February 19, 2019

Commissioner Biography

Wendell W. Yellow Bull

A life-long resident of Oglala Lakota County, Wendell W. Yellow Bull has served as an Oglala Lakota County Commissioner for two years.  Wendell currently serves on the Oglala Lakota County Extension Board and is a supervisor for the Oglala Sioux Tribal Ambulance Services.

Wendell formerly worked with the Oglala Sioux Tribal Department of Public Safety as an Executive Director and Chief of Police. He also served four years with the U.S. Marine Corp from 1979 – 1983.

Wendell holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology, a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, and Associate’s Degrees in General Studies, Criminal Justice, and Social Work. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Leadership and Management.

Wendell and his wife Delores have seven children: Wendell III, Jennifer, Misty, Wendy, Ashley, Davis, and Riely.


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Lyla Hutchison

Lyla Hutchison was appointed to the Oglala Lakota County Commission in September 2007, to fill a vacated position. She has served continuously since then and has been elected in Batesland and Pine Ridge 1 precincts to serve through 2018. Lyla currently serves as Vice Chairman on the County Commission and also serves on the South Dakota State Brand Board.

Lyla is a life-long resident of Oglala Lakota County, and grew up on Fast Horse Creek, attending Grade School at Denby, then Batesland, and as a tuition student t0 high school in Gordon, NE. She was employed in the business offices at Oglala Lakota County Schools for 28 years and now stays home as a ranch wife with husband, Don, just south of Wounded Knee, three miles from where she grew up.