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Horses brought me to this story. I began riding as a little girl, and reluctantly continued as a teenager. My reluctance stemmed from being a part of a blue collar family that did not don expensive outfits or belong to exclusive social circles as my counterparts did.

Later, I took riding lessons to fulfill a college physical education requirement. I found myself riding for hours after class was over on the unfinished still-dirt Ohio interstate. Being on horseback gave sweet relief from the rigors of a double major in political science and philosophy.

A celebration of Native American Plateau art and culture, the film emphasizes the origin and remarkable survival of the art form and culture as experienced by Native Plateau bead artists.

Navajo Math Circles follows Navajo students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians.

Injunuity is a collage of reflections on the Native American world, our shared past, our turbulent present, and our undiscovered future. From Columbus to the western expansion to tribal casinos, we are taught that the Native way, while at times glorious, is something of the past, something that needed to be replaced by a manifest destiny from across the ocean. But in a world increasingly short of real answers, it is time we looked to Native wisdom for guidance. It is time for some Injunuity.

Syd and Kate Beane (Flandreau Santee Sioux) are a father-daughter filmmaking team from Minnesota. Their current project is a documentary film, Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian, based on the life of their renowned relative, Charles A. Eastman, and Kate’s discovery of her family heritage.

Eastman is a prominent figure in Native American history for his contribution in the medical field as a Native physician, particularly after the Wounded Knee Massacre. He is also remembered as an accomplished author and cultural leader of his time. 

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Breastfeeding is not unique to humans. All 4,000 species of mammals produce a milk designed specifically for their infants.

Young Lakota follows the emotional journey of Sunny Clifford, a young Lakota woman who returns to the Pine Ridge Reservation with a dream to change the world around her. Her political awakening begins when the tribe’s first female president, Cecelia Fire Thunder, defies a South Dakota law banning abortion by threatening to build a women’s clinic on the reservation.

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As my internship comes to a close, I am excited to go back home and yet I am saddened to leave. My 350 mile sojourn to Anchorage, Alaska, and Alaska Public Media has been so informative, exciting and full of hard work. With each new experience a world opened up and I had but to step through. I’ve met new people, broke my ankle, directed a short and bought a new motorcycle. It has been an extremely busy summer!

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I've attended many ceremonies and community gatherings throughout Indian Country over the years. It doesn't matter what kind of gathering it is, for celebration, healing or saying good-bye to a loved one, there are similarities among them. Everyone pitches in to make them a success, there is the love and sense of community felt by those who attend, and there is food--A LOT of it.  

Drugs, alcohol, poor education, and poverty are all common problems in Indian Country, and tribes everywhere are constantly trying to find ways to win those battles.

In this compelling and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through art, Navajo filmmaker Bennie Klain takes viewers into the world of contemporary Navajo weavers and their struggles for self-sufficiency. Highlighting untold stories and colorful characters involved in the making and selling of Navajo rugs, Weaving Worlds explores the lives of Navajo artisans and their unique--and often controversial--relationship with Reservation traders.

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