CAIRNS was founded in 2004 and is located at Wingsprings in the Lacreek District of Pine Ridge Reservation near Martin, South Dakota.
Staff, Team & Mentors
Arts South Dakota
Office of Indian Education at Rapid City Area Schools
Office of Indian Education at Sioux Falls Schools
South Dakota Art Museum
South Dakota Arts Council
Washington University in Saint Louis
Dicksy & Harvey Noyes
Foundation for the Preservation of American Indian Art and Culture
Fr. Peter Powell
Gabrielle & Chris Seeley
Kent & Sandie Howe
Patty & Bert Whitley
Please also see the Support page of each of our art exhibitions, the Thank Yous on the film festival pages, and other pages on this site for the names of additional persons who have supported our work.
We are so thankful to all of the individuals and organizations who have contributed to the successes of CAIRNS since its inception. There are so many that identifying each and every one of them is almost impossible. Therefore, the list of persons to the right is an effort to name those key individuals who worked for or on behalf of CAIRNS.Two of the three founding members were Lois Howe and Philip Allen. The board of directors included them and Charles Woodard, Peri Strain, and Wayne Fields. CAIRNS has been blessed with three incredibly hard-working and resourceful full-time employees who were on staff for at least two years each: Emile Osborn, Abe Katz and Tyler Young, in that sequence from 2006 to 2018. A small group of trusted and talented professionals who assisted with many of our trainings include Ann Robertson, Corey Bettelyoun, Janet Fleming-Martin, Jerry Lessert, Mabel Picotte and Theresa Lessert. Advisors and mentors, in addition to those listed above, include Dixie Thompson, Fee Jacobson, Harvey Markowitz, Junior Bettelyoun, Lowell Amiotte and Lynn Verschoor.