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I will be going to SXSW Interactive this year to moderate the panel "Popping Your Bubble: Stories of the Digital Divide". While I am there I will also be live tweeting information I learn at the pre-conference meeting of public media geeks (a.k.a. Integrated Media Association (IMA) Conference) and from the sessions that I attend as Interactive Media Specialist for Vision Maker Media.

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I will be going to SXSW Interactive this year to moderate the panel "Popping Your Bubble: Stories of the Digital Divide". While I am there I will also be live tweeting information I learn at the pre-conference meeting of public media geeks (a.k.a. Integrated Media Association (iMA) conference) and from the sessions that I attend as Interactive Media Specialist for NAPT.

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The Super Bowl for me and my family this year was not a big deal. Although I have always been a big fan and it was my favorite sport to play growing up, I was not a big fan of either team (New England Patriots or the New York Giants). I do appreciate both quarterbacks--Eli Manning and Tom Brady--but really did not care much who won the game. I did end up pulling for the Patriots only because the Giants pulled the big upset at the last Super Bowl they played in (I think it was 2006).

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Who wouldn't want to be against piracy? But the legislation before Congress today, goes too far. The "Stop Online Piracy Act" and the "Protect IP Act" could fundamentally change the Internet, as we know it—limiting the openness and creativity of the Internet that our communities have fought for. Among other things, these bills could censor websites, limit innovation, and kill jobs—outcomes that our communities cannot afford.

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This month is the 10-year anniversary of my first experience with the Sundance Film Festival. As a senior in High school in 2002, I had the honor of being selected to participate in the Gen-Y Studio, a former program that gave young filmmakers the opportunity to share ideas, explore filmmaking and learn about new technologies at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Vision Maker Media seeks stories that can be included in the seven-part series, Growing Native, which will focus on reclaiming traditional knowledge and food ways to address critical issues of health and wellness, the environment and human rights.

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A very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season to you all! One of the best things I’ve enjoyed as a journalist is the opportunity to learn how many folks – including native people – ring in the Yuletide cheer. I remember a Yankton Sioux recollecting his childhood in South Dakota, where an Indian Santa brought toys, food, and clothes, to the tribal community center in the 1950s. Kris Kringle told all the kids that he’d just arrived via flying saucer (sci-fi was big back then).

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I recently attended imagineNative where my film, Up Heartbreak Hill, had its Canadian premiere. The festival was amazing – it ran from Oct. 19 – 23 in Toronto and was a whirlwind of films, panels and networking opportunities. The festival kicked off with a screening of On the Ice and The Country of Wolves, which were both phenomenal. At the opening night party, I had the chance to chat with a number of Khoi-San filmmakers and artists, who were there as a part of the delegation representing South Africa’s indigenous community.

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In 2004, thirteen Indigenous grandmothers from all four corners, moved by their concern for our planet, came together at a historic gathering in Phoenicia, New York. At this event, they decided to form an alliance called "The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers" in response to a prophecy made by their ancestors thousands of years ago.

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I had the opportunity to interview Frank Blythe, who is my grandpa and Founding Executive Director of Vision Maker Media, as well as my mom, Francine Blythe, who is Executive Director of the National Geographic All Roads Film Project. The three of us were in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the same time and we got together for a cookout.

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