Vaughn Vargas


Vaughn Vargas currently serves as Community Advisory Coordinator with the Rapid City Police Department (RCPD). He is the first Community Advisory Coordinator to the RCPD, and he works with Community Advisory Committee members to create initiatives to better the relationship between the Rapid City community and the police department. 

Vaughn grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota and is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (Siha Sipa). His great grandfather is James Holy Eagle Sr. Vaughn graduated from Box Elder Job Corp. Vaughn graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering & Engineering Management from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Most recently, Vaughn was named a 2017 Bush Foundation Fellow. He will use his fellowship to obtain a Master’s in Management at the Harvard Extension School with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior. He will use this education to help map and navigate policy, organizational structure, and leadership to increase diversity within law enforcement.

Vaughn believes MOA’s most important impact is in the genuine interactions facilitated between civil leaders in the native and non-native communities.

“These interactions have solidified into working relationships, but most importantly, friendships. Titles, race, gender, and age have been removed and what is left is a group of people who have the same spirit; to learn and remodel respectful behavior and help our community transcend into greater unity. ”