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Christmas in the Clouds, written and directed by Kate Montgomery, is a Native American comedy of errors that humorously defies Native stereotypes on the big screen. “I wanted to create something that was just light and fun, and really celebrated the great sense of humor that is really central in the Native community,” says Montgomery. Set at a plush Tribal owned and operated ski lodge, Christmas in the Clouds combines multiple cases of mistaken identity and a cast of quirky characters that flies “in the face of stereotypes about Native American people.”

Lacrosse is a modern sport with deep roots in Native American cultures throughout North America. “[Today] It is the fastest growing sport in America,” explains Michelle Danforth (Oneida), co-producer of the new documentary film Sacred Stick. The documentary explains the origins of Lacrosse within Native American cultures; the spiritual background of the game, as well as stories from early European contact with the game.

During the first week of October, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Cooper Gallery in Morrill Hall opened "A Turning Point: Navajo Weaving in the Late 20th Century," an exhibition showcasing modern Navajo textiles reflecting a culture balancing both tradition and change. The exhibit's opening coincided with the Textile

In the new film Up Heartbreak Hill, Thomas Martinez, resident of Crystal New Mexico, a community on the Navajo Reservation, tells viewers about the realities of life on the Reservation. “Around here everyone thinks they live in a third world country,” explains Thomas, “what I hear from people is that living in Navajo is just straight up bad.” Thomas attends high school in Navajo, a nearby town of about 2000 people with a per capita income of $4,600 and a high school graduation rate of 56%.

Dr. Arne Vainio, an Ojibwe physician on the Fond du Lac Reservation in northern Minnesota, is about to have his fiftieth birthday. As a doctor, he encourages his patients approaching the age of fifty to come in for a series of health screenings to determine their risk for health conditions such as diabetes and colon cancer that have tendencies to appear at midlife. Despite the life prolonging benefits of obtaining these screenings, many men are reluctant to undergo the tests, including Dr. Vainio.

Dr. Arne Vainio, a Native American physician on the Fond du Lac Reservation in northern Minnesota, is about to have his fiftieth birthday. As a doctor, he encourages his patients approaching the age of fifty to come in for a series of health screenings to determine their risk for health conditions such as diabetes and colon cancer that have tendencies to appear at midlife. Despite the life prolonging benefits of obtaining these screenings, many men are reluctant to undergo the tests, including Dr. Vainio.

Valerie Red-Horse (Cherokee and Sioux) is an award-winning filmmaker, entrepreneur and investment banker. In her new documentary film Choctaw Code Talkers, Red-Horse reveals the origins of how Choctaw Native American soldiers used their Native language to aid the Allied Forces in the transmission of secret, tactical messages during World War I. As Red-Horse explains, “It’s a film depicting a very little known event that occurred in World War I that is a truly an American story.

Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek) is the director of the award-winning film Barking Water.  The film is about Frankie (played by Richard Ray Whitman) and Irene (played by Casey Camp-Horinek), “an older couple who’s relationship has been on-and-off again for the past 40 years or so,” explains Harjo, and she comes back to him one last time to take him home to see his family after she is made aware of his terminal illness, after he becomes hospitalized.

The new documentary, For the Generations: Native Story & Performance, offers viewers a unique look at today’s most progressive Native American music and dance performers. This month’s producer profile features Sean Hutchinson.  He is a co-producer of the film, along with Mary Hager (French-Canadian Cree/Metis) and Arlie Neskahi (Navajo) of Painted Sky, last month’s featured producers.

Rick Wright (Ponca) talks with reporter Aden Marshall about Ponca history and the significance of Chief Standing Bear.

Interviews conducted and edited by Aden Marshall with assistance from Eric Martin.

Judi gaiashkibos (Ponca) talks with reporter Ben Kreimer about the historical significance of Chief Standing Bear and the annual Chief Standing Bear Celebrations occuring in May in Lincoln Nebraska.

Interviews conducted and edited by Ben Kreimer with assistance from Aden Marshall.

Reporter Aden Marshall speaks with Mike Wolf, Richard Lasely, Gary Lasely and Eugene Gilipin about Ponca history and the significance of Chief Standing Bear.

Interviews conducted and edited by Aden Marshall with assistance from Eric Martin.

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