Ina Mc Neil, a Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux, is a skilled traditional artist whose works have recognized across the country. For over fifty years she has produced masterful bead and quillwork, produced juried quality dolls and made prized quilts. Her works have appeared in many museum exhibits and demonstration events. She is a frequent consultant and lecturer at local universities and schools, and has received several leadership awards from the local Native American community.
Born in Little Eagle, South Dakota on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Ina was raised by her grandmother, Cecilia One Bull, who was the granddaughter of Chief Sitting Bull. In addition to teaching her the art of beadwork and quillwork, Grandmother One Bull also taught her the traditional language, and the history of Lakota customs.
Ina, whose Lakota name is Wamni-Omni-Luta-Wi or Scarlet Whirlwind Woman, is an accomplished dollmaker who won first place and best in show at the 1986 International Gallup Ceremonial in New Mexico and many other awards. As a maker of Native American quilts, she has been widely exhibited in galleries and shows in Brooklyn, New York City, the Catskills, Long Island, New Mexico and North Carolina. Ms. Mc Neil has been a lecturer and art demonstrator at the Museums of the American Indians in New York and Washington, DC, the Children's Museum of Manhattan, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Museum of Montclair, New Jersey. She was recognized by the New York City based Thunderbird American Indian Group as "Indian of the Year" in 1986 and the New York based Amerinda (a group of American Indian Artists) in 2000 as "Most Respected Elder". In March 2001 she was recognized by Long Island Traditions, Inc for contributions in preserving significant cultural arts on Long Island, New York.
Ina is the proud mother of five children and a grandmother to seven. She resides in Hempstead, New York and makes frequent trips to her Reservation. She continues to create works that proudly and honorably sustain the traditional and spiritual legacy of her nation.