Podcast Interview of CAIRNS Director Drops

Wednesday, 7 April 2021
Podcast Interview of CAIRNS Director Drops

Joe Williams, host of the podcast 5 Plain Questions, announced that his March 16 interview with the CAIRNS director is now available online at wherever...

Are You Kidding?

Monday, 5 April 2021
Are You Kidding?

Are You Kidding?
April is National Humor Month, along with a host of other National (plug in the topics) names for the month. For instance, April...

CAIRNS Newsletter 17:3 Emailed to Subscribers

Friday, 2 April 2021
CAIRNS Newsletter 17:3 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free newsletter that describes many of the activities in which...

Patron Tours Articles of a Treaty Exhibit

Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Patron Tours Articles of a Treaty Exhibit

Mark Gabel, pictured on the left in the photo, supported Articles of a Treaty at the “Insider” level and thereby was invited to tour the exhibit on Tuesday...

Journeys of Lakota Educators features CAIRNS Director

Thursday, 25 March 2021
Journeys of Lakota Educators features CAIRNS Director

The CAIRNS director zoomed into a meeting of AmeriCorps Members who are teaching at Red Cloud Indian School. The director of that program, Christopher...

Beauty, Gallantry and Protection

Monday, 22 March 2021
Beauty, Gallantry and Protection

This past week we enjoyed a two-day visit by guests here at Wingsprings, the location of the CAIRNS office. Wingsprings is a unique architectural facility...

New Website Published!

Thursday, 18 March 2021
New Website Published!

We are happy to announce that our new website is published. The URL is the same, www.nativecairns.org, but the look and feel is considerably changed....

CAIRNS Director Interviewed by Podcast

Tuesday, 16 March 2021
CAIRNS Director Interviewed by Podcast

Joe Williams interviewed the CAIRNS director for his podcast, 5 Plain Questions. The interview was recorded and will be broadcast at a later date.

Upcoming Webinar Includes CAIRNS Director

Monday, 8 March 2021
Upcoming Webinar Includes CAIRNS Director

Equitable and Culturally Informed Calls for Art is one of two upcoming webinars hosted by Arts South Dakota. The presenters will be the Executive Director...

This Month in Lakota History - March

Monday, 8 March 2021
This Month in Lakota History - March

Spring is in the air of the Lakotan homelands. The snow has melted, moistening the earth as she warms beneath her dormant color palette in preparation...

February's First Four

Monday, 22 February 2021
February's First Four

February is the birth or death month of four authors in the pantheon of the Oceti Sakowin Confederacy’s literary forebears. They were born in the 30-year...

Now is the Time

Monday, 8 February 2021
Now is the Time

On Sunday evening, February 7, 2021, the fifty-fifth championship game of the National Football League was played in Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa,...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y17:2 Emailed to Subscribers

Thursday, 4 February 2021
CAIRNS Newsletter Y17:2 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free newsletter that describes many of the activities in which...

Takuwe Presentation Now Available on YouTube

Thursday, 28 January 2021
Takuwe Presentation Now Available on YouTube

Arts South Dakota just released videos of presentations during the South Dakota Arts Conference that was held in late October 2020. The CAIRNS director...

The Sting of Systemic Racism

Monday, 25 January 2021
The Sting of Systemic Racism

Moments after he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden reminded us that “we have much to do in this winter of peril and...

Athena LaTocha Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Thursday, 21 January 2021
Athena LaTocha Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“Breath and Memory” is the title of the artwork Athena LaTocha created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork is for...

Articles of a Treaty Opening Friday at Dahl Arts Center

Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Articles of a Treaty Opening Friday at Dahl Arts Center

Jeannie Larson, Assistant Curator of the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, is standing in the gallery where Articles of a Treaty, the educational art exhibit...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y17:1 Emailed to Subscribers

Thursday, 7 January 2021
CAIRNS Newsletter Y17:1 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

This Month in Lakota History - December

Monday, 28 December 2020
This Month in Lakota History - December

When tasked with listing important December events in Lakota history, what first comes to mind is the slaughter by United States soldiers of approximately...

Roger and Merlene Broer Visit Wingsprings

Saturday, 26 December 2020
Roger and Merlene Broer Visit Wingsprings

Roger is a renowned Lakota artist who has created artworks for all of the exhibitions curated by CAIRNS. He and Merlene visited Wingsprings briefly this...

Takuwe Artworks Returning to Artists and Owners

Tuesday, 22 December 2020
Takuwe Artworks Returning to Artists and Owners

One of our LEAP (Lakota Educational Art Project) exhibitions, Takuwe, ended in September, and since then many of the artworks have been returned to their...

CAIRNS Commemorates Sixteenth Birthday

Monday, 21 December 2020
CAIRNS Commemorates Sixteenth Birthday

On December 21, 2004, the South Dakota Secretary of State certified the Articles of Incorporation of the Center for American Indian Research and Native...

ARD German Radio Interviews CAIRNS Director

Wednesday, 16 December 2020
ARD German Radio Interviews CAIRNS Director

ARD German Radio correspondent, Sebastian (right above) and audio engineer, Simon (left bottom) conducted and recorded an interview with the CAIRNS director...

The Meaning of a Full Moon

Monday, 14 December 2020
The Meaning of a Full Moon

The full moon this month is on December 29, the 130th anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre. Since the 1890 massacre, there have only been two other...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:21 Emailed to Subscribers

Thursday, 10 December 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:21 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Tribal Sovereignty Through Art Exhibits at University of Iowa

Thursday, 3 December 2020
Tribal Sovereignty Through Art Exhibits at University of Iowa

Thursday afternoon the CAIRNS director zoomed into an introductory Native American Art History class at the University of Iowa to deliver a presentation....

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Monday, 30 November 2020
Thanksgiving Leftovers

Last week was the Thanksgiving holiday and this week we move from November—National American Indian Heritage Month—into December. In four weeks it will...

Mabel Picotte Turns in Poem for The Gift

Thursday, 19 November 2020
Mabel Picotte Turns in Poem for The Gift

“Prayers in Pieces” is the title of the poem Mabel Picotte wrote for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The poem is for Tapa Wankayeyapi,...

Marty Two Bulls Jr. Turns in Song for The Gift

Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Marty Two Bulls Jr. Turns in Song for The Gift

“Six and Counting” is the title of the song Marty Two Bulls, Jr. composed for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The song is for...

National American Indian Heritage Month - What Can I Do?

Monday, 16 November 2020
National American Indian Heritage Month - What Can I Do?

November is National American Indian Heritage Month, when people are encouraged to learn about the past, present, and future of American Indians and...

CAIRNS Director Zooms into Bellarmine University Presentation

Friday, 13 November 2020
CAIRNS Director Zooms into Bellarmine University Presentation

Friday afternoon the CAIRNS director presented a university-wide talk in recognition of National American Indian Heritage Month. The talk covered four...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:20 Emailed to Subscribers

Wednesday, 11 November 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:20 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Evans Fammond, Sr. Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Thursday, 5 November 2020
Evans Fammond, Sr. Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“Welcome to my Family” is the title of the artwork Evans Flammond, Sr. created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork...

Tribes and Citizens vs. Reservations and Residents

Monday, 2 November 2020
Tribes and Citizens vs. Reservations and Residents

Last Friday, October 30, 2020, President Donald Trump proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month. The proclamation claimed his administration...

Takuwe Presentation at South Dakota Arts Conference

Friday, 30 October 2020
Takuwe Presentation at South Dakota Arts Conference

Takuwe, the educational art exhibit about the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, was the topic of a keynote presentation by the CAIRNS director during the statewide...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:19 Emailed to Subscribers

Wednesday, 28 October 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:19 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Tribal Flags at Statewide Arts Conference

Wednesday, 28 October 2020
Tribal Flags at Statewide Arts Conference

Arts South Dakota, a nonprofit statewide arts advocacy organization, partnered with the South Dakota Arts Council to host their biannual arts conference....

Dalton Coffey Discusses New Film Takuwe on SDPB

Friday, 23 October 2020
Dalton Coffey Discusses New Film Takuwe on SDPB

Lori Walsh with South Dakota Public Broadcasting interviewed filmmaker Dalton Coffey and the CAIRNS director on her program, In The Moment, about Takuwe,...

Home of CAIRNS Launches New Website

Thursday, 22 October 2020
Home of CAIRNS Launches New Website

From its founding on December 21, 2004, the business office of CAIRNS has been located in the unique architectural facilities called Wingsprings, built...

Decals of Flags of Tribes in South Dakota are Latest Product

Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Decals of Flags of Tribes in South Dakota are Latest Product

In response to a high school teacher’s request, CAIRNS created decals of the 9 flags of tribes in South Dakota. Each decal is 10.15” high x 17” wide...

Last Week’s Lessons for Today

Monday, 19 October 2020
Last Week’s Lessons for Today

Last week the CAIRNS director was interviewed in three ways on three days. Monday was a Zoom webinar, an interview and presentation method that was essentially...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:18 Emailed to Subscribers

Saturday, 17 October 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:18 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

CAIRNS Director Interviewed for Educational Podcast

Friday, 16 October 2020
CAIRNS Director Interviewed for Educational Podcast

JR LaPlante, Director of Tribal and Governmental Relations for Avera Health, has a new educational podcast, “Fireside Chat with JR,” that he developed...

CAIRNS Director Filmed at The Heritage Center

Wednesday, 14 October 2020
CAIRNS Director Filmed at The Heritage Center

The CAIRNS director traveled to The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School in the Pine Ridge Reservation, where the Articles of a Treaty exhibit...

Lucy Keith Turns in Poem for Takuwe

Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Lucy Keith Turns in Poem for Takuwe

“The Gift of Life” is the title of the poem Lucy Keith wrote for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The poem is for Tapa Wankayeyapi,...

A Look Into the Making of Takuwe

Monday, 12 October 2020
A Look Into the Making of Takuwe

Arts South Dakota featured two videos today, which is Native Americans’ Day here in South Dakota. The first is a video “Takuwe” by filmmaker Dalton Coffey...

Barton Brewer Turns in Poem for The Gift

Saturday, 10 October 2020
Barton Brewer Turns in Poem for The Gift

“Keeping the Soul” is the title of the poem Barton Brewer wrote for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The poem is for Wanagi Yuhapi,...

Micheal Two Bulls Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Friday, 9 October 2020
Micheal Two Bulls Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“Wanagi Yuhapi” is the title of the artwork Micheal Two Bulls created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork is for Wanagi...

This Native Americans’ Day, Make a Difference

Monday, 5 October 2020
This Native Americans’ Day, Make a Difference

One person can make a difference. In the case of two holidays in South Dakota, that person is Lynn “Smokey” Hart, who was a professional bullfighter...

A Gift of Words: Lydia Whirlwind Soldier’s Survival Songs

Friday, 2 October 2020
A Gift of Words: Lydia Whirlwind Soldier’s Survival Songs

“Sicangu Lakota poet and author Lydia Whirlwind Soldier spent 30 years teaching elementary school and Indian studies to Todd County students. Even in...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:17 Emailed to Subscribers

Thursday, 1 October 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:17 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

CAIRNS at Eiteljorg Museum

Wednesday, 30 September 2020
CAIRNS at Eiteljorg Museum

Though the Eiteljorg Museum is open, its Native American Advisory Council meeting was conducted virtually, so this afternoon the CAIRNS director zoomed...

CAIRNS at Lakota Tech High School

Wednesday, 23 September 2020
CAIRNS at Lakota Tech High School

This afternoon, the CAIRNS director zoomed in as a guest speaker to Lakota Tech High School in the Pine Ridge Reservation. The speaking opportunity was...

This Month in Lakota History - September

Monday, 21 September 2020
This Month in Lakota History - September

September is the month when many children go to school. But September is also the month when a well-known American Indian boarding school closed. The...

Buffalos & Lakotas at Washington & Lee University

Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Buffalos & Lakotas at Washington & Lee University

Late this afternoon, the CAIRNS director zoomed into an American Indian religion class at Washington & Lee University for an hour-long presentation that...

Trust and Distrust of Indian Trust Land

Monday, 7 September 2020
Trust and Distrust of Indian Trust Land

The loss of Lakota land to the United States can be traced through time by examining legal records. These records include the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty,...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:16 Emailed to Subscribers

Thursday, 3 September 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:16 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Filmmakers Return to Wingsprings

Monday, 31 August 2020
Filmmakers Return to Wingsprings

Micah, Marie-Helene and Flora (R-L) returned to continue interviewing the CAIRNS director about Lakota history, cosmology and astronomy that they began...

CAIRNS Director Zooms into University of Iowa Course

Monday, 31 August 2020
CAIRNS Director Zooms into University of Iowa Course

Phil Round, professor of English and American Indian and Native Studies at the University of Iowa, invited the CAIRNS director to discuss allotment during...

American Indian Advisory Council Meets at The Brinton Museum

Saturday, 29 August 2020
American Indian Advisory Council Meets at The Brinton Museum

Yesterday and this morning The Brinton Museum’s American Indian Advisory Council, of which the CAIRNS director is a member, gathered for its annual meeting....

Independent Filmmakers Visit Wingsprings

Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Independent Filmmakers Visit Wingsprings

This evening Micah, Marie-Helene and Flora (R-L) of Four Corners Media came to Wingsprings to interview the CAIRNS director about Lakota history and...

Can You Identify These Persons and Places?

Monday, 24 August 2020
Can You Identify These Persons and Places?

This week CAIRNS received a donation of photographs. They were taken by Gordon Plowe, an Episcopal priest, and donated by Chris Plowe, one of his sons....

Lakota Emergence Online Exhibit in Newsletter

Thursday, 20 August 2020
Lakota Emergence Online Exhibit in Newsletter

The weekly newsletter of the Dakota Indian Foundation that was published today includes a link to the online version of the Lakota Emergence exhibit....

Takuwe: A Gallery Talk with the CAIRNS Director is Now Online

Friday, 14 August 2020
Takuwe: A Gallery Talk with the CAIRNS Director is Now Online

This morning The Brinton Museum published online a gallery talk about Takuwe, the educational art exhibit about the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre. The announcement...

This Month in Lakota History - August

Monday, 10 August 2020
This Month in Lakota History - August

Important events in Lakota history that happened in August include the Indian Peace Commission meeting with six of the seven Lakota oyates at Fort Sully...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:15 Emailed to Subscribers

Wednesday, 5 August 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:15 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Newest Lakota Link Podcast Features CAIRNS Director

Tuesday, 4 August 2020
Newest Lakota Link Podcast Features CAIRNS Director

Sandy Swallow, the host of Lakota Link, uploaded the latest episode of her podcast that features an interview with the CAIRNS director during which he...

Takuwe Exhibit Featured in Arts South Dakota Video Series

Friday, 31 July 2020
Takuwe Exhibit Featured in Arts South Dakota Video Series

One of the five new videos that were posted to the Arts South Dakota website is about the Takuwe exhibit that CAIRNS curated in 2018. The short, dramatic...

Takuwe Presentation at The Brinton Museum

Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Takuwe Presentation at The Brinton Museum

Due to the pandemic, the Brinton Museum recorded a gallery talk this afternoon about the Takuwe exhibit by the CAIRNS director and exhibit curator, without...

Sticks and Stones May Break Our Bones, But Your Words Indict Thee

Monday, 27 July 2020
Sticks and Stones May Break Our Bones, But Your Words Indict Thee

“Ten little, nine little, eight little Indians; Seven little, six little, five little Indians; Four little, three little, two little Indians; One little...

CAIRNS Returns to Inestimable Gift Cemetery

Saturday, 25 July 2020
CAIRNS Returns to Inestimable Gift Cemetery

The CAIRNS director spent the day, along with cousin Harvey, cleaning, mowing and weed whipping the entire cemetery. Afterwards, they flew a drone and...

Permanent Home for Lakota Emergence Taking Shape

Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Permanent Home for Lakota Emergence Taking Shape

We are excited to announce that a new gallery space is under construction that will be the permanent home of our 2015 Lakota Emergence exhibit, the first...

This Month in Lakota History - July

Monday, 13 July 2020
This Month in Lakota History - July

In July, Congress passed a major Act and a United States president visited an American Indian reservation in South Dakota. Quick quiz: Can you name the...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:14 Emailed to Subscribers

Wednesday, 8 July 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:14 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Taté Walker Turns in Poem for The Gift

Monday, 6 July 2020
Taté Walker Turns in Poem for The Gift

“From Ptesanwin With Love” is the title of the poem Taté Walker wrote for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The poem is for the...

CAIRNS Director Filmed at The Brinton Museum

Tuesday, 30 June 2020
CAIRNS Director Filmed at The Brinton Museum

The CAIRNS director traveled to The Brinton Museum near Big Horn, Wyoming, where the Takuwe exhibit about the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre is on exhibit....

Learning from the Treaty

Monday, 29 June 2020
Learning from the Treaty

On June 30, 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the “Sioux Nation” was entitled to $17.1 million for the 1877 taking of the Black Hills from the...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:13 Emailed to Subscribers

Wednesday, 24 June 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:13 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Angela Babby Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Tuesday, 23 June 2020
Angela Babby Turns in Artwork for The Gift

For the time being, there is no title of the artwork Angela Babby created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork is for...

CAIRNS Returns to Inestimable Gift Cemetery

Saturday, 20 June 2020
CAIRNS Returns to Inestimable Gift Cemetery

The CAIRNS director spent the day, along with cousin Harvey and brother Kent (R-L), cleaning, mowing and weed whipping the entire cemetery. Afterwards,...

Systemic Discrimination in South Dakota

Monday, 15 June 2020
Systemic Discrimination in South Dakota

There is a systemic lack of American Indian representatives in businesses and government agencies across South Dakota. For examples, the South Dakota...

Takuwe Review Published in The Sheridan Press

Saturday, 13 June 2020
Takuwe Review Published in The Sheridan Press

Reporter  Allayana Darrow reviewed the CAIRNS educational art exhibit about the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, Takuwe, that is on display at The Brinton...

CAIRNS Director Interviewed for Podcast

Friday, 12 June 2020
CAIRNS Director Interviewed for Podcast

Sandy Swallow, a Lakota artist who has created artworks for a number of CAIRNS educational art exhibitions, interviewed the CAIRNS director for her new...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:12 Emailed to Subscribers

Wednesday, 10 June 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:12 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Brinton Museum Announces Takuwe Gallery Talk

Thursday, 4 June 2020
Brinton Museum Announces Takuwe Gallery Talk

In conjunction with its display of the educational art exhibit about the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, Takuwe, the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming,...

Takuwe Opens at the Brinton Museum

Tuesday, 2 June 2020
Takuwe Opens at the Brinton Museum

The provocative educational art exhibit about the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, Takuwe, is now on display at the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming. It...

We Can’t Breathe

Monday, 1 June 2020
We Can’t Breathe

The killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by Derek Chauvin, a White man, sparked protests in the largest cities across the United States last week. These...

The Wake Singers Turn in Song for The Gift

Thursday, 28 May 2020
The Wake Singers Turn in Song for The Gift

“Keeping of the Ghost” is the title of the song The Wake Singers composed for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The song is for...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:11 Emailed to Subscribers

Wednesday, 27 May 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:11 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Roger Broer Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Thursday, 21 May 2020
Roger Broer Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“Humble” is the title of the artwork Roger Broer created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork is for the fourth of...

CAIRNS Returns to Inestimable Gift Cemetery

Wednesday, 20 May 2020
CAIRNS Returns to Inestimable Gift Cemetery

The CAIRNS director spent the day, along with cousins Harvey and Merle, cleaning, mowing and weed whipping the entire cemetery. The dark headstone over...

South Dakota Public Broadcasting Posts Medicine Knoll Video

Wednesday, 20 May 2020
South Dakota Public Broadcasting Posts Medicine Knoll Video

SDPB associate producer, Michael Zimny, published a transcript of his video about the large snake effigy at Medicine Knoll in central South Dakota. The...

This Month in Lakota History

Monday, 18 May 2020
This Month in Lakota History

Tuesday, May 8, 1973: The Wounded Knee Occupation ended after 71 days. The occupation began on Tuesday, February 27. The Rapid City Journal reported...

South Dakota Art Museum Posts Articles of a Treaty Webinar

Saturday, 16 May 2020
South Dakota Art Museum Posts Articles of a Treaty Webinar

If you missed the live online curator’s talk on Thursday about the Articles of a Treaty exhibit, it is now available as a SDAM Zoom webinar. Click here...

Articles of a Treaty on South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Friday, 15 May 2020
Articles of a Treaty on South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Chynna Lockett, a reporter for South Dakota Public Broadcasting, produced a story about the Articles of a Treaty webinar that South Dakota Art Museum...

Iris Sully Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Friday, 15 May 2020
Iris Sully Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“The Gift of Spirit” is the title of the artwork Iris Sully created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork is for Wanagi...

Articles of a Treaty Webinar at South Dakota Art Museum

Thursday, 14 May 2020
Articles of a Treaty Webinar at South Dakota Art Museum

This afternoon the CAIRNS director presented a curator’s talk for South Dakota Art Museum’s first ARTbeat webinar. The talk had been scheduled to be...

Bennett County Allotment at Washington & Lee University

Thursday, 14 May 2020
Bennett County Allotment at Washington & Lee University

First thing this morning, the CAIRNS director Zoomed into the “Land in Lakota Culture, Economics, and History” course at WLU in Lexington, VA. The focus...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:10 Emailed to Subscribers

Wednesday, 13 May 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:10 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Del Iron Cloud Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Del Iron Cloud Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“Vision of Blue Man” is the title of the artwork Del Iron Cloud created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork is for...

Trevino Brings Plenty Turns in Song for The Gift

Sunday, 10 May 2020
Trevino Brings Plenty Turns in Song for The Gift

“Wopila” is the title of the song Trevino Brings Plenty composed for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The song is for Hunkapi,...

South Dakota Art Museum ARTbeat Webinar from CAIRNS

Saturday, 9 May 2020
South Dakota Art Museum ARTbeat Webinar from CAIRNS

Join South Dakota Art Museum (SDAM) Thursday May 14 (4:00 Central / 3:00 Mountain) for their first ARTbeat webinar!
Live from the Center for American...

“The Gift of Truth” by Terri Fried

Monday, 4 May 2020
“The Gift of Truth” by Terri Fried

In public education, history classes tend to marginalize and gloss over the Native American experience as being inevitable in the face of progressive...

Keith BraveHeart Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Friday, 1 May 2020
Keith BraveHeart Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“(re)Turning to Them” is the title of the artwork Keith BraveHeart created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork is...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:9 Emailed to Subscribers

Thursday, 30 April 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:9 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Charles Her Many Horses Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Thursday, 30 April 2020
Charles Her Many Horses Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“Untitled” is the title of the artwork Charles Her Many Horses created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork is for...

Patrick LeBeau Turns in Poem for The Gift

Sunday, 26 April 2020
Patrick LeBeau Turns in Poem for The Gift

“Center Pole” is the title of the poem Patrick LeBeau wrote for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The poem is for Hanbleceya, one...

Sequoia Crosswhite Turns in Song for The Gift

Friday, 24 April 2020
Sequoia Crosswhite Turns in Song for The Gift

“Oniya Wakan” is the title of the song Sequoia Crosswhite composed for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The song is for Inipi,...

Autumn White Eyes Turns in Poem for The Gift

Thursday, 23 April 2020
Autumn White Eyes Turns in Poem for The Gift

“Makha’s Womb” is the title of the poem Autumn White Eyes wrote for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The poem is for Inipi, one...

Lorri Ann Two Bulls Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Thursday, 23 April 2020
Lorri Ann Two Bulls Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“Ista Awicalowan” is the title of the artwork Lorri Ann Two Bulls created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork is for...

Dwayne Wilcox Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Thursday, 23 April 2020
Dwayne Wilcox Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“Hinhanni Waste” is the title of the artwork Dwayne Wilcox created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork is for the...

JhonDuane Goes In Center Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Thursday, 23 April 2020
JhonDuane Goes In Center Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“Wapegnaka Tabloka Pejuta” is the title of the artwork JhonDuane Goes In Center created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The...

This Month in Lakota History

Monday, 20 April 2020
This Month in Lakota History

Perhaps the most important event in Lakota history to take place in the month of April was the signing of the Fort Laramie Treaty in 1868. The treaty...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:8 Emailed to Subscribersv

Wednesday, 15 April 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:8 Emailed to Subscribersv

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

National History Day Awards Sponsored by CAIRNS

Friday, 10 April 2020
National History Day Awards Sponsored by CAIRNS

Two teams of middle school students, one from each side of the state, created projects that won American Indian History Awards at this year’s National...

New Poetry Book Published

Thursday, 9 April 2020
New Poetry Book Published

Today we picked up from the printer, Survival Songs, a collection of over 40 poems by Lydia Whirlwind Soldier that she gifted to CAIRNS in support of...

Lakota Star Knowledge at Oglala Lakota College

Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Lakota Star Knowledge at Oglala Lakota College

This evening the CAIRNS director Zoomed in to the Lakota Environment Management and Protection graduate course that is meeting online. When he linked...

Ghostsong Elegy Turns in Song for The Gift

Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Ghostsong Elegy Turns in Song for The Gift

“Crying for a Vision” is the title of the song Ghostsong Elegy composed for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The song is for Hableceya,...

Education and Lakota Art

Monday, 6 April 2020
Education and Lakota Art

There is a long tradition in Lakota society of creating artworks that are aesthetically pleasing and intellectually instructional. An example is the...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:7 Emailed to Subscribers

Sunday, 5 April 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:7 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Tracy Hauff Turns in Poem for The Gift

Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Tracy Hauff Turns in Poem for The Gift

“Stay Out of the Weeds” is the title of the poem Tracy Hauff wrote for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The poem is for Isnati...

Sandy Swallow Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Monday, 30 March 2020
Sandy Swallow Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“Tapa” is the title of the artwork Sandy Swallow created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork is for Tapa Wakanyeyapi,...

Lanniko Lee Turns in Poem for The Gift

Sunday, 29 March 2020
Lanniko Lee Turns in Poem for The Gift

“Corn Woman’s Lodge” is the title of the poem Lanniko L. Lee wrote for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The poem is for Hunkapi,...

Alfreda Beartrack Algeo Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Saturday, 28 March 2020
Alfreda Beartrack Algeo Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“Tapa Wakanyeyapi” is the title of the artwork Alfreda Beartrack Algeo created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork...

Renelle White Buffalo Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Friday, 27 March 2020
Renelle White Buffalo Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“Giving” is the title of the artwork Renelle White Buffalo created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork is for the...

Richard Red Owl Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Thursday, 26 March 2020
Richard Red Owl Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“The Sun is Your God” is the title of the artwork Richard Red Owl created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork is for...

Donald Montileaux Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Donald Montileaux Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“Hold On Brother” is the title of the artwork Donald Montileaux created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork is for...

Build Educational Capital by Learning Tribes, Reservations & Capitals

Monday, 23 March 2020
Build Educational Capital by Learning Tribes, Reservations & Capitals

The United Nations recognizes 193 nations as “member states,” and the Holy See and the State of Palestine as “non-member states.” Two additional countries,...

Lydia Whirlwind Soldier Turns in Poem for The Gift

Saturday, 21 March 2020
Lydia Whirlwind Soldier Turns in Poem for The Gift

“Sundance Ceremony” is the title of the poem Lydia Whirlwind Soldier wrote for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The poem is for...

Andrea Lekberg Turns in Artwork for The Gift

Friday, 20 March 2020
Andrea Lekberg Turns in Artwork for The Gift

“Transformation 2020” is the title of the artwork Andrea Lekberg created for the upcoming CAIRNS educational art exhibit, The Gift. The artwork is for...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:6 Emailed to Subscribers

Thursday, 19 March 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:6 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

New Poetry Book Available Soon

Wednesday, 18 March 2020
New Poetry Book Available Soon

Survival Songs, a new collection of poems by Lydia Whirlwind Soldier, was sent to the printer today. Lydia donated her poems to support the non-profit...

Teaching about American Indians at Tiospa Zina Tribal School

Friday, 13 March 2020
Teaching about American Indians at Tiospa Zina Tribal School

The CAIRNS team traveled all the way to Lake Traverse Reservation to conduct a Professional Development workshop, “Teaching about American Indians in...

Get on the Bus! Lakota Lands & Indian Arts Registration is Open

Friday, 13 March 2020
Get on the Bus! Lakota Lands & Indian Arts Registration is Open

Arts South Dakota announced today that registration is open for the popular traveling workshop, “Lakota Lands & Indian Arts.” This summer’s edition of...

Takuwe in the West River Eagle Newspaper

Thursday, 12 March 2020
Takuwe in the West River Eagle Newspaper

Today’s edition of the newspaper based in the capital of the Cheyenne River Reservation, Eagle Butte, includes an article by Aliana Beautiful Bald Eagle...

Articles of a Treaty Reception at South Dakota Art Museum

Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Articles of a Treaty Reception at South Dakota Art Museum

South Dakota Art Museum announced a reception and curator talk on April 23, 2020, from 5-7pm for the Articles of a Treaty exhibit that is now on display....

American Indians and Anti-Intellectualism

Monday, 9 March 2020
American Indians and Anti-Intellectualism

Last week we picked up the second printing of our “Tribes, Reservations and Capitals” flashcards. They are packaged into sets of nine because there are...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:5 Emailed to Subscribers

Thursday, 5 March 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:5 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Takuwe Exhibit Deinstalled at Lakota Cultural Center

Friday, 28 February 2020
Takuwe Exhibit Deinstalled at Lakota Cultural Center

Ted, Bruce and Trini (R-L), of the Lakota Cultural Center in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, visited with the CAIRNS director after the community-based version...

The Rule of Threes

Monday, 24 February 2020
The Rule of Threes

The “rule of threes” suggests that organizing things or events into groups of three is inherently better than organizing them into groups of any other...

Niobrara School Ministry Weekend, Day Two

Saturday, 22 February 2020
Niobrara School Ministry Weekend, Day Two

This second day of the “What Everyone Should Know About American Indians in South Dakota” workshop began with participants creating “Activities” for...

Niobrara School Ministry Weekend, Day One

Friday, 21 February 2020
Niobrara School Ministry Weekend, Day One

The CAIRNS director traveled to the South Dakota state capital to conduct a workshop, “What Everyone Should Know About American Indians in South Dakota.”...

McCrory Gardens Director and Intern Visit Wingsprings

Friday, 21 February 2020
McCrory Gardens Director and Intern Visit Wingsprings

Landry and Lisa (R-L) stopped by Friday on their way from Rapid City to Brookings. Lisa is the Director of McCrory Gardens on the campus of South Dakota...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:4 Emailed to Subscribers

Friday, 21 February 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:4 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Lakota Lands & Indian Arts Traveling Workshop Announced

Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Lakota Lands & Indian Arts Traveling Workshop Announced

Arts South Dakota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to “advance the arts in South Dakota through service, education and advocacy,”...

Lakota Artists Announced for New Educational Art Exhibit

Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Lakota Artists Announced for New Educational Art Exhibit

Nineteen emerging and established visual artists from across the United States are creating twenty-one original artworks for The Gift, a new educational...

CAIRNS Director Travels to Eiteljorg Museum

Thursday, 13 February 2020
CAIRNS Director Travels to Eiteljorg Museum

Thursday evening, after the first of two days of Native American Advisory Council meetings, two staff members and five council members continued discussions...

The Birds & Bees and Sovereignty

Monday, 10 February 2020
The Birds & Bees and Sovereignty

“The birds and the bees” is a euphemism for sex. Instead of examining the details of human reproduction, “bees” suggest insemination while “birds” suggest...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:3 Emailed to Subscribers

Thursday, 6 February 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:3 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

CAIRNS Director Interviewed for Medicine Knoll Video

Monday, 3 February 2020
CAIRNS Director Interviewed for Medicine Knoll Video

South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s associate producer, Michael Zimny, traveled from Rapid City to Wingsprings to interview the CAIRNS director for a...

Lakota Tribes and Lands by the Numbers

Monday, 27 January 2020
Lakota Tribes and Lands by the Numbers

There are seven federally recognized Lakota tribes; six in the United States and one in Canada. In alphabetical order, they are Assiniboine and Sioux...

Takuwe Opens at Holter Museum of Art

Friday, 24 January 2020
Takuwe Opens at Holter Museum of Art

In a preview of the Takuwe opening, the Independent Record says, “This provocative educational art exhibit ... responds to the [Wounded Knee Massacre]...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:2 Emailed to Subscribers

Wednesday, 22 January 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:2 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Opening Reception for Wounded Knee Exhibit

Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Opening Reception for Wounded Knee Exhibit

This Friday, January 24, 2020, the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana, is hosting a Grand Reopening featuring Takuwe--our educational art exhibit...

Lakota Poet and Educator Donates Manuscript to CAIRNS

Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Lakota Poet and Educator Donates Manuscript to CAIRNS

Lydia Whirlwind Soldier was born at home in Bad Nation, Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. She attended Indian boarding schools for 12 years, receiving...

The Gift

Monday, 13 January 2020
The Gift

Especially during the holiday season, gifts are pleasant exchanges of presents, embodying good thoughts and feelings. Gifts embody the desire to strengthen...

CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:1 Emailed to Subscribers

Saturday, 11 January 2020
CAIRNS Newsletter Y15:1 Emailed to Subscribers

The latest CAIRNS newsletter was emailed to subscribers today. If you wish to receive the free biweekly newsletter that describes many of the activities...

Wounded Knee Massacre Exhibit Delivered to Holter Museum of Art

Sunday, 5 January 2020
Wounded Knee Massacre Exhibit Delivered to Holter Museum of Art

Takuwe, the educational art exhibit about the Wounded Knee Massacre, was driven from the CAIRNS office to the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana,...

Lakota Origins and Development Now Available

Friday, 3 January 2020
Lakota Origins and Development Now Available

The latest publication in our series of educator handbooks, Lakota Origins and Development, is now available. It can be ordered soon from Amazon.com...

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