The 2022 summit was a hybrid event held in Lincoln, Nebraska April 28-30 online and in-person. The summit activities included a filmmaker welcome reception Thursday evening, a public media filmmaker training all-day Friday, and Saturday was an all-day public forum for audiences to share conversations with filmmakers online or in-person, about relevant topics to American history, Native American cultures, and Native films. The spectacular closing event was with a Northern Plains drum group, ‘Inkpayakiya Okha’, which means ‘Upstream Singers’ from Rosebud, South Dakota, who sang and completely emersed attendees of the summit into Northern Native American traditional culture.
The theme of the 3-day summit was “Together, we can change and heal the world by better understanding Native stories.” More than 75 Native American and Alaska Native filmmakers attended the summit, networked and engaged with audiences. More than 260 audience members joined Saturday’s public forum online or in-person at the Nebraska University campus in downtown Lincoln. Here are some comments from the summit.
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Vision Maker Media (VMM) is the premier source of public media by and about Native Americans since 1976. Our mission is empowering and engaging Native people to share stories. We envision a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate. We work with VMM funded producers to develop, produce and distribute programs for all public media. VMM supports training to increase the number of Native Americans and Alaska Natives producing public broadcasting programs. A key strategy for this work is in partnerships with Tribal nations and Native organizations and communities.
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PBS, Nebraska Public Media and Union Bank & Trust are sponsors for this event. Other funding support provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Acton Family Giving, Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Lincoln Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Lincoln Community Foundation, and Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.
Role: Jordana is excited to engage with different Native/Indigenous communities. Her passion for working with youth will help develop the Native Youth Media Project. She will also assist with the Creative Shorts Fellowship (CSF) to help organize deliverables for filmmakers.