Pretendians is a Native American rock band based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Despite the name of the band, they’re not pretending anything. The majority of the band represent the Oceti Ŝakowiŋ (7 Council Fires) of the Dakhota/Lakhota Nation, hailing from the Standing Rock, Rosebud and Crow Creek tribes.

Formed in late 2014, Pretendians crafted their energy-fueled brand of conscious rock music by joining lyrics of a heavy societal and indigenous-centric message with dynamic music, drawing from all forms of rock and roll.

Pretendians have been nominated twice for the Native American Music Awards for best rock band and has been featured in a Twin Cities PBS Originals documentary short called ‘Art Is‘.

Pretendians’ music can be found on Spotify, Bandcamp, and the iTunes store.


Pretendians Band is:

Guitar & Vocals:  Thomas Draskovic

Guitar:  Al Grande

Drums: Christine Bartyzal

Bass: Jilleo Candyhands