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Native American artists from several Oregon prisons, and Native American community artists have teamed up to show their support for Native American women returning to their communities from Oregon jails and prisons. We have included important Native American dates and historical information in this unique 12 month calendar. Proceeds from the sale of Friends of Red Lodge calendars, cards and prints, are used to purchase and sustain the Red Lodge Transition Center for Women, in Clackamas County, OR.

In June of 2007 the Native American Prison Art Project was founded.  We asked Native women and men incarcerated in a number of Oregon prisons to donate a piece of art for public display and sale, in order to support the work of Red Lodge Transition Services, a grass roots organization.   The response was extremely positive and empowering, with 10 prisons participating.  Red Lodge has staged numerous traveling art shows featuring the art, throughout the state of Oregon.  These unique shows serve a dual purpose.  The art is primarily used as an education tool which opens up, informs, and stimulates public conversation around the critical issues involving incarceration and the Barriers to Re-entry.  In addition to allowing this beautiful collection of art tell its story, the art functions as an important means of fund raising for us. The Red Lodge Transition Center for Women is a place we hope the women will refer to “as home” after successfully transitioning back to community.

All artists represented as Friends of Red Lodge, have experienced incarceration either as individuals or within their families.  All artists including well known and respected community artists, gift their work in support of our program.  No artist has received compensation, financial or other compensation.  Friends of Red Lodge is a non-profit business, founded in 2010. Its parent organization is Red Lodge Transition Services whose united mission is to reduce recidivism among Native Americans and to prevent incarceration of future generations.  We believe that prevention responsibility and empowerment are tools essential in breaking the cycle of chemical addiction, violence and abuse which leads to incarceration. 

Professional prints and cards are available through our web site. Friends of Red Lodge art work, community artist work and the Native American Prison Art Project is protected under copyright law. Please respect copyright laws. If you would like to place an order, or offer a venue space for an art show, please contact us.  Friend Of Red Lodge membership saves you 10% on all art work, cards, prints and calendars.  Call us for more information and volunteer opportunities. We thank you for your support!

In November and December 2017, the Native Circle at SRCI generously donated over 50 pieces of art which was intentionally created for Giveaway. For reasons beyond their control, the Native Circle was not able to gift paintings and drawings created over the last three years during their Annual Pow Wow celebration.

A significant monetary donation to Red Lodge Transition Services was also made by the Native Circle to help winterize our transiton center. The outpouring of support shown toward our women’s Transition Center by SRCI is priceless! Most of the art donated this year has little or no catalog history and several pieces do not have names. We sincerly apologize to the artists for not knowing their names, and tribal affiliations. We graciously thank SRCI for practicing GIVEAWAY! What an honor to receive so many beautiful pieces made by so many wonderful artists. We are truly blessed! Red Lodge Board of Directors.

Trish Jordan, Executive Director

#252 Visions of Red Lodge | 2011 | Graphite on Vellum Paper
D. Walker – Lakota Sioux
21 x 25 | NFS

The two images shown above and below are examples of the art being done by Native American men and women incarcerated in Oregon jails and prisons.

Looks Within About

#288 Looks Within | 2012 | Pastel
Griggs – Creek Decendent
20 x 24 |

Featured ArtistsCover “Dragonfly on Lake – 2016” #343
Artist: Antionette
Tribe: Unknown
Institution: Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
Medium: Colored Pencil

January “Warrior on Horse – Year Unknown” #357
Artist: Suri
Tribe: Unknown
Institution: Donated by Snake River Native Circle
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

February “Loon – 2014” #361
Artist: Noke
Tribe: Unknown
Institution: Donated by Snake River Native Circle
Medium: Pastel

March “Bear Medicine – 2014” #358
Artist: C.C.
Tribe: Unknown
Institution: Donated by Snake River Native Circle
Medium: Colored Pencil and Pastel Background

April “Fox and Baby – Year Unknown” #364
Artist: Tad Pole
Tribe: Unknown
Institution: Snake River Correctional Institution
Medium: Pastel

May “Run King Run – 2015” #340
Artist: Lomboy
Tribe: Grand Ronde
Institution: Snake River Correctional Institution
Medium: Pastels on Art Paper

June “Dragonfly on Lake – 2016” #343
Artist: Antionette
Tribe: Unknown
Institution: Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
Medium: Colored Pencil

July “Akitata Mato – 2016” #324
Artist: Two Bears
Tribe: Lakota/Tunica/Biloxi/Cherokee
Institution: Two Rivers Correctional Institution
Medium: Colored Pencil

August “Turtle in Ocean – 2017” #366
Artist: Davis
Tribe: Unknown Institution: Donated by Snake River Native Circle
Medium: Pastel

September “Hummingbird and Rose – Year Unknown” #353
Artist: Lugos
Tribe: Unknown
Institution: Donated by Snake River Native Circle
Medium: Pastel

October “Indigenous Girl – 2017” #328
Artist: Unknown
Tribe: Unknown
Institution: Donated by Native Circle from OSP
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

November “Wolf 4 – Year Unknown” #346
Artist: Amaro
Tribe: Unknown
Institution: Donated by Snake River Native Circle

Medium: Pastel
December “Snowy Owl – 2016 ” #347
Artist: Calvin
Tribe: Unknown
Institution: Donated by Snake River Native Circle
Medium: Pastel on Black Paper

Inside Cover “Free Running 2017” #359
Artist: Derrick 2 Socks
Tribe: White Mountain Apache
Institution: Snake River Correctional Institution
Medium: Graphite

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