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, representing Standing Rock, Rosebud and Crow Creek tribes.

Formed in late 2014, Pretendians have refined their sound by joining lyrics with heavy societal and political influences with music that is influenced by all things rock and roll coming from a modern Indigenous perspective, forming a straight-up brand of energy-fueled conscious rock music.

Pretendians have been nominated twice for the Native American Music Awards for best rock band and has been featured in a Public Television documentary called ‘Art Is’. Pretendians’ music can be found on Spotify, Bandcamp, and the iTunes store.

Guitar/ Vocals:  Thomas Draskovic

Guitar/:  Al Grande

Drums/: Christine Bartyzal