In the midst of extreme poverty, Lakota arts and crafts
remain a lifeline to traditions of the past
...and to survival in the present.
The Pine Ridge Art Center is a 501c3 nonprofit public charity created to empower and promote Lakota artists and crafters from the Pine Ridge Reservation and to preserve Lakota arts and crafts traditions through selling opportunities, education, events and projects.
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, located in the southwest corner of South Dakota and home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is the poorest place in the United States.
It is also a place rich in culture and tradition; a place out of time struggling wildly with life in modern America. A living treasure.
Because of the lack of jobs on the Reservation, many people depend on the sale of their artwork to earn a living.
Native art provides a link to the old ways, connecting generations.
The arts and crafts of the Oglala Lakota have emerged through time to help us understand who we all are as Americans.