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Shirley Sneve is the Executive Director of Vision Maker Media, whose mission is to share Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Our Gift to You This Holiday Season

Date Posted: 
2013-11-20 15:16
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Our Gift to You This Holiday Season is the Promise of Sharing Native Stories
to Empower Native Voices in Public Television & in Classrooms Worldwide
We Focus Our Programming & Educational Initiatives
on the Most Pertinent Topics in Indian Country

In this holiday season, the importance of storytelling grows as Native youth seek answers about walking in two worlds--honoring the past to find their way in today's modern society.

It's a tradition amongst some tribes (including my own, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe) to commemorate the most important event of each year by illustrating it on a Wintercount--often a buffalo robe held by an elder storyteller and keeper of knowledge and traditions.

On the Vision Maker Media Wintercount, I believe our new name and logo would emerge as the highlight. After a year of research and contemplation, that's our new corporate name, replacing Native American Public Telecommunications.

The mission of Vision Maker Media is to share Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

We bring these important stories to television, online, and in the classroom.

The Medicine Game 
Two brothers struggle to balance their Onondaga Tribal heritage through the pressures of school and a passion for lacrosse.
Yes, I'd like to support Native stories that are tackling the high school dropout crisis in Indian Country!

An Oglala Lakota man embraces a traditional diet to overcome obesity and the threat of diabetes.
Yes, I'd like to support Native stories about reclaiming our health by following traditional life-ways!

A Comanche elder takes her struggle for sovereignty to the nation's capital to help young leaders develop leadership skills.
Yes, I'd like to support stories by and about Native Americans that are authentic and educational for youth!

These are just a few of the stories Vision Maker Media has helped bring to Public Broadcasting.

Your continued support as a Friend of Vision Maker Media allows us to help youth embark on a journey to discover what it means to be Native. With your help, we can provide paid internships to inspire the next generation of Native storytellers.

Help us share Native knowledge and truth by providing generous support for Native documentaries by and about Native Americans and Alaska Natives. The majority of our programs have standards-based curricula, lesson plans, and interactive websites that are available to educators at no cost online at http://visionmakermedia.org/educators.

This work is inspiring to me. To hear from audiences how much these programs mean to them, and how it's changed their perspectives about Tribal people makes me proud of what our filmmakers do!

We fight stereotypes. We bring hope where there's desperation, and life lessons that we can all relate to.

Please join me and many others who appreciate the importance of Native stories. These are American stories that are important to how we all live and respect Mother Earth.

Pilamaye (thank you),

Shirley K. Sneve (Sicangu Lakota)
Executive Director

Yes, I'd like to become a Friend of Vision Maker Media.

 
 

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