Leya Hale


Leya Hale

Leya Hale is an American Indian filmmaker from the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and Diné Nations. She currently works as an Associate Producer for Twin Cities PBS. In 2013 she Co-produced The Past Is Alive Within Us: The U.S.-Dakota Conflict, an Upper Midwest Emmy Award-winning show for Best Historical Documentary. Her portfolio also includes Black Brilliance (2015), a nominee for an Upper Midwest Emmy-Best Educational Documentary. In 2016, Reclaiming Sacred Tobacco was her directorial debut and was an official selection at the American Indian Film Festival, a nominee for Best Public Service Documentary and was also nominated for Best Short Documentary at the Red Nation Film Festival. The Sundance Institute and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently selected Leya as one of four Knight Fellows in 2017. Hale continues to work on a variety of Minnesota content documentaries and digital shorts.

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Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota & Diné Nations


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