Together, Vision Maker Media and The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Ross Media Arts Center Present
Monthly Native American Film Series for 2024

Every second Monday evening of each month, Vision Maker Media and The Ross Media Arts Center present free in-person public screenings that feature Native American films and tv programs from the VMM vault that spans nearly 50 years of public television documentaries by and about Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

The Native American Film Series showcases stories about cultural heritage, art, history, music, civic leadership, youth, and more. The series began in January 2024 with two films from the Native American Indian Artist Series: Medicine Flower & Lonewolf and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.

The February film titled, XIT: Without Reservation and had a Q&A with lead guitarist Willie Bluehouse Johnson.

For March, Vision Maker Media and The Ross Media Arts Center are thrilled to announce two short films in the Native American Film Series (NAFS) 2024: Return of the Sacred Pole and Medicine Woman.

Return of the Sacred Pole tells the story of the Omaha tribe and its reclaiming of the sacred pole, its importance to their heritage, its stay at the Peabody and its return to its owners.

Medicine Woman, a one-hour PBS documentary interweaving the lives of Native healers of today with the first Native American doctor, Susan La Flesche Picotte (Omaha Tribe of Nebraska) who died 1915.

All screenings are the second Monday of each month. Showtime begins at 7:10 p.m. as in-person screenings at The Ross Media Arts Center, located at 313 North 13th Street in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center brings independent, documentary, international and classic films to Lincoln and the University. Located at 13th and R streets, The Ross shows movies seven days a week and hosts events including visiting filmmaker talks, post-show discussions, theatre and opera broadcasts.

Vision Maker Media was established in 1976 to support the creation, promotion and distribution of Native American and Alaska Native media. Now, VMM is the premier source of public media by and about Native Americans.

Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

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.


Program Coordinator

(Hataža Mani Winga)​

"Cinema Aficionado"

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.