Born on the Rez – New Song by Frank Waln!

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown June 4th, 2014 Last Updated on: June 4th, 2014

A lot has happened since we last spoke with Frank Waln back in January. This rising hip hop artist has been busy teaching songwriting classes to Native Chicago youth, traveling to Alaska, Texas and Colorado for performances, and joining forces with Reject and Protect by performing his song “Oil 4 Blood” to a crowd of thousands who were in Washington D.C. protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Melinda Jane Myers Photography

Melinda Jane Myers Photography


Frank Waln at the Reject and Protect event.  Photo by Shadia Fayne Wood.

Frank Waln at the Reject and Protect event. Photo by Shadia Fayne Wood.

He recently won the Mayor's Award for Civic Engagement from Columbia College. And, oh yeah, finished up his senior year of college. No big deal!

This past weekend Frank Waln walked on stage to accept his diploma, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Audio Design and Music Production from Columbia College. His graduation present to us was releasing his latest single, “Born on the Rez”.

He'll be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Chicago Title 7 Achievement Celebration on June 1st. He'll also be performing and teaching a workshop with Upward Bound students at CU Boulder June 23rd-25th. We're not even halfway through the year and Frank has accomplished a lot in 2014. We can't wait to see what he'll do next!


You can follow Frank Waln on Twitter and Facebook to find out how to purchase his music and where he might be performing next.

Home » Native American Articles » Native American Culture » Born on the Rez – New Song by Frank Waln!

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Eroll Olds

Great! Wasn”t born on rez but the spirit of my ancestors was.

an African, Irish, Native American.

Rose Felton

I am white, 68 yrs. old and was raised on a rez. Love this singer and his music!! Awesome!


Thanks,Frank. Its good 2 see, that native Indian is alive.
<3 <3 Wim.

chuck lycksell

im an older native but i thought this was great how can iget this song do you have an album.

Free Email Series: What to Expect at Your First Pow Wow