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Monte and Emily Yellow Bird

Providing educational programs since 2004 with their fine arts and educational company, Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts, this husband-wife team compliment one another as they share their appreciation of education and art, providing on average, 20 weeks of programs, servicing thousands of students a year across the nation.  Together, they carry more than 30 years of experience working with children.

Their experiences include:

  • At- risk students
  • Native American Residential Schools, Tribal / Reservation schools
  • Public Schools, K-12
  • Alternative school systems
  • Corrections, Job Corps
  • TRIO programs/ Upward Bound at University  Systems
  • Canadian Educational Reserve systems
  • Boy’s Town – Boy’s Town, Nebraska
  • Home-Based Behavioral Support

They incorporate the Boys Town Behavior Modification Model, as Monte served as a cultural consultant for the Native American students and staff at Boys Town in Nebraska and is trained in their model.

Monte is a member of the Arikara and Hidatsa Nation from Fort Berthold Reservation, Whiteshield ND and he & wife Emily live in Great Falls MT where he completed a two year Artist in Residence contract with the Paris Gibson Square Museum and Great Falls Public Schools 2007 and 2008.  Black Pinto Horse, as he is best known in the art world, is an internationally recognized and a nationally renowned First Nation artist and storyteller with a Bachelors of Fine Art Degree from Minot State University.

Emily is promotional director of her husband Monte as well as a practicing artist with a Bachelors of Science in education K-6,
Messiah College-
Grantham PA and years of classroom experience;
3rd and 5th grades, Librarian (K-5) and Art Teacher (K-6). 

Recent Accomplishments
Native Peoples September-October 2011 - September-October 2011

May/ June 2011
Sep/ October, 11"
  • Native People's Magazine, featured for his accomplishments as an Artist in Residence @ the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis as well as his popularity as a Ledger Artist
  • 2, 3'x 4' commissioned paintings, Vancouver Community College- B.C
  • Designed "Rites of Passage" for the Trail of Painted Ponies- AZ
    click here to view & purchase pony
  • Artist in Residence with the Eiteljorg Museum- IN
  • Recipient of the Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship of the First Peoples Fund- SD
  • Commissioned a 5' x 10' mural located at the ballroom entrance of North Dakota State University. 
  • Featured alumni @ Messiah College recognized for achievements, innovation and diligence within her profession.
    Click here to read feature
  • Represented and sold paintings in the following Museum Auctions:

Paris Gibson Square, Great Falls MT
Holter Museum, Helena MT
Yellowstone Museum, Billings MT

Let us know how we can better assist you in determining programs best suitable to your students as well as scheduling your fine art programs today.  To request a packet of materials or inquire, email Emily @
Spring 2008 Educational Tour was dedicated to our sister, Brenda Henry "Rock Woman"- Asinii-Kwe departed April 3, 2008
Brenda Henry Rock Woman- Asinii-Kwe

"These Little ones are our future, always remember to never hit or abuse them, but instead teach and love them...for they are gifts from the Creator"  Brenda, a kind, humble, loving spiritual leader & educator, she will be missed by all!!




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