Growing Native Oklahoma: Red People

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.

Oklahoma is home to thirty-nine federally recognized tribes. Nowhere in North America will you find such diversity among Native Peoples, and nowhere will you find a more tragic history. Host Moses Brings Plenty (Oglala Lakota) guides this episode of Growing Native on a journey through Oklahoma’s past and present. 

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.

Moses Brings Plenty

MOSES BRINGS PLENTY (Ogalala Lakota) is of the Lakota Nation born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He is a gifted musician, actor, model and devoted spokesperson who travels the nation advocating for the rights of Indian communities and wild horses. As an actor, he has worked in television, film and theatre

Pam Belgarde

Segment Producer
PAM BELGARDE 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.

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.