We have 3 alumni from the Producers Academy working on the URBAN INDIANS documentary: Larry Pourier, Charles 'Boots' Kennedye and Lisa D. Olken. It's quite incredible that we all found one another and that we all have very fond memories of our time with Judith in Boston.

URBAN INDIANS is a co-production between Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver and Native American Public Telecommunications in Nebraska. The film explores the complicated legacy of the US government’s assimilation policies that encouraged American Indians to leave their homelands and relocate to metropolitan areas across the country during the 1950s to the 1970s.


We are shooting in Denver, Chicago, Oakland and Phoenix, plus Alburquerque & San Juan Pueblo in New Mexico,  Montana's Fort Peck, Fort Belknap, and the Crow Agency Buffalo Hunt, in addition to Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Most of our shooting has been focused on relocatees, those that moved to the city and have stayed here . However, we will be soon concentrating on those who have returned to their reservations and homeland. These returnees also have dramatic stories on culture, homeland, identity and urbanization.


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Comment by Judith Vecchione on January 23, 2012 at 9:24am

Workshoppers rule! 

Comment by Charles Boots Kennedye on January 22, 2012 at 5:52pm

Pine Ridge SD - Urban Rez Crew2011

Comment by Judith Vecchione on November 3, 2011 at 3:03pm
Jonathan Skurnik, Workshop 2011, also has a very interesting project going in this area, "The Thick Dark Fog," about the legacy of boarding schools for Native children.  NAPT funding, 2012-13 air.  Y'all might like to chat.
Comment by Royce Osborn on November 2, 2011 at 2:13pm

Sounds great, Larry.  I'm sure you've heard how child protective services in South Dakota have snatched children away from their families and placed the with non-native foster homes. NPR just did a big story on that. 

Best of luck to you all,

Royce (in New Orleans)

Comment by Julie Englander on November 2, 2011 at 11:06am
Good luck!  Let me know if you need any advice/assistance regarding production in Chicago.
Comment by Royce Osborn on August 4, 2011 at 7:45pm
Good luck, Larry.  Looks like a great project.

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