About the Artist

Kyrie Dunkley, Wichapi Iyoyunpa Wi  “ Shining Star Woman” is Dakota and Lakota: originating from the Oceti Sakowin and born into the Toka Nuwan District. She is enrolled through the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, and resides in Sioux Falls, S.D. selling Indigenous apparel under the name “Shinin Star Style”.      

Shinin Star Style is an interactive service intertwined with cultural music, dance, modeling, sewing and fashion collaborations, striving to promote inclusivity and representation within the fashion industry, while celebrating Indigenous excellence, fostering stronger connections and cultural relationships within the Midwest region.

Kyrie is a Sioux Falls Arts Council, and South Dakota Arts Council teaching artist roster member. Recently selected BIPOC artist on the “Elevate” film production for the Sioux Falls Arts Council, directed by Jonathan and Letishia Kelley, featured in the South Dakota ARTS ALIVE member edition Magazine. Kyrie has also appeared on the Sioux Falls Woman Magazine Cover Holiday edition Dec. 2022 thru Jan. 2023.

From runway, to film, print and commercial Kyrie can be found helping organizations with events and bringing together artist collaborations through fashion shows, sewing workshops photoshoots, sewing workshops, while incorporating songs and dance.



This captivating film follows four South Dakota-based BIPOC artists and creatives as they engage their communities through expressive works rooted in culture, heritage, and locality.

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Fashion show celebrates Native American culture

Four Native American designers showcased their work during a fashion show at the All My Relatives Festival.

About 30 models from across the United States and Canada walked a red carpet behind the Levitt stage in Sioux Falls Saturday. They displayed clothes, bags, hairstyles and makeup by Native Americans.

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Running Strong For American Indian Youth

Dreamstarter Creatives Using Art to Make History

Kyrie Dunkley (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate), owner and operator of Shinin Star Style, has a dream to increase Indigenous representation, visibility, and cultural connection in urban communities through fashion and community events. This past summer Kyrie participated in the All My Relatives Festival in Sioux Falls, SD. This Native arts festival included musical performances from Frank Waln, Jackie Bird, Indigenous, as well as a fierce fashion show, that included designs from Shinin Star Style and 3 other Native designers. The fashion show displayed contemporary clothes, bags, hairstyles, and makeup all by Native Designers and artists. 30 indigenous models from across the U.S. and Canada proudly walked the red carpet showing off the designs. Kyrie hopes to continue to host events that will create space for and celebrate Native culture and identity. To see more pictures from the show, and learn what events you can see Shinin Star Style in next, visit:www.shininstarstyle.com/

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Dakota News Now

Some You Should Know

Kyrie Dunkley is the owner of Shinin Star Style, a mother, and an advocate for the preservation of indigenous culture.

“Kyrie has been a really strong advocate for our native students and families,” said Chair Person for the Office of Indian Education Anna Brokenleg.

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Keloland News

Arts council offers microgrants to local artists

Local artists are getting some community support from the Sioux Falls Arts Council.

This year, the arts council launched their artist microgrant program, offering grants ranging from $250 to $500 for local artists to use in any way they wish. For some creators, they are using the money to give back to the community.

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Sioux Falls Arts Council Directory

Sioux Falls Visual Artist Listing

My English name is Kyrie Dunkley, my native name is Wichapi Iyoyunpa Wi (Shining Star Woman). I am Dakota and Lakota: 4 bands of the Oceti Sakowin. I was born in Sisseton, S.D. I am enrolled in the Enemy Swim District. I live in Sioux Falls, S.D. I work from home sewing clothes and selling them under the name “Shinin Star Style” My off the rack items can be found at Sweetgrass Soapery / All Walks Trading Post Co. in downtown Sioux Falls those items include ribbon skirts, ribbon shirts and DIY ribbon skirt kits.

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