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NIEA announces Pendleton Commemorative Blanket designer

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The National Indian Education Association recently announced that Steve Premo (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) is the designer for the 40th Annual NIEA Pendleton Commemorative Blanket.

Those who entered submitted dazzling paintings and designs – so difficult was the task of choosing among such diverse and beautiful works.

Premo’s design was special to NIEA. With 40 points circling the logo, it proudly shares the many years we have all been brought together to discuss Native education issues. Premo is a well-respected artist with a distinctive style who paints with bold and deliberate colors.

“Although not as complex as other entries, Steve Premo’s artwork expressed strong meaning that was well thought out. He told our story with symbols and colors with such respect and conviction. We found that the most compelling,” said Robert Cook, NIEA president.

NIEA thanks all who entered and appreciate greatly the work and time spent on the wonderful pieces of art for the education community and the founding history of the organization.

The blanket will be given to Pendleton Woolen Mills Company. Compensation for the winning design included a $2,500 cash prize, one round-trip airfare to the NIEA convention in Milwaukee, Oct. 22 – 25, a two night stay at the NIEA’s host hotel the Hilton Milwaukee, and an unveiling of the winning work during the opening General Assembly Session of the convention.