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Commissioned Works

Old Buffalo Range, Tony and Debbie Porcharelli, Fairfield MT 2012
Repeated collectors, this couple enjoys this mixed media ledger work in the comfort of their home.  Coming to BPH with two antique Sun River Basin reservoir maps, Tony asked Monte to create a piece that was historically reminiscent of the area.   Adding a miniature brain tanned hide with beadwork his interpretation of the Plains Indian and their relationship with the buffalo is a stunning depiction.

Bob and Kathy Graham, Stillwater OK, 2011
Framed as a Diptych, these checks were stored safely for generations in a chest and belong to Kathy's great grandpa. 
A sweet couple, Bob and Kathy Graham traveled from OK to attend the Memorial Day festivities in Santa Fe New Mexico.  They visited us @ the Museum of Modern Contemporary Native Arts Market and picked up their commission- many smiles.

Memorial of the High Plains, North Dakota State University, 2009

Memorial of the High Plains, oil on canvas with mixed elements, 5' x 10', 2009
These four panels adorn the entrance of the Ballroom in the Student Union as a permanent installation


"Helps the People", Three Affiliated Tribes, presented to ND Senator Byron Dorgan, Washington D.C., 2009  

Gifted to the senator of North Dakota during inauguration events in Washington D.C., this painting was created by contemporary, First Nation artist, Black Pinto Horse and was commissioned by the Three Affiliated Tribes, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara of the Fort Berthold reservation in ND. 

“Helps the People”, Oil on canvas with beadwork, 24” x 36”, 2009, click here to read interpretation

Four Bears Casino and Lodge, New Town ND


Remember the children on your journey,Arikara

Oil, 24" x 22"

Click here, to read interpretation

Mother Corn's Gift, Sáhniš Medicine Lodge

Oil, 24" x 22"

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Buffalo Path, the Gathering; a tribute to family, community and culture

Buffalo Path, The Gathering Buffalo Path, The Gathering

Buffalo Path, The GatheringBuffalo Path, The Gathering


Commissioned work by Lake Agassiz Arts Council of Fargo North Dakota.  West Acres Mall, a contributing sponsor(Prairie Rose level) for the Arts Council purchased a bison for the event, "Herd it on the Prairie".  In return West Acres was given their choice of artist- they chose Black Pinto Horse.

Spirit of the Painted Pony

Spirit of the Painted Pony

Commissioned work for Easter Seals of Bismarck.  Auctioned August 2006. 

Black Pinto Horse

Black Pinto Horse

Commissioned Work for the North Dakota Easter Seals 2004 in Minot, ND.

Sold to Pepsi Corporation for $11,100 at the Benefit Auction.

The Messenger
Black Pinto Horse

This commissioned piece,
"The Messenger"
was sold during the auction, Herd is the Word, on October 15th in Gillette, WY with the profits going to Easter Seals

$400 - private collector

"Holy Dog II, the Gift"
Black Pinto Horse at North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame


Commissioned Work for the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, permanent collection. Located in Medora, North Dakota.

Nishu Medicine Bull

Donated work to Easter Seals fundraiser, Minnie the Moose on the Loose, in Sheridan Wyoming and sold to private collector.

Nishu, translates to “straight arrow” in the Arikara language and it was a small Arikara village community that was flooded during the building of the Garrison Diversion Project. 

Minnie the Moose on the Loose
Minnie the Moose on the Loose

The Flogging of John Newman

"Celebrating Explorers: Commemorating The Lewis and Clark Expedition and Bicentennial, traveling exhibition"

Commissioned work sponsored by the NDAGA to commemorate the Journals of the  Lewis and Clark Expedition.

This piece is an interpretation of "the Flogging of John Newman". Newman was found guilty of "having uttered repeated expressions of a highly criminal and mutinous nature." He was sentenced to receive seventy-five lashes on the bare back and to be dismissed from the party. He would spend the winter at labor and was sent back with the return party in the spring. The Flogging was witnessed by an Arikara Chief "Eagle Feather" upon the Expedition meeting the Arikara people along the Missouri River. 

One Horse out of Many
One Horse Out of Many

Private Collector - Santa Fe NM

24" X 30" watercolor/acrylic
300 lb arches watercolor paper

This piece is a tribute to my brother and his Arikara name.

Contact Monte Yellow Bird - for more information.


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