Photo by, Joshua Redwine

Photo by, Joshua Redwine

Nyamal Biel Tutdeal was born to South Sudanese parents in Gambella, Ethiopia. Due to war in Sudan her parents managed to escape to Ethiopia. Her family was separated in 1991 when a war broke out in Ethiopia, Nyamal returned to Sudan without her mother. Years later when the rest of the family was resettled in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the family later learned that her father was killed back in Sudan.

Nyamal has been a leader for advocacy and change in the South Sudanese community, where she has led rallies, served as an interpreter, and worked with various youth and women groups. Nyamal has previously worked with the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska as a Project Venture Coordinator researching and re-teaching youth their Native American culture.

Nyamal received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations from Doane College in the winter of 2015. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University.