Don Trent Jacobs

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Four Arrows
Donald Trent Jacobs

1946 (age 76–77)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Other namesFour Arrows
Alma materSouthwest Missouri State University, Boise State University, Columbia Pacific University
OccupationOnline (distance education) college professor

Donald Trent Jacobs, also known as "Wahinkpe Topa," a Lakota term translating as Four Arrows,[1] (born 1946) is an American college professor, writer and activist for American Indian rights whose work has focused on Indigenous worldviews, wellness and counter-hegemonic education. He lives in Mexico.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Jacobs has a bachelor's degree from Southwest Missouri State University, an Ed.D. from Boise State University, and a Ph.D from Columbia Pacific University.[3][4][5]

Jacobs self-identifies as Cherokee, Irish and possibly [Creek] based on family stories. [6]


Jacobs is a faculty member in the School of Educational Leadership for Change at Fielding Graduate University.

He was formerly a tenured associate professor at Northern Arizona University and prior to that Dean of Education at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.[7][8] In 2014 he was put on the International Fulbright Scholars list. In 2004 he received the Moral Courage Award from the Martin Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University for his activism. In 2009, the American Education Resource Organization selected him as one of "27 visionaries in education" for their text, Turning Points.


Jacobson has written and published 23 books and numerous articles and invited book chapters, including:

  1. Four Arrows and Darcia Narvaez (2022) Restoring the Kinship Worldview. NAB/Penguin/Random House
  2. Four Arrows (2020) Sitting Bulls Words for a World in Crises, DIO Press
  3. Four Arrows (2016) Point of Departure: Returning to Our Authentic Worldview for Education and Survival. Information Age Publishing
  4. Four Arrows (2013) Teaching Truly: A Curriculum to Indigenize Mainstream Education. New York: Peter Lang
  5. Four Arrows (2011) Differing Worldviews in Higher Education: Two Disagreeing Scholars Argue Cooperatively about Justice Education. Netherlands: Sense Publishers
  6. Four Arrows (2011). Last Song of the Whales. Maui, Hawaii: Savant Press
  7. Four Arrows, aka Jacobs, D.T. and Cajete, G. (2010), Critical Neurophilosophy and Indigenous Wisdom. Netherlands: Sense Publishers
  8. Four Arrows, aka Jacobs, D.T. (2008) The Authentic Dissertation: Alternative Ways of Knowing, Research and Representation. London: Routledge
  9. Four Arrows. (2006) The Shrimp Habit: How it is Destroying Our World. Victoria: Trafford.
  10. Four Arrows, aka Jacobs, D.T. Ed., (2006) Unlearning the Language of Conquest: Scholars Challenge Anti-Indianism in America. Austin: University of Texas Press.
  11. Four Arrows and Fetzer, J. (2004) American Assassination: The Strange Death of Senator Paul Wellstone. New York: Vox Pop.
  12. Jacobs, D. and Jacobs-Spencer, J. (2001) Teaching Virtues: Building Character Across the Curriculum. Landham, Md.: Scarecrow Education Press, a division of Rowman and Littlefield.
  13. Jacobs, D. (1997) Primal Awareness: A True Story of Survival, Transformation and Awakening with the Raramuri Shamans of Mexico. Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions International.
  14. Jacobs, D. (1994 ) The Bum’s Rush: The Selling of Environmental Backlash. Boise, Id.: Legendary Publishing.
  15. Jacobs, D. (1988) Patient Communication for First Responders: The First Hour of Trauma. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.
  16. Jacobs, D. (1988) Physical Fitness Programs for Public Safety Employees, 2nd edition, Boston: NFPA.


  1. ^ "Four Arrows." The Entertainers. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Wahinkpe Topa". Archived from the original on 2018-06-06.
  3. ^ "Faculty Biographies, Doctoral Faculty, Masters Faculty - Fielding Graduate University". Archived from the original on 2010-03-08.
  4. ^ Four Arrows (Don Trent Jacobs), PhD , EdD Archived 2016-01-01 at the Wayback Machine, Fielding Graduate University website
  5. ^ NETNOTES: Columbia Pacific University Alumni Info
  6. ^ He is a made relative of the Oglala Lakota and a member of the Medicine Horse Tiospaye who has fulfilled his Sun Dance vows with Rick Two Dogs. He is the author of a number of publications including: Restoring the Kindship Worldview (co-authored with Darcia Narvaez),"Four Arrows." Teaching Virtues. Retrieved 18 July 2012.<"Unlearning the Language of Conquest." University of Texas Press., Sitting Bull's Words for a World in Crises, 2020, DIO Press, et al Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  7. ^ " - Diese Website steht zum Verkauf! - Informationen zum Thema chairperson chairman head hunters college president dean department chair academic leadership". Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Don "Four Arrows" Jacobs". Archived from the original on 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2010-02-19.

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