August 2020 – Graduate

August 2020 Graduate SOTM Monique Apple

Monique Apple

Rapid City, South Dakota
Yankton Sioux Tribe
Special Higher Education Program

University of St. Thomas
Social Work

GPA: 3.83

Community Service

  • 2019-2022 Council on Social Work Education Board Member
  • 2016-2022 Indigenous Social Work Educators Association Governing Council Member
  • 2018-2019 Seventh Circuit Court Appointed Special Advocate Board Member
  • 2014-2020 Lakota Youth Cultural Healing Camps Mental Health Planning Board/Screening Committee

Short Bio

Monique Apple was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation. She is a happily married mother of three beautiful children, grandmother of three grandsons and one granddaughter.

She received her MSW in 2004 from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Upon receiving her MSW she returned to the Pine Ridge Reservation to provide direct mental health and advocacy services for a Lakota children’s mental health program. She served as the Executive Director of that program, and 4 years later went on to serve for 10 years as a research specialist for a Native health research center in Rapid City, SD.

Since 2015, Mrs. Apple has served as program director/chair of the Oglala Lakota College Social Work Department where she oversees the Bachelor of Social Work Program and Field Practicum Program.

Mrs. Apple has dedicated her life to giving back to the Tribal community she grew up in. She currently volunteers to serve on several boards and committees to enhance social work education and higher education for Indigenous people, and helped develop a mental health screening program for Lakota Youth Cultural Healing Camps for high risk Indigenous children from South Dakota. She is slated to defend her dissertation in her Doctorate of Social Work program in the spring of 2021. Her future goals are to create a Lakota Social Work Education Framework to develop culturally-based curriculum; leaving a legacy for future Indigenous social work leaders.