Native Artists United Guild
We envision a nation where Native art and culture are valued.
NAU is a women-owned Native Cooperative formed by local Native artists interested in perpetuating and revitalizing Native art and creating a local Native-based art economy.
Our mission is to support the livelihood of Native artists by advocating for presence and opportunities to gift knowledge and skills, build capacity, and showcase Native art.
- Holly Doll
- Shawna Fricke
- Taylor Wilkinson
- Willow Doll
- Emma Goodhouse-Doll
- Kelsey Tortalita
We are living in the last frontier which gives us a responsibility to speak up—to no longer be invisible. Our voice is important.
The founding members of the Native Artists United Guild partnered with the Sacred Pipe Resource Center, a local non-profit serving the Native community in Bismarck-Mandan. The partnership wrote and was awarded a grant to form the cooperative. The generosity of the First Nations Development Institute provided the group the support to form in early 2018, and to fully establish the cooperative in January of 2019.
NAU does business as the Five Nations Art store. The inventory was purchased from the Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation, a foundation operating the store on behalf of Native artists since 1995.
- Native artists are storytellers.
- Native artists are a key part of history; our story needs to be told to increase value and visibility.
- Opportunities for jobs are needed. Art can be one path.
- Wealth is more than money; it is fulfilment, independence, talent, family, and power.
- We are living in the last frontier which gives us a responsibility to speak up—to no longer be invisible. Our voice is important.