Pride on the Court

Cinnamon Spear of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana, wanted to document this pride and lifestyle of basketball. Although the documentary portrays the boys’ basketball team in Lame Deer, MT, she speaks for every reservation with her story. What started out as a thesis is now a breakthrough documentary that has already established a […]

Creative Genius: Nataanii Means

Creative genius Nataanii Means is a man of talent – not only does he rap and make music, he has a passion for creating movies and acting. NATIVE MAX: Tell us a little bit about yourself. What’s your tribe? NATAANII MEANS: My full name is Nataanii Nez Means, which in Diné it means, “a statesman-like […]

Make Us Proud: “To Honor Myself is to Honor Them”

In our long-running series, “Make Us Proud”, we talk to people from around Indian Country who are making us proud. My name is Crystal Starr Szczepanski. I am the daughter of Eleanor and Frank Szczepanski. I am Athabaskan, Yup’ik and Colville. In 1996, at a powwow I asked this Shoshone guy to owl dance. The attraction […]