Apache Scouts, an Untold Story

The U.S. Army had little to no success subduing Apache bands of the Southwest until White Mountain Apaches enlisted as Army Scouts. This film explores the complex histories of the Scouts, their relation to Geronimo and to securing the White Mountain Apache homeland.

 Dustinn Craig is a White Mountain Apache filmmaker based in Arizona.

Velma Kee Craig (Navajo) is the co-founder of White Springs Creative, which she runs with her husband and fellow director Dustinn Craig. She enjoys writing poetry and blogs which aim to show the extra sweet and humorous of stay-at-home life.

Velma Kee Craig is the co-founder of White Springs Creative, LLC (formerly BetterOnes Productions), which she runs with her husband and fellow director Dustinn Craig.

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On September 5th through the 7th, Dustinn Craig and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Vision Maker Media Producers' Conference held in Minneapolis, MN. It is always inspirational to meet and network with other filmmakers, especially Native filmmakers, and to hear about their projects and how they juggle or attempt to juggle their lives and projects.

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Eleven production contracts from Vision Maker Media have been approved for the delivery of documentary and new media projects to the Public Broadcasting System. “The purpose of this funding is to increase the diversity of voices available to PBS viewers,” says Vision Maker Media Executive 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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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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