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Frank Waln Show

* For those who will be attending the Frank Waln performance, please be aware that this is an open air event at the Pergola on Lake Merritt. This space is at the end of the Lake and near the 580 freeway, Grand Ave exit from 580 and the Lakeshore Ave entrance ramp to 580 heading towards Hayward. When coming from Hayward it is the reverse. The venue space is between Grand Ave. and Lakeshore Ave. The cross street is El Embarcadero a short street linking Grand and Lakeshore Aves. Metered parking is on Grand Ave. and Lakeshore Ave (until 6:00 p.m.). There is also parking behind the library across the street. There is also paid parking under the 580 freeway between MacArthur Boulevard and Lake Park Drive (entrance is on Lake Park). There is no seating provided but you can bring a blanket or your own seating.

American Indian Child Resource Center Presents…
(More info below flyer)

Frank Waln at AICRC

Current AICRC youth participants are free but adults and others are encouraged to purchase
quilt raffle tickets and/or give a donation. 

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Frank Waln is a Sicangu Lakota, award winning artist with a BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics from Columbia College Chicago. He is from the He Dog community on the Rosebud Reservation. Frank Waln is an outspoken artist who uses his music and performance to address colonialism, state violence and other issues that affect Indigenous people.

Frank is Sicangu Lakota and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe where he was born and raised. He is a Gates Millennium Alum and currently holds a position on the National Gates Millennium Alumni Council.Frank was one of the featured artists in MTV’s Rebel Music Native America episode which aired on MTV all over the world for Native American Heritage Month. He is a 2012-2013/2013-2014 First Peoples Fund Artist in Business Leadership Grant Fellow; 2014 recipient of the Chicago Mayor’s Award for Civic Engagement; and a 2014 National center of American Indian Enterprise “Native American 40 Under 40” Award recipient. He has also been featured in many publications, most notably, USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, Buzzfeed and The Chicago Tribune. Frank was featured on the cover of Native Peoples Magazine and Native Max Magazine in 2014. Frank currently lives in Chicago, IL where he works as the Youth Development Coordinator for the Chicago City-Wide American Indian Education Council.

Fearless, unbroken and defiant, the award-winning Sicangu Lakota rapper has overcome adversity in order to rise in the industry. Performing at the “Harvest the Hope” last year, a concert protesting the Keystone XL oil pipeline which featured a line-up of distinguished artists such as Neil Young and Willie Nelson, on top of touring universities around the U.S., the 25-year-old has made a name for himself. Along with other indigenous artists, MTV showcased him in an episode of “Rebel Music: Native America.” There, he expressed the reality of being a Native American today, facing extreme poverty and prejudice.

But as much as he does in the spotlight, he is doing massive work behind the scenes as well, such as being a presenter at a Basketball Against Alcohol and Drugs workshop at the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center in Oregon. He has become a prominent name and influence for youth across the nation. His first album is in the works and the release date is yet to be determined.

Favorite Tracks: “AbOriginal,” “Hoka

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Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator, and motivational speaker from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. She grew up on the Southern Ute Indian reservation and attended college at Stanford University where she earned a BA in English. After college, she pursued her passion of poetry and received her graduate degree a MFA in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. Since then she has co-founded and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, a literary magazine publishing works by Indigenous women and women of color. She is a Gates Millennium Scholars Class of 2004 Alumna, who serves as a Regional Advisor for the GMS Alumni Association Advisory Council. A winner of the 2010 A Room Of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando prize in poetry, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Superstition ReviewDrunkenboat, Kweli, and Bellevue Literary Review among others. Her poems from her manuscript “Love in a Time of Blood Quantum” were produced and performed by the Poetic Theater Productions Presents Company in NYC. She teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico in the Chican@ Studies Program.

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