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As a relatively new member of the Vision Maker Media board of directors, I have been on a steep learning curve. I am so honored to have the opportunity to explore the whole arena of public television and film development for Native people, especially being an educator where we are always looking for authentic, relevant, culturally based materials to further educate ourselves and others. I am a Hochunk/Anishanabe with over 40 years of experience as an educator, focusing mostly on Native and multicultural education.

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Even though nearly all of 1973 America knew of the occupation of the little village of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation and came to know of the atrocious conditions under which many of the Lakota people lived out their lives, time has faded memories.

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A New Year often brings new beginnings, and 2013 is no exception for our organization. After much review and discussion over the past year, we're now officially Vision Maker Media. We hope you're as excited for the name change as much as we are!

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The Super Bowl for me and my family this year was not a big deal. Although I have always been a big fan and it was my favorite sport to play growing up, I was not a big fan of either team (New England Patriots or the New York Giants). I do appreciate both quarterbacks--Eli Manning and Tom Brady--but really did not care much who won the game. I did end up pulling for the Patriots only because the Giants pulled the big upset at the last Super Bowl they played in (I think it was 2006).

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This month is the 10-year anniversary of my first experience with the Sundance Film Festival. As a senior in High school in 2002, I had the honor of being selected to participate in the Gen-Y Studio, a former program that gave young filmmakers the opportunity to share ideas, explore filmmaking and learn about new technologies at the Sundance Film Festival.

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A very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season to you all! One of the best things I’ve enjoyed as a journalist is the opportunity to learn how many folks – including native people – ring in the Yuletide cheer. I remember a Yankton Sioux recollecting his childhood in South Dakota, where an Indian Santa brought toys, food, and clothes, to the tribal community center in the 1950s. Kris Kringle told all the kids that he’d just arrived via flying saucer (sci-fi was big back then).
 
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