GREGG DEAL Pyramind Lake Paiute of (www.lastamericanindianonearth.com) The premise of the project is to take what would be commonly known to be Indigenous looking (by way of popular culture, misunderstandings, misconceptions) and to confront the general public with this image in every day places and doing every day things. This project is a performance art piece wearing traditional Native American clothing in various, everyday scenarios interacting with the public which will create interesting, thought-provoking, and even comical situations where the public will be forced to look at me, as a stereotypical Native person, and what I’m doing, and question what they are watching. How will they react if they saw a Native dressed in buckskin and a headdress, doing something as mundane as shopping for cereal at the grocery store? How would they react if they saw me eating Chinese food in China Town or taking pictures of buffalo at the National Zoo? How would they react if they saw me waiting in a Metro station or were riding in the same Metro car? Last Indian on Earth
CHASE IRON EYES Standing Rock Lakota of (www.UnityND.com) Three former residents of the Fargo-Moorhead area are organizing a protest of this month’s planned visit to the western North Dakota town of Leith by a man who claims to lead a white supremacist group. UnityND is planning a true grassroots peaceful protest to demonstrate that we are united in a stance against hatred, violence and prejudice. Craig Paul Cobb has purchased a dozen properties in the town of Leith in the past two years and has encouraged fellow white supremacists to join him there to turn the town of 16 people about 70 miles southwest of Bismarck into a white nationalist community. Cobb, a native of Missouri, fled prosecution for hate crimes in Canada and chased the promise of high-paying jobs in the booming western North Dakota oilfields. Cobb can’t be extradited to Canada because the charge against him in Canada doesn’t exist under U.S. law. Leith landed in the national spotlight last month after the Southern Poverty Law Center and Bismarck Tribune broke the story about Cobb’s plans, including that he had given property to two well-known white supremacists, Alex Linder and Tom Metzger, a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.