Syd and Kate Beane

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Syd and Kate Beane

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. 

Kate is a new mother and a PhD candidate in American studies at Dartmouth College. Her fellowship there brings the family story full circle, as Eastman himself attended Dartmouth College. Both relatives endured similar trials and sacrifices to make their education possible. 

Before Syd began filmmaking, he garnered a lengthy and vibrant career in city planning and organizing, and has held board positions for numerous organizations across the U.S., including Vision Maker Media. 

Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian, will be an hour-length Public Television documentary.