Saint Explores Divided Reactions 
Over Bestowing Sainthood on Spanish Missionary

Later this month, Pope Francis will travel to the U.S. to canonize 18th century Spanish priest Junipero Serra, who founded the first nine Spanish Missions in California. Serra traveled from his station in Mexico to bring Christianity to the Native population of California. The Pope has called Serra "the evangelizer of the West in the United States." 

However, the decision to raise Serra to sainthood has sparked controversy among California Indians. Historians speculate that Serra may have intended to convert California Indians, but the Spanish soldiers who populated the missions had other motives. 

Many believe Serra allowed Spanish soldiers to commit atrocities against the Native peoples of California; soldiers administered corporal punishment and sexual assault against Natives. 

Some see Serra as a saint, while others paint him the villain. Saint explores both sides of the controversy. This film was produced by Vision Maker Media's intern, Charles Perry, as part of his multimedia internship with KVCR/FNX. Watch online

Warrior Women to be Featured at Hubbard Lecture Oct. 1
Thursday, Oct. 1
Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska
5 p.m. Public Reception; 6 p.m. Warrior Women Program
Q&A with filmmakers to follow

Free and open to the public, thanks to generous contributions from Anne M. Hubbard, M.D., the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation and the Cooper Foundation.

Also Join Us Before & After Lecture - Sept. 30 & Oct. 2: 
Wednesday: Meet Madonna Thunder Hawk & Marcy Gilbert - Lincoln Indian Center - noon
Wednesday: Presentation at Southeast Community College (SCC)
 Lincoln Campus - 3-4 p.m.
Friday: Brown bag Lunch and Learn at NET for staff and others - noon to 1:30 p.m.

About Warrior Women: This is the untold story of  mothers and daughters fighting for civil rights in the American Indian Movement of the 1970s. The film unveils not only a woman's perspective of history, but also examines the impact political struggles have on the children who bear witness. The third annual Hubbard Lecture is host to a special presentation providing a glimpse into the making of this powerful film from both behind and in front of the camera. The film features Lakota activist Madonna Thunder Hawk as she traces the untold history of women's activism in the Red Power Movement, and follows Thunder Hawk as she encounters the major players in events that changed the landscape of Indian Country forever.

Finding Refuge Now Available on DVD & Amazon Video
Alex Sugak (Alutiiq) talks with Isabella Blatchford (Supiaq/Alutiiq/Inupiaq) after they walked across to Refuge Rock, also known as Awu'ak, where Russian fur traders massacred Alutiiqs in the 1780s. Photo by Torsten Kjellstrand & Dog Mountain, LLC.
Finding Refuge follows Isabella Blatchford (Alutiiq) as she embarks on an urgent quest to understand her cultural heritage before stage-four breast cancer leaves her too weak to complete her journey. She confronts the violent event over two centuries ago that began the destruction of her people and the shame that colonialism created. More information about: Finding Refuge

Purchase DVD and download Finding Refuge:

Because of Your Support . . .
Rising Voices is a portrait of a culture today, focusing on the myriad conflicts around the disappearing language on the Lakota reservations of North and South Dakota. Pictured L to R: Tiare, Hana, Jesse Taken Alive, and Ben Black Bear. Photo by Meike Zuiderweg.

Vision Maker Media secured 8,543 telecasts for our films on PBS, reaching 80 percent of broadcast coverage across PBS member stations in 41 states. This fiscal year we've raised more than $20,000 in an effort to continue to bring Native stories to life in 2016.

We thank those of you who provided your support this year: 
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Laura Lee Woodruff
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We need continued support to inspire more Native filmmakers to create films that share Native stories that can help make a positive generational shift in Native Youth, to encourage them to make wise choices and inspire them to learn, honor and celebrate their tribal identity. 

Five Vision Maker Media films airing this fall depict efforts to revitalize a Native language, honor Native military service, encourage Native youth and inspire cultural identity and Native pride. Check Out What's Coming to Your PBS Station

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