The latest and greatest Limited Edition Pendleton Vans

Get ready for the next version of the Pendleton Vans! We’ve got new colorways in the same classic styles – Sk8r Hi, Chukka Lo, and Slip on! Check out a little preview:

This is just a sample of the shoes available EXCLUSIVELY at the Gathering of Nations Powwow and the All Nations Skate Jam – April 28 & 29 in Albuquerque, New Mexico! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates on the event – which is just 11 days away!

It’s gunna rock!

Skateboard Nation

We hope you’re getting as pumped for the 6th Annual All Nations Skate Jam as we are! It’s coming up in less than 23 days.

Last year, at the 5th Annual All Nations Skate Jam, the Smithsonian Institution was on-site to film pieces of their upcoming documentary Skateboard Nation. Airing first on May 5th at 9:00pm on the Smithsonian Chanel, this rock-umentary is described as a “high-flying, adrenaline-fueled adventure. Explore the underground movement that’s helping Native American youth throughout the U.S. soar above life’s challenges, one half-pipe at a time. Skateboarding is increasingly popular on Indian reservations, cultivating athletes, artists, entrepreneurs and mentors. From the streets of Albuquerque to New York City, from Washington, D.C. to Pine Ridge, SD, the sport is fueling a new form of self-expression and pride.”

The filmmakers visited us in Adrian, Michigan as well as other groundbreaking leaders in the Native skateboardning movement. To get us psyched for the upcoming debut of the film, they’ve put together some clips featuring some of our favorite skaters – Bryant Chapo and the West Side Boys. Check em out!

Don’t Hate Just Skate (West Side Boys)

From Pipe Dream to Half Pipe (Bryant Chapo)

For more of this action – see you in Albuquerque April 28 & 29!

Close to one month away from #ANSJ6!

We had an awesome time in Poteau, Oklahoma for the first Oklahoma Skate Slam! It was a great event with lots of skaters coming out to the skate park. It was even featured on the local news and has been getting quite a bit of attention. Check out some photos from the event over at the Nashoba Youth Foundation’s Facebook Page. We were honored to be a part of the event but now we’ve got to get down to business, with the All Nations Skate Jam just 36 days away!

We’ll be checking in on Twitter using the hashtag #ANSJ6 so make sure to follow us and add #ANSJ6 to your own skate jam tweets. Also, we’re 161 “Likes” away from 1,000 fans on Facebook. Help us get to 1,000 BEFORE the skate jam! Let’s spread the word! We’re coming in to Albuquerque fast and it’s gunna be epic!

Less than 45 days to Jam!

We’re getting psyched up about the upcoming All Nations Skate Jam.

Here is just a taste of the celebs who will be on site for the event:

Steve Van Doren
Steve Caballero
Tony Alva
Christian Hosoi
Bill Danforth
Ray Barbee
John Cardiel
Jeff Grosso
Pat Duffy
Dan Grehobl
Ryan Smith
Darren Navarrette
Shawn Hale
Garold Vallie

It’s going to rock! But first we’re headed south to Poteau, Oklahoma for the first annual Oklahoma Slam put on by the Nashoba Youth Foundation (NYF). These guys are bustin their butts to plan a killer event and we’re excited to be a part of it! First stop, Poteau. Next stop, ALBUQUERQUE!

Off Broadway and Native News Network!

Still selling the latest edition of Pendleton Vans.
Visit our Pendleton Vans Page for info on how to order yours today!


With shoes flying off the shelves here in Michigan, we’re ready to send our President, Todd Harder, down to Oklahoma for the grand opening of the Skatepark Off Broadway down in Poteau, OK. Thanks to the Nashoba Youth Foundation, skate parks are being built across southeast Oklahoma to give our Native youth a safe place to skate. We’re excited to go down and support the opening Off Broadway and hopefully many other parks across Indian Country in the future!



We’re also psyched to report that we got some additional coverage in Native News Network. Check out this December 7 post from their site.






Back from Chicago with shoes!

We had a great trip to the Chicago. We sold a lot of shoes and got some media coverage in the process! Check out this article about the shoes at the Native News Network:


We brought plenty of shoes back to Michigan with us so now they can be yours! Email or call 517-515-6357 to order yours. Pick your style below and we’ll let you know if we have your size. All profits go toward our events, including the All Nations Skate Jam to create safe spaces for our Native youth to stay active and healthy.

Shoe Release at Chicago Powwow!

Join as Nov 18-20 at the 58th Annual Chicago Powwow for the release of the latest run of Limited Edition Pendleton Vans. The latest run features the same great shoe styles in a wider variety of sizes and a new color pallet. All the proceeds from the sales of the shoes go toward keeping us up and running here at Nibwaakaawin. This crucial work keeps our Native youth on the red road and in the skate parks! Whatever is not sold at the powwow will be available from us by emailing Visit us on Facebook for real time updates from the shoe release. See you in the windy city!

Time flies when you’re skatin hard!

We can’t believe how time has flown and how much has been going on over at Nibwaakaawin! The Pendleton Vans continue to get national media coverage, Native Threads and Bryant Chapo are representing up in Canada this weekend, and our crew is getting ready to head out to the Indigenous Games in Milwaukee in July. Meanwhile, the Stronghold Society is gearing up for their big July event – the ONE GATHERING Skate for Life – July 9. Check out their website for more information

But let’s backtrack a bit. We’ve been so busy since the skate jam we haven’t had a minute to let you know how it went! Well it was awesome! We had a great turnout on Saturday with Pepsi/Gatorade, 4 Wheel War Pony, Native Skateparks, West Side Boys, Numunu Skate, Rockstar Energy Drink, New Mexico Extreme (NMX), the Mix Game Room, Vans Shoes, Native Threads, and many other vendors in full support. We had rockin music from Ethan103, Miracle Dolls, and many other local bands. We sold a ton of shoes and saw some great skating!

Things on Sunday didn’t go as well. It was cold and rainy and by the end of the contest it was actually snowing in Albuquerque! But we got through it and those who stuck around had a great time. Thank you to everyone who came out to skate or support the event! Check out our photo gallery for a closer look at what went down!

Pretty much as soon as we got back from the Skate Jam, we headed over to Menominee Wisconsin for a skate demo on the Menominee Indian Reserve. We had a great time. The riders were swarmed with kids wanting autographs. Hopefully we’ll get to go back! Check out some of the photos from that event as well.

Limited Edition Pendleton Vans Update!

Thank for your interest in the limited edition Pendleton Vans made exclusively for Nibwaakaawin!

We’re back from Albuquerque and the All Nations Skate Jam where we were very successful and sold a lot of shoes. As a result, we have limited sizes and styles left that we can now sell over the phone and ship to you. We sell these shoes as a fundraiser for our non-profit organization to help keep our Native youth skating. We’re not a corporate shoe company so please be patient while waiting to hear back from us.

Here are ALL of the sizes and styles we have remaining. If it is not listed below, we do not have it. We have been swamped with shoe-related emails ever since the Gathering of Nations/All Nations Skate Jam and we have not had the time to reply to each one so if you’re interested in getting shoes pleaseĀ first check the list below to make sure we have it then contact us about making payment.

The slip-ons are $65 and the chukka lows are $70. (There are no high tops left). We charge an additional $15 to ship them to you.

Slip Ons

Red: 3.5, 4, 4.5, 8, 8.5, 9
Turquoise: 4, 8, 9.5
Brown: 7.5, 9, 12 (one of each)
Brown Kids: Y9, Y12, 1, 2, 3

Chukka Lows

Red: 9, 9.5
Turquoise: 9, 9.5
Brown: 8, 10
Brown Kids: Y10, Y12, 1, 3, 4

Please note shoes are unisex, labeled in adult men’s sizes. Add 1.5 to each size for the women’s size. Example: Mens 9 = Womens 10.5.

We sell the shoes first come, first serve and cannot hold things for you without payment. We can take your credit card information over the phone at 517-265-2031. Please do not call about sizes that are not shown here. We will send an email out again when we have more shoes. At this point we do not know when that will be.

We appreciate your support of Nibwaakaawin and our Native youth. Click here for photos of the shoes.

Thank you!