Jesse Short Bull is a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe in the state of South Dakota. He is perusing his bachelor of fine arts in creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In 2014, Short Bull was part of a team to change the name of Shannon County to Oglala Lakota County in South Dakota. The reason for this work was to promote a name that reflected the Lakota people.
Short Bull co-founded a non-profit called the Native Youth Leadership Alliance in 2009, which supports Native college students. He continues to be involved with the day to day operations of NYLA, and is active in his home community by supporting other Native nonprofits working in the region.
Short Bull’s filmmaking features stories from the Oglala Lakota Nation. His short film titled “Istinma” has won several awards and was screened at dozens of film festivals across the country. He participates in summer youth filmmaking workshops on the Oglala Lakota Nation with the First Peoples Fund, a national artists organization, where Short Bull was a 2013 filmmaking fellow. He sits on the board of the Black Hills Film Festival in Hill City, South Dakota, one of largest film festivals in the state.
A self-taught guitarist, Short Bull was inspired to pick up the guitar when he heard his first Link Wray song “Rumble” back in 2005. An avid agate hunter, he spends time in the Badlands to seek out the coveted Fairburn agate.