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Penn. Co. Jail inmate uses artistic skills to create new life

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A KOTA Territory man is proving that beautiful art can come from the most unlikely of sources.

Pennington County Jail inmate and artist Alden No Moccasin III created a series of two murals for the jail.

Starting with sketches and blank walls as a canvas, No Moccasin free-hand painted the murals including one paying tribute to wounded warriors and his own Native American heritage.

Jailers say the murals have created a sense of pride for No Moccasin, and hope that he can use his skills to put the past behind him and create a new life for himself.

"I feel like it's an eye opener because I could have been doing this a long time ago, instead of what I've been doing to get me in here. I got a lot of people out there that want me to do good," said No Moccasin.

Pennington County Jail Commander, Jim Rowenhorst says many artists at his facility are very talented and he thinks No Moccasin's work can serve as an inspiration to the other inmates.

"To see what he does from the sketches on a piece of paper to converting it to what he puts on the wall and then the painting and the shading and everything, and the content, subject matter, it really impressed me," said Rowenhorst.

No Moccasin has spent the past three months in Pennington County Jail.  He says he is optimistic that will be released as soon as next week.

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