My English name is Kella With Horn. My Lakota name is Wiyaka Wašté Win “Good Feather Woman.” I was named after my great, great grandmother. I was born in South Dakota and am an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. My family comes from Two Kettle (Oohenunpa) band.
I graduated from Crow Creek Reservation High School in 1984. In 1986, I joined the US Army.
I went to basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama in May and graduated on July 9, 1986. From there I headed to Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana (home of the Army dollar). There I attended my Advanced Individual Training (AIT) and became a Personnel Management Specialist (75C). In October, I graduated and headed to my first duty station at Fort Ord, California. I spent the next 2 years on active duty. I then was discharged and remained on inactive reserve duty until 1994 when I received my honorable discharge.
In 1992, I headed to Fort Knox, Kentucky where I spend another two years. After Fort Knox, I went to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I attended Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and earned my Associates Degree in General Studies. I then moved to California and attended California State University Northridge (CSUN) and earned my Bachelor’s in Business Administration in June 2000. While I attending college, I worked part time at MCA Records/Universal and then NBC Studios. After graduation, I worked for JD Power and Associates as a marketing researcher. In June 2003, my family and I relocated back to South Dakota, and I took the job of the Director of Admissions for Si Tanka University. In 2005, I started my graduate degree. In 2007, I earned my Masters in Management and then started to work for the State of South Dakota. In 2008, we relocated to Missoula, Montana. We lived and loved Missoula but we decided to move back to South Dakota. I have since landed in Aberdeen, South Dakota and have not left yet.
I am a traditional Lakota dancer, and my family and I are active in the powwow community and we enjoy traveling from time to time. I am married and am a mother of four beautiful children and a grandmother of one adorable little girl.