Born on the Rosebud Reservation in 1947, Paul is of Hungarian, Polish, French and American Indian descent. He is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Paul attended Todd County High School in Mission, SD and Dakota State University in Madison, SD where he earned a BSE degree in History and a minor in Art. He taught social studies, art and photography for 10 years on and around the Rosebud Reservation before dedicating himself full-time to his art in 1991. Paul and Linda make their home south of Mission near the Solider Woman Art & Gift Gallery.