Dakota Wicohan - Beading 101

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Dakota Wicohan
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
February 2021
End Date
December 2021
Activity Type
Demonstration/Pilot Project
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Yellow Medicine
Project Overview

Dakota Wicohan will offer a 16-week “Beading 101” course, covering 5 to 7 different beading techniques presented by experts in each technique, and the needles, thread and other supplies needed for each style. Stitches to include lazy stitch, peyote stitch, the three drop technique, beading with two needles, the wrap technique, loom beading, and, throughout, general beading tips and tricks.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Shirley Sneve (St. Paul, MN) – Shirley was Director of the Tiwahe Foundation and works in the arts and humanities largely focusing on American Indian and Alaska Native cultures. She is Lakota.

Travis Zimmerman (Mille Lacs, MN) – Travis works at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and has worked with MHC in a variety of programs, including as a panelist for the Veterans Voices Awards. He is Ojibwe.

Cheyanne St. John (Morton, MN) – Cheyanne works in the Tribal Historical Preservation Office for the Lower Sioux Indian Reservation.  She is Dakota.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Laura Benson

Minnesota Humanities Center



Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minn. State Legislature Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 8, (d)
Appropriation Language

$850,000 the first year and $850,000 the second year are for a competitive grants program to provide grants to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Humanities Center must operate a competitive grants program to provide grants to programs that preserve and honor the cultural heritage of Minnesota or that provide education and student outreach on cultural diversity or to programs that empower communities to build their identity and culture. Priority must be given to grants for individuals and organizations working to create, celebrate, and teach indigenous arts and cultural activities and arts organizations and programs preserving, sharing, and educating on the arts and cultural heritage of immigrant communities in Minnesota.

2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)
  • Six Apprentice Artists will complete our 16-week course
  • Four or more Guest Artists will present techniques and provide samples to the class
  • The Apprentice Artists will present their finished products in a public show that will also be posted on our Facebook page.
Measurable Outcome(s)

In progress

Recipient Board Members
Gabrielle Strong, Darin Minkel, Mary Peters, Dr. Teresa Peterson, Evelyn Tsinnijinnie, Leah Owen
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Dakota Wicohan
Administered By
Administered by

987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106

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