Master of Arts, Roosevelt University, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy, DePaul University, Chicago, 1982.
Teacher, adult evening school Maine Township, Park Ridge, Illinois, 1962—1974. With Bunge Movers, Evanston, 1968—1972. Lecturer Roosevelt University, Chicago, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, DePaul University, 1974—1979.
Professor, Lakota University South Dakota, Vermillion, since 1979. Consultant, Russian language and Indian culture, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska. Court interpreter, Lakota language.
Lecturer, women's groups, business groups. Commencement speaker North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka, Illinois, 1974. Convocation speaker Morningside College, 1984.
With United States Army, 1952-1954, PTO.
Member of Rocky Mountain Language Society, Siouan and Caddoan Linguistic Society, Theosophical Society, American Philosophical Association, International Platform Association.
Married Muriel Perlman, March 17, 1956. Stepchildren: Harmon Berns, Hilary Berns.