The legacy of reservations and the complicated history of Native Americans/First Americans is often left out of textbooks, classroom and national policy discussions. Yet the story of America cannot be told with the Native people. Nowhere is that story more powerfully lived than in Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota. Looking beyond the grim statistics and media portrayals of suffering and decay, there are powerful stories of strength, hope and resilience.
This is why this project is so important.
I will be traveling to Pine Ridge from Washington, DC to make a film highlighting the work of Re-Member (www.re-member.org), an organization helping bring volunteers to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The film will be titled "From Forgetting to Re-Member". Re-Member, Oglala Lakota Sioux and the Pine Ridge Reservation deserve attention as a place where history, policy and humanity all collide into stark truths and important answers.
Your funding will help pay for my program fee, lodging for the road trip, housing once I reach Pine Ridge, meals and transportation as I drive from Washington, DC to Pine Ridge, South Dakota to spend a week (June 9-15, 2012) volunteering and filming. I'm hoping to have the film completed by August/September 2012.
Re-Member is an organization which helps bring dedicated volunteers to the Pine Ridge Reservation for service and cultural experiences, reaching school groups, families and individuals looking to immerse themselves in history, culture and service. They're an amazing organization with a major impact on the local community, and they need help to spread the word about the great work they are doing and the opportunities available through volunteering with Re-Member.
I hope you'll decide to take this journey with me as I seek to witness so others may speak.
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