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Seasons greetings from Vision Maker Media! It’s a time of reflection and preparation for the new year. Lakota people record their reflections through the winter count. Waniyeta wowapi, in our language. Winter counts are histories or calendars in which events are recorded by pictures, with one picture for each year.

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I received word this weekend that our friend and Blackfeet elder Curly Bear died. I got to meet him years ago during my tribal tourism days in South Dakota with ATTA. We were reacquainted a few years ago when we brought the doc he did with Dennis Neary to Public Television. http://www.visionmaker.org/blackfeet_e.html

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Progress on the bill this year has been steady so far, if not swift. Mr. Moran again introduced the legislation March 9, and the bill was heard by the House Committee on Natural Resources nine days later. The committee unanimously voted to pass the bill April 22, clearing the way for it to be sent to the House floor.

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The American Experience segment - Wounded Knee is coming up soon, and I thought it might be a good time to listen to a documentary on WK that we did in 1993 - 20 years after the takeover.

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As a station relations representative for Vision Maker Media, I recently attended the American Public Television Marketplace conference in Memphis, Tennessee. The conference occurred November 9 - November 12, 2011. It's primary purpose is to make programming available to public television stations nation-wide. Attendees include producers, station programmers, distributers and industry experts in many areas such as research and distribution.

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