Shirley Sneve

Shirley Sneve

Shirley Sneve directs Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit that empowers and engages Native People to share stories that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of Native Americans through Public Broadcasting.

A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, she served as director of Arts Extension Service in Amherst, MA, and the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science’s Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Shirley was assistant director for the South Dakota Arts Council, and she was a founder of Northern Plains Tribal Arts Show and the Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates. She started her career as a producer for South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Shirley is secretary of the Native Americans in Philanthropy Board of Directors, and also serves on the boards of Center for People in Need, the Friends of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center and the Arts Extension Institute. She’s a member of Lincoln Rotary Club 14.

Job Title: 
Executive Director, Vision Maker Media
Tribal Affiliation: 
Rosebud Sioux
Recent posts: 
Happy new year! Back in the office and off the Christmas couch! What are your favorite holiday foods? Oyster stew on Christmas Eve is a tradition that my mother brought to our table. What a delicacy! At our house, the stew took on a different look...
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...
Martin Busch, the founder of the South Dakota Public Broadcasting system, died April 14 at the age of 89 at his home in Atchison, Kan. Busch was instrumental in the establishment of Vision Maker Media 35 years ago. Busch served as executive director...


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