Kieran and Elizabeth Quinn enjoy getting involved in ‘small town living’ activites such as the Sully County Fair.

Onida newcomer Elizabeth Quinn graduated Sturgis High School in 1994 and almost immediately started her family.

She married in 1995 and in 1999, her husband’s career in the Air Force took them overseas to where he was stationed in England. Their daughters were born in 1996 and 1997 and attended British school.

As a military spouse, Quinn didn’t work outside the home. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History at the University of Maryland and her master’s degree in Secondary Education at Black Hills State University.

After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Quinn’s former husband was deployed overseas. “We were stationed in Texas for six years, but he was only there on station eighteen months,” said Quinn. “Otherwise, he was deployed.”

Quinn explains that she had a sheltered upbringing, but her military travels and her education broadened her horizons. “I was raised with a racist bent, and that changed once I had seen the rest of the world and understood more things,” said Quinn.

In 2016, with Quinn’s husband suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), her marriage ended. Quinn, too, has been diagnosed with PTSD, and is a passionate advocate for sufferers of the disorder.

She returned to South Dakota and began teaching on the Yankton Sioux Reservation. “It’s South Dakota, but it’s not home,” said Quinn. “I wanted to go out on my own,” away from her family in western South Dakota.

She served as Girls Basketball Coach and as senior class advisor. In that role Quinn accompanied her students to tribal milestones and rites of passage where she learned a lot of culture. “I met my new husband at the Greenwood Powwow,” said Quinn. “I was there with a student watching them dance.”

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