Michael Running Wolf Jr. is an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana, USA. He was raised in his Cheyenne mother's traditional village and raised to practice traditional Lakota ceremonies by his father. He grew up on his American Indian reservation where there was no phone until he was a teen and had unreliable electricity service. So naturally Michael became a Computer Scientist PhD student at Montana State University where he researches indigenous digital cultural preservation. He is also the founder of a non-profit, Buffalo Tongue inc.