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A Year in Mooring is the latest film from Native director (and Vision Maker Media board member) Chris Eyre.  The film had its world premiere at the recent South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, with both the director, and star/producer Josh Lucas in attendance. It is the first feature by Eyre to deal with non-Native themes, though it is as meditative and inscrutable as anything put out by him thus far.

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Sitting in the cafe of The Magnolia hotel in downtown Denver, Colorado, this morning, a slice of gratitude shined on me. I was chewing on my strawberry cream cheese bagel—completely off my diet—reading a poem. It dawned on me that I am where I was intended to be and I could trace my footsteps back to a pink flyer I saw on the San Juan College campus in Farmington, New Mexico.

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The Board of Directors at Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) announced today that Patricia Boero, Executive Director since 2007, has decided to resign, effective March 8, 2011.  In her resignation letter, Ms. Boero stated she has enjoyed working at LPB and is proud of their accomplishments.

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A federal judge has approved the $3.4 billion Cobell v. Salazar settlement, sparking a nationwide search for hundreds of thousands of Native Americans whose names have been lost by the government. Two weeks after President Obama signed the settlement, U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan granted it preliminary approval this week. The settlement of the 15-year-old suit brought by lead plaintiff Elouise Cobell provides compensation to nearly 600,000 Natives for the government's mismanagement of their trust fund assets.

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A grassroots Native organization that recruits and supports Indian candidates is closing its doors after failing to gain sponsors. INDN’s List began in 2005 as a way to get more Indian candidates elected throughout the country. President Kalyn Free announced Monday the organization was closing shop.

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President Barack Obama announced Thursday at the White House Tribal Nations Conference that his administration will support the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The announcement removes the United States as the only remaining developed country that had not yet embraced the declaration, which recognizes and protects the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination and protection of their lands and resources, among other rights.

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This weekend (Sat. Nov 20) in LA, niche marketing guru Peter Broderick and tech author Scott Kirshner will bring their social media crash-course, Distribution U: Version 2.0, to LA. I attended their NYC event last weekend. And, despite the day-long committment--an intense 9 hour session-- the tech refresher brought industry-types together to share secrets and stories of success on the latest in hybrid distribution models.

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The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), located at 83 AvanNu Po, Santa Fe, is going a step farther to introduce new technology to their students and the surrounding community. In a press release from IAIA it was announced that the Institute, along with the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the Santa Fe Complex, has been awarded $597,220 in funding from theNational Science Foundation’s Partnership for Innovation program.

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A school in the San Francisco Bay area with roots to a historical occupation and a graduation activity that involves 3-year old students beading their own graduation belts may soon close its doors. Students, alumni, parents, staff and community members have pledged to do whatever it takes to save Hintil Kuu Ca, a pre-kindergarten child development center (CDC) they say is unlike any other.

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The Indigenous Language Institute is doing all it can to combat the extinction of indigenous languages, a vital part of Native people’s identity. Native American stories, history and prayers are all passed down orally. But Native American languages are disappearing at an alarming rate. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger, there are 191 endangered languages in the United States, 74 of which are listed as critically endangered.

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