Oceti Sakowin: The People of the Seven Council Fires

Growing up in the heart of the Black Hills as a boy, South Dakota Public Broadcasting producer James P. Sprecher could not imagine then how often he would someday feature Native people in his films, as the Black Hills, or Paha Sapa, are a source of spirituality and the place of origin for surrounding tribes.

Across the rolling plains of the Midwest, a great nation was created by a people who had their own system of government and a livelihood that was forever changed by settlers and trappers. The Oyate, the people, tell their own history and sustaining culture in this Emmy-nominated, hour-long documentary funded by the South Dakota Education Department.

James Sprecher grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, which served as a influence on his future work. He currently works as a producer for South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

 
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Complement classroom discussion about America's energy future with this film, and help students comprehend the debate about the best use of natural resources.