VMM Spotlight: Donor, Educator, and Board Chair, Joely Proudfit

I Support Vision Maker Media!

Vision Maker Media’s Board Chair, Joely Proudfit, Ph.D. has been an educator for over 27 years and has relied on the extensive Vision Maker Media library of documentaries to use in her classroom teaching Indigenous media and film.

“Vision Maker Media is the premier place for authentic Native stories; they are the only ones doing this,” Joely said.

As a young Professor, she was asked to be a spokesperson in a multimillion-dollar initiative to have gaming in California. When she agreed, they were shooting commercials the next day which aired on TV.

“I recognized the power of Native storytelling. This allowed California Natives to tell their own stories with their own people,” she said.

With a Ph.D. in Political Science, she feels that media is very important. To change policy, we have to change perception and representation,” Joely said. She feels Vision Maker Media provides teachers with what they need in the classroom, and by using media you can influence and change policy.

Vision Maker Media’s mission is empowering and engaging Native people to share stories. Through this mission, Native people are able to share their stories through their own lens. Joely supports this mission through her work as an educator, her work on the Vision Maker Media board, and as a donor.

“I want to leave the Native world better than I found it,” she said.

Do you want to support Native stories by and about Native people? Donate Today!

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.