Vision maker media at
Grantmakers in Health conference

Vision Maker Media was honored to be invited by The Kresge Foundation and Grantmakers In Health, to the Health Equity and Climate Resilience: Advancing Community-Driven Innovations post-conference meeting at the 2024 Grantmakers in Health (GIH) Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy in Portland, OR. 

The conference highlighted the intersections between climate justice, health equity, and the social determinants of health. Vision Maker Media had the opportunity to share our perspective of educating Native youth on these connections through our VMM programs; iNative Shorts for Kids, Native Youth Media Project and Creative Shorts Fellowships. 

In collaboration with Portland’s own Wisdom of The Elders, Vision Maker Media emphasized how Indigenous knowledge and our way of life are at the forefront of climate resiliency. Storytelling continues to be a primary means of educating and shaping public perception. 

Native American youth are the future, and like our elders, it will be incumbent upon them to learn, protect, practice, maintain and revitalize Native cultural knowledge, science, and wisdom. We shared heartfelt stories and examples, and the response from conference participants was inspiring and engaging, with conversations continuing during and after each session. 

We are so grateful to be a part of such a powerful conference and are so very honored to be asked to return next year to continue the conversations and nurture the relations established this year. A huge thank you to The Kresge Foundation for their support of our Vision Maker Media mission and vision.  

“We envision a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.” 

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.