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Black Pinto Horse: Artist and Community Builder

“The foundation of my life and career is art, giving and education.  My livelihood as an artist, educator, humanitarian
& storyteller chose me- art being my first love”. 

Monte Yellow Bird Sr., better known in the art world as Black Pinto Horse tells stories using a vibrant application of oil paint on canvas in the form of First Nation icons, more specifically of the Plains tribes, adding three-dimensional elements such as shells, feathers, beadwork, etc, as well as creating drawings using colored pencil on antique ledgers, indicative of the 1800’s American Indian ledger style.  He signs his paintings and ledger art using the name given through ceremony, Black Pinto Horse.

“If you’re going to shine,
shine brightly”.
The themes of Black Pinto Horse’s work speak to all generations, past, present and future, about the essence of life; for example, the Sacred Water (tstooxu' waaRUxtii), the Tree of Life, and Holy Dog (there is no specific word for horse in Arikara; the combination of the words Holy or sacred and dog make up the word for Horse).  In this way, he pays tribute to his spiritual roots; the traditional teachings, ceremonies, and devout Christian faith modeled by his mother. 

He paints to educate, and shares, “There are so many stories untold- the issues we face, the incongruities that have occurred to our people, our history and the true heartbeat of our heritage.  At its core, lies a harmonic balance between humanity and nature which I like to showcase using bright colors and images that activate the viewer’s imagination.”  While listening to a lecture by Black Pinto Horse at Purdue University, it is truly inspirational to feel and experience the love and compassion he has for his people, a driving force which helps him educate in a kind and gentle manner.

“As an artist there are several things that motivate me; the first and what I treasure the most, is sharing First Nation culture, stories, images, colors and art to the public- watching their eyes open a little wider as they listen, look and feel.  The second is working with children of all backgrounds and cultures, guiding them to discover who they are through the exchange of culture, stories and art during visual art workshops.  Finally, giving back to my people and communities across the nation inspires my artwork”.

Black Pinto Horse is Arikara and Hidatsa from the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota.  When he was sixteen he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts which allowed him the opportunity to express himself artistically.  He furthered his art and history studies at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND majoring in History Education with an Art minor. In 2002, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Minot State University, Minot, ND.  Monte and wife Emily, reside in Great Falls MT where he served as the Artist in Residence in 2007 & 2008 with the Great Falls Public schools and Paris Gibson Square Museum. 

Since 2004, as innovative entrepreneurs, he and his wife combine fine art and education within their company Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts- they form partnerships with galleries, museums and educational institutions both nationally and internationally.  He attends prestigious Indian Art Markets such as Santa Fe, the Heard and Eiteljorg Museums and has collectors worldwide, such as the piece displayed in the permanent collection of the Volkenkunde Museum of Leiden Netherlands.

Within the educational component of their company, Monte provides presentations, lectures and workshops to K-12 school systems, Universities and teachers.  Using the springboard of art and culture, weaving together golden threads of history, math and science and trimming it with character building, he guides participants, young and old, down a vibrant trail towards creativity and personal development.  He strives to inspire young and old, to learn about whom they are, where they come from and to be proud of their heritage.  He comments, “Our answers can be found within our culture for building a better future for our people.” 

Ever since he was a little boy, Monte’s held a deep passion for helping people.  "Empathy towards others, the knowledge that I have a purpose, gift and direction towards making a difference in the world, has inspired me to help others”.  He has been involved with a handful of fundraising projects with charities such as Easter Seals, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and many others.  In 2004, he painted a life-size fiberglass horse for Easter Seals fundraising event, Catch a Painted Pony which was the highest selling at $11,100 and was purchased by Pepsi of Minot ND.   In 2005 he painted a life-size fiberglass bison on sight in the West Acres Mall, “Buffalo Path the Gathering” which was purchased by the mall for $12,000 and the proceeds went to the Arts Partnership of Fargo ND.  


Monte Yellow Bird with his Painted Pony

"When asked what my favorite color is, I reply, “BRIGHT”.  “We’re only on this earth for but a short time” (words taken from an Arikara ceremonial song), I add “If you’re going to shine, shine brightly”, which is my coined phrase that best describes my career and livelihood."

A few of his recent accomplishments include *recognized in the Native Peoples Magazine, September/ October as well as May/ June issue 2011, * awarded the National Native Creative Development grant by the Longhouse Educational Center, Olympia WA, * recipient of Aboriginal Art Acquisition Plan, a permanent installation commission of Vancouver Community College- Vancouver British Columbia, * juried into the Viridian Artists competition in both 2009 and 2010 by Elizabeth Susman, curator of the Whitney Museum of Art- N.Y.C, * chosen as the Artist in Residence at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art- Indianapolis IN November 2010, * awarded by the First Peoples Fund, the Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship- Rapid City SD 2008 .


Education
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Minot State University, Minot ND, 2002
  • Education Program, North Dakota State University, Fargo ND, 1997-1995
  • Carpentry Certificate, Fort Berthold Community College, New Town ND, 1994
  • General Studies/ Fine Arts, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe NM, 1975-1977
  • Boy's Town behavior modification Model, Boy's Town - Nebraska
  • Reality Therapy - Dr. W. Glasser
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Fellowships

  • Residency Fellowship, SWAIA, Santa Fe Indian Art Market, August 2014
  • Artist in Business Leadership, First Peoples Fund, Rapid City SD, 2013 & 2009

Honors

  • Guest Artist, Colter Bay Visitor Center, Grand Teton National Park, July 2013
  • Artist in Residence, Cultural Crossroads Program, Holter Museum, Helena MT, January 3013
  • National Native Creative Development Program Award, Longhouse Education & Cultural Center, Olympia WA, August 2011
  • Traditional Arts Apprenticeship, Master Instructor, North Dakota Arts Council, Bismarck ND, 2011
  • Recipient of the Aboriginal Art Acquisition Plan, Vancouver Community College permanent collection, awarded a commission of works, Vancouver British Columbia, November 2010
  • Artist in Residence, Eiteljorg Museum of Western Art and American Indian, November 2010
  • Outstanding University of North Dakota TRIO Alumni Award, Grand Forks ND, 2006
  • Minot State University Art Show Merit Award, Honorable Mention, Minot ND, 2001
  • National Art Award, Department of Labor, Washington D.C, 1980

Awards

  • 2nd Place, Drawing and Painting, Santa Fe Indian Art Market, August 2013
  • 1st Place Drawings Eiteljorg Museum Indian Art Market June 2013
  • 3rd Place Drawings, Eiteljorg Museum Indian Art Market June 2013
  • 1st Place Paintings and Photography, Autry Museum, November 2012
  • 1st Place Paintings, Eiteljorg Museum Indian Art Market June 2011
  • 2nd Place Drawings, Eiteljorg Museum Indian Art Market, June 2011
  • 1st place, Painting, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis IN, 2011
  • 2nd place, Drawing, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis IN, 2011
  • 2nd place, Graphics, 40th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show, Cherokee Heritage Center, OK
  • 1st place, Pekin Days Art Show, Pekin ND, July 2010
  • 3rd place drawing, Red Earth Art Market, Oklahoma City, OK, June 2010
  • 2nd place, oils, Cherokee Indian Art Market, Tulsa OK, October 2009
  • Honorable mention, oils, Eiteljorg Indian Art Market, Indianapolis IN, June 2009
  • 3rd place, mixed media, Great Falls Indian Art Market, Great Falls MT, March 2009
  • 1st place sculpture, 2nd place mixed media, Northern Plain Indian Art Market, Sioux Falls SD, September 2006
  • 3rd place, mixed media, Nelson County Art Show, Pekin ND, 2005
  • Minot State University Art Show Merit Award, Honorable Mention, Minot ND, 2001
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Collections

  • Jamestown Regional Medical Center, 2 ledger art works, Jamestown ND, October 2011
  • Vancouver Community College, 2 paintings(each measure 3’ x 4’), British Columbia, November 2010
  • Volkenkunde Museum, 1 ledger piece for permanent collection, Leiden Netherlands, August 2009
  • North Dakota State University, 5’ x 10’ mural, 4 panels, mixed media, June 2009
  • Senior Senator of North Dakota, Byron Dorgan, oil on canvas, January 2009
  • Advanced Engineering and Surveying Inc., “Hope and Courage”, life-size colt and mare, Rapid City SD, May 2007
  • Four Bears Casino & Lodge, Lewis & Clark Signature Event, 2 oil on canvas, Fort Berthold ND, September 2006
  • West Acres Mall, 1 painting, 3” x 4”, Fargo ND, August 2006
  • West Acres Mall, “Buffalo Path the Gathering”, life-size buffalo, Fargo ND, March 2006
  • South Dakota Senator, Tom Daschel,  Winter Count, 2006
  • North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, permanent collection, oil on canvas, Medora ND, June 2005
  • Easter Seals, “Catch a Painted Pony”, life-size horse, Bismarck ND, 2005
  • Pepsi, “Black Pinto Horse”, Highest Selling life-size Horse for $11,100, Minot ND, 2004
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Exhibitions- Galleries and Museums

  • Conflict, Courtship, Ceremony and the Chase; Renowned ledger artists from across the nation, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls MT, January- April 2014
  • The “Wild Life” Group Exhibition, Danforth Gallery, Livingston MT, August – September 2013
  • Holter Benefit Auction, Holter Museum, Helena MT, June 2013
  • Mud Pony Traveling Exhibit, Art Center, Jamestown ND, May 2013
  • Mud Pony Traveling Exhibit, Memorial Union Gallery, North Dakota State University, Fargo ND, March 2013
  • Black Pinto Horse, A Retrospective; Stories, Traditions, Faith, Holter Museum, Helena MT, January –April 2013
  • Yellowstone Museum Benefit Auction, Billings MT, Winter 2013
  • Missoula Art Museum Benefit Auction, Missoula MT, Winter 2013
  • Paris Gibson Art Auction, Great Falls MT, Winter 2013
  • Harvest Moon Ball, Glacier National Park, East Glacier MT, October 2012
  • Western Art Gallery, Calgary Stampede, Calgary Alberta, July 2012
  • Contemporary Indigeneity, The New Art of the Great Plains, Great Plains Art Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE, June 1- July 29, 2012
  • 41st Annual Trail of Tears Art Show, Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah OK, Spring 2012
  • Missoula Art Museum Benefit Auction, Missoula MT, Winter 2012
  • Paris Gibson Art Auction, Great Falls MT, Winter 2012
  • 2-person show, Great Falls Public Library, Great Falls MT, November 2011
  • Harvest Moon Ball, Glacier National Park, East Glacier MT, October 2011
  • Expressions Montana, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula MT, Summer 2011
  • Viridian Artists Juried Competition, Elisabeth Sussman, curator of the Whitney in N.Y.C was the juror, New York City, July 2011
  • Holter Benefit Auction, Holter Museum, Helena MT, June 2011
  • 40th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show, Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah OK, Spring 2011
  • Missoula Art Museum Benefit Auction, Missoula MT, Winter 2011
  • Paris Gibson Art Auction, Great Falls MT, Winter 2011
  • Yellowstone Benefit Art Auction, Billings MT, Winter 2011
  • Mary Show, Poudre River Art Center, Fort Collins CO, December 2010
  • B.E.S.T of First Nations Juried Competition, Blue Horse Gallery, Bellingham WA, October 2010
  • Harvest Moon Ball, Glacier National Park, East Glacier MT, October 2010
  • Fall Art Show, Bismarck Arts and Gallery Association, Bismarck ND, October 2010
  • Viridian Artists Juried Competition, New York City, July 2010
  • Nelson County Arts Council Juried Competition, Pekin ND, July 2010
  • Jamestown Art Center Juried Competition, Jamestown ND, May 2010
  • Hot Springs Juried Art Competition, Hot Springs MT, June 2010
  • Nelson County Winter Art Auction, Pekin ND, February, 2010
  • Missoula Art Museum, Missoula MT, winter 2010
  • Paris Gibson Art Auction, Great Falls MT, winter 2010
  • Yellowstone Art Auction, Billings MT, winter 2010
  • Black Pinto Horse, A Vision of Color and Tradition, Memorial Union Gallery, NDSU, Fargo ND, November 2009
  • Harvest Moon Ball, Glacier National Park, East Glacier MT, October 2009
  • The 70’s: The Revolution Continues, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe NM, August 2009
  • Viridian Artists Juried Competition, New York City, July 2009
  • Holter Art Auction, Holter Museum, Helena MT, June 2009
  • Hope: A Local Response to Hate, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls MT, July 2009
  • Story Time with Black Pinto Horse, Urban Art Project, Great Falls MT, February- May 2009
  • The Dahl, Rapid City SD, January- April 2009
  • Impressions de Provence, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls MT, January 2009
  • Underbrush Gallery, Featured Artist, Fargo ND, November 2008
  • Harvest Moon Ball, Glacier National Park, East Glacier MT, October 2008
  • Paris Gibson Square Museum, “High Spirits: Black Pinto Horse”, Great Falls MT, August 2008
  • Teacher’s Exhibit, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls MT, August- May 2008
  • Gallery 16, Western Art Show, Great Falls MT, March 2008
  • Prairie Edge Gallery, "The End of What Trail?", Santa Fe NM, October 2007
  • North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, Wild West Show and Sale, Medora ND, May- October 2007 
  • Four Seasons Gallery, Scottsdale AZ, September – May 2007
  • Taube Museum of Art, One man show, “Keepers of the Mystery REE-Applying paint”, Minot ND, May 2007
  • Northern Lights Gallery, One man show, “Keepers of the Mystery, REE-Applying paint”, Mayville ND, March 2007
  • Four Seasons Gallery, featured artist, Scottsdale AZ, February 2007
  • Lake Region Heritage Center, One man show, “Keepers of the Mystery REE-Applying paint”, Devils Lake ND, February 2007
  • James Memorial Center for Visual Arts, One man show, “Keepers of the Mystery REE-Applying paint”, Williston ND, January 2007
  • Jamestown Art Center, One man show, “Keepers of the Mystery, REE- Applying paint”, Jamestown ND, November 2006
  • Linda’s Gallery, Featured Artist, Bismarck ND, October 2006
  • Northwest Gallery, one man show, “Pony blankets and Buffalo Hides”, Minot ND, October 2006
  • Foot Hills Gallery, Featured Artist, Sheridan WY, August 2006
  • NDAGA, “Offerings of the Heart” Traveling Show , MT, ND, SD and MN, 2006-2003
  • Lewis and Clark Exhibition Traveling Art Show, North Dakota, Montana Locations, 2006 - 2002 
  • Two Rivers Gallery, Abstract Realities Native Show, Minneapolis MN, June 2005
  • Selected works in the ND Governor's and First Lady's Office, Bismarck ND, 2005
  • Five Nations Arts, Featured Artist, Bismarck ND, April 2005
  • Plains Art Museum, Metamorphosis, Fargo ND, 2002
  • Minot State University Gallery, “The Struggles, Love and Reflection of Black Pinto Horse; A Tribute to White Corn Tassel”, Minot ND, 2001
  • Public Library Gallery, “Images of an Arikara”, Minot ND, 2000 
  • Institute of American Indian Arts, Alumni Contemporary Art Show, Santa Fe NM, 2000, 1999  Return to Top

Shows

  • Heard Indian Art Market, Phoenix AZ, March 2014
  • Autry Museum’s Indian Art Market, Los Angeles, November 2013
  • Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Santa Fe NM, August 2013
  • Eiteljorg Indian Art Market, Indianapolis IN, June 2013
  • Riverfront Arts Festival, Harrisburg PA, May 2013
  • New Orleans Jazz Fest, New Orleans LA, May 2013
  • Western Masters Art Show, Great Falls, March 2013
  • Autry Museum’s Indian Art Market, Los Angeles, November 2012
  • Cherokee Art Market, Hard Rock Casino, Tulsa OK, October 2012
  • Big West Arts Festival, Sheridan WY, August 2012
  • Eiteljorg Indian Art Market, Indianapolis IN, June 2012
  • Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Memorial Day Market, Santa Fe NM, May 2012
  • Jay Contway Western Art Show, Great Falls MT, March 2012
  • Heard Indian Art Market, Phoenix AZ, March 2012
  • Autry Museum’s Indian Art Market, Los Angeles, November 2011
  • Black Hills State University, Spearfish SD, October 2011
  • Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Santa Fe NM, August 2011
  • Big West Arts Festival, Sheridan WY, August 2011
  • Eiteljorg Indian Art Market, Indianapolis IN, June 2011
  • Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Memorial Day Market, Santa Fe NM, May 2011
  • Jay Contway Western Art Show, Great Falls MT, March 2011
  • Heard Indian Art Market, Phoenix AZ, March 2011
  • Cherokee Indian Art Market, Tulsa OK, October 2010
  • Big West Arts Festival, Sheridan WY, August 2010
  • National Folk Festival, Butte MT, July 2010
  • Eiteljorg Indian Art Market, Indianapolis IN, June 2010
  • Heard Indian Art Market, Heard Museum, Phoenix AZ, March 2010
  • Cherokee Indian Art Market, Tulsa OK, October 2009
  • Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Santa Fe NM, August 2009
  • Big West Arts Festival, Sheridan WY, August 2009
  • Knife River Indian Villages Culture Festival, Stanton ND, July 2009
  • 71st National Folk Fest, Butte MT, July 2009
  • Eiteljorg Indian Art Market, Indianapolis IN, June 2009
  • Red Earth Indian Art Market, Oklahoma City OK, June 2009
  • Indian Art Market, Great Falls MT, March 2009
  • 3rd Annual Cherokee Art Market, Tulsa Oklahoma, October 2008
  • 7th Indigenous Peoples Art Market, Mount Pleasant MI, October 2008
  • 12th Annual Harvest Moon Ball, East Glacier MT, September2008
  • Arts in the Park, Swan Valley ID, August 2008
  • Fort Union Native American Showcase, Williston ND, 2008
  • Big West Arts Festival, Sheridan WY, August 2008
  • Arts in the Park, Kalispel MT, July 2008
  • Arbor Day, Arrowhead Fine Art Gallery, Columbia Falls, MT, May 2008
  • The Heard Indian Market, 50th Anniversary, Phoenix AZ, March 2008
  • Great Falls Native American Art Show, Great Falls Montana, March 2008
  • Cherokee Indian Art Market, Tulsa OK, October 2007
  • James Memorial Culture Fest, Williston ND, September 2007
  • Northern Plains Indian Art Market, Sioux Falls SD, September 2007
  • Heritage Festival, Fort Totten ND, September 2007
  • Haskell Indian Art Market, Lawrence KS, September 2007
  • Mount Gretna Art Show, Mount Gretna PA, August 2007
  • Big West Arts Festival, Sheridan WY, August 2007
  • Dillon Fine Art Show, Dillon CO, July 2007
  • Pelican Rapids International Friendship Festival, Pelican Rapids MN, June 2007
  • Jay Contway and Friends Art Show, Great Falls MT, March 2007
  • North Dakota Council on the Arts(NDCA) Holiday Artist Showcase, Bismarck ND, December 2006
  • Balloon Fest- Featured Artist, Medora ND, October 2006
  • Northern Plain Indian Art Market, Sioux Falls SD, September 2006
  • Fort Union State Park American Indian Art Showcase, August 2006
  • Nelson County Art Show, Pekin ND, August 2006
  • Stevensville Art Show, Stevensville MT, July 2006
  • National Buffalo Museum, White Buffalo Calf Celebration-featured artist, July 2006
  • Roughrider Art Show, Williston ND, May 2006, 2004
  • Pekin Art Show, Pekin ND, 2005
  • Four Bears Casino Indian Art Show, Newtown ND, 2004
  • URBAN STAMPEDE’S Annual Small Works Show, Grand Forks ND, 2004
  • Minot State University Art Show Merit Award, Honorable Mention, Minot ND, 2001
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Educational Programs

  • Artist in Residence, Ponderosa Elementary, Billings MT May 2014
  • School Presentations, Park High School, Livingston MT, April 2014
  • School Workshops, Sleeping Giant Middle School, Livingston MT April 2014
  • School Workshops, Arrowhead Elementary, Pray MT April 2013
  • Artist in Residence, St, Mary’s Catholic School, Bismarck ND March 2014
  • Artist in Residence, East Side Intermediate, Livingston MT, January 2014
  • “If You’re Going to Shine, Shine Brightly” presentation, Moore Public School, Moore MT, November 2013
  • Ledger Art Workshops for Montana Art & Gallery Directors Association Conference, Chico Hot Springs, MT October 2013
  • Artist in Residence, K-12, St. Francis SD, April 2013
  • Public Lecture, Danforth Gallery, Livingston MT, March 2013
  • Artist in Residence, Holter Museum, Helena MT, January 2013
  • Artist in Residence, K-5, Hot Springs SD, January 2013
  • Ledger Art, Teacher Workshop, The Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles MO, October 2012
  • Artist in Residence, K-12, Sheridan Public Schools, Sheridan MT, October 2012
  • Artist in Residence, visual art summer program, Lake Andes SD, August 2012
  • Ledger Art Workshop, Rocky Boy High School, Chippewa Cree Tribe, April 2012
  • Artist in Residence, 4-5, Jefferson Elementary, Helena MT, April 2012
  • Artist in Residence, K-12, Cascade Public School, Cascade MT, January 2012
  • Workshop and Community event, ledger art, Big Brother’s and Big Sisters, Great Falls January 2012
  • Team-building workshop, Chippewa Cree Tribe Water Resources Department, January 2012
  • Workshop, Warrior Shields, Bonner Elementary School, Bonner MT, January 2012
  • Martin Luther King Jr. presentation, Bonner Middle School, Bonner MT, January 2012
  • Workshop, Ledger Art, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Fargo ND, November 2011
  • Presentation, If You’re Going to Shine, Shine Brightly, Fargo Public Library, Fargo ND, November 2011
  • Artist in Residence, K-12, Frazer School District, Frazer MT, November 2011
  • Teachers Workshop, MEA Teachers Conference, Missoula MT, October 2011
  • Artist in Residence, K-5, Hot Springs Elementary, Hot Springs SD, October 2011
  • Lectures, Black Hills State University, Spearfish SD, October 2011
  • Featured Artist and Guest Speaker of Annual Fundraiser, Black Hills State University, Spearfish SD, October 2011
  • Artist in Residence, K-12, Centerville MT, September 2011
  • Presentation, Fargo Public Library, Fargo ND, July 2011
  • Corporation Workshop, Covance Pharmaceuticals, Greenfield IN, July 2011
  • Artist in Residence, K-8, Seeley Lake Elementary, Seeley Lake MT, May 2011
  • Artist in Residence, 7-8, Dillon Middle School, Dillon MT, April 2011
  • Artist in Residence, 3-5, Lincoln Elementary, Glendive MT, April 2011
  • Artist in Residence, K-8, East Fairview Elementary, Fairview ND, March 2011
  • Artist in Residence, Knollwood Heights Elementary, Rapid City SD, February 2011
  • Artist in Residence, St. Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlin SD, December 2010
  • Artist in Residence, South Park Elementary, Belle Fourche SD
  • Storytelling, Frazee-Vergus Elementary, Frazee MN, December 2010
  • Culture and the evolution of First Nation Art, Purdue University, Indianapolis IN, November 2010
  • Survey of Black Pinto Horse and First Nation Expressionism, Wabash College, Indianapolis IN, November
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  • Artist in Residence, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis IN, November 2010
  • Artist in Residence, Hawley Middle and High Schools, Hawley MN, October 2010
  • Making My Mark, Mural Project, Sisseton Middle School, Sisseton SD, October 2010
  • Presentations, K-12, Pelican Rapids Schools, Pelican Rapids MN, May 2010
  • Artist in Residence, K-6, Hawley Elementary, Hawley MN, May 2010
  • Artist in Residence and Mural, 4-8, Madison Elementary, Ben Franklin and Carl Ben Eilson M.S., Fargo ND, May 2010
  • Artist in Residence, 5-8, Underwood M.S., Underwood MT, 2010
  • Artist in Residence, 5-8, Sidney M.S, Sidney MT, April 2010
  • Lecture, Humboldt University, Arcata CA, April 2010
  • Artist in Residence, K-8, Seeley Lake School, Selley Lake MT, April 2010
  • Artist in Residence, K-8, Ovando School, Ovando MT, March 2010
  • Artist in Residence, K-12, Whiteshield School, Whiteshield MT, March 2010
  • Artist in Residence, SUNS Alternative and Havre H.S., 9-12, Havre MT, February 2010
  • Artist in Residence, 5-8, De La Salle Blackfeet School, Browning MT, February 2010
  • Artist in Residence, 9-12 and 6- 8, Bridger Alternative and Chief Joseph M.S., Bozeman MT, January 2010
  • Artist in Residence, K-4, Linderman Elementary, Polson MT, Januray 2010
  • Teachers Workshop, NDEA Teachers Conference, Grand Forks ND, October 2009
  • Teachers Workshop, MEA Teachers Conference, Billings MT, October 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K-8, Belt MT, September 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K-8, Rye Gate MT, September 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K-12, Judith Gap MT, September 2009
  • Mud Ponies and Archery workshops, student camp, Charlie Russell Musuem, July 2009
  • Ledger Art and Storytelling presentations, Knife River Indian Villages, Stanton ND, July 2009
  • Motivational speaking and ledger art workshops, Culture Camp, Fort Berthold ND, July 2009
  • Ledger Art Workshops, MT Art Inner Scholastic, Great Falls MT, May 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K - 12, Missoula Public Schools, Missoula MT, May 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K- 8, Bonner Public Schools, Bonner MT, May 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K- 12, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln MT, April 2009
  • Artist in Residence, 5- 8, Havre Public Schools, Havre MT, April 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K- 12, Troy Public Schools, Troy MT, December 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K- 12, Libby Public Schools, Libby MT, December 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K- 12, Hot Springs Public Schools, Hot Springs MT, December 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K- 12, Plains Public Schools, Plains MT, December 2009
  • Native Waters Teachers Continuing Education Course, North Dakota State University, Fargo ND, November 2008
  • Motivational Speaking, 6- 12, Native American Clubs, Fargo Schools, Fargo ND, November 2008
  • Artist in Residence, Havre Middle School, Havre MT, October 2009
  • Mud Ponies, teacher's workshop, Havre MT, August 2008
  • Fort Union Indian Art Showcase; “Contemporary First Nation Artist”, presentation, Williston ND, August 2008
  • “Warrior Shields, Creating Your Own Identity”, workshop, grades 7-12, Pelican Rapids, MN, May 2008
  • “Shining Brightly”, Minnesota State Technical College, workshop, Alternative School, Detroit Lakes, MN, May 2008
  • “Warrior Shields, Creating Your Own Identity”, workshop, Detroit Lakes H.S., Detroit Lakes MN, May 2008
  • “Warrior Shields, Creating Your Own Identity”, workshop, grades 11-12, Barnesville MN, May 2008
  • “Warrior Shields, Creating Your Own Identity”, workshop, grades 7-12, Pelican Rapids, MN, May 2008
  • “Mud Ponies”, student workshop, grades 11-12, Fergus Falls, MN, May 2008
  • Arbor Day, Columbia Falls MT, May 2008
  • “If You’re Going to Shine, Shine Brightly”; inspirational speaking, Flathead Community College, Kalispel, MT, May 2008
  • Canyon Elementary, student workshop, Columbia Falls MT, May 2008
  • Warrior Shields and Mud Ponies, artist-in-residence, Devils Lake ND, April 2008
  • Warrior Shields, artist-in-residence, Upper Dauphin Elementary, Loyalton, PA, April 2008
  • Creativity Fest, community workshop and presentation, Valley View, PA, April 2008
  • Girls & Boy's club, staff teambuilding workshop, Great Falls MT, January 2008
  • "Having a Voice w/ Color" lecture series, Three Affiliated Tribes Days, New Town schools, New Town ND, January 2008
  • “Mud Ponies”, Team Building workshop provided for corporate members of Wells Fargo Corporation, Billings MT, November 2007
  • NDSU, Native Waters; Continuing Education workshop for Teachers, Devils Lake ND, November 2007
  • Heritage Festival, student workshop and presentation, Fort Totten ND, September 2007
  • Lake Region Public Library, Storytelling, Devils Lake ND, July 2006
  • Minnie H fourth grade graduation, Devils Lake ND, May 2007
  • CASA's, "Stop Horsin' Around Help Stop Child Abuse", Presentations; Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Rapid City SD, May 2007  
  • Warrior Shields,  student workshop, Rapid City SD, May 2007
  • Upper Midwest Honors Conference, panel discussion, Dickinson State University, Dickinson ND, April 2007
  • Fargo Moorhead Leadership session on Diversity, panel discussion, Fargo ND, April 2007 
  • Warrior Shields, student workshop, Minnie H Elementary, Devils Lake ND, April 2007
  • Winter Counts, presentation, Mayville High school, Mayville ND, March 2007
  • “Native Perspective on the Holocaust”, lecture, Mayville State College, Mayville ND, March 2007
  • Warrior Shields, workshop, Mayville Elementary, Mayville ND, March 2007
  • Warrior Shields, workshop, Diversity Week, Lake Region State College, Devils Lake ND, February 2007
  • Winter Counts, Storytelling on Buffalo Hides, student workshop, Eight Mile Public School, Trenton ND, January 2007
  • “Creating Your Own Identity”, Artist in Residence, Williston Area Schools- 4th grade, Williston ND, January 2007
  • “Winter Counts, Storytelling on Buffalo Hides”, Poplar Junior High School, Poplar MT January 2007
  • “These Hides Speak”, community presentation, Fort Union, Williston ND, January 2007
  • American Indian Heritage Month, lecture, North Dakota State University, Fargo ND, November 2006
  • “Creating Your Own Identity”, artist-in-residence, Jamestown Area Elementary Schools, November 2006
  • “Celebrating Your Identity”, presentation, Washington Elementary, Fargo ND, November 2006
  • Warrior Shields, workshop, Madison Elementary, Fargo ND, November 2006
  • Winter Counts, workshop, Madison Elementary, Fargo ND, November 2006   
  • Fort Union Indian Art Showcase; “Ledger Art, Winter Counts, and Arikara History”, presentation, Williston ND, August 2006
  • Little Hoop Community College, Culture Camp, community workshop, Tokio ND, August 2006
  • Red River and You, Teacher Institute 2006, teacher workshop, Devils Lake ND, August 2006
  • White Buffalo Calf Celebration, presentation, National Buffalo Museum, Jamestown ND, June 2006
  • Warrior Shields, student workshop, Minnie H Elementary, Devils Lake ND, June 2006   
  • NDSU, Native Waters, Continuing Education workshop for teachers, Fargo ND, March 2006
  • UND Trio Program Congressional Delegate, Grand Forks ND, March 2006
  • Youth Educational Services, workshop, At-risk high school students, Moorhead MN, March 2006
  • “Warrior Shields, Creating Your Own Identity”, workshop, Bennett Elementary, Fargo ND, March 2006
  • “Celebrating your Identity”, student workshop, Horace Mann Elementary, Fargo ND, March 2006
  • Warrior Shields, student workshop, Devils Lake Middle School, Devils Lake ND, February 2006
  • “The Tent of Many Voices”, presentation, Lewis & Clark Signature Event,  2005
  • NDIEA Conference, administration and teacher presentation, Spirit Lake Casino, Fort Totten ND, 2005
  • Line Mountain School, presentation, Treverton PA, 2005
  • Lake Region State College, presentation, Devils Lake ND, 2005
  • Air force Base, presentation, Native American Month, Minot ND, 2004
  • Fort Berthold Domestic Violence seminar, New Town ND, 2004
  • Diversity Awareness, Grand Forks Public Schools, Grand Forks ND, 2004
  • Dakota Ojibwa Child & Family Service, presentation, Manitoba Canada, 2003
  • Issues of Diversity: Spirituality and Healing Among Native Americans, seminar, Minot ND, 2003
  • Traditional Teachings, Friendship Center, Winnipeg Canada, 2002
  • Traditional Teachings/ Martial Arts, Thunderbird House, Winnipeg Canada, 2002
  • White Shield school, Native American month, White Shield ND, 2002
  • Minot State University, Counseling Department, Minot ND, 2002
  • Minot Public School, Lewis & Clark Elementary , Minot ND, 2000
  • White Shield school, Chief’s Day, White Shield ND, 1985
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Publications

  • Conflict, Courtship, Ceremony and the Chase, Western Art Collector Magazine, January 2014
  • Creative Spirits Collide: Nationally renowned ledger artists showcase their works in new Gibson Square exhibit, Great Falls Tribune, January 16, 2014
  • National Endowment for the Arts, NEA Arts Magazine Article, National online Publication, http://www.nea.gov/about/nearts/storyNew.php?id=07_holter&issue=2013_v1, 2013
  • Ledger Art, Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls MT, May 5 2013
  • Holter Resident Artist, Black Pinto Horse Shares Power of Story and Ledger Art, Independent Record, Helena MT, February 7, 2013
  • Couple Shares Talents with Elementary Students, Hot Springs Star, January 29, 2013
  • MAM Benefit Art Auction Features Work From Wide Assortment of Regional Artists, Missoulian, Missoula MT, January 4, 2013
  • Black Pinto Horse to Exhibit at Holter, Independent Record, Helena MT, January 17, 2013
  • Award Winning Artist Settles in Wilsall, The Livingston Enterprise, Livingston MT, January 4, 2013
  • Artist from Wilsall Wins National Award in L.A, Billings Gazette, December 21, 2012
  • Artist from Wilsall Wins National Award in L.A, Missoulian, December 20, 2012
  • Auction Action Comes to Three Museums, State of the Arts, January/ February 2013
  • Remembering Eloiuse; Annual Harvest Moon Ball will Honor Cobell's legacy, The Great Falls Tribune, September 14, 2012
  • Native American Storytelling at the Foundry Art Centre, stltoday.com, September 7, 2012, http://interact.stltoday.com/pr/arts-entertainment/PR090712123810256
  • Class Act: Students learn History through art, Beartooth NBC, Helena News, May 2012 http://www.beartoothnbc.com/features/class-act/21406-class-act-students-learn-history-through-art.html 
  • "Juried show set focusing on contemporary Native American Art", Great Plains Art Museum, University of Nebraska News Release, May 30, 2012
  • “The Stars Come Out on the Trail”, Horses in Art Magazine, pg. 36, Spring 2012
  • Western Art Collector Magazine, April 2012
  • Frazer Schools to Feature Native Artist in Visual Art Workshops, Fort Peck Journal, November 10, 2011
  • Frazer Awaits Inspirational Artist, Glasgow Courier, November 10, 2011
  • "Ledger Art, Looking between the lines", Native People’s Magazine, September/ October Issue
  • Accounting for History, Monte Yellow Bird sees the future in mid 1800’s ledger art, Missoula Independent, July 21, 2011
  • "On the Wind", Native People’s Magazine, May/ June Issue, 2011
  • Arikara in Indiana, ND Arts Council, Jan/ Feb/March/ April Issue, 2011
  • The Art of the Story, Great Falls Tribune, November 5, 2010
  • Congrats To…., State of the Arts, November/ December 2010
  • Arikara Artist in Residence in Indiana, Bismarck Tribune, October 29, 2010
  • White Shield native is featured artist in Indiana, McLean County Independent, October 28, 2010
  • Native News, State of the Arts, September/ October 2010
  • Yellow Bird teaches art in local classroom, Sisseton Courier, October 19, 2010
  • Touring Artist comes to local classroom, Sota Iya Ye Yapi, October 20, 2010
  • Native American Students Display Artwork, ND Arts Council, March/ April 2010
  • Native Artist Uses Art, Stories to Encourage Kids, Valley Journal, January 21, 2010
  • Three Montana Artists Receive First Peoples Fund Fellowships, State of the Arts, July 2009
  • Native Montana, Summer 2009
  • Monte Yellow Bird Sr. Awarded First Peoples Fund’s 2009 Artist in Business Leadership Fellow, North Dakota Arts Council, Summer 2009
  • Three Montana Artists Receive First Peoples Fund Fellowships, State of the Arts, July/ August 2009
  • Hope: A Local Response to Hate, Art Matters, Summer 2009
  • Hope: A Local Response to Hate, WDAZ, July 2009
  • Students Take Stock of their Lives to Create Ledger Art of Expression, Missoulian, May 9, 2009
  • Monte Yellow Bird Sr., better known in the art world as Black Pinto Horse, Native Montana, Spring 2009
  • Warrior’s in today’s society, Havre Daily News, Havre MT, March 2009
  • Native artist works with area students, Western News, Libby MT, December 2009
  • Artistic conversation, The Western News, Libby MT, December 12, 2009
  • Yellow Bird to share wisdom, art with youth, Western News, Libby MT, November 2009
  • Monte Yellow Bird's Work Chosen for Exhibit in Internationally Recognized Museum, Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls MT, January 2008
  • Artist in Residence Program Continues, Art Matters Newsletter, Great Falls MT, Fall 2008
  • Spiritual Symbolism, Williston Herald, Williston ND, August 2008
  • News Interview, WDAZ, Great Falls MT, June 2008
  • “Arbor Day Art Auction Raises Funds”, Hungry Horse News, Hungry Horse, MT, May 2008
  • “Yellow Bird brings art and inspiration to Devils Lake’s elementary students”, Devils Lake Journal, Devils Lake, ND, April 2008
  • “If You’re Going to Shine, Shine Brightly, theme of first West End Creativity Fest”, Citizen Standard, Valley View, PA,  April 2008
  • “Yellow Bird to Speak at Schools, Hungry Horse News, Hungry Horse, MT, April 2008
  • “American Indian Art in a New Bright Light”, Flathead Beacon, Kalispell, MT, April 2008
  • A Contemporary Look at the West- Gallery 16’s Annual Western Art Month, River’s Edge Journal, March 2008
  • “Yellow Bird to Serve as Artist in Residence at UDA”, The Upper Dauphin Sentinel, Elizabethville, PA, January 2008
  • “Monte Yellow Bird’s work chosen for exhibit in internationally recognized museum”, Hot Ticket, Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, MT, January 2008
  • “Monte Yellow Bird preparing for another year sharing his art with students across the U.S.”, Devils Lake Journal, Devils Lake, ND, January 2008
  • " On the Wind Shards", Native People's Magazine, pg. 13, March/ April 2007
  • "Celebrate Everyone's History", The Upper Dauphin Sentinel, Elizabethville PA, March 2007
  • “New Exhibit at Old Post Office Museum; special opening ceremony this weekend”, Devils Lake Journal, Devils Lake ND, February 2007
  •  “Stop Horsin’ Around- Help Stop Child Abuse”, CASA Connection, Rapid City, SD, Winter 2007
  • "Winter Counts", Hear it Now Public Radio, Prairie Public, Fargo ND, January 2007
  • "Indian Tale", Williston Herald, Williston ND, January 2007
  • "Yellow Bird exhibit on display", Williston Herald, Williston ND, January 2007
  • "Monte Yellow Bird’s one man show coming to the James I", Williston Herald, Williston ND, January 2007
  • "Monte Yellow Bird’s one man show coming to the James II", Williston Herald, Williston ND, January 2007
  • " Heard About the Prairie: A Virtual Art Stampede", Prairie Public Broadcasting, featured interview/ Native American perspective, Fargo ND, 2006
  • "Students create shields depicting tribe", The Sun, Jamestown ND, November 2006
  • "Yellow Bird’s art going on display", The Sun, Jamestown ND, November 2006
  • Upper Dauphin Sentinel, Elizabethville PA, 2007
  • "Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts, Someone You Should Know", WDAZ, Devils Lake/Grand Forks ND, 2006
  • "Friends of Fort Union", Confluence News, Fort Buford, ND, 2006
  • Minot Daily News, Minot ND, 2006
  • Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck ND, 2006
  • Fargo Forum, Fargo ND, 2006
  • Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks ND, 2006
  • Williston Herald, Williston ND, 2006
  • Jamestown Sun, Jamestown ND, 2006
  • The Upper Dauphin Sentinel, Elizabethville PA, 2006
  • The Bitterroot Star, Stevensville MT, 2006
  • Devils Lake Journal, Devils Lake ND, 2006, 2005
  • North Dakota Council on the Arts, Prairie Arts News, ND
  • Lake Region State College, Horizon, Devils Lake ND, Spring 2006
  • North Dakota Council on the Arts, Bismarck ND, newsletter 2006, 2005, 2004
  • Nelson County Art Council, Pekin ND, 2006, 2005
  • The Sheridan Press, Sheridan WY, 2006
  • Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls MT, 2005
  • WDAZ, Spirit of the Painted Pony, Easter Seals, Devils Lake ND, 2005
  • WDAY, Buffalo Path, the Gathering, Herd About the Prairie, Fargo ND, 2005
  • KXJB, Buffalo Path, the Gathering, Herd About the Prairie, Fargo ND, 2005
  • KVLY, Buffalo Path, the Gathering, Herd About the Prairie, Fargo ND, 2005
  • Mclean Independent, Garrison ND, 2004
  • MHA Times, Newtown ND, 2004
  • Benson County News, 2004
  • Valley City Times, Valley City ND, 2004
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