Bold, Free, Passionate, Courageous

Bold, Free, Passionate, Courageous

Hailing from a long line of Native Hawaiian singers, musicians and performers on her mother’s side and Diné storytellers and medicine people on her father’s side, Heidi K Brandow is a painter and printmaker. Her work is commonly filled with whimsical characters and monsters often combined with poetry, stories, and personal reflections. Heidi is a 2018 Artist in Business Leadership Fellow. 

The Poetry of Lakotiyapi

The Poetry of Lakotiyapi

First Peoples Fund’s Dances With Words program focuses on helping Native Youth express themselves through the written and spoken word. As a program where being thoughtful with one’s use of language is paramount, the practice of writing and speaking Lakotiyapi (the Lakota language) expands poets ability to express who they are, where they come from and what it means to share that with others.

Hope for the No Face Boy

Hope for the No Face Boy

Laura Youngbird (Minnesota Chippewa, Grand Portage Band) is an artist and art educator. She earned her BS, BFA, and MA from Minnesota State University at Moorhead with a minor in American Indian Studies. Laura currently lives in Breckenridge, Minnesota, and is the Director of Native American Art at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota.