Marla C. Bull Bear, MA, CMT, ADS, RT
Marla C. Bull Bear is married to Charles Bull Bear; they celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary in 2009 and are parents of four children ages ranging from 27 to 8 years old.
Ms. Bull Bear is a member of the Milks Camp Community of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and is the founder and Executive Director of the Native American Advocacy Program (NAAP), the first of two Native American Centers for Independent living in the Nation. NAAP provides alcohol and drug prevention, supportive mental health counseling and independent living services to Native Americans on and off the nine tribal nations in South Dakota. Marla received her Masters in Counseling from Sinte Gleska University (SGU), a tribal university located on the Rosebud Reservation. She is currently chairwoman of the Board of Regents for Sinte Gleska University. In addition, Marla has served the state in various capacities including serving 12 years on the State Alcohol and Drug Advisory Council and Chairwoman of that council for 5 years ending her service in 2005 having last been appointed by Governor Janklow.
Her life experiences have included expanding her expertise to include massage therapy, Reiki, equine assisted therapy and Acudetox. Acudetox is an auricular acupuncture protocol for chemical dependency and stress management. Ms Bull Bear is a registered trainer for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) and currently teaches the 70 hour certification course at Sinte Gleska University.