Northern Plains Native Americans:

A Modern Wet Plate Perspective



I have always been fascinated with the work of Mathew Brady, Edward S. Curtis, and that of Orlando Scott Goff.  Mr. Goff was a wet plate artist located here in Bismarck in the 1870's and is credited with taking the very first photograph of Sitting Bull.  I contacted Ernie LaPointe the Great Grandson of Sitting Bull and he paid a visit to my makeshift wet plate studio.  He explained much of the history of his people and their ways and this  journey started with his plate "Eternal Field".  I quickly set a goal of making 50 large 8x10" black glass ambrotypes of the Native American community in modern day.  I have since abandoned the 50 plate limit and now plan on making 1000 wet plates of this fabulous culture, a 20 year commitment.  It is a huge honor to follow in the footsteps of previous wet plate photographers that had similar series in the 19th Century.  On my journey, I have befriended Dakota Goodhouse a local historian and instructor at United Tribes as well as Margaret Landin.  They have been instrumental in being a liaison between myself and the different members of the tribes.  Margaret has been present for most of the portrait sessions.  Her role is to make sure that all the Native American elements that I am photographing are presented properly with dignity and respect.  I also am working very closely with Lindsay Schott and Emily Schultz, both Archive Specialists at the Heritage Center.  Their undying dedication to capturing all things historical in North Dakota is inspiring.  The plates that I make are being gifted to the Historical Society and their permanent archive.  This is not something that is going to be accomplished overnight, but as I add more and more plates, the series seems to have more significance.  If fate does not break my stride, I will do everything that I can to see this through. 


“The work that Shane does for its artistic merit as well as for its collaborative nature is genuine and enthusiastic, on a human level. For the folks of many different Indian tribes, who sit for his portraits, and who often become his life-long friends, Shane builds real rapport. Beyond the making of art photographs, it is this rapport, and the importance of honest collaboration between people of different cultures, that is so important for our country and is at the center of the moving forward of our country. I’ll strive to emulate the rapport that Shane has achieved in his work, in the work I’m doing in Congress. Shane’s photographs are not only beautiful, but they convey the best example of good people working together to achieve something great.”

Debra Haaland (Laguna Pueblo)
Congresswoman – New Mexico’s 1st District 
March 21st, 2019



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My new goal is to capture 1000 Native Americans in the beloved process, at the present rate, a 20 year commitment.  I also plan on publishing 4 volumes of picture books based on my favorite plates from the series.  On November 3rd, 2017, Northern Plains Native Americans opened at the Bismarck Art Gallery Association (BAGA).  The series was greatly embraced by the community and we broke the galleries all-time attendance record.  The first 145 plates were on display.  I am proud to be on this creative path and will do whatever it takes to make the people of this great state proud.

On October 28th, 2018, Calvin Grinnell "Running Elk" a historian for the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation held a Native American Naming Ceremony for me at my studio in Bismarck.  Calvin chose the name "Shadow Catcher" Maa'ishda tehxixi Agu'Agshi in Hidatsa.  Dora Gwin assisted him with the spelling and pronunciation of the given name.  Edward Curtis was referred to as the "Shadow Catcher" by many tribes and Calvin thought it fitting that the name be carried in present day be me.

Contact Information:
Shane Balkowitsch, "Shadow Catcher" - Maa'ishda tehxixi Agu'agshi (Hidatsa)
Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio
2703 Big Sky Circle
Bismarck, ND 58503
(701)223-9936 Phone



CLICK HERE for "Collaboriting with the past" blog interview by Pitt Rivers, May 2023

CLICK HERE for "A.I. Imagery May Destroy History As We Know It, April 24th, 2023

CLICK HERE for "Seeds of Resistance" Editorial About Balkowitsch Wet  Plate Work, (Deb Haaland Cover) Fall, 2021


CLICK HERE for "Defender Of The Faith" in FRAMES MAGAZINE, January 11th, 2021

CLICK HERE for "Wet Plate Photographer Captures Powerful Portraits of Native Americans, July 4th, 2019

CLICK HERE for "Using Lens To Tell Story of Native Americans", KXNews, September 20th, 2020

CLICK HERE for Indian Country Today "Shadow Catcher", May 15th, 2020

CLICK HERE for American Indian Photos Captures In Old Way For New Book, June 21st, 2019

CLICK HERE for the Russian article in Bird of Flight about my Native Amerian work, July 18th, 2019

CLICK HERE for "First Native American Congresswoman spoke at local book signing, KXNews, June 23th, 2019

CLICK HERE for "A WARRIOR IN HIS LIFETIME", Photographic Book of Natives, High Plains Reader, June 24th, 2019

CLICK HERE for "BE FIERCE", Congresswoman Deb Haaland, High Plains Reader, June 27th, 2019

CLICK HERE for Native Americans Are Not 'Extinct', Congresswoman Deb Haaland, Fargo Forum, June 23rd, 2019

  CLICK HERE for Congresswoman Deb Haaland to Speak at Book Signing, Bismarck Tribune, June 19th, 2019

CLICK HERE for Radio Interview with Bob Harris,  June 19th, 2019

CLICK HERE for "Image Maker", Front Page of Minot Daily News,  June 16th, 2019 CLICK HERE for "To Be A Shadow Catcher" March 7th, 2019


CLICK HERE for Radio Interview "Wet Plate Photographs by Shane Balkowitsch" September 18th, 2018

Ongoing Series

Ernie LaPointe (Crow Foot)

"Eternal Field"

Great Grandson of Sitting Bull


Dakota Goodhouse

"Two Wars"

Hunkpapha Lakota

Greta White Calfe

"White Calf"

Arikara / Hidatsa

Scott Davis, Sr.

"Two Worlds"

Standing Rock Sioux

Kevin Locke

"First to Arise"

Hunkpapa Lakota / Anishinaabe

Dr. Jim L. Davis

"Big Eagle"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Dave Archambault II

"Brave Fox"

Standing Rock Sioux

Frank White Bull

"White Bull"

Standing Rock Sioux

Mary Louise Defender Wilson

"The Gord Woman"

Dakota Hidatsa

Biron D. Baker, MD

"Stands Above"

Mandan / Hidatsa

Todd R. LeBeau

"White Bear Claws"

Standing Rock Sioux

Monte Yellow Bird, Sr.

"Black Pinto Horse"

Arikara / Hidatsa 

Russell "Rusty" Gillette


Arikara / Hidatsa

Nelenah Rainbow GreyEyes

"Beautiful Night Woman"

Dakota Tlingit Navajo

Charles W. Murphy

"Shot at by the Enemy"

Standing Rock Sioux

Alesha Jacqueline YellowBird (Egan)

"Ree Hawk"

Arikara Assiniboine 

Frank L. Bull Head

"His Horse is Looking"

Hunkpapa Lakota 

Shaydee Pretends Eagle

"Artistic Woman"

Lakota / Dakota  

Rochelle One Skunk - Bull Head

"Black Shawl Woman"

Minniconjou Lakota 

Margaret Landin

"Beautiful Evening Star Woman"

Arikara Hidatsa Assiniboine 

Chase Iron Eyes

"Walks Without Fear"


Pete Red Tomahawk

"Iron Tail"

Yankton Sioux 

Calvin B. Grinnell

"Running Elk"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation

Elijah Dale Benson

"Young Coyote"

Nu'eta - Mandan Hidatsa Arikara 

Joe Dunn

"Buffalo Horse"

Standing Rock Sioux 

Regan Dunn

"See Her Tipis"

Standing Rock / Cheyenne River Sioux

Elijah Landin

"Warrior Spirit"

Arikara Hidatsa Dakota 

Tayla Blaine

"Stands on a Rock"


Mary Agnes Martin

"Soaring Eagle Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux 

Zaysha Grinnell

"Blue Bear Woman"


Denise Joyce Kitson

"Red-Haired Woman"

Sioux (Hunkpapa) / Hidatsa 

Norma Rachelle Baker

"Red Berry Woman"

Hidatsa Dakota Sioux Assinboine 

Robert "BJ" Rainbow

"Long Buffalo"

Dakota Ojibway 

Bryann Rainbow

"Pretty Eagle Woman"

Dakota Ojibway  

Brendan "Pnut" Scouts at Night Young

"Dancing Red Horse"

Lakota Sioux

Anthony McDonald

"Wild Horse Man"

Spirit Lake Dakota 

Leander Russell McDonald

"Whistling Bear"

Spirit Lake Dakota / Arikara Hidatsa 

Randi Hart

"Strong Eagle Woman"

Northern Cheyenne Hidatsa 

Shotay Waters

"Two Flags"

Oglala Lakota 

Dale Benjamin American Horse, Jr.


Sicangu Lakota  

Jonah Kyler Jackson

"Buffalo Thundering Boy"

Spirit Lake Sioux Nation  

Loren Yellow Bird, Sr.

"Medicine Horse"

Arikara Hidatsa  

Sydney Paige Shepherd


Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Mandan Shakopee   

Michael Gene Stillday

"Little Sioux"


Joelle Alita Bearstail

"Bull Berry Woman"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara  

Alana Star Cosay

"Blue Bead Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux / White Mountain Apache   

Steve Yellow Earrings

"Sending Elk"

Standing Rock Sioux  

Kayla Jo Grey Bear

"Different Cloud Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux  

Ronika Lexi Thunder Hawk

"Thunkder Hawk"

Standing Rock Sioux   

Page Howe and Ja'Siah Jace Howe

"Mother with Child"

Hidatsa Arikara   

Vincent Night Horse Fox


Mandan Hidatsa Arikara    

Justine Marie Parkhurst Two Lodge

"Brings Back the Wounded Woman"

Standing Rock Dakota 

Adrian M. Crowfeather

"Black Eagle"

Standing Rock Sioux    

Mark N. Fox

"Sage Man"

Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation (Chairman)   

Jason Luke Morsette

"Not Afraid of the Enemy"

Arikara / Dakota


Darren J. Thompson


Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe 

Sihasapa Wi

"Black Feet Woman"

Sicangu Lakota Ihanktonwan Dakota

Child Born at NO DAPL Camps 

Floris White Bull

"Brave Heart Woman"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa Lakota


Vanessa Dundon AKA Sioux Z. Dezbah

"Going to War"

Southwest Dine' Nation (Navajo)   

Sophie Linda Landin

"Brings Back the Wounded"

Arikara Hidatsa Dakota Tlingit    

JoBeth, Amiera & Taylen Brownotter


Standing Rock Sioux     

Jerrilyn Crow Ghost Brownotter

"Crow Ghost"

Standing Rock Sioux     


Terry Brownotter, Jr.

"Little Warrior"

Standing Rock Sioux     

Alice Brownotter

"Red Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux 

Holly Young


Wiciyena Dakota  

Inyan Young

"Rocky Butte"

Wiciyena Dakota  

Kathryn Marie Froelich

"Red Basket"


Marley Jestany Zayde with Cherry the Bear

"Keeps Butterfly Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux 

Thomas Anthony Baker, Sr.

"Coyote Who Sings Alone"

Standing Rock Sioux 

Wallace (Butch) Thunder Hawk

"Brave Bear"

Standing Rock Dakota  

Anchie D. Fool Bear

"Afraid of Nothing"

Upper Yanktonai Dakota Sioux   

Khannie Saengphachanh

"Brave Red Woman"

Oglala Lakota    

Jesse B.J. McLaughlin

"Red Tail"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa Lakota    

Delaney Jayce Keenan

"Crazy Bear"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa Lakota  

Tiffany Julia Baker

"Dreams with Horses Woman"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa Lakota    

Jacqueline Wambli Situpi Sapa Win

"Eagle Black Tail Woman"

Shoshone / Lusieno    

Fawn Catherine Wasin Zi

"She Brings Many Buckskin Horses"

Hunkpapa Lakota 

Dawn Marie Wasin Zi

"They Journeyed for Her"

Hunkpapa Lakota 

Aceanna Charlize Brown

"Butterflies Brought Her Home"

Hunkpapa Lakota 

Nathaniel Charles Brown

"Respects the Thunder"

Hunkpapa Lakota 

April Shootingstar Lee

Wičháȟpi Wakȟáŋ "Shootingstar"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa 

LeRoi Lamont Laundreaux

"White Cloud"

Cheyenne River Sioux   

Ruth Anna Buffalo

"Woman Appears"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara  

Johnathon Thomas Largo II

"Strong Buffalo"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Navajo

Manape LaMere

"Soldier Boy"

Sioux Nation of Indians Laramie Treaties

Chief Arvol Wilfred Looking Horse

19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle

"Sacred Horse"

Lakota Sioux 

Matthew James Lone Bear

"Lone Bear"


Danielle Ta'Sheena Finn

"The Seventh Star Woman"

Miss Indian World 2016-2017

Hunkpapa Lakota, Inhanktowan Dakota

Standing Rock Nation 

Jt Shining One Side AKA Joyce T. Belgarde

"White Thunderbird Woman"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa 

Linda Sue Black Elk

"Evening Primrose Woman"


Luke Vernon Black Elk

"Calm Before the Storm"

Great Grandson of Black Elk the Medicine Man

Itazipco Lakota  

Sheena Leigh Elk

"Sits Beside Her"

Standing Rock Sioux


Angel Lena Young and Justin Lynn Young

"Mr. and Mrs. Four Rings"

Mandan Hitdatsa Arikara

and Standing Rock Lakota


Good Earth Woman

"Good Earth Woman"

Arikara Dakota


Nissa Leigh McLaughlin

"They Depend on Me"

Standing Rock Sioux


Richard Orville Grey Day

"Wolf Eyes Looking"

Hunkpapa Dakota Standing Rock


Wendi Renae Wells

"Woman in the Lead"

Descendant of Buffalo Bird Woman, Sitting Rabbit, Hard Horn and Chief Four Bears

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara


Waylon Black Crow, Sr.

"Black Kettle"

Oglala Lakota


Madison and Michael Marion

"Feather Cloud" and "His Spirit is Sacred Boy"

Dakota Chippewa


Erica Rose Thompson

"Knife Woman"

Spirit Lake Dakota


Gordon Lee Decoteau

"Warrior Horse"

Arikara Chippewa


Tammy Decoteau

"Sits Among Them"

Arikara Chippewa


Gilbert Kills Pretty Enemy III

"Chameleon Horse"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa Lakota


Dakota Louise Eagle


Arikara, Dakota and African American


Greggory Thomas Deal

"Numu" = People

Pyramid Lake Paiute


Isabella Dawn Lebeau

"Sacred Meadowlark Woman"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa


Angela Beth Bibens

"Red Owl Law"

Santee Sioux Nation Nebraska

Thomas Anthony Bull Head, Jr.


Great Grandson of Lt. Henry Bull Head

Standing Rock Hunkpapa /

Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota


Ellys Gracie White Eagle and

Alycia Alice Yellow Eyes

"White Star Woman" 5 Generations

Sisitonwan Dakota, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and MdeWakatonwan Dakota / Hunkpapa Lakotah

MdeWakatonwan Dakota / Hunkpapa Lakotah / Sicangu Lakotah


Joni Alvina Little Owl

"Black Foot Woman"



Steven Edgar Sparks

"Eagle Boy"

Standing Rock Sioux


Mya Jordan Elese

"Baby Buffalo"

Arkirara Hidatsa Mandan

Kickapoo Lakota Apache


Myron Dewey

"Strong Thinker"

Paiute Shoshone

Digital Smoke Signals


Jeffrey Arnold Bad Wound

"Bad Wound"

Oglala Lakota


LaVera Elizabeth Bad Wound

"Her Sacred Breath"

Oglala Lakota

Miss Oglala Lakota Nation 2016-2017


Sondi Sioux Phillips

"Woman Who Sees Things in a Good Way"

Standing Rock Sioux

Robbyn Brett Pudwill

"Pretty Flower Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Mayjia Allison Horst


Lakota Sioux


Kainon Ezra Ayutapi

"Walks with Thunder"

Standing Rock Sioux


Glenna Rae Yellow Fat

"Her Sacred Black Horse"

Standing Rock Sioux


Dana Edward Yellow Fat

"Stops Four Times"

Standing Rock Sioux


Belisha White Eagle

"Tall Woman of the Grass Nation People",

Name passed down from Zona Loans Arrows

Standing Rock Sioux


Aliya Winter Martinez

"Brings Good Winter Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Florentine Bridget Black Spotted Horse

"Black Spotted Horse"

Sicangu Lakota French


Vonica Wicahpi Alberts

"Chief Child"


Kadence Jean Steele

"Cherished Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Catera Kayan-Kay Saint John

"First Star Woman"

Prairie Island Dakota


Wyatt Lane Bailey

"Never Looks Back"

Standing Rock Sioux


Tomi Kay Phillips

"Sacred Heart Woman"

Standing Rock Lakota


Michele Claire Thunder Hawk

"Good Minded Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Connie Patrice Brownotter

"Returning Wish"

Standing Rock Sioux - Dine'


Cheyenne Jeannette Gunville




Charlie James Daniel Eagle Shield

"Eagle Shield"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara

Fort Berthold Indian Reservation


Larissa Little Dove Fox

"Eagle Bird Woman"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara


Justiss Jean Firemoon

"Meadowlark Girl"

Sioux Assiniboine


Amy Kristen Jackson

"Many Stars"

Sac & Fox


Natasha Joy Gourd

"Different Star Woman"

Spirit Lake Dakota


Sierra Rose Crowsbreast

"Spotted Corn Woman"



Courtney Jeanette Frazier


Cheyenne River Sioux


Grace Raune Kelly


Standing Rock Sioux

Shiloh Basketball


Albert R. Two Bears

"Two Bears"

Standing Rock Sioux


Dusty Lee Nelson

"Moon of the Yellow Hair Woman"

Oglala Lakota


Charles Rencountre

"Medicine Horse"

Kul Wicisa Oyate

Terry F. Moericke

"Lightning Comes Dancing"

Oneida Nation


John Thomas Eagle Shield, Sr.


Hunkpapa Lakota


Alayna Lee Eagle Shield

"Shoots at Her in the Middle"

Hunkpapa Lakota


Derek Focus Smith

"To Awaken as if From a Dream"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa / Navajo Nation


Courtney Taylor Spottedwolf

"Flying High Eagle Girl"

Fort Peck Dakota

Noah Pino

"Owns His Pipe"

Fort Peck Dakota / Dine


Carter Daniel Gravseth


Standing Rock Hunkpapa / Yanktonai


Shayne Alexandra Reeves

"Yellow Paint Woman"

Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara


Eden Marley LaClaire


Cheyenne River Sioux


Jayme Marie Davis

"Thunder Being Woman"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa / Standing Rock Sioux


Matt James LaClaire


Cheyenne River Sioux


Melanie Rose Howard

"Looks Over Horses Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Amaris Lynn Thompson

"White Shawl Eagle Woman"



Terrence Raymong Yellow Fat

"Thunder Hawk"


Great Grandson of Chief Thunder Hawk


Gayleen Claymore Yellow Fat

"Walks in a Humble Manner Woman"



LaToya Lee Crazy Bull

"Fights Invisible Woman"


Great Great Granddaughter of Chief Crazy Bull


Dionna Bull Bear

"Morning Star Woman"


Descendant of Chief Bull Bear

Dawson Dana Yellow Fat

"Thunder from the North"


Great Great Great Grandson of Chief Thunder Hawk


Witney Renae Fear


Oglala Sioux


Winona Clarice Kitzan

"Bear Woman"

Lakota Sioux

HM3 United States Navy


Lance H. White

"Voice of the Stars"

Dakota / Arikara

Great Great Grandson of Chief Sitting Bear


Melanuie Sioux Schwab

"Melanie Sioux"

Hunkpapa Sioux



Tyson Myles Running Bear

"Esan Tanka Hoksida"

Standing Rock Sioux / Sioux Valley Dakota Nation


Brigette Renee Little Owl

"Sits Up Straight"

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska


John Eagle Shield, Jr.

"Yellow Arrow"

Hunkpapa Lakota


Spencer Matthew Little Owl

"His Holy Wounded Horse"

Standing Rock Sioux


Bryon Jason Brady, Jr.

"Looking Water"

Hidatsa / Arikara


Melissa Merrick-Brady

"Sacred Morning Woman"

Dakota / Lakota / Hidatsa / Arikara


Kaydence V. Little Owl

"Crocus Flower Woman"



Xavier Scott Little Owl

"First Born"

Mandan / Lakota


Serena Lynn Eagle

"Scarlet Woman"

Cheyenne River Sioux


Cheryl Lynn Abe

"Beautiful Design"

Dine / Hidatsa / Japanese


Audra Jean Stonefish

"She Holds Her Family High"



Roy Morsette




Chad Blaine Morsette, Jr.

"Eagle Trail"

Arikara / Sioux


Gillian Lynne Plenty Chief

"Eagle Wing Woman"

Arikara / Dakota


Lisa Marie La Fontaine

"Lone Eagle Woman"

Turtle Mountain Ojibwe Cree


Melaine Janice Stoneman

"White Lighting Woman"

Sicangu Lakota


Mary Ann Bear Heels McCowan

"Her Good Nation Woman"

Sicangu Lakota Oyate


Shaundeen Nizohni Smith "Last Band"


Sidrick James Baker, Jr. "Laughing Man"

Navajo / Arikara - Hidatsa / Plains Cree


Devin Frances Drags Wolf

"Remembering Zitkala Sa"

Mandan / Hidatsa

Great Great Granddaughter of Chief Drags Wolf


Sabrina Leann Dragswolf


Mandan / Hidatsa

Great Great Granddaughter of Chief Dragswolf


Dennis Clark Houle

"Reflection on the Water"



Nookwakwii Snowy White

"When it Snows in the Springtime after the Birds Have Come Back"

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe - Anishinaabe


Isabelle Pearl White

"Red Pipe Woman"

Fondulac Band of Ojibwe - Anishinaabe


Madison Pearl Kingbird


Red Lake Band of Ojibwe - Anishinaabe


Cherish Kingbird

"North Thunderbird Woman"

Red Lake Band of Ojibwe - Anishinaabe


Lavender Hunt

"Red Ribbon Woman"

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe - Anishinaabe



Mark R. Kingbird, Sr.

"Leading Feather"

Red Lake Band of Chippewa


Fahtima Lee Hood

"Running Star Woman"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation


Jennifer Camille Weston

"White Buffalo Woman"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa


Cole Jacobson


Mdewakanton Dakota


Desirae Lylah Desnomnie

"Buffalo Grass Woman"

Peepeekisis Cree Nation


Trisha Goodwill

"Standing Buffalo"

Dakota Nation


Terri Lynn Treetop

"Turtle Tuwale"

Lakota Standing Rock Sioux


Jason Dayn Burnstick

"White Eagle Boy"

Plains Cree


Douglas Andrew War Eagle

"Walks with Sacred Buffalo"

Grand Nephew of Chief Crazy Horse



Donald Peter Red Thunder

"Crazy Horse"

Grand Nephew of Chief Crazy Horse


Floyd Gene Clown, Sr.

"Black Tail Calls You"

Grand Nephew of Chief Crazy Horse



Jerome Morsette

"Bald Eagle"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara


Jerome Louis Morsette "Bucky"

"Two Hawks"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara


Wanbli Ahambla Mesteth

"Eagle Dream"

Hunkpapa Lakota


Cassie No Heart Harrison

"No Fear"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa Lakota


Keegan Ty Eagle


Standing Rock Sioux


Kendrick Trent Eagle


Standing Rock Sioux


Della No Heart

"No Heart"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa Lakota


Reuben James Fast Horse




Raymond Harold Moore, Sr.

"Wild Horse"

Lakotah Dakotah Sioux


Jennifer Ann Young Bear

"The Face of the Arikara"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara


Kaliah Faye Eagle


Mandan Hidatsa Arikara


Sweet Medicine Finley

"Red Corn Woman"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara


Danette McCraydie


White Earth Chippewa


Belinda Frances Runningwolf

"Sacred Shawl Woman"

Cheyenne River Sioux / Blackfeet


Cindy Ann Littlefeather

"The Woman Who Came Back from War"



Michela Fay Alire

"Warrior Woman"

Mountain Ute / Southern Ute


Lindsey Elizabeth Twinn

"White Feather Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Rosalyn Yvonne Fasthorse


Grandfather was Joe Bullhead

Standing Rock Sioux


Kodi Michelle Thunder Hawk

"Thunder Hawk"

Standing Rock Sioux



Kelly Jo Hosie

"Standing in the Red Hail Woman"

Arikara Hidatsa Cree Ojibwe


Freedom Patrick McLaughlin


Standing Rock Sioux / Ihanktowa Dakota / Hunkpapha Lakota


Gerald Leroy White

"Two Men Standing"

Anishinaabe / Eagle Clan / Leech Lake Pillagers


Michelle Elizabeth Bird

"Red Paint Woman"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara


Stephanie Anne Big Eagle

"Lightning Dancer Woman"

Ihanktowan Dakota / Lower Brule Lakota


William Aaron Reeves II

"Standing Tall"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Waterbuster Clan


Genevieve Rae Iron Lightning

"Stands First Woman"

Cheyenne River Sioux

Miss Black Hills 2017-2018


Allan Thomas Demaray, Jr.

"The Little Missouri"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara


Francis John Connors

"White Eagle"



Skye Brooke Manikateri

"June Berry Root / Holy Evergreen Woman"

Mandan Hidatsa


Synsir and Jayceon Fog In The Morning

"Eagle Dancer and Standing Rock"

Crow Hidatsa Hunkpapa Lakota Dakota


Vernon Iron Cloud


Standing Rock Sioux - Wakpala


Jonathan Manikateri

"The Brave Man"

Seminole - Taino

(Adopted Hidatsa - Knife Clan)


Lovina Manuella Fox

"Sacred Wind Woman"

Mandan Hidatsa - Knife Clan


SaNoah Solange LaRocque

"Eagle Woman"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Mural to recognize first Native American Miss ND USA (


Martina Fern Miller-Eagle

"Sacred Hands Woman"

Standing Rock Ihunktuwana


Wanbli Waunsila Wi Eagle

"Compassionate Eagle Woman"

Miss Standing Rock 2018-2019

Standing Rock Ihunktuwana


Darian James Morsette

"Buffalo Bull Shoulder"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara

Black Mouth Society - Prairie Chicken Clan

Richard Edward Mayer

"Buckskin Horse"

Mandan Hidatsa

Black Mouth Society - Prairie Chicken Clan


Kobe Allen Morsette

"Brings Good Medicine"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara

Knife Clan


Steven Daniel Mayer


Mandan Hidatsa Arikara


Carol Eve Good Bear

"Scatter Corn"

Mandan Hidatsa

6th Generation Bloodline to Chief Four Bears


Linda Fay Gourneau, MD

"Medicine Corn Woman"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Chippewa


LaDonna Carol Brave Bull-Allard

"Good Earth Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Alliana Marie O'Brien


Arikara Assiniboine Sioux


Arline Cecelia Charging

"Geese Woman"

Mandan Hidatsa


Jada Lynn Charging

"White Cedar Woman"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara


Autumn Dawn Monteau, Esq.

"Holy Sage Woman"

Mandan Hidatsa Chippewa Cree


Kristen Joy Tootoosis

"Sacred Flying Eagle Woman"



Brandy Rose Duarte


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa / Mexican


Micah Lee Cozad


Comanche Dakota


Owi-Dusna-Waste-Win Esther St. John

"The First Snowfall to Fall of the Season"



Jameson Edward Cozad


Comanche Dakota


Wesley Red Eagle Snow

"Black Cloud"

Hidatsa Arikara


Carson Hood, Jr.

"Good Eagle"

Hidatsa Dine

Black Mouth Society - Dripping Dirt Clan


Savoy Paul Fog In The Morning

"Sitting Crow" and "Four Lodge Poles"

Lakota Crow

Smooth Scalper Barbers


Trista Yvette Fog In The Morning

"Fog In The Morning"

Standing Rock Sioux


Wyslee Grace Dubray

"Running Redo Woman"

Yanktonai Mandan


Lelani Rai Running Bear

"White Flower Woman"

Yanktonai Nakota

from High Star Camp at Oceti Sakowin (NO DAPL!)


Terrence James Morgan

"Sun Thunder Man"

Spirit Lake Dakota / Pawnee


Hailey BreAnne Tory Lincoln

"Yellow Blossom"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara



Thomas Jay Plenty Chief

"Good Leaf"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Siooux



Melissa Jean Wise

"Spirit Wise"

Standing Rock Sioux / Arikara



Storm Allen Grey

"Runs with White Buffalo Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux

Kerry Gay Israel

"Brings Good Spirits Home Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Bernadine Nicole Mandan


Mandan Hidatsa Sioux Lakota


Montel Ray Carlow

"Thunder Stone"

Oglala Sioux


Jennifer Ann Whiteman




Wind Spirit Spotted Bear

"Wind Spirit Spotted Bear"

Nueta Hiraaca


Justin Clarence Deegan

"Charging on the Trail"

Arikara Hunkpapa Oglala


Samiah Lillian Rhone

"Sweet Corn Woman"

Hidatsa Arikara Sioux African American



Stefan Brock Silk

"Storm That Comes Fast"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa Lakota

Water Protector at DAPL Protests


Ashlee Marlo Young Bird

"Yellow Blossom"



Robert Vernon McClain


Red Lake Ojibwe Muscogee Creek

Scored 1000 Points for UTTC Thunderbirds


Clifford Joseph Graham

"Many Bears"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


April Ruby Chapo




Paul Yellow Bird McCormack

"Bear Turns Around"

Arikara Hidatsa


Tyrale Kimberly Spotted Bear

"Blue Beads"



Dakota Rae Kidder

"Sacred Red Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Royce Kah Young Wolf

"The One Who Brings Joy"

Hidatsa Mandan Eastern Shoshone


Wanbdi Waci

"Dancing Eagle"

Arikara Ihanktonwan


Elk Looking Back

"Elk Looking Back"

Arikara Ihanktonwan


Brenda White Bull

"Compassionate Woman"

Hunkpapa Lakota



Aryana Renee Henthorne


Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone

Jason Shane Two Crow

"Two Ravens"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara (Knife Clan)


Hillary Eagle-Eye Renick

"Pretty Looking"

Sherwood Pomo


Hope Miranda Baker

"Eagle Call Woman"

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara


Benjamin Orren Fricke

"Yellow Hammer"

Modoc Arikara Wasco

Great Great Grandson of Yellowhammer (Hagagosh)

Last Chief of the Modoc Tribe


Robin Opichee Day-Bedeau

"In The Clouds"

Bois Forte Band of Chippewa


Amanda Danielle Long Peltier

"Yellow Eagle Woman"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Cousin of Leonard Peltier (Occupation at Wounded Knee)


Trey Cole Morsette

"Sky Tale"

Arikara Hidatsa


Michelle Rose Reed

"Golden Eagle Woman"

Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe


Hugh Marlow Young Bird

"Wild Eagle"

Hidatsa Mandan


Stephanie Elida Swallow

"Good Feather"

Ho-Chunk Nation


Gloria Delaini White Bull

"Makes The Road Woman"

Cochiti Pueblo / Hunkpapa


Mekasi Camp Horinek



Caleb White Bull

"Kills Enemy"

Hunkpapa Lakota / Cochiti Pueblo 

Chasen Davis Sitting Bear

"Sitting Bear"

Standing Rock Sioux 

Teyana Hailey Luger


Standing Rock Sioux 

Jada Lynn Luger


Standing Rock Sioux 

Khalani Rayne Howard

"Rock Star Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Swan Melody American Horse - Hopkins

"Feather Wind"

Standing Rock Dakota / Lakota


Love Melody Hopkins


Standing Rock Dakota / Lakota / Arikara


Elijah Michael Spears


Red Lake Chippewa


Lissa Yellow Bird Chase

"Bright Star Woman"

Arikara / Hidatsa


Kianna Yellow Bird Brown

"Morning Dew"

Arikara / Hidatsa


Shauna Yellow Bird

"Morning Star Woman"

Arikara / Hidatsa


Vine Thomas Marks

"Lone Wolf"

Sisseton / Wahpeton


Jacqueline Elaine Quisno, MD


Gross Ventre / Oglala


Magdalen Yellow Bird

"Corn Silk"

Arikara / Hidatsa


Nelrene Yellow Bird

"White Eagle Woman"

Arikara / Hidatsa


Tamara Jill St. John

"Pleasing Woman"

Sisseton / Wahpeton


Merinda Rose Catch The Bear

"Turtle Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Davia Jordan Nicole Eagle Horse

"Two White Buffalo Woman"

Cheyenne River Sioux


Lindsey Rondell Eagle Horse

"Eagle Horse"

Standing Rock Sioux


Jason Lance Eagle Horse

"Eagle Horse"

Cheyenne River Sioux


Pansy Ann Goodall

"White Fighting Tiger"



Oliver Hugh Yellow Bird

"Yellow Bird"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Miisheen-Meegwan Shawanda

"Many Plumes"

Ojibwe / Odawa


Joshua Wade Atcheynum

"Two Wings"

Plains Cree


Noodin Niimebin Shawanda

"Wind Dancer"

Ojibwe / Odawa / Potawatomi / Cree


Jaelyn Rita Two Hearts

"White Plume Woman"

Spirit Lake Dakota


Ashley Rose Cherry



Great Great Granddaughter of Chief Sitting Bear


Olivia Josephine Delorme-Heitkamp


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Mary Everett-Bateman

"Yellow Corn"


Granddaughter of Chief Sitting Bear

Walter Jerome Beaver, Jr.


Standing Rock Lakota

Karla Rae LaBatte

"Red Hail Woman"

Cheyenne River Sioux


Debra Anne Haaland

"Crushed Turquoise"

Laguna Pueblo

New Mexico's 1st District


Otakwan Acahkos Iskwiw

"Evening Star Woman"



Nevaeh White Mountain

"White Mountain"

Standing Rock Sioux


White Elk Woman

"White Elk Woman"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Kimberly Ann Dickens

"Iron Road Woman"

Arikara / Lakota


Tokeya Waci U Richardson

"Comes Dancing First"

Oglala Lakota / Haliwa-Saponi

Great Great Great Grandson of Sitting Bull


Lisa Marie Medchill

"Chief Village Woman"

Arikara / Blackfeet


Isabelle Gladys Medchill

"Woman From A Different Nation"

Arikara / Blackfeet


Charles Vernon Lasley, Jr.

"Bear With Good Voice"

Hoocak / Ojibwe


Ashley Marie Rave

"White Wing Woman"



Johnny James Crow

"Son of Oglala"

Oglala Lakota


Theresa Marie Eclipse Williams

"Resounding Sky Woman"

Ojibwe / Lakota / Northern Cheyenne


Sheena Marie Cain

"Head Bird Woman"

Ponemah Lac Courte Oreilles Mille Lacs Ojibwe


Ashly Dawn Hall

"Holy Owl Woman"

Hunkpati Sioux


Troy Fox Keahna Morsette


Meskwaki / Dakota / Arikara


Kilyn Rain Parisien

"Many Birds Woman"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Edmund Dale Baker

"Bear Teeth"


Great Grandson of Black Hawk


Chalayne Larissa Baker


Plains Cree


Leah Kay Omeasoo

"Universal Woman"

Plains Cree


Farrell Hue Top Of The Sky

"First Born"

Chippewa / Cree


Cipriano Joseph White Bull

"White Bull"

Hunkpapa Lakota / Cochiti Pueblo


Dawn Eudora LeBeau

"Black Necklace Woman"

Cheyenne River Lakota


Marcella Rose LeBeau

"Pretty Rainbow Woman"

Cheyenne River Lakota

South Dakota Hall of Fame Recipient

WWII Nurse


Dr. Lisa Christine Martin

"Strong Hearted Woman"

Lac Du Flambeau Band of Chippewa


Sheri Lee BearKing Baker

"Her Many Horse Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux / Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Maddison Marie Spotted Bear Patneaud


Ojibwe / Cree / Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Tamara Kay Davis Patneaud

"Thunder Makes The Earth Rattle Woman"

Ojibwe / Cree / Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Micah William Ray Patneaud Schwamp

"White Eagle"

Ojibwe / Cree / Oneida / Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Arrow Lorenzo Spotted Bear Patneaud

"Hunting Wolf"

Ojibwe / Cree / Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Florence Lois Ten Fingers

"Birch Woman"

Oglala Lakota


Kory David Annis

"Grey Cloud"



Antoinette Kyla LaFramboise

"Talks Good Woman"



Delvin Luke Rabbit Head, Sr.

"Walks In The Light"


Great Grandson of Rabbithead

Who Was Photographed by Edward Curtis in 1908


Stephen Edwin Skenandoah


Mandan / Hidatsa / Oneida


Aiyana Rayne Burnstick

"Eagle Child"

Peepeekisis Cree


Samuel Louis Seaboy

"Sitting Eagle"


Joanie Marie Ramey-Neumann

"Good Pretty Woman"

Standing Rock Hunkpapha Lakota / Dakota


Jackson David Ripley

"Holy Coyote"



Elizabeth Anne Jaakola

"The Lady Who Knows How To Sing Well"



Hunter Animkii Jaakola

"White Eagle"


Xander Jackson Ripley-Jaakola

"Black Crow"

Arikara / Ojibwe

Jagger Mamaajii Ripley-Jaakola

"Day Break Woman"

Arikara / Ojibwe

Herbert Dale Fineday, Jr.

"Big Wolf"

Fond du Lac Nation


Molly Laura Fineday

"All Around The Sky Woman"

Fond du Lac Nation


Veronica Lynn Skinaway

"One Thunderbird Woman"

Sandy Lake Band of Mississippi


Yvonne Kathryn Vainio

"Mist On The Water Woman"

Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe


Arne Vainio, MD

"Leader of Thunderbirds"

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe


Albert Richard Little Owl III

"Strikes The Back"

Mandan / Lakota


Red Feather Raven Heart

"Eagle Plume Woman"



Cinrique Keirra Bracklin

"Glowing Robe"

Hidatsa / Ojibwe


Cadence Logan Bracklin

"Sacred White Buffalo Woman"

Hidatsa / Ojibwe


Larry Allen Yazzie

"Wolf Spirit"



Christal Lea Moose

"Woman Walking Through Pine Trees

While Snowflakes Are Falling"

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe


Lucy Jean Youngman

"Young Man"

Oglala / Sioux / Arikara / Hidatsa


Chloe Jessica John

"Little Bear Woman"

Arikara / Hidatsa / Navajo


Mychel James Gregory John

"Swift Horse"

Arikara / Hidatsa / Navajo


Colette Laverne Youngbird

"Red Deer Woman"

Arikara / Hidatsa


Priscilla Lynn Younbird

"Born Of Bear Woman"

Arikara / Hidatsa


Audryana Nicole Leingang


Standing Rock Sioux


Thane Marshall Beheler


Standing Rock Sioux


Arthur Thomas Mandan

"Eagle Flies Before The Cloud"

Mandan / Hidatsa


Jayce Wallace Archambault

"Ghost Singer"

Standing Rock Sioux


Hallie Faith Junel Lattergrass


Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Skylar Jaymes Poitra

"Red Leaf"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Vincent Nolan Gillette

"Lone Eagle Standing"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Ella Marie Robertson

"Stops The Wind Woman"

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate


Kathleen Sue Big Eagle

"Corn Seed Woman"

Forth Berthold Three Affiliated Hidatsa


Autumn Marie Greene

"Three Stars"

Standing Rock Sioux


Firerstar Shadow Charette Scheck

"Dancing Doe"

Southern Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma


Dean Dedman, Jr.

"Red Hand"

Standing Rock Lakota Hunkpapa / Dine'


Savannah Jade Austin

"Red Pheasant Woman"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara / Standing Rock Hunkpapa

Crystal Lynn Little Owl

"Little Owl"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Sincere Joshua Young

"They Who Will Hear Him"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Halle Rae Martinez

"Beautiful Butterfly Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Devlin Shay Peltier

"Little Eagle"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Great Great Grandson of

Amos Two Bulls from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show


JaLeo Jace Long


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Joel Alex Omeasoo

"One Who Picks Up Feathers"

Plains Cree


Lahlee Carma LaBlanc

"Yellow Plum Woman"

Dakota / Lakota / Hidatsa

LLoree Dawn Dickens

"Yellow Buffalo Woman"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Tonia Jo Hall

"Pretty Moccasins Woman"

Dakota / Lakota / Hidatsa

Cheyenne Verna Rose Tiokasin

"Looks In The Lodge"

Arikara / Dakota / Chippewa


Seth Charles Ramsey

"Red Star"

Standing Rock Sioux


Sapphire Carmella LaBlanc

"Stands In The Center Woman"

Dakota / Lakota / Hidatsa


Derryn LeAnn Siegfried


Standing Rock Sioux


Wynona Demaray

"You Never Know When She's Coming Back"

Mandan / Hidatsa


Eric Thomas Louis, Jr. Floyd Ear

"Little Man With A Wooden Rifle"

Stoney Nakoda Sioux


Jeanette Ann Black Cloud

"Eagle Road Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Megan Marie Thunder Hawk

"Red Flower Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Sarah Rose Dubois


Spirit Lake Sioux / Standing Rock Sioux

Descendant of Chief Running Antelope


Paige Victoria Dauphinais


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Didymus Thomas Morsette

"Slow Dancer"

Dakota / Ojibwe / Hidatsa / Arikara


Joran Luke Morsette, Sr.

"Red Tip Horn"

Dakota / Chippewa / Hidatsa / Arikara


Randi Ronelle Dogskin

"Red Pretty Voiced Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux / Sisseton


Clayton Allen Ayutapi, Sr.


Standing Rock Sioux


Tusweca Maree Wilson

"Singing Star"

Oglala Lakota / Arikara


Vonnie Joe Alberts

"Rabbit Woman"

Arikara / Dakota

Great Granddaughter of Lone Chief


Inaani Rainbow Wilson

"First Thunder"

Oglala Lakota / Arikara


Melanie Angel Moniz

"Butterfly Woman"

MHA Nation / Nueta / Hidatsa / Sahnish


Ira Lawrence High Elk

"Scares The Eagle"

MHA Nation / Lakota

Natasha Rae Hall-Chase

"Red Star Woman"

MHA Nation / Dakota / Cree / Assiniboine /

Lakota / Navajo

Percy Beau Chase

"Blue Feather"

MHA Nation - Child of Prairie Chicken Clan

Micah Rae Highwalking

"Medicine Dancer Woman"

Northern Cheyenne

U.S.M.A. West Point 2010 Graduate


Rowena Stephanie Roberts

"White Bird"

Stoney Nakoda

Muh-Juhtheen Roberts

of the Dakota Horse Society, Manitoba, Canada

"Little Thunder"

Choctaw / Stoney Nakoda


Deanna Ellen Milda

"Pretty Buffalo Woman"

Crow / Lakota / Pima

Tawa Marie Witko, PsyD

"She Who Brings Balance"


Maymangwa Anpetula Garcia

"Waving The Water Woman"



Wambli Wayne Burnette

"Sees Through The Clouds"

Sicangu Lakota


Santana Rose Hettich

"Stands In Medicine Circle Woman"

Hunkpapa Lakota


Kelsie Lynn Harrison-No Heart

"No Heart"

Hunkpapha Lakota / Mnikhowozu


Bezel Brilliant


Bad River Band of Ojibwe / Grand Portage Ojibwe


Grace Lynne Her Many Horses

"Sacred Cedar Woman"

Oglala Lakota

Virgil Allen Freeman


Pit River - Madesi Clan from California


Lloyd McKinley Brown III

"Buffalo's Breath Boy"

Standing Rock Sioux


RaeLeigh Lynn Morin


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Bryne John Morin, Jr.


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Kolette Monique Medicine

"Red Lightning Woman"

Lakota / Standing Rock Sioux


Wiconi Suta Win

"Strong Life Woman"

Arikara / Dakota / Lakota



Damon Cameron Hopkins

"Big Medicine"

Arikara / Dakota


Dr. Ruth Ann Plenty Sweet Grass - She Kills

"Night Wind Woman"

Hidatsa / Mandan / Assiniboine / Dakotah


Gerri Kathleen Pearson

"Green Grass Woman"

Sugpiat from Kodiac Alaska


Dayton White Eyes

"White Eyes"

Hidatsa / Lakota


Lily Anna Swaney

"Dancing Elk Girl"

Hidatsa / Mandan / Salish / Kootenai /

Assiniboine / Dakotah


Enos Channing Baker

"Red Earth"

Mandan / Hidatsa


Jewel Ella Martinez

"Juneberry Woman"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Heather Janette Waters


Sicangu / Oglala Lakota


Arikaree Alberts

"Thinking Of Things A Long Way Off"



Mahpiya Ota Mani Zephier

"Walks Through The Clouds"

Yankton Sioux / Rosebud Sioux


Jaslyn Georgette Red Tomahawk

"Seen By Her Nation In A Holy Way"

Standing Rock Sioux


Anthony Joseph Moran

"Runs Above"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Gertrude Emma Moran

"Star Woman"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara

Tamyah Marcia Mount

"Red Eagle Plume Woman"

Aaniiih / Nakoda / Lakhota


Kaylee Ruth LaCompte

"Little Shining Star"

Hunkpapha Lakhota / Sichangu Lakhota

Baylee Ann LaCompte

"Stands Alone Woman"

Hunkpapha Lakhota / Sichangu Lakhota

Armando Javier Telles



Cheyenne Eete Kippenberger


Miss Indian World 2019-2021

Seminole Tribe of Florida


Joseph Scott Kippenberger


Seminole Tribe of Florida

Marquel Tyreese Holiday

"She Who Keeps All That Is Dakota"

Yankton Sioux

Tara Lee Skarp

"Approaching Cloud Woman"

Red Lake Ojibwe

Carlos John Picotte


Hunkpapa Lakota

Stuart James Lohnes

"Lightning Boy"

Spirit Lake / Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Delmer Wayne Crows Breast

"Raven Chest"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Volney Veryl Fasthorse

"Without A Rope"

Yanktonai / Hunkpapa


Henry Lee Gipp


Standing Rock Hunkpapa Lakota

Casey Benjamin Fasthorse


Yanktonai / Hunkpapa

Solomon Seth Scabbyrobe


Yakama / Blackfeet


Hannah Catherine Washington


Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate


Curtis Brave Bull

"Lean Warrior"

Standing Rock Sioux

Xia Tynielle American Horse Brave Bull

"Brings Thunder Woman"

Cheyenne River Sioux / Standing Rock Sioux


Kenya Marie Scabbyrobe

"Bird Woman"

Miss Puyallup 2017-2018

Puyallup / Blackfeet


Kathy Lynn Scabbyrobe


Puyallup / Kainai

Valahlena Rahyne Steeprock

"Little Fox"

Red Lake Band of Chippewa / Mohawk / Seneca / Ponca

Gabriella Alexis Lilley


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Eugene Jesse White IV


Mr. Basketball 2021



Talor Theodore Daniel Toavs

"Buffalo Man"

Fort Peck Assiniboine

Evy Lee Long Chasing Soldier

"Sacred Colors"

Hidatsa / Hunkpapa Sioux


Greg Grey Cloud

"Charging Lance"

Crow Creek Sioux

Hunter Jayne Archambault

"Turtle Stone Woman"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa

Kray'Lea Mae Rose Archambault


Standing Rock Hunkpapa

Red Rock Eagle Standing

"Red Rock Eagle Standing"

MHA Nation

Agnes Marie Woodward

"Wind Woman"

Plains Cree


Tha-Changleska Luta Hoksila

"His Red Hoop Boy"

Standing Rock Sioux / MHA Nation

with mother Alayna Lee Eagle Shield

Takini Long Chasing Soldier

"Iron Woman"

Hunkpapa Sioux / Hidatsa

Chozey Joran Morsette


Arikara / Dakota

Nakoosa Stara Moreland

"Where The Three Rivers Meet"

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde


Nakeezaka Suloostu Jack

"Breaks The Belt"

Shoshone Bannock / Dine

Oketwsha Roberts


Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Sinte-Ska Roberts

"White Tail"

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Shandin Hashkeh Pete

"The Sun Rays"

Salish / Navajo

Salisha Anne Old Bull

"Prays With Her Water"

Salish / Crow


Susan Ann Halsey


Standing Rock Sioux

Timothy Hunts-In-Winter

"Hunts In Winter"

Standing Rock Sioux


Kylie Lynn Hunts-In-Winter

"Brave Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Leslie Faye Crow

"Sacred Fan Woman"

Ihanktowan Sioux


Kaylee Corral Hall


Sioux / Mandan / Arikara / Hidatsa


Ronald Dale Brugh

"War Pony"

Mandan / Hidatsa

War Pony Land & Energy


Lisa Ranae Miller


Ihanktowan Sioux


Selena Rae Tobacco


Oglala Lakota


Renae Goldinn Wolf

"Rising Sun Woman"

Isanti Dakota Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska


Paris Don Wolf

"Comes From Lightning"

Oglala Sioux


Summer Loran Bowman

"She Who Walks With Good Thoughts"

Cheyenne River Sioux


Eunice Straight Head

"Bright Shining Star Woman"

Cheyenne River Sioux


Anthony Bennett Duncan

"Yellowbird Dancing"

San Carlos Apache / Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara

2020 Hoop Dance World Champion


Laura Ann Schad


Cheyenne River Lakota

Kelene Annette Deer


Oklahoma Delaware / Otoe / Navajo\

Snowbird Rodriguez (Sapa Wiikit)

"Snow Bird"

Yaqui Yoeme / Apache

Taylor Jordan Schad, Esq.


Cheyenne River Lakota

Naida Medicine Crow

"Searching For Relatives Woman"

Crow Creek Hunkpati Dakota


Rika Daisy Lee Powaukee

"Happiness Bringer Of Joy"

Nez Perce


Beaux Matua Vasquez

"Blue Moon"

Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians


Jasmin-Lalani Fejerang


Cupa Umatac of Guam


Bryan Mathew Vasquez


Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians


Laureen Rose Omeasoo


Plains Cree


Victoria Judith Brugh

"Woman Goes Out"

Mandan / Arikara

Four Bears Councilwoman 2006 to Present


Doris Jane Omeasoo

"Mother Earth"

Plains Cree

Residential School Survivor of

Ermineskin Indian Residential School


Morning-Glory Omeasoo

"Eagle Woman"

Samson Cree

Irene Joyce Omeasoo

"Bear Woman Standing In The Mountain"

Plains Cree


Kenneth Elroy Funmaker, Jr.

"Big Bear"

Ho-Chunk / Meskwaki


Cheryl Jane Funmaker

"The Lightning Reveals Itself"

Ho-Chunk / Standing Rock Sioux


Helen Cordelia Crow Ghost-Alkire

"Woman Who Holds Herself With High Honor"

Standing Rock Sioux

Great Granddaughter of Chief Rain In The Face

Janet Louise Alkire

"Woman Who Holds Herself With High Honor"

Standing Rock Sioux Lakota

Tribal Chairwoman of Standing Rock 2021


Owaissa Evelyn Thelen

"Blue Sky Woman"

Lac Courte Orellies Band of Ojibwe / Forest County Potawatomi

Kimberly Sue LaRonge

"Edge Of The Sky Woman"

Lac Courte Orellies Band of Ojibwe

Arden Ramay Thelen

"Feather Woman"

Lac Courte Orellies Band of Ojibwe

Travis Charles Thelen

"Little Feather"

Forest County Potawatomi

Shawntay Rosemary Iron Horse

"People Depend On Her"

Oglala Lakota

Clay Flying Eagle LaRocque

"Red Elk Whistling"

Turtle Mountain Pembina Chippewa


Wiley Joe LaRocque

"Cloud Chief"

Turtle Mountain Pembina Chippewa


Angela Rose LaRocque

"Singing Bird"

Forest Countyu Potawatomi


Margaret Judy Kakenowash Azure

"Blue Sky Striped Cloud Woman"

Turtle Mountain Pembina Chippewa

Great Great Grandaughter of Chief Buffalo


Ashlin Quill LaRocque

"Sheet Lightning"

Turtle Mountain Pembina Chippewa



Amari Opichi LaRocque


Turtle Mountain Pembina Chippewa


Kelvin Louis Grant

"The War Hero"

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska


Alexander James One Horn

"One Horn"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa Lakota


Zachary Hunter McLaughlin

"Standing Thunder Cloud"

Arikara / Lakota


Jendaya Zhane Yellow Fat

"Stands In The Wind Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe


Reid Allen Walker

"Bird Bear"

Mandan / Hidatsa


Michael Paul Faith

"Buffalo Soldier"

Standing Rock Sioux

Tribal Chairman Standing Rock Sioux Nation 2017-2021


Cheryle Danielle Good Bird

"Uses Cedar In Ceremonies Woman"

Mandan / Hidtasa

Maka Akan Najin Black Elk

"Prancing Ram"

Oglala Lakota

Executive Director of Red Cloud Indian School

Great Great Great Grandson of Nicholas Black Elk

Dakotah Rae Jourdain

"Red Road Woman"

Crow Creek Sioux Dakota / Red Lake Ojibwe of Minnesota

Oliver Thomas Roan Ramsey

"Speaks With His Mind Boy"

Standing Rock Sioux

(with Tiffany Julia Baker-Ramsey "Dreams With Horses Woman")

Lyda Jade Spotted Bear

"Eagle Woman"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara / Dakota Sioux

Denver Bryce Spotted Bear

"Rolling Thunder"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara 

Thaine Keaton Thunder Hawk

"Crow Ghost"

Oglala Lakota / Hunkpapa Sioux 

Dustin Chad Thunder Hawk

"Thunder Hawk"

Standing Rock Sioux / Oglala Lakota / Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa 

Collin Tru Hale

"Buffalo Looking"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Mescalero Apache / Dine  

Avis Ann Little Eagle

"Little Eagle"

Standing Rock Sioux  

Matthew Steven Schanandore


Mandan / Hidatsa / Oneida

"Modern Native Park Ranger"  

Sonja Alaynee Snider

"Good Day Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux

Lluvia Jazlene Uribe-Kitto

"Bright Woman"

Isanti Sioux / Yankton Sioux 

Sandra Gail Berlin

"Star Woman"

Anishinaabe / Dakota 

Wanda Jean Water

"Walks For Them"

Oglala Sioux

Great Great Granddaughter of Chief Calico


Zailey Gail Gartner

"Sacred Elk Bone Whistle Woman"

Anishinaabe / Dakota


Trista Jade Azure


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Emily Grace Poitra

"Red Shadow Woman"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Angie Lynn Decoteau

"White Buffalo Earth Woman"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Hunter Gray Decoteau

"Ocean Bear"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


James Joseph Decoteau

"Strong Heart Man"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Shanda Lynn Poitra

"Corn Silk Woman"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Connie Lynn Filesteel

"Good Woman"

Aaniiih / Nakoda


Kateri Lulyala Murphy


Standing Rock Sioux


Laila Ann Marie Murphy


Standing Rock Sioux


Mabahi Thayden Arthur Baker


Mandan / Hidatsa


Susseli Nizhoni Pete

"Baby Bear"

Navajo / Klamath


Siliye Tiznahbah Pete

"White Ermine"

Bitter Root Salish / Navajo / Klamath


Michael Crandall Bissonette

"Walks With Spotted Eagle Feather"

Oglala Sioux

Great Grandson of Chief Stabber


Gregory Seth LeBeau

"Two Spirit"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa /

Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux

Marilyn Rose Keeps Eagle

"Keeps Eagle Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux

George Bernard Keeps Eagle

"Keeps Eagle"

Standing Rock Sioux


Adison Kole Vetter

"White Butterfly Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Zahiyah Cash Negonsott

"Running Buffalo"

Lakota / Kickapooo

Gisele Wichoni Tobacco

"Strong Girl With Shawl"

Lakota / Kickapooo


Francisca Tobacco




Black Spotted Horse

"Black Spotted Horse"



Mayo James Pena

"Blue Warrior"

Standing Rock Sioux / Gila River Hope


Kiya Kay-Lynn Bruno


Cree First Nation


Sidney Ahuaiti Kineaka Nehua-Jackson


Maori from New Zealand


Amanda Sue Schaefle


Red Lake Ojibwe


Tobias Lee Two Crow

"Loud Voice"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Eden Rose Cavanaugh

"Carries A Good Banner Woman"

Miss Spirit Lake 2021-2022

Spirit Lake Dakota


Chad Curtis Simon


Cree First Nation


Eloisa Garcia Tamez, RN, PhD, FAAN


Lipan Apache Band of Texas


Teagan Rae Decoteau

"Little Drum"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Nicole Rose Gipp


Standing Rock Sioux


Ashtyn Reece Jerome


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Danica Victory White

"Red Eagle Girl"

Arikara / Dakota


Kody Joyce Murphy

"Good Teacher Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux


Izsak Howard Davis

"Red Fox"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Corey Lee Davis, Sr.

"Talking Raven"

Hunkpapa Sioux / Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Sydnee Rae Davis

"Blue Bird"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Corey Lee Davis, Jr.

"Thunderbird Warrior"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Sonya Rae Davis

"Giving Woman"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Lonna LaRae Peters

"Talks For Herself"

Nez Perce / Yakama


Marilyn Susan Peters

"One Who Does Not Smile"

Nez Perce / Yakama


Skyla Rae Temens

"Hummingbird In Clear Sky"

Nez Perce / Yakama / Navajo


Marcus Dominick Levings

"White Headed Eagle"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara / Sioux / Yakama


Misty Blue Young Bear, RN


Meskwaki / Omaha


Dennis Allen Young Bear

"Bear Skin"



Okoye Xavier Young Bear




Harrison Martin Young Bear

"Young Bear"



Elaina Christine Poitra

"Standing Strong Woman"

Chippewa Band of Indians


Loretta Mae DeLong, Ed.D.

"Cedar Roots Woman"

Turtle Mountain Pembina Chippewa


Arlene Louise Gourneau-Poitra


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Summitt Sahara Baker

"Guides Woman"

Nueta / Hidatsa


Sashay Shyan Schettler

"Owl Woman"

Nueta / Hidatsa


Jake Jimmy Tiger


Seminole Nation

Isabella Aiukli Cornell




Trinity Faith Dixon


Hidatsa / Isleta Laguna Pueblo / Cochiti


Lilly Chene Rose Dixon


Hidatsa / Isleta Laguna Pueblo / Cochiti


Patricia Charlene Dixon

"Otter Comes Out"

Hidatsa / Isleta Laguna Pueblo / Cochiti


Monica Martha Dixon

"Circle Around The Sun"

Isleta Laguna Pueblo / Cochiti


Julianne Paige Smart


Standing Rock Sioux


Wioweste Olowan Cook (with Mother)

"Love Song"

Cheyenne River Sioux


Jodie Lea Wallette

"Shell Woman"

Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe


Vita Marie Graham

"Woman Standing In The Back"

Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe


Frances Lorraine Merz

"Woman With A Strong Inner Voice"

Standing Rock Sioux (Mdedwakanton)


Thomas William Red Bird

"Lone Man"

Cheyenne River Sioux


Destiny Marie Big Crow

"Sacred Red Star Woman"

Oglala Lakota / Navajo


Jhoni Kayue Big Crow

"Her Dwelling Cloud Woman"

Navajo / Oglala Lakota


Redsky Starr

"Sacred Bear"

MHA Nation / Yankton Sioux


Karin Maureen Eagle

"Song Of The Brightest Star"

Oglala Lakota


Austin H. Gillette

"White Shield"


Shawn Goodluck

"Whistling Eagle"



Dion Taylor Bolman

"Four Bulls"

Hidatsa / Mandan / Arikara / Hunkpapa


Gerald Anthony Jefferson

"Bear Turns Itself Around And Makes Them Well"

Hidatsa / Hunkpapa


Sidney Jo Bechtold

"Yellow Fox Woman"

Rosebud Sioux


Shelly Ward

"Red Buffalo Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux

Elliott Curtis Ward

"Many Deeds"

Standing Rock Sioux

Rayanne Annette Wise Spirit

"Wise Spirit"

Standing Rock Sioux


Julianna Nichole Arellano

"Sweet Grass"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Alexander Moses Lambert

"Walks With Staff"

Arikara / Hunkpapa Sioux

Caelen John Lohnes

"Red Buffalo"

Spirit Lake Dakota Nation

Asia Mae Jeanotte


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Chante James Lambert

"Bear Heart"

Spirit Lake Dakota Nation

Shaydi Summer Falcon

"Dancing Butterfly"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Blanche Marie Falcon

"Rainbow Woman"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Donovan Gerald Lambert

"Bear Shield"

Spirit Lake Dakota Nation


Yanabah Eagle Horse Fox

"Eagle Horse"

Arikara / Mandan / Hidatsa / Navajo


Sylvia Julia Joanna Bissonette

"Early Light Woman"

Oglala / Grand Traverse Chippewa

Direct Descendant of Chief Pontiac

Twila Marie White Bull

"Good Woman"

Hunkpapa / Oglala Lakota / Mni Coujou

Todd Justin Howling Wolf

"Howling Wolf"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara

Tiana Tashina Howling Wolf

"Lucky Day Woman"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara

Charlie Nicole Cuny

"Red Hawk Woman"

Oglala Lakota

Brandon Gene Brave Heart

"Thunder Tail"

Northern Cheyenne / Oglala Lakota


Aidan Gabriel Weddell


Yankton Sioux / Rosebud Sioux


Audrey Carmen Rayn Abdo

"Yellow Buffalo Woman"

Yankton Sioux / Rosebud Sioux / Santee Sioux


Jessica Naomi Howling Wolf

"Alert Deer Woman"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Omaha

Dennis Howling Wolf, Jr.

"Wild Horse"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara

Frankie Jo Morin

"White Buffalo"

Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe


Chance Lee-Ross Harris-Poitra


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Noah Ree Fox

"Roaming Wolf"

Arikara / Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe

Denise Kathryn Lajimodiere

"White Thundercloud Woman"


Kiera Antonique Fox

"Winter Breeze"

MHA Nation / Turtle Mt. Band of Ojibwe /

Southern Cheyenne / Nakoda

Sonia Jade Annis



Dayla Alea Taylor


Isanti Dakota

Gavyn Taylor Spotted Tail

"Travels Alone"

Rosebud Sioux 

Judge Andew Lester Laverdure

"White Buffalo"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa 

Tatianna Faith Wright

"Woman Who Stands Strong"

Pejutazizi / Sisseton Wahpeton 

James Patrick Grinnell

"Eagle Whistler"

Hidatsa / MHA Nation

Shania Mary RedOwl

"Woman With A Loving Heart"

Isanti Dakota

LacyJay Redwing

"Returns Woman"

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Ash James Bowman


Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe


Tusweca Win

"Dragonfly Woman"

Cheyenne River Sioux / Oglala Sioux


Chantaille Kayla Dawn Running Bear

"Always Thinking While She Is Walking Woman"

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation / Standing Rock Sioux


Myah Jade Red Horse

"Helps Amongst The People"

Cheyenne River Sioux

Connie Lea Baker

"Red Cloud"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Luke Gregory Baker

"Walks In A Good Way"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Jayli Lashaundrey Fimbres

"Sacred Shawl Woman"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara

Duane Romaine McGillis

"Holy Man"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

J. Garret Renville

Chairman of Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe

"The Man Who Stands In The Holy Lodge"

Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux / Omaha / Seneca


Destiny Shay Jundt

"Blue Spotted Spirit Woman"

Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux

Moses James Lambert

"American Horse"

Hunkpapa Sioux / Oglala Sioux / Arikara

Jaimie Rose Little Bear

"Little Bear"

Hunkpapa Lakota

Chaske Little Bear

"Little Bear"

Standing Rock Sioux

Brently Paul Condon


Standing Rock Sioux 

Wambdi Wakiyan Clairmont

"Leader Of The People Boy"

Lakota / Dakota / Ojibwe / Meskwaki / Taos Pueblo 

Cree Rayah Sage Delorme

"Thunderbird Woman Calling From Afar"

Cree / Ojibwe / Dakota 

Eya Conape Tasunka Fox

"One Who's Good With Horses"

Arikara / Hidatsa / Hunkpapa Lakota 

Alberta Lorraine Miner

"Beautiful Eagle Winged Woman"

Cheyenne River Sioux 

Tsulasgi James Lone Wolf



Brenda Sue Cordova

"Elk Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux 

Amaya Patricia Eloise Ramsey


Standing Rock Sioux 

Carmelita Lamb, PhD


Lipan Band of Apache 

Syer Saige-Migiziins Laducer

"Little Medicine Eagle"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa 

Jeremy Lee Laducer

"Big Bear"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa 

Kenley Cristga Hamley


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa / Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara 

Durand Lee Hamley, III


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa / Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Catlyn Isaac Little Eagle

"Swift Eagles"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa Sioux


Charley Alana Little Eagle

"Blue Eyes Woman"

Fort Peck Assiniboine Sioux

Ndaanis Bineeshi Ikwe Herman

"Little Bird Woman"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa


Gaylan George Little Eagle

"Brave Eagle"

Standing Rock Hunkpapa Sioux

Deland James Davis, Jr.


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa / Oglala Sioux / Hunkpapa Sioux


Lovelee Joy Holy Bull

"Pretty Voice Crane Woman"

Spirit Lake Dakota / Cheyenne River Sioux

Seneca Jade Skunk

"Fighter Survivor Woman"

Lower Brule Sioux / Lakota


Kansas James Middletent

"Crazy Bronc Rider"


Lael MacKenzie Middletent

"Good Voice Woman"

Lower Brule Sioux


Lindalee Bruner


Anishinabe Ojibwe Chippewa

Megan Denise White Bear

"Ree Woman"

MHA Nation / Arikara

Beverly Jean White Bear

"Plum Woman"

MHA Nation / Arikara

Cindy Marie Farlee

"Song Bird Woman"

Cheyenne River Sioux

Jake Jordan Fox

"Thunder Wolf"

MHA Nation / Standing Rock Sioux


Jonnie Vera Lorraine Huerta

"She Grows Her Medicine"

Fort Peck Sioux / Dakota


Conwin Eldrick Blake Iceman

"Redtail Hawk"

Fort Peck Sioux / Dakota


Larry Eugene Fasthorse

"Bear Cloud"

Standing Rock Sioux

Donald Eugene Iceman, IV

"Osprey Hawk"

Fort Peck Sioux / Dakota

Jalen Chase Atchico

"Red Buffalo"

Fort Peck Sioux

Miko Star Brule


Apache / Aztec

Katalina Tay Shearer

"Orange Bird Woman"

Turtle Mountain Ojibwe / Hunkpapa Lakota

Cordell Todd Mann

"Iron Eyes"


Hannah Wreylin Roubideaux

"Standing With A Strong Heart Woman"

Rosebud Lakota Sioux / Crow Creek Dakota Sioux

Shawna Brooke Lambert

"Looking For Eagle Woman"

Hunkpati Dakota / Sicangu Lakota

Kristopher George White, Sr.

"Hits The Bear"

Spirit Lake Dakota Sioux


James Elden St. John

"Saint John"

Crow Creek Hunkpati Dakota


Karrie Allison Zephier

"Woman Born In The Black Hills"

Lower Brule Sioux


Julyana Rachael Dubray

"Porcelain Face"

Sicangu / Oglala

Sallie Maurine Thurman


Standing Rock Sioux

Mimikwas Kalika Mae Acikahte

"Butterfly Rosebud"

Cowessess First Nation / Saulteaux / Assiniboine

Cowessess Princess 2019-2023

Tyeshia Jayne Natewa

"One Feather Woman"

Cree / Ojibwe / Pueblo Zuni

Maddox Rain Eagle

"Eagle Souring Upwards"

Cheyenne River Sioux

Elizabeth Rae Eagle

"Red Shawl Woman"

Cheyenne River Sioux

Kelli Rae Roberts

"Borrows From Her"

Cheyenne River Sioux

Donna Rosha Pike

"Walking Wind Woman"


Janay Rose St. John

"Has A Tail"

Crow Creek Sioux

Yolanda Marie Aguilera

"She Who Talks To The Little People"

Crow Creek Sioux

Asanti James Aguilera

"Elk Soldier, He Who Dances For His People"

Crow Creek Sioux

Laleeya Lita Aguilera

"Red Woman"

Crow Creek Sioux

Danielle Pauline SeeWalker

"Pretty Feather Tail Woman"

Hunkpapa Lakota

Melanie Jo Baker

"Blue Star Woman"

Standing Rock Sioux

Gloria Ann Brennan

"Flag Woman"


Thomas Jerel Grace, Sr.

"Brave Man"


Genesis Elisa Rosales

"Shining Star From The West"

Turtle Mountain Ojibwe / Cora

Azelena Jozett Rosales

"Warm Mist"

Turtle Mountain Ojibwe / Cora

Shilo Ann Comeau

"Honors Mother Earth Woman"

Hunkpapa / Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe


Naomi Lillian Cross

"Loves By The Stars Woman"

Hunkpapa / Oglala


Melanie Ann Minafore

"Flag Woman"


Lola Jolie Weddell

"Comes From The Earth Woman"

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska / Ihanktonwan 

Sabin Michael Vandal-Albertson


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa 

Chance Lee Rush

"Cloud Boy"

MHA Nation / Hidatsa 

Brian Lee Zarazua, Jr.

"One Buffalo"

MHA Nation / Kickapoo


Mathew Adrian Foolish Bear

"Two Hearts"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara


Ebony Reece Tiger

"Powerful Elk Woman"

Yankton Sioux / Standing Rock Sioux


Caroline Lynae High Elk

"Two Horse Woman"

Mandan / Hidatsa / Arikara / Dakota / Lakota


Molina Lynn Ferguson

"Beautiful One"

Oglala Lakota Sioux

Ayden Benjamin Spears

"His Strong Spirit"

Teton Sicangu / Lakota

Edward Norman Spears

"Walks With The Eagle and Thunder Beings"

Teton Sicangu / Lakota


Michael Adam Spears

"Buffalo Spider"

Teton Sicangu / Lakota


Nikki Lynne LaFromboise


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Benjamin GoodBird III

"Wolf Head"

MHA Nation / Hunkpapa Sioux

Michael Charles Birdsbill III


Fort Peck Assiniboine Sioux

Dalli Jo Keplin

"Blue Shooting Star Woman"

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Prince Roy Sanchez


Yankton Sioux / Mexican

KingRonin Lyric Sanchez


Yankton Sioux / Mexican

Princeston Lee Sanchez


Yankton Sioux / Mexican

Cray John Hudson

"Good Fur Robe"

MHA Nation

Morgan Jay Birds Bill

"Kills With His Knife"

MHA Nation

Justin Thad Baker

"Looks Back"

MHA Nation

Ethan Lee Young Bird

"Buffalo That Wallows"

MHA Nation

Dayle Tapaardjuk Miranaaq Kubluitok



Adam Charles Heiden

and Sophia Isabella Heiden

"Red Roan"

Standing Rock Sioux


Misty Jo Heiden

"Rising With The Sun"

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Maliyah Kiki Heiden

"Pretty Elk"

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate


Musee d'Archeologie Nationale in France

Your plates and your book safely arrived this morning at the museum. It is a wonderful gift and I cannot thank you enough for this. The plates are even more beautiful when you have them in hands; the surface is in itself something to admire.

Your approach is not very far from ours, as archaeologists. We extract things from the past and you offer things to the future, but all these things are snapshots of their times: they are fossils in a way, messages in a bottle for time travelers, which have been launched in the flow of time. Your images annihilate the distance of time, between past and present. They are somewhere in between.

But the challenge is not to make pictures of this American nostalgia for the vanished American Indian, since your images may also be watched “as if nothing had happen”: the “Indians” are still there, as they were in the past, when in fact they have been facing an attempt to erase them, which is not completely over by the way. In other words, there is a risk that the success of your images would be based on a false interpretation of the public: there is no reason, some would say, to worry about any “Indian Problem”, since, hey look, they are still wearing their feathers…

What makes the difference, for me, is your art. Art is a form of truth. It lays in the sights you catch, the body attitude you get, the silent thoughts and feelings that impress the picture. The uncatchable inheritance of the previous generations, the many invisible scares of history. Your work is about finding the deep truth of these people, no matter what one may think or believe. And themselves, they have to be ready or able to offer that to you. It is a huge responsibility, since this is this truth which is going to be transmitted to the future, though your plates – as an archive of our time. Digging for the inner truth of the past, and transmitting it, is basically what we do, as archaeologists. You are digging for the inner truth of the present, which is in fact exactly the same thing – since every past has been one day the present.

We are a few following this uncertain path. But we know each other.
I am happy to have found one more friend.

With all the very best,

Head Curator of Celtic and Gallic Archaeology, National Museum of Archaology (Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France)

February 6th, 2020

"Empowerment Through Unity"

United Tribes Technical College Pow Wow 2016

"Required P.O. Box Not Allowed!"

A Political Wet Plate to Address Native American Voter Suppression

Father John Floberg, "Nape Wakan" which translates as "Holy Hand", Rector at the Saint James Episcopal Church at Cannon Ball


Margaret Landin, "Beautiful Evening Star Woman", Arikara Hidatsa Assiniboine

Native American liaison, friend  and collaborator for

Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective


"Uncovering Our Lost Children" with Nakeezaka Jack (Breaks The Belt)

(Giving a voice to the Native children lost to boarding schools)


"Love Water, Not Oil" with Dale American Horse, Jr. 

(Plate #1 of the NO Dakota Access Pipeline Series)


"Death by Oil" with Darren Thompson 

(Plate #2 of the NO Dakota Access Pipeline Series)

First Place Best Photograph - Human Rights Film & Arts Festival, Fargo, North Dakota November 18th, 2017

Original Plate Curated by the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona


"Tolerance by Oppression" with Sophie Landin

(Plate #3 of the NO Dakota Access Pipeline Series)


"No Spiritual Surrender" with Floris White Bull 

(Plate #4 of the NO Dakota Access Pipeline Series)


"Columbus Landed, Columbus Fell" with Allan Demaray and Lance Loken

(Pushing Back Against Columbus Day for my Friends)


"The Unheard" with Dalli Keplin (Blue Shooting Star Woman)

(Raising Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman - MMIW)

Native Fashion in A.I. featured in Native Max Magazine with Shane Balkowitsch 7-15-2023

Mural to Recognize First Native American Miss North Dakota USA with Sanoah LaRocque 7-27-2022


My Wet Plate of Floris White Bull is featured in the movie AWAKE - A Dream from Standing Rock

My Wet Plates at DAPL featured on CNN Virtual Reality "Looking Back on the Stand at Standing Rock" June 2017

Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective by Cooperative Photography, March 3rd, 2020

Photo Essay: Shadow Catcher, February 26th, 2020

Indian Country Today Article Featuring Wet Plate of Cheyenne Kippenberger April 12, 2021

American Indians Through the Lens of Roland Reed at The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum March 30, 2019 - My Original Plates on Display

Northern Plains Native Americans: Exhibition at the Rourke Museum August 24, 2018

Standing Rock is everywhere: one year later, The Guardian, Featuring Arvol Looking Horse Portrait, February 22, 2018

Shane Presenting Floris White Bull with Glass Print at the ND Human Rights Film Festival Opening Night 11-17-2017

"Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective" Opening Night KFYR TV 11-3-2017

"Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective" featured in POW WOW Magazine 10-29-2017

My Wet Plate "Death by Oil" is featured in the article "Culture Shift" by YES! Magazine

My Wet Plates from the Dakota Access Pipeline are featured in the documentary PEACEMAKER by Florida State University

CLICK HERE to read "This Native American Woman Changed the Standing Rock Narrative Forever" in Swaay with Floris White Bull 5-1-2017

CLICK HERE see the Economists "Edward's Curtis's Life and Photography" Video

CLICK HERE see my plates featured in "Stone Ghosts" by Consequence Magazine written by Stephen Dau 11-25-2016

CLICK HERE to "Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Eldest Tribal Member Celebrates 100 Years" 11-08-2016

CLICK HERE to view Emily Ergen from the Historical Society talk about Ernie Lapointe's Plate "Eternal Field" 7-21-2016

CLICK HERE see my plate of Dave Archambault III featured on the front cover Le Temps in Switzerland 12-9-2016

Documenting Dakota Pipeline Protests in Wet Plate, Fargo Forum, August 15th, 2016

High Plains Reader, "Water and Oil Do Not Mix", August 25th, 2016

High Plains Reader, "Can't Drink Oil", September 15th, 2016

High Plains Reader, "Death by Oil" rder="0" width="400" height="481"> High Plains Reader, "Death by Oil" High Plains Reader, "Death by Oil", December 22th, 2016


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