Tomi Kay Phillips
Cante Wakan Win
President of Sitting Bull College
Assumed office
January 1, 2024
Preceded byLaurel Vermillion
Personal details
Alma materUniversity of Mary
University of North Dakota

Tomi Kay Phillips (Lakota: Cante Wakan Win) is an American (Hunkpapa-Miniconjou) educator and academic administrator who is the president-designate of Sitting Bull College.


Phillips is Hunkpapa and Minnecoujou Lakota.[1] Her Lakota name is Cante Wakan Win.[1] She was born to Maxine Claymore and Duane Phillips.[1] Her maternal grandparents are Leona Many Wounds and Sam Claymore and her paternal grandparents are Emma Brush Horn and John Lends His Horses.[1] Phillips earned a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Mary (UMary).[1] She completed a M.S. in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota.[1] She completed a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from UMary.[1] Her 2020 dissertation was titled Native language and culture acquisition and native student success in school.[2]

Phillips was a member of the United States Army.[1] She worked as an educator for 28 years, including 18 years as an administrator.[1] On August 1, 2023, she began mentoring under Sitting Bull College president Laurel Vermillion.[1] She is set to succeed her on January 1, 2024.[1]

Phillips has a partner and five children.[1] As of 2023, she has resided in Standing Rock Indian Reservation for most of her life.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Dr. Tomi Kay Phillips takes the helm of Sitting Bull College as new president". American Indian College Fund. 2023-08-03. Retrieved 2023-08-12.
  2. ^ Phillips, Tomi Kay (2020). Native language and culture acquisition and native student success in school (Doctorate thesis). University of Mary. OCLC 1230249022.