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Innovative collaboration raises funds and visibility for the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition “More than fans, we are a community. United by our love of the game and our home. We are United.” Coordinated by House Representative Jamie Becker Finn, the MN United Dark Clouds Soccer Club has collaborated with Heart Berry, a small Ojibwe owned business to bring a fundraiser this Indigenous People’s Day.   We all want to know ‘What can I do?’  This Indigenous People’s Day an innovative and unique collaboration brings together love for the game of soccer with love for the community. “This is a rare win-win-win for Minnesotans, Native women, the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, allies, and Heart Berry” says Howes, CEO...

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The gift of a lifetime- The Waterers

Recently, alot of Native visionaries and artists received a weird email. It said something about a grant, a zoom, and URGENT need to respond.  For many of us, it went ignored, unanswered, and in our busy lives, some were in our spam inbox.  But this email was one not to be ignored.  Soon, many of us were receiving emails from friends and calls from leaders "Answer this email."   and the rest of the story goes a little like "Surprise! We are sending you a gift because of your hard work." I am paraphrasing here, but as lifelong artists, leaders, and entrepeneurs, the last thing we ever expect is a gift of unrestricted funds from a foundation.  But the Waterers fund...

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St Cloud State University Art Installation

The narrative about Dakota and Ojibwe relations has always been told as singlularly one of conflict.  When St Cloud State proposed an art installation in their new American Indian Center, Heart Berry's artist Howes knew right away what she hoped for. "This area is so important as this place between our nations as Dakota and Ojibwe people. I really wanted to work with a Dakota artist on this project. Holly Young and I both loved the idea of sharing the story of the gift of the big drum from the Dakota.  The Big drum to me is such an Incredible gift of grace."  This pencil to digital collaboration pulls together the old stories with a modern installatin by Turtle Mountain sign...

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Duluth Children's Museum Mural

“The Great Rice Race”  Mural by Heart Berry’s Sarah Agaton Howes now at the Duluth Children's Museum  Our mural shares the fun and work of wild rice harvesting, canoeing, and the animals that share our ecosystem (our earth) with us. Going ricing is a fun time of community, sharing, full of stories and hard work.  “I love to hear the stories the old guys tell of their amazing rice harvests or the time they tipped their canoe, this mural depicts the fun and also the work of this beautiful way of life.”  In the Great Rice Race, Rabbit and Turtle playfully race while Bear, tired from a long day naps on the canoe.  Fish and Otter watch the excitement while...

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Springboard Public Art Installation!

New Public Art by all Native Team!   Heart Berry is so excited to finally reveal the new installation by Heart Berry's Howes, Holly Young (Dakota), and Nedahness Greene (Ojibwe).  The team won the Native Presence Commission and has finally realized this vision to brighten University Avenue in St Paul.   More than just a land acknowledgment: Springboard for the Arts is committed to acting on their values and thus prioritized a Native Presence Installation for the predominant place on their building.  Installed across 25 windows surrounding the building, our team brings together ledger, beadwork, and photography in this stunning, large scale collaboration.    Dakota territory: Our team knew we needed to collaborate with a Dakota artist, and are thrilled ledger...

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