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Volunteer and help us share Native Stories with the World, during our VisionMaker Film Festival Friday, Sept 30 - Thursday, Oct 6. Located on the UNL Campus, Vision Maker Media invites you to join in the festivities of the fourth biennial VisionMaker Film Festival by becoming a volunteer.

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Indian Country Today reported in their August 22, 2011, issue that a shunned Columbus statue may be erected in Puerto Rico.

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It was wonderful to have the chance to meet folks here. Thanks to everyone for the conversations and experience, and I look forward to keeping up the dialogue! Here are my notes: These suggestions concern how discussion guides and lesson plans might be tailored for use in higher education classrooms.

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Several weeks ago I received a call from Vision Maker Media. The name alone was appealing, but then I learned it would be during Indian Market in Santa Fe. Would I want to join them? Hmmm…. Santa Fe during Indian Market, an event displaying fantastic Native ingenuity and creativity in art, film and music; a meeting to talk about how film can be used in education to inspire reflection and action among students. Hard decision…. Not. I wouldn’t miss it.

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Lincoln, Neb.: Vision Maker Media awards up to $500,000 combined annually to a select handful of production and research & development projects by filmmakers across the nation to produce documentaries for PBS stations.

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Recently, I read a health article about 9 smart ways to keep your relationship healthy at any age. The following are a few of the recommendations that the website (Health.com) gave that stuck out to me.

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Award-winning singer/songwriter Bill Miller (Mohican) will be performing at the Newmark Theatre in Portland, Oregon, tomorrow, July 16. The concert kicks-off at 7 p.m.

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The article “Diabetes is a Killer” was recently covered by NativeNewsNetwork.com. The article discusses how walkers of the Longest Walk 3 entered Washington, D.C. on Friday morning. The walkers formed a circle in front of the White House and held a water blessing ceremony—to represent the unity of people everywhere. Following the White House, the walkers made a brief stop at the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of the American Indian and the National Mall.

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As a woman who found great strength from her participation in the Girl Scouts, I wanted to share this initiative with others who want to see more woman grow up and fill leadership roles in media and society as a whole.

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Martin Busch, the founder of the South Dakota Public Broadcasting system, died April 14 at the age of 89 at his home in Atchison, Kan. Busch was instrumental in the establishment of Vision Maker Media 35 years ago. Busch served as executive director for SDPB from 1960 to 1984. He was first appointed director of KUSD-AM in 1960, and in 1961 oversaw the establishment of KUSD-TV, the first educational television station in the state and flagship station of SDPB.

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Congratulations to Gary Robinson (Choctaw/Cherokee) for his film "Tribal Journeys of the Pacific Northwest" for being selected to screen at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues May 16- 27, 2011 in New York.

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Vision Maker Media awarded more than $460,000 to seven projects by filmmakers across the nation to produce documentaries for PBS stations. “The goal of the open call is to increase the diversity of voices available to PBS viewers,” says Vision Maker MediaExecutive Director Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux). “We encourage Native Americans to take on significant creative leadership roles, such as director, producer and editor. We want Native voices to have creative control, and not just in an advisory capacity.”

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