Lori Bishop, an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe was born and raised in Fort Thompson, South Dakota. She attended grade school at Chamberlain Elementary and Crow Creek High School in Stephan, South Dakota where she graduated in 1992.
During her junior year at Crow Creek High, Lori began her working career by hiring on with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Park Ranger. The position with the Corps was Lori’s first, and it showed her the importance of, and the freedoms provided by, a good job on the reservation. After high school Lori took advantage of some of the rare job opportunities on Crow Creek, working at the Lode Star Casino, Lynn’s Dakota Mart, Crow Creek Tribal Schools, and the Crow Creek Head Start program. In 2001, Lori accepted a position with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a realty clerk at the Crow Creek Agency in Fort Thompson, where she has been loyally assisting the realty specialists for 10 years.
A single mother of two, Lori enjoys raising her 18 year old son and her 11 year old daughter, staying active in their school and extra-curricular activities. Finding time in her very busy life for community service is not easy, but Lori has done just that. Thru the past years she has served the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate Dacotah Tipis well. By volunteering on the family support, family selection, and fundraising committees, Lori has served both her reservation community and Dakota Tipis as loyally as she serves in her realty office position. All of this dedicated volunteerism comes after an unsuccessful attempt at applying to the Habitat program herself years ago.
Lori is currently serving her second year as a Director on the Board for HFH Dacotah Tipis, helping to guide and govern the organization, as well as her continued loyal service on the Family Selection, Family Support, and Fundraising committees.