Out in the Field:

Vision Maker Media Attends NIEA Conference

vision maker media at niea

Vision Maker Media staff attended the National Indian Education Association annual conference Oct. 18–21 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The theme of the conference this year was Education Sovereignty, and VMM totally supports that. Besides attending sessions, we also presented one titled, “Preserving and Revitalizing Indigenous Communities through Native Youth Media Storytelling.” Thank you to our two speakers, Maya Salganek and Native youth participant Kanesia McGlashan-Price, both from Alaska, who participated in the training “Alaska Native Filmmakers Intensive 2021.” The discussion was about the collaboration with VMM and highlighting the Intensive’s successes and challenges. The conference had nearly 2,000 Native educators, parents, students, presenters, and exhibitor attendees. Vision Maker Media had a booth to share with any interested passersby all about being a Vision Maker.

NIEA VMM booth 2023
Kanesia McGlashan-Price left, Francene Blythe-Lewis, Maya Salganek right
NIEA VMM booth 2023

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.


Project 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.