Designing for a Sovereign Nation in the United States
In this presentation, Sadie Red Wing will define how designers demonstrate decolonization for Native American tribes fighting for their land treaty rights. She will give insight into the graphic designer’s role when providing identity to sovereign nations. Also, she will highlight how Native American higher education advocacy organizations are developing resources for students to practice their tribal sovereign rights.
Sadie Red Wing is a Lakota graphic designer and advocate from the Spirit Lake Nation of Fort Totten, North Dakota. Red Wing earned her BFA in New Media Arts and Interactive Design at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She received her Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. Her research on cultural revitalization through design tools and strategies created a new demand for tribal competence in graphic design research. Red Wing urges Native American graphic designers to express visual sovereignty in their design work, as well as encourages academia to include an indigenous perspective in design curriculum. Currently, Red Wing serves as a student success coach for the American Indian College Fund (Denver, Colorado), where she specializes in student retention and resource building for the Native American demographic in higher education spaces.