Logo of Articles of a Treaty exhibition.

This year’s educational art exhibit ⎯ Articles of a Treaty ⎯ focuses on the articles of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty between the “different bands of the Sioux Nation of Indians” and the United States. The title is the first four words of the treaty.

The 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty contains seventeen articles. Each article is interpreted by one or two artists. These thirty-two individuals are the visual artists of the exhibit. Poets and musicians also created works for Articles of a Treaty. There is one poem and one song associated with each article.

A team of educational advisors is also developing K-12 curriculum based on the exhibit. This curriculum will include activities for incorporating the exhibit into classrooms while meeting tribe, national and state standards.

Finally, CAIRNS will also develop a community-based version of the exhibit that consists of high-quality reproductions of the artworks printed on standard-sized panels. These can be exhibited in schools, conference rooms, business lobbies, community buildings, libraries and other venues. The goal is to make the exhibit widely accessible.


2019 at Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center, Chamberlain, SD

2019-2020 at South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, SD

2020 at The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, SD

2021 at Dahl Arts Center, Rapid City, SD

2022 at The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, WY

Exhibit partners

     Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center

     The Brinton Museum

     Dahl Arts Center

     The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School

     South Dakota Art Museum

Exhibit curriculum support

     South Dakota Art Museum

     South Dakota Community Foundation

Additional support

     National Endowment for the Arts

     NoVo Foundation

     South Dakota Arts Council

Curriculum team

     Deanna Stands

     LaRayne Woster

     Mabel Picotte

     Peri Strain

Exhibit staff

     Researcher, Terri Fried

     Curator, Craig Howe

Wopila Tanka / Thank You

This exhibit is made possible in large part by encouragement and financial support from good people and organizations nearby and far away. If you would like to join in supporting Articles of a Treaty, we will be grateful. Click here for more information about supporting this exhibit. All donations will be recognized and are tax deductible.

Exhibit Insiders

     Chris and Gabrielle Seeley

     Cynthia Redetzke

     Father Peter J. Powell

     Foundation for the Preservation of American Indian

          Art and Culture

     Harvey Markowitz

     Hopa Mountain

     Jan and Gene

     Janet and Robert Haight

     Steve Wyant

Exhibit Backers

     Anne Siri Renaa

     David Lautenberger

     Mark Gabel

     Wilbert and Patricia Whitley

Exhibit Contributors

     Leah Zimmer