Susan Hartmann


Susan Hartmann

As Director of Communications for Vision Maker Media, Susan serves as the liaison between producers, vendors, and the organization. She manages the details of each marketing project, DVD authoring, and creative service—ensuring that deadlines, budgets, and technical specifications are met while projects move from concept to completion. Susan graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a master's degree in journalism and business marketing. 

She has held leadership roles with the International Association of Business Communicators, Lincoln, Nebraska chapter. Prior to joining Vision Maker Media, Susan worked as a communications team leader for the Nebraska Forest Service, was a secondary education teacher of journalism/publications and English for a public school system, was a communications and marketing director for a Nebraska-grown for-profit company, and worked in state government and non-profits in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Job Title: 
Director of Communications
Recent posts: 

Blog Series:

In an article by Matt Goodlett of Omaha, Nebraska's The Reader, the question is raised of "What is Uranium Mining in Nebraska Doing to Pine Ridge's Drinking Water?"

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Recently, I was asked to help plan the cultural event for the National Congress of American Indians’ (NCAI) Annual Mid-Year Conference and Marketplace, June 17-20 in Lincoln, Neb.—Vision Maker Media’s hometown. It’s been a very exciting experience and I look forward to meeting all of the conference attendees. More importantly though, it is a chance for the community to engage with Tribal leaders and representatives from across the U.S.

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In 2004, thirteen Indigenous grandmothers from all four corners, moved by their concern for our planet, came together at a historic gathering in Phoenicia, New York. At this event, they decided to form an alliance called "The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers" in response to a prophecy made by their ancestors thousands of years ago.




Native stories that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives for your station!


Current funding, job, and training opportunities that support the production of Native content. Plus, additional information for filmmakers.


Hands-on educational tools for middle school to college-aged students that increase the Impact of Native films in the classroom.