1. A Wing And A Prayer Sneak Peek


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    Sneak Peak for our feature documentary A Wing And A Prayer: Restoring The Sacred Hoop In The Seventh Generation. www.Mitakupi.com

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    • The People - Short Film - Trailer 1


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      The People - Fantasy/Thriller “With one man’s culture nearly gone, what he does next can save Nations.” The health of the environment is important to every Indigenous culture. With efforts by Indigenous peoples throughout North America to bring awareness to the damage extensive oil mining brings to the earth, The People, explores the side effects and takes an imaginative peek at our future in a world where oil is everything. Set in a dystopia 71 years into the future, Native lands and rights are gone. The government as we know it now no longer exists; it is controlled by a small faction of rich politicians. Left in waste, Reservations become encampments and are heavily guarded by private military security. Poverty and oppression lay ruin to every Native tribal nation within the former U.S. The cause, an insurgency led by an indigenous human rights group called, The People, against the forced construction of a massive oil pipeline through Native territory in the year 2051. This insurgency was the beginning to the Second American Civil War and an end to the democracy the country was built on. Eight years of fighting, a new system is born: Oppress the insurgent, contain the problem, use fear to foster obedience, and only then will there be peace. This is the world our protagonist is born into. http://indigenestudios.com/thepeople STAY CONNECTED: Facebook - http://facebook.com/indigenestudios Twitter - http://twitter.com/indigenestudios Instagram - http://instagram.com/indigenestudios Directed by Willi White Written by Isnalawica Belt Produced by Angel White Eyes / Willi White / Isnalawica Belt Starring: Marcus Bear Eagle Nicolette Weston Bert Malcom Marcus Ruff Alberto Two Bears III and Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford INDIGENE STUDIOS RESERVATIONBOY FILMS © 2014 Indigene Entertainment Studios.

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      • A glimpse of "Across the Creek"


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        Across the Creek, a new 30-minute documentary premiering this November from director/producer Jonny Cournoyer (Rosebud Sioux), explores the Lakota People’s struggle for the restoration of a cultural legacy. Broken by colonialism and with both the unbridled dreams and the painful reality of today, the film is a conversation between the elder and younger generations. Faced with unfathomable challenges, Lakota peoples are taking steps to make a better life for their tribal members. A major initiative is to empower people who were once taught that Indian ways were inferior. In Across the Creek, everyday heroes are turning around this negative history by reclaiming stories, visions, and core values that once did effectively guide a healthy and productive tribal lifestyle. By looking at traditional family structure, spirituality, language, and values, they hope to build a sustaining vision for the future. In Across the Creek, the land plays a major role. The screen fills with beautiful images of rolling plains, badlands, and Black Hills that are sacred to the Lakota. Ties to the land define the people, just as Lakota language allows them to fully express their worldviews and beliefs. Much of the effort to reclaim Lakota lifeways addresses tribal language and land in some way. “It is a heavy shirt to wear,” explains Sage Fast Dog, who is striving to honor the role he has been asked to play in the lives of his students. A fairly new teacher who was drafted unexpectedly into teaching the Lakota language, Sage is not a fluent speaker and is learning many words right along with his middle –school students. Sage’s mentor, the late Albert White Hat, is a Lakota studies icon. In his early days, he left the reservation in search of work, travelling from Denver to Los Angeles, barely scraping by at times—sometimes as a homeless person on the street. After returning to his homelands, he eventually was hired to teach Lakota culture by the same mission school that had denigrated it in his own boyhood. In addition to writing multiple books, White Hat later guided the Lakota Studies department at the reservation’s tribal college. He speaks in depth on the principles of traditional Lakota beliefs and values, the current state of the youth on the reservation, and his own hopes and visions for the future. Sam Wounded Head, a medicine man whose first language is Lakota, speaks of his 50-year journey to find spiritual power. Sam’s wife, Norma, shares her memories of early life on the reservation and the importance family played in everyday life out in the country. The couple, now deceased, offer a moving glimpse of a generation whose window is closing. Like others, Florentine Blue Thunder is convinced that Lakota language is the key to renewing a positive identity with the Native youth. Not only will it continue as a focus on both the educational and socioeconomic fronts, but in the context of daily life. If children can be raised in a nurturing, supportive environment as opposed to the negative reality that many face in high-poverty areas today, there can be personal healing. Mike Prue is one such example. After spending his high school years in a blur of drugs and alcohol, even serving prison time for illegal drugs, he vowed to change his life. Mike began to embrace ceremonies and traditions. Today, he collaborates with medicine men who are still in their 20s. Similarly, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation is engaging dozens if not scores of young people by authentically practicing culture. Nick Tilsen is a young leader who has found that—with a few visible examples of positive action—the most powerful strategy to healing is just “walking the talk.” Or put another way, “by crossing the creek.” Across the Creek—which received major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Vision Maker Media—is an offering of PBS Plus. This half-hour documentary will be available to public television stations nationwide on Friday, October 31, 2014, with rights beginning Saturday, November 1, 2014. This program is suggested for scheduling for Native American Heritage Month. For viewing information in your area, please visit www.visionmakermedia.org/watch. About PBS Plus PBS Plus is an optional programming service for public television stations, providing fully underwritten series and specials. Over 99% of PBS stations subscribe to this service—reaching 100% national TV households. Annually, stations are provided with approximately 600 hours of programming.

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        • A Long Road Back to the 'Rez'


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          A starkly beautiful place, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is home to the Oglala Lakota Nation where for many, education remains a yet-to-be fulfilled promise for moving families out of profound poverty. Produced for Education Week as part of a larger story package on the state of Native American education. View the whole package here: www.edweek.org/go/nativeamerican

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          • A THUNDER-BEING NATION - The Oglala Lakota of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation VOD


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            The journey of the Oglala Lakota of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, from their origins through to their contemporary life. No other documentary has looked so comprehensively at life on an Indian Reservation. Filmed over 13 years. The Ultimate Edition DVD has 10 hours of extras.

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            • Rez Bomb VOD


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              Rez Bomb is a love story thriller set on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation starring Tamara Feldman, Trent Ford, Russell Means, Moses Brings Plenty, Arlette Loud Hawk.

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              • SDSU Professors Wow Students with Science


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                • Warriors From the Reservation


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                  Participation in the United States military among all Native Americans is proportionally higher than any other ethnic group. This was true even before 1924, when the Snyder Act granted United States citizenship to all Native Americans. In the 19th century the U. S. Army created a service category of Indian Scouts that served with all major campaigns. More than 12,000 Native Americans served in World War I and more than 44,000 in World War II. Another 42,000 served in Vietnam. More than 18,000 have served in Iraq among the more than 22,000 Native Americans currently active. There are close to 190,000 living Native American veterans. The end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will bring back to the reservations a large number of Native Americans suffering from PTSD as a result of their war experience. There is an increasing amount of evidence showing that American Indian Veterans have the highest rate of PTSD of any ethnic group and face significant barriers to care, which increases the levels of dysfunction, including in terms of already high levels of violence and crime. Geography is one of the greatest barriers to care, as living on reservations in rural and remote areas are often great distances from suitable medical facilities. For a population already feeling the extreme burden of poverty, the effects of PTSD only add additional emotional and economic stressors to an already isolated community. Via strong photography and documentary film components, a multimedia site, and print/digital books distributed internationally, we seek to examine one of the least examined cultural groups among American veterans, who despite a strong cultural warrior tradition, as American veterans are perhaps the least acknowledged and least served among the American veteran population. We would warmly welcome your support. For potential donors, grant organizations, and partners, please contact us at info@warriorsfromthereservation.com to receive access to the password-protected areas of the site.

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                  • Henry Red Cloud: Solar Warrior


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                    Henry Red Cloud is the founder of Lakota Solar Enterprises, a 100% Native American-owned renewable energy business located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. His mission is to spread renewable energy technology and expertise to all native tribes in the United States. The photos from this slide show were taken during a week-long solar training course hosted by LSE and Trees, Water & People in February 2013. All photos by Mark Andrew Boyer

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                    • Brother Bill Foster retires after 47 years of service


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                      Brother Bill Foster has been a staple at Red Cloud Indian School since 1966. On Sunday, February 3, 2013 he bid farewell to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, as he continued his journey in a life of faith and service to join the St. Camillus Jesuit Community, a health care facility and Jesuit community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. More here: https://www.redcloudschool.org/pages/our-story/news--publications/2013/brother-foster-retires-after-47-years-of-service

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