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Native American Hip-Hop Artist to Perform Feb. 1 During UW’s MLK DOD Week

January 25, 2017
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Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln will give a free performance Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Gardens as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue events. (Melinda Jane Myers Photo)

Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln will perform next week as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue (MLK DOD) at the University of Wyoming.

He will perform with special guest Tanaya Winder Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Gardens, located in the lower level of the Wyoming Union. His performance also is sponsored by 7220 Entertainment and American Indian Studies. The event is free and open to the public. MLK DOD events are scheduled Jan. 28-Feb. 4.

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Waln will meet with students during his UW visit and also will travel to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fremont County to meet with students.

He is an award-winning Sicangu Lakota hip-hop artist, producer and performer from South Dakota’s Rosebud Indian Reservation. A recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, Waln attended Columbia College in Chicago, earning a bachelor’s degree in studio arts and acoustics.

His awards include three Native American Music Awards, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 2014 Native American 40 Under 40 Award and the 2014 Chicago mayor’s award for civic engagement.

Waln has been featured on Buzzfeed’s “12 Native Americans Who Are Making a Difference,” USA Today, ESPN and MTV’s “Rebel Music Native America.” He has written for various publications including Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society, and The Guardian.

He travels the world spreading hope and inspiration through performance and workshops focusing on self-empowerment and the pursuit of dreams.

For more information on Waln and his music, visit his official website at

Winder, a writer, educator, motivational speaker and spoken word poet, is from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone and Pyramid Lake Paiute nations. She grew up on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation and attended college at Stanford University, where she earned a B.A. in English.

She later pursued her passion of poetry and received her MFA degree in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. Winder co-founded “As/Us: A Space for Women of the World.” She has traveled around the world to guest lecture, teaches creative writing workshops, and speaks at high schools, universities and communities.

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Individuals needing assistance to attend events should call the CAC at (307) 766-6340.

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