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United Auburn teen shares struggle with depression in new film (11/16)
A young member of the United Auburn Indian Community of California who struggled with depression is sharing her story. Janessa Starkey began cutting herself when she was 13. She was bullied by her peers due to her Indian heritage and...

Susan Bradford: Casino Jack an unfair portrayal of superlobbyist (11/10)
"Casino Jack will soon debut in Washington, DC, filling the airwaves with ever more lies and distortions at a time when the public is seeking clarity and attempting to forge solutions to the numerous challenges, including corruption, which will confront...

Chaske Spencer of 'Twilight' shares fight against substance abuse (11/05)
Chaske Spencer, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is famous for starring in Twilight but substance abuse nearly ended his acting career. Spencer started drinking at a young age while living on the Fort Peck Reservation. He said he...

Blog: Native Punx holds first annual film festival in Milwaukee (10/12)
"A screening of and debate over Disney's "Pocahontas" marks the start of a Native American Film Fest today through Sunday on the Marquette University campus. The screening will be held Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union, Room...

Film explores life of Radmilla Cody, a former Miss Navajo Nation (10/01)
Radmilla Cody, a former Miss Navajo Nation, is the subject of a new film titled "Hearing Radmilla." Cody, 34, is Navajo and African-American. "There had never been a part-Black Miss Navajo," Cody told The Farmington Daily Times. "But the title...

The Guardian: First Native film director found his way to England (09/24)
"Cinema was once the most amnesiac of arts. It has now recovered from that malaise – and a man called James Young Deer is the proof. He was an actor, director and producer who managed a prolific Californian studio...

Shakopee Tribe awards $50K grant for Cobell case documentary (09/20)
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota awarded a $50,000 grant to support a documentary about the Indian trust fund lawsuit. Broken Promises: Indian Trust tells the story of Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, and...

'Twilight' actor, Oglala Sioux, vows to use fame for good causes (07/07)
Chaske Spencer, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is putting his Twilight fame to good use. Spencer, 35, volunteered for a United Blood Services promotion in Billings, Montana. His stardom helped the blood bank draw in over 250 donations...

Bradford: Abramoff singled out for being a successful lobbyist (06/23)
"On the heels of Alex Gibney's Casino Jack, actor and Clinton aficionado Kevin Spacey will star in Bagman, a propaganda movie about super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff's life. This film will attempt to amuse the American public with a Hollywood dramatization of...

Quileute Nation members headed to LA for 'Twilight' premiere (06/22)
About 15 members of the Quileute Nation of Washington will attend the premier of the latest Twilight movie. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse debuts in Los Angeles on Thursday. "The movie provides insight to the sacredness of tribal meetings, cultural and...

Adam Beach to play 'half-Apache' character in western flick (06/02)
Actor Adam Beach has joined the cast of Cowboy and Aliens, a film based on the graphic novel. Beach will play a "half-Apache" character who works for Colonel Woodrow Dollarhyde, played by Harrison Ford. Dollarhyde runs a small Arizona town...

Editorial: Screen 'Casino Jack' for Saginaw Chippewa Tribe (05/24)
"A check of the Magnolia Pictures website shows that the new documentary film "Casino Jack and the United States of Money" is in very limited release. It's playing only on 19 screens, mainly in larger cities such as New...

Review: Abramoff film can't make 'pond scum' interesting (05/07)
"Convicted super lobbyist Jack Abramoff was so corrupt, there's no easy summary of his crimes. He and his cronies were masters of "astroturfing" -- creating phony grass-roots campaigns to hide big corporate money -- and the old-fashioned flimflam, playing...

Quileute Nation leader attends Oprah episode on 'Twilight' (05/06)
Anna Rose Counsell-Geyer, the chairwoman of the Quileute Nation of Washington, attended a taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show that focused on the Twilight series of movies and books. Counsell-Geyer said she was happy to represent the tribe. Parts of...

Opinion: 'Casino Jack' an inaccurate account of Abramoff (05/06)
"Alex Gibney's new film, “Casino Jack” is a hopelessly inaccurate account of Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff's life. That Gibney was not able to capture the essence of Abramoff is not surprising, considering that his sources were the very schemers who...

Coushatta vice chairman to attend 'Casino Jack' screening (05/04)
David Sickey, the vice chairman of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, will attend a screening of "Casino Jack and the United States of Money" a documentary about corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff, in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Sickey was on...

Blog: Chickasaw produced 'Pearl' set for Oklahoma debut (04/30)
"For the past year, the made-in-Oklahoma biopic “Pearl” has been soaring through the film festival circuit, collecting awards, earning the Dove family-approved seal and making grown men weep. Now, the uplifting movie is landing back in Oklahoma. Hundreds of state...

VOA News: Indigenous people see themselves in 'Avatar' (04/27)
"An Australian aboriginal instrument called a "didgeridoo" began a special screening of "Avatar" for indigenous leaders from around the world. The event coincided with the 9th Session of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. James...

'Avatar' director takes up indigenous environmental fight (04/12)
James Cameron, the award-winning director of the blockbuster Avatar, is taking up indigenous environmental causes. Cameron said he was always interested in environmental issues. But after meeting with tribes in Brazil who are battling a dam and hearing from...

Quileute Nation selling items inspired by 'Twilight' series (03/31)
The Quileute Nation of Washington has started a website to sell items inspired by the Twilight series of movies and books. Some of the items on Twilight at Quileute are hand-made by tribal members and include necklaces made by students...

Interview: Russell Means on stereotypes of Indians in film (03/29)
The Lawrence Journal-World interviews actor/activist Russell Means about his career. "Q: Has Hollywood gotten better at portraying American Indians since you first started acting? A: In the '70s and '80s we thought they got it. They were finally treating us...

Hundreds seek roles in film from Indian author's book (02/15)
Hundreds of Native men, women and children turned out for a casting call in Montana over the weekend with the hopes of landing a role in a movie based on "Winter in the Blood." James Welch, who was of...

Adam Beach to make film about revered Native vet (02/11)
Adam Beach announced plans to star in a film about Tommy Prince, Canada's most decorated Native veteran. Prince (1915-1977) was a member of the Brokenhead First Nation in Manitoba. He enlisted in the service even after being denied several...

Opinion: Quileute Nation not getting rich off 'Twilight' (02/08)
"All the world, it seems, has been bitten by “Twilight.” Conservative estimates place revenue generated from Stephenie Meyer’s vampire chronicles — the books, movies and merchandise — in the billion-dollar range. Scarcely mentioned, however, is the effect that “Twilight”...

Interview with Cherokee actor Wes Studi of 'Avatar' (01/21)
Brad Balfour interviews Wes Studi, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma who stars in the award-winning hit Avatar. "Q: Avatar's native characters have some characteristics like indigenous peoples from Africa, but they seem so connected to Native...

Doug George-Kanentiio: A Mohawk's review of 'Avatar' (01/18)
The movie Avatar is a painful experience for Native people because we know the ending after the first minutes of the film. The plot describes the attempt by humans to exploit, by mining, a mineral called unobtanium from a...

Quileute Nation upset with MSN.Com 'Twilight' feature (01/11)
The Quileute Nation of Washington is expecting a public apology today from MSN.Com for an unauthorized video that was shot on the reservation as part of the Twilight saga. MSN used scenes of the tribal council building, the senior center...

Review: Inuit trilogy continues with 'Before Tomorrow' (12/02)
"“Before Tomorrow” is set in 1840 at the perilous moment when white explorers with their strange customs and implements began encroaching on the far north territory occupied by Inuit tribes that had little or no contact with the outside...

Quileute Nation won't translate phrase in 'Twilight' (11/30)
Members of the Quileute Nation of Washington won't translate a key phrase in the latest "Twilight" film. Actor Taylor Lautner, who is not Indian, spoke in the Quileute language that some fans believe means "I love you." But the tribe...

'The Only Good Indian' explores boarding schools (11/06)
"The Only Good Indian" is making its debut in Kansas, where the film about the boarding school experience takes place. Director Kevin Willmott shot the film in Kansas in the summer of 2007. It stars Winter Fox Frank as...

Interview: Georgina Lightning, Native film director (09/01)
Cowboys and Indians interviews Georgina Lightning, the director of Older Than America. Lightning is Cree from Alberta, Canada. "C&I: In Older than America, the daughter of an Indian boarding school survivor unravels the mystery of her mother's trauma, which...

Pasatiempo: Killing the Indian in Western film (08/24)
"The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs this month passed a resolution apologizing to all Indian nations for violence perpetrated by citizens of the United States of America. The resolution said nothing about all the Indians killed in Western films....

Quileute Nation to host Native 'Twilight' actor (07/17)
The Quileute Nation of Washington is hosting "Twilight" actor Solomon Trimble for its annual Quileute Days festival. Trimble, who is Mescalero Apache and Lakota, played a Quileute boy in the movie. He said he is "superexcited" to participate in the...

Quileute Nation opens doors to 'Twilight' fans (07/07)
The Quileute Nation of Washington is welcoming fans of the hugely popular "Twilight" franchise to the reservation. The tribe hired a public relations company to answer questions related to the book and film series. Business is up 30 percent at...

Review: Houser comes to life in documentary (06/23)
"People who enter the Oklahoma state capital building from the southern entrance pass a large statue of a Native American woman that is titled “As Long as the Waters Flow.” In front of the Oklahoma History Center southeast of the...

Gyasi Ross: Much love for Skins in movies (06/22)
"Another thing that my family absolutely loves – unabashedly – is seeing other Skins on television or in the movies. The Skin actor/actress doesn’t even have to be a big part – bit roles are just as much sources...

LA Weekly: 'Billy Jack' fought for Indian rights (06/18)
"“Listen, children, to a story that was written long ago ... ” So begins “One Tin Soldier” the relentlessly catchy theme song to Billy Jack, the 1971 cult film classic about a karate-chopping half-white/half-Indian ex–Green Beret who tends to...

'Casino Jack' is title of film about Abramoff (05/13)
"Casino Jack" is the title of a film about Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist who defrauded his tribal clients out of millions of dollars. Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, The Usual Suspects) signed on to play Abramoff. The pair reportedly...

Shooting for Abramoff film to begin this month (04/27)
Shooting will begin this month on a film about the Jack Abramoff scandal, Nikke Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily reports. Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, The Usual Suspects) will portray the corrupt lobbyist. The pair met at Abramoff's federal prison in Maryland,...

Documentary on Whiteclay making the rounds (04/23)
"The Battle for Whiteclay" will be screened in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, next Tuesday. The documentary follows Frank LaMere, a member of the Winnebago Tribe, and Russell Means, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, as they seek to...

Native actors cast as wolves in 'Twilight' sequel (04/22)
Film director Chris Weitz said he wanted to make sure he cast Native actors in New Moon, the sequel to the popular Twilight vampire movie. "They had to have papers that proved their heritage," Welz told USA Today. "And...