Growing Native Great Lakes: Turtle Island

Four-part series | Shirley Sneve & Charles "Boots" kennedye

Growing Native is a four-part series focusing on reclaiming traditional indigenous knowledge and food ways to address critical issues of health and wellness, the environment and human rights.

The Great Lakes and connecting waterways have remained the center of traditional and contemporary economies for centuries. Meet the Ojibwe and a tribe that was relocated to this region—the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin who care for these lands. Natural resources are the Tribes’ main economy, including the famous Red Lake walleye and wild rice lakes.

57 minutes

Release: November 8, 2018

Expiration: November 7, 2022

Distributor: APT


Rights: Unlimited releases over four (4) years beginning 11/8/2018;

SCH/1YR (for K‐12); and non‐commercial cable rights.

Shirley Sneve

Executive Producer
SHIRLEY SNEVE (Rosebud Sioux) works with Indian Country Today in the expansion of their daily newscast to public television stations. She was President & CEO of the Tiwahe Foundation located in the Twin Cities of Minnesota from 2019-2020—an American Indian community foundation that provides micro-grants in Minnesota and directs the Oyate Leadership Network. From 2004 until 2019, she was Executive Director of Vision Maker Media.

Charles “Boots” Kennedye

CHARLES "BOOTS" KENNEDYE is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and for the last ten years a documentary producer for the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority. Kennedye has headed many of the major projects produced by OETA including a 100-part Oklahoma story collective Centennial Stories, winning his first of five Heartland Emmy Awards.

Pam Belgarde

Segment Producer
PAM BELGARDE (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) was inspired to work in public media while in high school on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa reservation in North Dakota. She began her career at the age of 17 working for her tribal public radio station, KEYA-FM. Pursuing her passion in media production, she graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Communications in 1984. She continued to work in public radio until asked to join the production team for a television documentary about Native American Vietnam veterans, called “Warriors”.

Stacey Thunder

STACEY THUNDER (Red Lake & Lac Courte Oreilles Cippewa) is a successful television journalist, producer and actress. A mother of four, an avid traveler and a sports enthusiast, she is committed to serve the Indian community and bring positive change by dedicating her work to sharing stories and educating the world through the Native perspective. Aside from television work, Thunder serves as the legislative counsel for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

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.