Arts Program News

Small Business Grants at Bay Bank

During these challenging times, Bay Bank is proud to administer the Oneida Nation Small Business Assistance Program Grant. Deadling for grant applications is July 31, 2020. The grants are available to assist Oneida-owned small businesses. Call them for help in completing the application, collecting all supporting documents, and packaging the final application for review by the Oneida Nation. (920) 490-7600

Upon grant approval by the Oneida Nation, we will disburse funds to the small business. Application deadline is July 31. Learn more at


Red Banks Native Art Show

The Oneida Nation Arts and The Premier are co-sponsoring the first Red Banks Native Art Show in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Native American artists from the region will feature their works of art for sale. Our goal is raise awareness in the Green Bay area about the array of local Native American art that is available.

The Red Banks Native Art is on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at The Premier, 520 N. Broadway Ave, Green Bay, WI, 54313. This is a "pop up artists boutique." Doors open to the public at 10:00am, and the show ends at 4:00pm. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be available in the venue.

The artists will have handmade works of art including paintings, jewelry, beadwork, baskets, metal work, silver work, pottery, carvings, fine art, crafts and more. Arts patrons, art collectors and the general public can purchase unique gifts, collect works of art, or home/office decor from the artists. 

ONAP's goal is to close the gap between Native American artists and regional arts patrons and art collectors. Native artists from the surrounding area have art work that is different from the art work found in the American Southwest. The Eastern Woodland Indian artwork is reflective of the artist's local environment and available materials.

The name, Red Banks, was chosen for this art show because it is our collective memory about the history of Green Bay. Every local school informs our children that Jean Nicolet discovered the region known as Green Bay and that he landed in place called Red Banks. In addition, there at least two trading posts in the area own and/or managed by local Native American people. So, the name, "Red Banks Native Art Show," harkens back to that time in history.

The Red Banks Native Art Show is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call ONAP at (920) 490-3830.

First Nation Development Institute seeks Native designed holiday card

The First Nations Development Institute is seeking a Native artist-designed print to be used on First Nations’ 2019 annual holiday card (paper and digital format). First Nations is able to compensate the selected artist $1,000 dollars for use of their artwork on our holiday card as well as in First Nations social media outreach for several months around the holidays. If you have an artist (or multiple artists) who might be interested in this opportunity, please make contact with First Nations staff member, Jona Charette, at no later than Thursday, September 5, 2019. Download submission guidelines.

Yukwana-taya: Our Village Creative Placemaking

The Oneida Nation Arts Program received a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) to hold the "Yukwana-taya: Our Village" creative placemaking conference. The event is Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, from 8:00am to 4:30pm at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay, WI.creative conf flyer

Join us at the “Yukwana-taya Our Village: Placemaking, Creative, Cultural, and Sustainable,” conference. We’ll talk and exchange ideas about how to make our community more reflective of Oneida people and culture.

Anyone who is interested in how we harmonize the design and planning of a place with the history, culture, and arts of the people are welcome to attend the conference. Registration is free. Lunch is included with registration. Must have or create an account the Community Pass site to register. Click here to register online. (The title of the conference, Yukwana-taya, is an Oneida phrase that means 'our village, where it sits,' and is pronounced like Yun – kwa – naaa – DIE- y).

The Arts Program helped facilitate a Community Sensitive Design project, that was like a creative placemaking, with the WI DOT in 2013. A part of the public works project can be seen on the retaining wall near the junction of Hwy 54 and Service Rd in Oneida as well as the new bridge over Duck Creek and murals underneath it.

The idea of “creative placemaking,” is eloquently expressed by Jamie Bennett in an FRBSF newsletter article. “Successful creative placemaking is not quantified by how many new arts centers, galleries, or cultural districts are built. Rather, its success is measured in the ways artists, formal and informal arts spaces, and creative interventions contribute toward community outcomes.” (Creative Placemaking in Community Planning and Development: An Introduction to ArtPlace America, by Jamie Bennett, ArtPlace America, for more see

Who should attend? Local elected officials, community planners, community organizers, artists, architects, engineers, teachers, farmers, gardeners, college students, environmental specialists, communication specialists, journalists, elders, and community advocates. Lunch is included with your registration. The final agenda will be available soon.

wi arts board logoFor FAQs, call Beth at (920) 490-3833. Or, register online through the Oneida Community Education Center (CEC) website via Community Pass (must have an account on Community Pass). Click here to register: .

The "Yukwana-taya: Our Village," creative placemaking conference is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The Oneida Nation Arts Program received a grant from the WI Arts Board to engage more community members in Native American basket making. The grant project, "Great Lakes Native American Basket Festival," was
funded was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Five master Native American basket-makers are featured in the festival co-sponsored with Woodland Indian Art, Inc.

The Oneida Basket Guild and ONAP coordinated four basket-making workshops in Oneida, WI, from October 2017 to June 2018. A master basket maker who taught Guild members traditional, contemporary, and free-style basket making techniques led each workshop. The workshop teachers included Kelly Church, Karen Tembreull, Jo Campbell-Amsler, Dawn Walden, and Jean Koon. The Guild membership has increased from 12 members to 42 and counting. The Guild also held a teen basket-making workshop and visited an elementary school to teach children about basket making.

The grant project wraps ups with a partnership between ONAP and Woodland Indian Art, Inc., to feature five master Native American basket makers, by invitation, at the Woodland Indian Art Show & Market (WIASM) this summer. The WIASM will be open June 1-3, 2018. Everyone is welcome to visit the WAISM in the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, 2040 Airport Dr, Green Bay, WI. Talk with all of the artists and enjoy their respective art forms and specialties.

The five invited master Native American basket makers will be introduced at the, "Great Lakes Native American Basket Festival," panel discussion on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 1:00pm to 2:30pm in the Radisson Hotel. Each of them will talk about basket making including cultural traditions, techniques, and whether their baskets are traditional, utilitarian, contemporary, or artistic forms.

Sarah Sockbeson is a Penobscot artist residing in Maine. Her great-grandmother made Penobscot baskets in the early 1900s on Indian Island, ME. In 2004, Sockbeson was an apprentice with Jennifer Neptune. She learned the history, techniques and art that has become modern native basketry. Museums and collectors were soon recognizing her across the country from Maine to Arizona. Her unique style incorporates many different elements of traditional Wabanaki technique; however, she combines the tradition with innovative colors and patterns to create a fresh, new approach to a timeless and beautiful art form. Visit her website and gallery here:

Renee Wasson Dillard is Odawa artist skilled in weaving baskets, mats, and bags. She is a recipient of the 2010 Michigan Heritage Award. She learned to weave using black ash splints, bulrushes, sweet-grass, and other natural fibers. Her weaving techniques are an older form of weaving to make mats, bags, and other items. Her work reflects her rich heritage and respect for the gifts she has received. An Odawa women and a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Renee is also of Celtic Heritage. This lends to her unique perspective of Native community, and of community as a whole, as well as the traditional Native values she makes a part of her everyday life. Watch a recent workshop Renee held at Bemidji’s Rail River Folk School in Minnesota:

Yvonne Walker-Keshick, also Odawa, is a descendant of a long line of excellent quill workers. He awards in a
1992 Michigan Heritage Award and the 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellow award. Her aunt, Anna Odeimin, is
reputedly one of the finest quill workers of the early twentieth century. Walker-Keshick began making porcupine quill boxes in 1968 with teacher, Susan Shagonaby. Walker-Keshick became a full-time quill worker and teacher in 1980. Since then, she has generously shared her skills with her family and community. She has written a manuscript on quill work that provides technical instruction and describes the cultural meanings related to this tradition. Walker-Keshick is one of the finest quill workers in North America and a dominant force in preserving the cultural heritage of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa.

Patrick William Kruse, Red Cliff Ojibwa, has an in-depth and vast traditional knowledge in birch bark basket- making. He has awards: 2015 NACF Regional Artist Fellowship, and Kruse has spent more than thirty years practicing his art of making baskets with birch bark. He is considered a culture bearer by way of practicing many of his other Ojibwa traditions, such as wild rice harvesting, seasonal birch bark gathering, and the use of natural sinew to stitch his baskets together. Kruse continues to share old designs and patterns that he discovered in research with community youth and elders, and many other artists traveling throughout his region. As Kruse stated that, discovering these old designs and patterns — so many of which are not utilized in contemporary art forms — the ancestors were speaking to him through the historic basketry. He shares his experiences as a Native American Artist-in-Residence (NAAIR) at the Minnesota Historical Society:

Christian Roth is the one of youngest of the Ho Chunk basket artists. Chris has been taught in the art of basket making since he was 12 years of age near Wittenberg, Wisconsin. Chris is a weaving master of five basket forms. His parents, Correne Soldier and Palmer Soldier, taught him. He enjoys the art of basket making and states that the purpose for basket making was to "learn the art of basket making, material preparation, and to follow in the footsteps of my ancestors, so I, too, could hand down the knowledge of an age old art."

The Great Lakes Native American Basket Festival brings together beginner and master basket makers as well as collectors and arts patrons. Historically, Native American basketry was both beautiful and utilitarian. The way they weaved their baskets demonstrates the sharp and engineering mind of Indigenous people. In recent decades, basket makers recognized how much others appreciated their craft, as well, and they were able to support their families by selling their baskets. Today, Native American baskets are still highly valued by collectors and art patrons.

For more info about the Woodland Indian Art Show & Market, visit their Facebook or their website.

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With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Oneida Nation Arts Program (ONAP), we are hosting a five-day song writing and recording gathering for Native American musicians. The project is to imagine and write the ‘lost’ songs of Native people. Lost songs are those melodies and songs that fall outside of the traditional music sung in Native communities today yet still reflect Native culture either traditionally inspired or contemporarily influenced.

The goal of this project is to bring together Native musicians and recording engineer in a secluded location to create and help build a repertoire of Native cultural music that can be arranged or modified for children, particularly Native children, to sing in schools and choirs. Apply to join this songwriting retreat.

This is a very special project. With funding from the NEA and ONAP, we are taking one moment in history to give voice to the lost generations whose songs have been hidden.

Musicians arrive on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. Sunday evening there is the orientation and getting to know you jam session, each musician singing a song they have written. Monday, Feb. 5th – Thursday, Feb. 8th, 2018, musicians works in groups or alone, writing and recording. Later in the evening, artists will share their compositions and provide feedback to each other. Additional musicians (band) may be available. On Thursday, the group will coordinate a community performance for that evening somewhere low key. The event ends Friday, Feb. 9th, 2018 at noon.

The project has allocated funds to cover the costs of lodging, travel and stipend for a core group of artists. However other artists are encouraged to apply. Artists will be reviewed by the core group. If selected, additional artists may receive some funds to help cover costs. When filling out the Native Songwriting Workshop application, please indicate at what level you would need to participate.

TIMELINE: Application deadline: January 12, 2018. Workshop begins Feb. 4, 2018.

INFORMATION: Call Beth Bashara (920) 490-3833, or send email.

SUBMIT APPLICATIONS: Return applications by fax, snail mail, or attach to an email to Beth Bashara. Fax (920) 490-3839. Snail mail address:
Beth Bashara, Oneida Nation Arts Program, PO Box 365, Oneida, WI, 54155

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The First Peoples Fund (FPF) will present the "Native Artist Professional Development Training," workshop, Sept. 26-27, 2017, at the Oneida Nation Community Education Center (CEC). The workshop begins at 8:45am with sign-in and a continental breakfast. The CEC is located at 2632 S. Packerland Drive in Green Bay, WI, 54313. The registration fee of $20 dollars covers all workshop materials, the continental breakfast and boxed lunches for both days.

The FPF trainers will walk artists through a series of planning tools that are designed to help artists
understand the elements and importance of successful planning for their art as a business. The workshop agenda includes series of budgeting, money management tools, and marketing tips. During the training, artists will also look at ways to understand and utilize various pricing formulas to obtain a profit margin.

Artists who attend shows will benefit from the session about developing an art show calendar, show prep, what to expect at an art show, post-show and Internet links. There is also a session to look at a sample business plan and what kind of grants resources are available for artists.

For more information, download the FPF agenda.

Call for 2017 Native American Artist-in-Residence Program

The Minnesota Historical Society is currently seeking applications for the 2017 Native American Artist-in-Residence Program. In 2017, the program will award a number of residencies for Native artists engaged in traditional material art making and provide them stipends to connect with museum collections, peer artists, and/or other knowledgeable community members. Artists must currently reside in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, or South Dakota. Application Deadline is April 1, 2017.

Although it is recognized that storytelling, song and dance are elements of traditional culture, and art forms in their own right, this residency is currently specific to traditional material arts.

The goal of the program is to create opportunities for Native artists to use collections and library resources in order to enhance their artwork and engage their community. Selected artists will receive a $25,000 stipend, plus additional money for travel.

For more information, please visit the MN Historical Society for more info and their Facebook MNHS page. .

Questions can be directed to 651-259-3281 or email

Call for RFP from Oneida Artists for LPGA Trophy Designs

The board of the Woodland Indian Arts, Inc. issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) from Oneida artists. The WIA is coordinating a juried art competition for concepts and designs for a trophy for the LPGA tournament. The artists must be an enrolled tribal member of the Oneida Nation in WI. There will be a monetary award for the selected trophy design.

The artists' proposal deadline is Thursday, December 15, 2016, by 4:30pm. The submitted design concepts, sketches and descriptions will be reviewed by a panel of judges. The award notification will be revealed - via email and/or phone. The selected artist must create the physical trophy by March in 2017.

The winning design will be cast in Bronze and the trophy will be awarded to the winner of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic to be held at Thornberry Creek at Oneida. The artist will also be required to create a replica of the trophy in live demonstration during the week of LGPA tournament July 3-9, 2017.

The Woodland Indian Art, Inc. is a non-profit organization created to expand the awareness and appreciation of Woodland Indian art and culture through education, events and markets. We bring Woodland Indian artists together to showcase the distinct artistic styles and cultures of tribes from eastern United States. By growing appreciation of their diversity, we help grow their economy through the sales of their art work.

Download the trophy design RFP form. For info, contact John Breuninger by email.

Raised Beadwork: On the Fringe Beading Classes and Events

In conjunction with the International Iroquois Beadwork Conference (IIBC), the Oneida Nation Arts Program sponsors beading classes and other activities in the "Raised Beadwork: On the Fringe," series. (For more info about the IIBC, email conference coordinator Dolores Elliott or go to their website: for conference registration.)

Together, the Oneida Nation Arts Program and the Oneida Community Education Center present raised beadwork classes and presentation that are open to the public. An exhibit at the Oneida Nation Museum is also open to the public.on fringe poster

During the "Raised Beadwork: On the Fringe" beading class series, two well known Iroquois Raised Beadwork artists, Sam Thomas (Cayuga) and Rose Mary Hill (Tuscarora) will be teaching classes. Both Thomas and Hill are well known for their style of raised beadwork. Thomas adheres to an older style and Hill incorporates more color and elements in her work. Two local Oneida women, Loretta Webster and Judith Jourdan, are also teaching raised beadwork classes.

In addition to a series of four classes in Iroquois Raised Beadwork, several events are open to the public:

The Oneida Nation Nation Museum is hosting a Raised Beadwork Exhibit on Fri. Sept. 16th at 4:00-6:30pm.
The conference coordinators for the IIBC will hold an Open House with vendor demos and displays at the Oneida Community Education Center (CEC), Sat. Sept.17th at 4:00-5:00pm.

A presentation on the "History of Iroquois Beadwork," by Dolores Elliott, a retired archaeologist and collector of Iroquois beadwork will be held the Oneida CEC, Sun. Sept. 18th at 1:30pm.

All classes in the 'On the Fringe' series will be held at the Oneida Community Education Center (CEC), 2632 Packerland Drive, Green Bay, WI, 54313. Info: Christine (920) 490-3831 or email:
Download the On the Fringe classes schedule and registration forms

This "Raised Beadwork: On the Fringe," project is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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"Oneida: Tell Us About It" is the theme for mural

The Oneida Language House seeks creative ideas for a traveling mural project from local youth. Artistic and civic minded Oneida youth, between the ages, 11-17 years, are welcome to share their artistic expression in this public art project the: “Oneida: Tell Us About It.”

The mural art program runs from August 24 to August 31, (Wed, Thu,, Fri, Mon, Tue, Wed) at the Oneida Language House, 3757 Hillcrest Drive, Green Bay, WI 54313. from 5:00-7:00pm.

The youth will share ideas, and help create and paint large outside murals. During this project, youth will also learn some Oneida language and culture. Space is limited to fifteen young people. The application is due Weds., August 17, 2016.

Please call today to reserve your spot or fill out and send in our online application:
Download application form.

For more information Jessica Powless at (920) 496-5686 or email her at

Writers Workshops Focus on Art Critique

In this Spring Native Writers Workshop series, writers will learn the craft of art criticism using history and culturally sensitive methods. The first session includes a field trip to the Oneida Nation Museum.

There are three sessions in the Spring Native Writers Workshops on three different Saturdays. Each session will be from 10:00am to 2:00pm and includes a light lunch on 3 Saturdays: April 16th, April 30th, and May 14th. Participants will also get this nifty YL journal notebook.

Heather Ahtone is a featured guest speaker in the second workshop on Sat. April 30, 2016. She will present her program, "Designed to Last: Issues for Critical Discussion about American Indian Art” addressing the cultural aspects of Indigenous art.

Ahtone, is a curator at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma. In a recent article, she states “Each tribal culture has local ideals, values, and beliefs that necessarily require consideration. These can be incorporated into a larger framework that allows for discussion of the art in a broader continental manner, which I assert can be useful in understanding the Indigenous aesthetic,” (Wicazo Sa Review, Spring , 2012).

The Oneida Nation Arts Program (ONAP) was awarded a grant from the First Nations Development Institute under its Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative (NACBI) to sponsor the Spring Native Writers Workshops. The grant is made possible through generous support from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

Download the registration form:

Visit from National Endowment for the Arts

The Oneida Tribe of Indians' program is (one of a few) Native American tribal arts agency in the country. In November of 2014, ONAP got a visit from National Endowment for the Arts chairwoman Jane Chu, who noted the unique importance of such a cultural program.

"They pass forward not only their traditions and their heritage," Chu said. "But it gives us all an opportunity to know better their cultural history." The Oneida tribe has received more than $100,000 in grants from the endowment over the past 20 years to help advance music, dance, painting, sewing, pottery and a long list of other arts programs.

"We wanted to see the great things Wisconsin is doing, because we know that you have a very robust arts community and many arts activities," said Chu, who also visited programs in Appleton, Milwaukee and Sheboygan. -- Patti Zarling, Green Bay Press Gazette Media, Nov. 6, 2014. See the video of Jane Chu's visit.

Call for Oneida Graphic Artists

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Calling all enrolled Oneida artists 18 years and older. The Oneida Nation is looking to create a visual representation of who we are. This can be considered a “Logo” contest. We are currently looking for Oneida artists who can design a creative, innovative, professional design that is easily recognizable and promotes the Oneida Nation in a positive manner.

Our goal is to have a design that promotes “A good mind, a good heart and a strong fire.”

  • Brand Position: We are people of peace who respect and honor the Creator and all creation, especially our brothers, sisters and neighbors.
  • Brand Essence: Nurture the fire within the self. Support the fire in all others.
  • Brand Personality: Introspective, joyful, reflective, wise, with a generous sense of humor and a healthy perspective on life

A strong brand identity for the Oneida Nation should be our face to the world. It should be easily recognizable, evoke trust, integrity and convey a sense of who we are. Because we are such a broad and diverse nation, we cannot expect it to tell our entire story. We want a logo to create a strong positive disposition.

The contest will begin immediately and submissions will be accepted until the close of business, at 4:30 p.m. on September 30, 2015. Download criteria for how to Enter the Logo Contest. For more info, contact Bobbi Webster, Communications Dept. (920) 869-4270, or email

Native Writers Workshops in Milwaukee

feather quillThe Native American communities in Wisconsin need writers to reflect upon their communities, their arts, their culture, and their current events from the Native point of view. The Oneida Nation Arts Program (ONAP) and the Southeastern Oneida Tribal Services (SEOTS) Center are co-sponsoring two Native Writer Workshops in Milwaukee on Aug. 15th and Aug. 2nd for all levels of writers. The workshops are open to the general public. SEOTS is at 5233 W. Morgan Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53220.

ONAP publishes a literary journal for and about Native American communities titled, "Yukhika-Lathuse," (You-key-gaw La-dooz). The Yukhika will begin its online publication on a dedicated website this fall.

The first workshop, "Finding Your Voice," will focus upon helping writers realize what stories they need to tell, and also which format they should use to tell them. Workshop I will be held Sat. Aug. 15th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The second workshop, "Refining Your Words," includes writing activities to help writers focus their gaze on a specific component of their work so they can captivate their audience. Workshop II will be held Sat., Aug., 22nd, from 10:00 am to 3:00pm. In addition, writers will share their work with fellow participants, and discuss which stories are ready to be published. Writers may submit their work to ONAP for publication on the Yukhika online journal.

The workshop fee is $20.00 payable to the Oneida Nation Arts Program (ONAP). Participants may register and pay at the workshop. The registration fee is for both workshops and covers the cost of the lunch for both days. To receive the greatest benefit, both workshops should be taken.

The instructor, Ryan Winn teaches English, Theatre, and Communications at College of Menominee Nation, where he also serves as the Humanities Department Chair. In addition to serving as the acting editor of Yukhika-latuhse, Ryan writes a monthly opinion column for the Tribal College Journal and his work has been featured both in the "Indian Country Today" and the "Winds of Change," publications.

This Native Writers Workshop is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, the National Endowment for the Arts and ONAP.

For more info: SEOTS 262-309-9319; Ryan Winn, or Sherrole Benton,

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Unity of Nations Art Show

The Oneida Nation Arts Program is proud to present the first Unity of Nations Exhibit: Contemporary Interpretations of Native Arts at The Art Garage in Green Bay, WI from Sept. 3, 2015 to Sept. 29, 2015. Deadline to submit works of art is July 15, 2015. More info about the Art Garage.

There is no fee to enter. Register and more information. Contact Christine for more info, or assistance to prepare photos or registration materials.

The exhibit will showcase Native American Artists interpretations of traditional and contemporary arts . The exhibit will feature the work of Special Guest Artists Mark Fischer and Sam Thomas along with that of Artists selected through the jury process.

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WI Native American Playwright Festival
Playwrights Festival June, 2015

Join us a for a bowl of soup and staged readings of five new Native American plays. You can vote for you favorite play, too.

One evening, five new Native American plays, Sat. March 28, 2015, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Oneida Parish Hall, 2936 Freedom Rd, Oneida, WI, 54155.

A final selection of the plays will be featured in the main event of the WNAP Playwrights Festival and may include a full theatrical production be held in June of 2015. Runners up in the competition will also be eligible for an award and a workshop production of their script.

Co-sponsored by the Oneida Nation Arts Program and the College of Menominee Nation Theatre Department. This WI Native American Playwright Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more info: Beth Bashara at (920) 490-3833 or Ryan Winn (920) 715-799-6226 ext. 3070. Send electronic submissions of a one-act play, approx 30 pages, to Ryan Winn at by Feb 2, 2015.

Native Writers Workshop Advanced Topics

Native American writers are welcome to the advanced “Native Writers Workshop.” This gathering of writers will held in two sessions on Saturdays: Oct. 18 and Sat. Oct. 25th, 2014 from 9:30am to 3:00pm at the Potch-Chee-Nuck Bldg, N7240 Hwy 45, Wittenberg, WI 54499.

The affordable registration fee is $20.00 dollars and includes lunch on both days. Registration at the first session will be accepted. Download the flyer here.

The first workshop, “Overcoming Writer’s Block,” will focus upon techniques that get writers writing. The second workshop, “Writing for Publication,” will begin by revisiting the ideas discussed in the first workshop. We will then move to new writing activities help shape ideas to fulfill publishers’ needs.

These workshops feature advanced topics and will help all level of writers uncover their voice and inspire them to put their words to paper. Wisconsin’s Indian Nations need writers to preserve written accounts of their communities, their art, and their thoughts on current issues affecting us all.

The instructor, Ryan Winn teaches English, Theatre, and Communications at College of Menominee Nation, where he also serves as the Humanities Department Chair. Ryan is the Acting Editor of Yukhika-latuhse, and he writes a monthly opinion column about American Indian educational issues for the Tribal College Journal. Review the latest issue of the Yukhika here.

For more info, contact Ryan Winn at or Sherrole Benton at for a registration form or other questions.

The Native Writers Workshops are sponsored by the Oneida Nation Arts Program is supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Call for Proposals to Present at Writers Conference

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets is hosting its Spring Conference in Green Bay at the Radisson Inn on April 26th and is calling proposals for presentations for Native American Poets or Native American Storytellers

Poets and/or storytellers will read a selection of their work during one morning session and one session after lunch and include an interactive that relates to songs or rhythms of the earth, how they might inspire writing and poetry. Insights on how language – and the names for things – frames perspective would also be welcome. Duration: 1 hour (inclusive).

Poets/storytellers will be paid a stipend of $75 which includes lunch and an opportunity to sell books, broadsides or other printed material in the WFOP Book Fair available throughout the conference.

Please provide example poems or stories and an overview of your interactive activity in your accompanying email. All poets/storytellers will be notified by: April 14th.

Deadline: Monday, March 31st
Reply to: Tori Grant Welhouse, WFOP Regional VP


Native Writers Workshop in Lake Superior Ojibwe Community

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The Oneida Nation Arts Program (ONAP) is sponsoring a "Native Writers Workshop" in Washburn, WI, for all levels of writers. College and High School students can enter a writer's competition and be published in the upcoming issue of ONAP's literary journal for Native writers. The “Yukhika-latuhse” (pronounced you-key-kaw lah-duce, meaning She Tells Stories) is Wisconsin’s Indigenous People’s Voice in Arts and Culture.

The Native Writers Workshop will be held in two sessions on Sat. May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th, 2014, from 9:30am to 3:00pm . Writers to meet on the LCO Ojibwa Community College Campus, 305 W. 4th Street, Room 206, in Washburn, WI, 54891. The workshop fee is $20.00 dollars in includes lunch and a beverage for both days.

These workshops will help all level of writers uncover their voice and inspire them to put their words to paper for potential publication in a forthcoming installment of the Wisconsin’s Indian Nation’s Literary Journal, Yukhika-latuhse.

The instructor, Ryan Winn teaches English, Theatre, and Communications at College of Menominee Nation, where he also serves as the Humanities Department Chair.

In the first workshop, "Finding Your Voice," writers will focus upon writers realizing what stories they need to tell, and also what format they should use to tell them. Writers will have discussions and exercises in the following: Poetry-Using Five Senses; Fiction-A Necessary Change; and Non-Fiction-Passion Project.

The second workshop, "Refining Your Words," will move to new writing activities that help writers focus their gaze on a specific component of their work in order to captivate their audience. Discussions and exercises will include: Poetry—The Truth of the Matter; Fiction-A Choice and a Change in Three Voices; and Non-Fiction-Calling Us to Action.

The workshop fee can be at the workshop. For more info call Paula Maday at the LCOOCC campus at (715) 812-1040. Or, email the instructor, Ryan Winn at or ONAP: Sherrole Benton at The Workshop Registration form is available online and viewable best on a PC or laptop computer. Download the latest issue of the Yukhika, Volume 9, 2013.

Artist Development Series Fall 2013

ONAP has 8 scholarships are available for Oneida artists to attend the following professional artists development series at NWTC in Green Bay WI. Applicants for the ONAP scholarship must be exceptional artists or professional artists. Call Christine for more info and application at 920-490-3831.

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Factors to consider when selling work at a permanent store front or art fair. Learn how equipment, location, weather & staffing affect profit margin. Oct. 8, 2013, 5:30 – 8:30pm.

Juried Exhibitions:
Investigate the basics of photographic work, editing images, writing an artist’s statement, and compiling files for submission. Discover which shows are best for you. Oct. 15, 2013, 5:30 – 8:30pm.

Customer Retention:
Discover strategies for building and maintaining relationships with clients. Explore resources for setting up a web-based storefront, processing credit card transactions, promoting upcoming events and refining a brand identity. Nov. 5, 2013, 5:30 – 8:30pm.

Successful Selling:
Explore best practices for establishing a successful business model for selling your original art work. Identify venues that attract your target audience, create a portfolio & investigate e-commerce opportunities. Nov. 12 & 26, 2013, 5:30 – 8:30pm.

The ONAP has 8 scholarships are available for Oneida artists; deadline Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. After filling out the online application for the scholarship, look in upper right corner of the screen for the submit button. For more information on scholarships & reduced and fees contact Christine Klimmek via email or call 920-390-3831.

All NWTC "Artisan Business Course" workshops will be held at the Artisan Business Center, 1417 Cedar St., Green Bay, WI. Regular fee for the series is $102.71. For participants 62 years and older the fee is $35.50.

Summer Arts Camps 2013
by Paige Thompson and Jessica Shultz

Interns 2013As the summer of 2013 comes to an end, the art’s program staff, teachers, interns, and camp assistants would like to thank parents and their children for making all the summer camps a complete success. The Oneida Nation Arts Program (ONAP) held three children’s camps this summer: music, outdoor games, and theatre. The interns for the 2013 summer camps were Paige Thompson and Jessica Schultz pictured from left to right in the photo above.

The “Music of Our Culture” (MOC) camp was the biggest camp this summer by number of campers. During this camp, children learned a variety of new songs as well as how to sing some parts of those songs in the Oneida language. Apart from learning these songs, the children also learned about the powwow drum and the native flute.

This three-week camp ended with a performance for the “National TribalMOC Summer 2013l Child Support Association,” conference, in June, at the Radisson Hotel in Green Bay, WI. The performance was a success due to the help from great teachers and interns. The MOC program is grateful to everyone who loaned traditional outfits the children in need. Because of all the hard work put in by the children and staff, the camp ended with fun activities such as swimming, a mini powwow, and a mini social. The children rehearsed for the performance as seen the photo.

a-w camp 13The second camp this summer was the “Arts and Wellness” camp. This one was a traditional summer camp where the kids got to enjoy many different activities and games for a week while having healthy lunches and snacks throughout the day. With the help of some very enthused interns, the children enjoyed fun activities such as tie-dye, kickball, clay molding, speed charades, and so much more. Other camp assistants worked with the kids to build forts and help them climb trees. The interns and camp assistants also coordinated a "water day" complete with water obstacles, water balloons, and a pizza party for the kids.

storytelling campThe final camp this summer was the “Culture and Story” camp. The children learned many different stories coming from all over the world, including some traditional Oneida stories. The stories were about "little people" in world cultures. The children made their own props. They also weaved baskets and used them in a stage play for the parents.

It was such a joy getting to work with the children this summer, and ONAP looks forward to next year’s summer camps.  

Oneida Art for Design mosiac tile of turtle

Oneida artists are welcome to submit artwork for the new Anna John Resident Care center in Oneida, WI. The Oneida Nation Arts Board is seeking both children's art and professional artists' work for the center. Child artists receive a gift card for submitting pieces to be considered. All initial applications must be made by email with an attached photo of the artwork and the "Changing Spaces," art contest application. Deadline: June 27, 2013.

The Oneida Nation Arts Board is excited to introduce a new project that acquires art pieces from Oneida tribal members and their families to be displayed in tribal buildings. Oneida Art for Design art contest “promotes the diverse artistic expression within the community that reflects our heritage and spirit for future generations.” This is a great opportunity to give back to your community through your gifts of arts and craft.

What are we looking for? We are looking for a wide variety of art pieces from: traditional to contemporary, fine arts to craft arts, children’s art to professional art. We will select up to 35 pieces in 2D (things that hang on the wall) and 10 pieces of 3D (things that fit in display cases). The 2D work should not be framed or mounted and no larger than 3 ft x 4 ft.

Where will it be placed? For this application, we will be selecting pieces to display in the new Anna John Resident Community Care Complex.

How do I participate? There are two ways to participate: Community Contest and Purchasing Program. This is open to all Oneida tribal members.

In the Community Contest, children, students, and community members submit an application and picture by email only. Each person submitting in the Community Contest will receive a $10 retail card. Pieces selected for purchasing will receive a $40 Wal-Mart card. In the Community Contest, each piece will be reviewed and awarded a 1st or 2nd place by the Oneida Nation Arts Board. All participants will receive a $10 gift card. The Arts Board will notify applicants. Applicants receiving a 1st place will be asked to bring in their pieces to the Arts Program the week of July 8 for a second round of consideration. A community committee will review the 1st place winners and select up to 25 pieces for display. A $40 gift card to Wal-Mart will be given in exchange for each art piece selected. Pieces will be framed and/or displayed at the Anna John Community Care Center. Pieces not selected will be held for pick up until August 15.

In the Purchasing Program, artists and craft people submit an application with a picture and a purchase price by email only. Maximum purchasing price is $500. In Purchasing Program, the Arts Board will review applicants and selects pieces for possible purchase. Applicants selected for possible purchase will be asked to bring in their art pieces to the Arts Program cottage by July 8 for a second round of consideration. A community committee will review the pieces and select up to 20 pieces for display. Applicants will be paid the purchase price, receiving checks in early August.

How does this work? Applications are due to the Arts Program by June 27, 2013 by email only. Applications must be complete and include a picture of the work to be considered. Send an email to and attach the application and photo of the art piece. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Criteria for Selection? The Oneida Nation Arts Board will be looking for pieces that reflect our mission: “…diverse artistic expression within the community that reflects our heritage and spirit for future generations.”

Other Details: Participation in this program is voluntary; and if your piece is selected or purchased it will be the property of the Oneida Tribe of Indians. Pieces may be used by various programs of the Oneida Tribe of Indians for promotional use.

Native Fashion in the 18th Century18th century fashion

The Fur Trade eras were an exciting time for cultural exchanges between the traders and the Native people. Europeans brought goods from other countries to trade with the Native American for furs in the 18th century. It’s interesting to see how the Native people adapted and re-fashioned the trade goods for their own use.

Wool and cotton fabrics replaced buckskin. Trade beads and silver replaced porcupine quill decorations. Ostrich feathers and metal “coats of arms” adorned their fashion. The Native American design in clothing and accessories is unique and intriguing. By the Revolutionary War, the Native people had their own recognizable fashion.

The Neville Public Museum and the Oneida Nation Arts Program presents “18th Century Native Fashion Day,” on Saturday, May 11th from 11:00am to 4:00pm at the Neville Public Museum, 210 Museum Place, Green Bay WI. The program is free with admission to the museum.

The event is informal and family friendly. Held on Mother’s Day weekend, it’s something the entire family can enjoy. Seamstresses and those who work with crafts, beads, silver, and feathers may find some inspirations for their next projects at this event.

Historians will present a slide show in the auditorium showing some Iroquoian clothing and accessories. There will also be Menominee clothing exhibit featuring the unique ribbon applique, turbans, and other items. Live demonstrations for making Oneida baskets and kastowe headdresses are on the schedule. Children can enjoy a scavenger hunt in the “Edge of the Inland Sea” exhibit.

The presenters will show slide shows of 18th century clothing. Pittsburgh native Scott Stephenson holds an MA and PhD in American History from the University of Virginia. He will show "The Indian Fashion: Getting Dressed in 18th Century Native America," at 1:00pm.

Michael Galban, public historian at Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY, will show "Winnowing with Mohawks in Great Britain: A Pictorial Journey Through the Eastern Woodland Material,” at 3:00pm. This presentation shows the collection of native things held in the Oxford Museum in the United Kingdom.

The Menominee Historic Preservation will have an exhibit of traditional Menominee clothing and accessories. The Oneida Nation Museum will show the men's hat or traditional kastowe. The Oneida Basket Guild will demonstrate Oneida style baskets.

For more information, please contact our Curator of Education, Matt Welter, at 920-448-7851 or visit the website at

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Oneida Nation Arts Program, the Oneida Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Singing Life back into the Tribal Community

childrens choirImagine an Oneida community where everyone can sing songs in the Oneida language and share those songs with their children and grandchildren. Imagine a place where Oneida people will know tribal traditions for much longer. This Oneida can be a reality and it is starting to take shape in the Oneida Nation Arts Program (ONAP) through the Music from Our Culture (MOC) apprenticeship program.

Don’t miss this rewarding opportunity to be a part of something fun, cultural, and educational. The MOC apprenticeship program meets every Tuesday from 5:00pm-7:00pm in the Oneida Arts Program, located at 1270B Packerland Drive, Green Bay, WI. 

As a unique culture training program, the MOC apprenticeship gathers Oneida community members who want to learn traditional Oneida traditional music and dance, Oneida Hymns, and some Oneida language. It offers an exciting new way to rejuvenate the Oneida community with our own traditional music. This program has the potential to mend our cultural bridge and bring a diverse community together in a way only music can.  

Once training is completed, ONAP offers a broad spectrum of opportunities from teaching certifications to potential paid performances, or just a personal interest in learning more about Oneida culture, songs, and dances.

ONAP collaborated with community members well versed in Iroquois social songs and the Oneida Hymns. Together, these seasoned singers offer a comprehensive apprenticeship program for adults and young adults, ages 16 and up, who are interested in learning music from the Oneida culture.  

MOC is gladly accepting rolling admissions and will be teaching interested community members through March 2013.  For more info, call Beth at 920-490-3833 or by email.


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