Oreland C. Joe, Sr.


On June 3rd, 1958, Oreland Cruz Joe became the first born son of Ireland Cruz Joe, a Southern Ute Native, and Stella Mae Joe, a Navajo of the Diné Nation. Oreland has been an aspiring artist since his younger years in elementary school, when he won a first place ribbon for his artwork. Then in October 1993, he became the first ever Native American Artist to be elected into the prestigious Cowboy Artist of America and is also described as an “important American Artist of his generation.” An illustration of one of Oreland’s monumental sculptures, is a piece that he did in bronze called Standing Bear that is twenty-two feet tall, which was dedicated in Ponca City, Oklahoma.