Lisa Olken

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Lisa Olken

Lisa D. Olken is a veteran filmmaker. Olken produces, directs, writes and edits award-winning programs about history, art and the environment and how these impact people on a daily basis. Olken is dedicated to preservingand presentingstories from diverse populations. Among Olken’s more than 50 prestigious honors are 24 Regional Emmy awards, 10 Colorado Broadcasters Association awards and six National awards including two Wranglers, which is the highest honor for western-related issues.

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This past week, the Urban Indians crew finished up primary interviews in Denver and Durango. Soon, we will be off to a double roadtrip that takes us to Pine Ridge, South Dakota and Alburquerque & San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico. We have concentrated on those that live in the city but soon, we will focus our interviews and broll on returnees to discuss relocation, identity and culture.

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Urban Indians, formally called The Urbanization of American Indians, is in full production! We are exploring the complicated legacy of the US government's 1950s- 1970s assimilation policies that encouraged American Indians to leave their homelands and relocate to urban areas around the country.

 
 

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