its Black Hills Learning Center in Rapid City, SD in 2014.
Dee has participated in many volunteer events throughout her life. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Sacred Heart Center (SHC) in Eagle Butte, S.D., since 2001. She was recently elected President of the SHC Board. Her care and concern for her home community is important to her, she enjoys giving back to her community through her volunteer work on the Board. Her most memorable volunteer effort was in 1994 when the Jimmy Carter Work Project (Habitat for Humanity) was the first to build on an American Indian Reservation. They brought 1500 volunteers to Eagle Butte, SD to build 30 homes in one week. President Jimmy Carter and his wife both assisted in the build while supporting the community project.
Dee enjoys spending time with her family and friends, socializing during cultural activities. She participates in cultural ceremonies whenever possible to retain and support her culture and traditional ways. Dee likes to help others on their healing journey whether it is directly or indirectly, she is happiest when giving and helping others achieve their personal or professional goals.