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Native American Creatives: Frank Waln (September 2022)


Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. in Donnell Theater



Journal articles

"I Got This AB Original Soul/I Got This AB Original Flow”: Frank Waln, the postmasculindian, and Hip Hop as survivance." by S. Kent, Studies in American Indian Literatures, 30 (3), 2018.

"That name means 'Walks with Young People’: An interview with Frank Waln," by A. Stark and F. Waln, Writing on the Edge 28(1), 2017.

"Down to our DNA." by S. Semiatin, Cultural Survival Quarterly,  39(1), 2015.


Magazine articles

"Wounded knee massacre remembered," by F. Waln, School Library Journal, 67(2).


Newspaper articles

"Frank Waln uses rap to share stories of Native Americans." by S. Barchenger, The Tennessean, September 27, 2015.

"Frank Waln to bring hip-hop to pow wow," A. Humbles, The Tennessean, September 25, 2015.

"Hip hop on the rez." by J. Koski, In These Times 39(6): 32-33, 2015.



"Hip hop beats, indigenous rhymes: Modernity and hip ho indigenous North America," T.M. Kyle, Native Traces, Albany: SUNY press, 2018.

"Notable Native people: 50 indigenous leaders, dreamers, and changemakers from past and present." by A. Keene, New York, NY: Ten Speed  Press, Penguin Random House, 2021.


Music Catalog

The Frank Waln Collection, MUSIC 086, item number, folder number; The Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives, University Libraries, Bowling Green State University.

Frank Waln

Frank Waln is an award-winning Lakota music artist, speaker and writer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. As a self-managed artist and small business owner, Frank Waln produces and self-releases award winning music that sheds light on Indigenous history and issues affecting Indigenous communities.

Frank Waln's Website

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Kernit Grinshaw Photography

Frank Waln is an award winning Sicangu Lakota Hip Hop artist and music producer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, Waln attended Columbia College Chicago where he received a BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics. Waln’s awards include three Native American Music Awards, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 2014 Native American 40 Under 40, the 2014 Chicago Mayor’s Award for Civic Engagement, and the 2016 3Arts Grant for Chicago Artists. He has been featured in Buzzfeed, The Fader, Playboy, Vibe, NPR, ESPN, and MTV’s Rebel Music Native America. Waln has written for various publications including Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, and Society and The Guardian. Frank Waln travels the world telling his story through performance and doing workshops focusing on self-empowerment and expression of truth.