Production Begins for American Masters 
With N. Scott Momaday Interview

Director/Producer Jeffry Palmer (Kiowa) led a Native crew, mostly Kiowa, to shoot the first interview for the upcoming American Masters episode featuring Pulitzer Prize winning writer N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The biography delves into the psyche, ancestry and writings behind one of Native America's most celebrated authors of poetry and prose. 
Charles "Boots" Kennedye (Kiowa) is 
Director of Photography. Scott's daughter, Jill Momaday (Kiowa), is currently working on Return to Rainy Mountain, a half-hour documentary project with VMM that chronicles their father-daughter relationship.
Indigenous Media Fund: Extending Our Range
Support of New Media Projects 
Expands Scope, Reaches Broader Audience
The recent YouTube release of The Medicine Game sequel, a four-part short film series, is just one example of how Vision Maker Media is expanding its scope of support for a wider range of projects. This includes experimental work, feature films, web-based resources, mobile apps and eBooks, self-produced content and commissioned work. 

With nearly 40 years of experience in supporting the production of high-quality programming for Public Broadcasting, Vision Maker Media is prepared to expand its scope of support to attract investment in a wider variety of projects. 

For example, Producers Lukas Korver and Jason Halpin released the short film series The Medicine Game: Four Brothers, One Dream, via Vision Maker Media's YouTube channel in four parts over four weeks. Collaborating with Korver and Thompson Brothers Lacrosse, VMM promoted the release on social media channels. Nike, one of the sponsors of the Thompson brothers' Native youth camps, provided high-quality photos for the promotion. And colleges, sports organizations--especially lacrosse--helped raise the visibility of this short-film series by sharing the posts with their own audiences. Initially, the film series received more than 83,000 views. 

Social media promotions such as this help build awareness and engage new audiences, which can attract innovative projects and stimulate interest in Native projects--both within Indian Country and beyond. Supporting, investing and attracting projects that can be presented beyond Public Broadcasting is an important goal for Vision Maker Media, and creating an Indigenous Media Fund is the first step toward reaching this goal. 

To accomplish this, Vision Maker Media seeks private and public investors to support the start-up of the fund, work with media makers to shape each fund and expand partnerships to increase interest in the fund.  If you're interested in supporting or investing in this fund, please contact Shirley Sneve at or Dawn Amory at
Native Americans in Philanthropy
Sneve Elected 2017 Board Chair
Getting together after the performance of THEY DON"T TALK BACK: Actor Duane Minard (Yurok), VMM Executive Director Shirley Sneve (Rosebud Sioux), Actor Brian Pagaq Wescott (Athabascan/Yup'ik) and Actor Randy Reinholz (Choctaw).
The Native Americans in Philanthropy Board of Directors elected Shirley Sneve (Rosebud Sioux) as chair for 2017. 

Edgar Villanueva (Lumbee) is vice-chair, Jo-Anne Stately (Ojibwe) and Sarah EchoHawk (Pawnee) are secretary. Sarah Eagle Heart (Oglala Lakota) is the Minneapolis-based CEO. Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) is a membership-based organization that promotes reciprocity and investment in, with and for Native peoples to build healthy and sustainable communities for all. All are welcome to join the NAP circle--anyone and everyone interested in including Native peoples in creating deep and long-lasting impact, systemic and sustainable change in all of our communities.

While in San Diego, Shirley was able to attend the opening night performance of THEY DON'T TALK BACK, by Native Voices at the Autry, a play by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse (Tlingit). Vision Maker Media (then Native American Public Telecommunications) worked with Native Voices on the Native Radio Theater Project.

Creative Services Producer Documents 
Tribal Reforestation of Pine Ridge
It's a lofty but achievable goal, to plant 1 million trees on Tribal lands over the next several years. After wildfires destroyed an estimated 20,000 acres of ponderosa forests a few years ago, leaving very few seed trees surviving to naturally replant the forest, Oglala Lakota leadership and representatives of several local Pine Ridge organizations expressed serious concerns about the condition and viability of the remaining forests. 

As a result, the Trees, Water and People Tribal Reforestation project emerged to address the severe impact on Tribal lands in southern South Dakota. The group contracted with Vision Maker Media's Creative Services to document the replanting efforts by filming the volunteers as they began planting seedlings for the season. Producer Charles "Boots" Kennedye and Sandy "Macky" Scott, a VMM public media intern, traveled to the planting site May 17-20. 

Thanks to the work of 39 Native Americans and Trees, Water and People (TWP), this year's planting season has been successful--beating the previous year's planting by 5,000 trees. There are now 15,000 ponderosa pines in the ground, with a goal to plant 17,000 in 2016.

We're On the Road: Come Find Us

* June 19-21: Tour of 3 Tribes in Upstate New York
* June 22-24: Amherst College (DANAIT)
* July 10-12: Vision Maker Media Board Meeting, Nebraska
Thank You to Our Sponsor

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