Shoni Schimmel (Photo by Patti Tanewasha)
Published September 10, 2015
ATLANTA—Atlanta Dream shooting guard Shoni Schimmel will visit the digital projection and meet the artist of “Little Cheyenne Girl,” a new symbol for efforts to improve American Indian health through affordable insurance, after her 7:30 game on Friday, Sept 11. The painting by Native artist J. Nicole Nahmi-A-Piah (Hatfield) can be seen on the Georgia World Congress Center from 9-11:30 p.m. each night from September 9 to 12.
Schimmel, a tribal citizen of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is endorsing the project because she supports healthy lifestyles and efforts to improve American Indian and Alaska Native health. The event after the game will also be celebrated with a performance by the Silver Ridge Singers, an American Indian drum group from Lawrenceville, GA.
“Little Cheyenne Girl”
The digital projection is part of #NativeArt4Health–a national project designed to feature artwork that portrays the importance of Native American health and the advantages of enrolling in healthcare coverage.
Twenty-eight percent of tribal people report poor health, compared with just 16% of the overall U.S. population. Even so, around 30% are uninsured. In Atlanta, there are nearly 45,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives, 29% of whom are uninsured.
The public is invited to all #NativeArt4Health Atlanta events and encouraged to get creative and show what health means to them by decorating a “Little Cheyenne Girl” coloring book page and sharing it on social media with the hashtag #NativeArt4Health.
Friday, Sept. 11, after 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Dream home game
Artist J. Nicole Nahmi-A-Piah (Hatfield)
American Indian drumming and dancing by the Silver Ridge Singers
Sept. 11 Honor Song
WNBA Atlanta Dream Player Shoni Schimmel
Sept. 9-12 Artwork projection from 9 to 11 p.m. each evening
Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd., NW