Jaida Grey Eagle (she/her)

Jaida Grey Eagle (she/her)

Jaida Grey Eagle is an Oglala Lakota artist, currently located in St. Paul, MN. Jaida is a photojournalist, producer, beadwork artist, and writer.

Jaida is a photojournalist living and working in St. Paul, MN. She is a Report for America Fellow with the Sahan Journal covering the immigrant and refugee stories of the Twin Cities. She is also researching Indigenous photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as an ongoing former Curatorial Fellow. 

Jaida is a co-producer on the Sisters Rising Documentary, which is the story of six Native American women reclaiming personal and tribal sovereignty in the face of ongoing sexual violence against Indigenous women in the United States and has recently received an Honorable Mention at the Big Sky Doc Festival. She is passionate about bringing awareness to indigenous issues, especially those which impact indigenous women.

Jaida is a B.Yellowtail Collective artist which features her beaded earrings. Her work is inspired by her family’s usage of color, passed down from a great grandmother’s star-quilt color-philosophy of using six colors or more in every piece. Jaida creates abstractions of her great grandmother’s star quilts as fringed earrings with a blending of colors that are significant to her family’s legacy as Lakota artists.

jaidaportrait - Alyssa Smaldino

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