Formerly known as Different Cloud. Linda is an ethnobotanist and restoration ecologist who teaches at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota. She believes that those who have a voice are obligated to use it for the good of the people. In her spare time, Linda enjoys reading articles on, and listening to elders tell their stories. She also loves bacon.
Renee Holt is Dine from the With the Rock or Sleeping Rock clan and a citizen of the Nez Perce Nation. Mother, daughter, sister, friend, niece and granddaughter, she is a 5th year doctoral student at Washington State University in the College of Education, Cultural Studies and Social Thought program in the Department of Teaching & Learning. A guest writer for the Last Real, Renee is also an activist scholar on issues related to the social injustices relative to Indigenous education and language advocacy.  She can be found tweeting at
Dr.Twyla Baker-Demaray is a citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation of Fort Berthold, North Dakota. She was born and raised on the reservation in the community of New Town. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geology and Technology, a Master of Science in Education, and a Ph.D in Teaching and Learning: Research Methodology, all from the University of North Dakota (UND).

Twyla is the Director of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Center for Rural Health. She is also the Principal Investigator of the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative. Twyla is a Bush Foundation Native Nation Rebuilder, is published in various academic journals for her research on Native American health, and is a contributing writer for She helped found a private non-profit organization in Grand Forks, North Dakota called Northstar Council, which teaches Native and Indigenous science in local middle schools. She has published on various topics in Indian Country, from suicide to aging, to environmental health to housing.

Twyla makes her home in Grand Forks with her husband and their children, and is a vocal advocate for Indigenous, women’s, and minority health and rights.

Dana Lone Hill, Oglala Lakota born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation, is the mother of four, a freelance writer and artist. As well as LastRealIndians, Dana is also a contributor for The Guardian out of the UK.