Farewell Michael

It is with a real mixture of sadness and joy for the Sioux Trading Post and Prairie Edge that we have to say farewell to a long-time employee and friend Michael Lekberg. Michael has decided that it is time to turn in his work apron and beading needles for gardening, travel and family time. After nearly 30 years of association with both the Sioux Trading Post and Prairie Edge, Michael will no longer be punching the clock after Friday November 13th.

Michael is well known around the country and the world by his many customers and artist friends who have sought him out for technical assistance or just to share time with a being that has truly devoted much of his life to Native culture and history. An accomplished beader and craftsman, and by far the most knowledgeable bead person I have ever met, Michael has been a source of wonderful information for all of us.

Known as a fair and compassionate buyer, Michael has spent thousands of hours admiring beadwork and other crafts from both Native and non-Native artists from all over the country. Sometimes with a critical eye, but always with a warm and gracious heart, Michael has helped many people break into the business of traditional Native American Art.

Michael has been a wonderful traveling partner on our trips through the western parts of America in search of new products and new artists. It has been a pleasure to be able to share all of the adventures and to have the opportunities to learn so much about the history of the People of the Plains.

From all of the crew here at Prairie Edge and the Sioux Trading Post, I think I can speak for all of the folks whose lives you have enhanced over the years. Thank you for all of your contributions to all of us. Have a great time in the garden with the dogs and all of the other things that we know will be occupying your days. The best of all to you and your family. Enjoy all of the things that you have worked so hard for all of these years.

Dan and Staff