Lakota Perspectives 


Art For Justice


  I am making available, two prints of my paintings, limited editions of 500.  Half of the proceeds will go to Bill Windsor and his fight for justice for all Americans who have suffered gross injustice at the hands of clever attorneys and corrupt judges.  He intends to make a documentary movie of the injustice in which I will tell Jami's story.  Please scroll down to view paintings and instructions on how you may obtain a print.

Sitting Bull’s Way of Life

Janis Schmidt, artist

Oil on canvas

Print size, 16” x 20”



Sitting Bull is not only a great hero to Sioux Indians, both Lakota and Dakota, he is an icon to all Indian tribes.  He fought for his land, his people, and his way of life.  He had the charisma to organize the Indians tribes to defeat  the U.S. army at the battle of the Little Big Horn.  He refused to sign away any of his land.  When the U.S. Army was coming for the revenge of Custer,  Sitting Bull took his band to Canada, until he was forced to return to Dakota Territory.  He clung to his old ways, and the Pipe until he could fight no longer.  He refused to sell the Black Hills, so the government had him killed.  Because Commissioners were constantly coming to talk to Sitting Bull, many of his words were recorded.  Here are some of his words:


“Behold, the spring has come.

The earth has received the embraces of the sun.

Soon we shall see the results of that love.’

All of nature is awake and has a place in the sun.

Therefore, we yield to our neighbors,

Even our animal neighbors,

The same right to inhabit this land.

But now another race of people have come.

They build many things and leave behind much refuse. 

They make many laws which the rich ma break,

But the poor may not. 

They are like a spring freshet

That overflows its banks.

We cannot contain them

But we do not sell our land, our Mother.”





Traditional Dancers

Oil on Canvas

Print size,  9” x 12”



Very little is left of the Indian ways.  The pow wows of today are a modern invention.  But it is the only opportunity Indians have to getting together with each other as they did many years ago.  Dancing has become a contest.  One of the categories is the traditional dance, where male dancers wear a bustle of eagle feathers.  Many tribes come together at this time at the bigger pow wows, and it is a good time for everyone.  These events are open to the public, and anyone can attend.


For more information, on purchasing these prints, please contact me at:


Janis Schmidt

418 Griffin St.

Warwick, ND  58381


Phone  701-294-2196


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