Sadie Red Wing

Assistant Director of Native Student Programs at University of Redlands

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 works as the Assistant Director of the Native Student Programs at the University of Redlands where she supports and provides resources to indigenous students during their journey through higher education. Her work has been featured on AIGA’s Eye on Design: “Why Can’t the U.S. Decolonize Its Design Education?” (2017), Communication Arts: “Decolonizing Native American Design” (2017), and The World Policy Journal: “United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” (2018).

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August 1, 2019

F* The Stereotype: Revitalizing Indigenous Perspective in Design
Main Stage

As Indigenous peoples progress from the American Indian Boarding School era, the urge to distinct tribes from Pan-Indianism forces a greater responsibility from indigenous designers to visually communicate sovereignty.

August 2, 2019

Workshop – Defining Indigenous Design
3rd Floor

When bringing indigenous perspective into a classroom, various definitions need to be explored. Terms such as: decolonization, decoloniality, pan-indianism, cultural appreciation, and visual sovereignty are expressed in research when depicting cultural imagery of Native American culture. The goal of the workshop is to define these terms in a cohesive manner to help explain indigenous designers’ work. Following the discussion, participants will follow an activity that allows them to explore how visual sovereignty can be expressed based on materials native to their “homeland”.