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The corn is almost ready to harvest now and Northern New Mexican families are busy making the corn into chicos. Chicos are a traditional dried corn. They are made from field corn that is harvested, tied into ristras (strings), and hung to dry. Some Native American and Hispano families (that settled in this region hundreds of years ago) make chicos by roasting the corn in the horno adobe (earthen) oven overnight and then hang them to air-dry. After the corn is dried, the kernels are rubbed off by hand and then stored to be used throughout the winter.

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This month, ChristianPost.com wrote a blog about the Apache 8 all-women firefighting crew. The more commonly known Navajo firefighters specialize in "hot spots" and extend their expertise nationwide when needed. The surprising team is the women from Fort Apache--the Apache 8 Crew, who also answer the call when needed across the U.S.

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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.

“The history of Apache 8 is unknown to the world at large, even to the world near Whiteriver [Ariz.] where the firefighters are based,” said Zeig.

Christmas in the Clouds, written and directed by Kate Montgomery, is a Native American comedy of errors that humorously defies Native stereotypes on the big screen. “I wanted to create something that was just light and fun, and really celebrated the great sense of humor that is really central in the Native community,” says Montgomery. Set at a plush Tribal owned and operated ski lodge, Christmas in the Clouds combines multiple cases of mistaken identity and a cast of quirky characters that flies “in the face of stereotypes about Native American people.”

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Vision Maker Media announces the results of its annual open call, which provides funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to filmmakers who tell Native stories. This year, Vision Maker Media has awarded more than $455,000 to seven projects headed up by filmmakers from the East Coast, West Coast, Midwest and Southwest. None of these filmmakers have previously been awarded funding by Vision Maker Media.

A project of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting made possible in part by a grant from the Gates Foundation, American Graduate in New Mexico seeks to iden

Allan Houser is a Chiricahua Apache sculptor, painter, and book illustrator.

This report looks at Arizona's First and the impact that the large Native population has on the elections.

Tristan Ahtone talks with a newly registered Apache voter.


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