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Artwork by Robert Running Fisher Upham

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About Robert Running Fisher Upham

Robert Running Fisher Upham Robert “Running Fisher” Upham is a mixed-blood Indian, (enrolled member of Lake Traverse Sioux, community member by blood from Salish, Gros Ventre, Assiniboine, and Pend Oreille tribes). He has a history of social justice activism combined with being a chronicler and artist. At age 32 , he walked across the United States with American Indian Movement founder Dennis Banks. He produced a winter count on elk hide in support of the freedom of Leonard Peltier as part of that walk. In 1998, at age 36, he led a 35-mile march about genocidal legal practices in Indian Country. The march was from Denver to Boulder, to the headquarters of one of the institutions that has failed to change these practices. In 2014, his cousin requested that he lead a search party of Indian Community members when the police would not take Misty Upham’s disappearance seriously. The 26-hour search resulted in finding her dead body. Recently, he spent a winter in Standing Rock where he produced a daily radio broadcast. He has chronicled his experiences through art, writing and video. Within the last few years, he has had an exhibit at the Squaxin Island Museum, featuring a piece of work that heralds the fishing wars in the Pacific Northwest. More recently, two of his social justice ledgers were featured in the ” In the Spirit” exhibit at the Washington State Historical Society. During 2020, his Maria Tallchief ledger was chosen as part of an exhibit honoring Winona’s (first-born daughters), designed and juried by indigenous activist Winona LaDuke, held at Winona State University's Watkins Gallery. During the same period, his Green Snake Ledger appeared and won the Peoples’ Choice /“Oyate Award” at the annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show, which is the largest and longest running Native American art show of its kind in the country. His work was also part of the Canoe Journeyz exhibition in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle, curated by Kim Camera. As part of the Sacred Point of View cohort, he largely created an installation featured in the annual month-long Native American Art Exhibition at the Leonor R. Fuller Gallery at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. He has consistently used his art to advocate for social justice in Indian Country. 1994 Austin, Nevada public school presentation on Buffalo and the environment 1995 Cherry Point High School presented on walking across the united states and Indian countries visited 1996 Phoenix AA National Congress of American Indians, he facilitated a resolution making the game of lacrosse/Medicine Game, the national game of the NCAI Tribes. 1997 National Congress of American Indians breakout session—issues of urban Indians and enrollment issues. 1998 spoke at United Parcel service Olympic legacy program at Denver Indian Center 1998 First nations education council Quebec City on Lacrosse. 1999 spoke at Arctic Circle, Alaska gwich-in Nation, on social justice, plus lacrosse presentation. Ran about 200 miles for the cause. Fairbanks to border of Alaska/Canada. 2000 spoke at Salish Kootenay College, American Indian Math & Science Camp about resiliency factors in tribal communities 2000 spoke in Helena at Montana Indian Education Conference about lacrosse 2001 Indian Island in Old Town Maine, presentation on Lacrosse. 2011-2012 Native liaison for Washington Stealth professional indoor lacrosse team 2015 San Carlos Arizona presented Lacrosse history and culture to 1200 kids in 4 days. Every PE class in elementary, middle school and high school. 2017 spoke at Vine Deloria Conference on Sovereignty Been speaking ever since, including 2018 Evergreen College, NCAI, NARF, and Tucson Education Council