Spring and Summertime Snapshots
It has been a long time since my last newsletter, not for lack of things to write about! The last four months have been a whirlwind of activity. I hope you will enjoy the photos of recent shoots for Tribal Justice, and a brand new film clip.
But First, Some Good News!
Vision Maker Media, the Native American arm of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, has just awarded production funding to Tribal Justice. This is such fantastic news, as the funding will take us back to California for many more shoots, and will get us a long way through production. Thank you Vision Maker Media!
Spring and Summer Shoots
With a grant from California Humanities, we traveled to Quechan and also launched a series of shoots at Yurok, filming several cases unfolding in tribal court.
Below is a 2 minute update of the case of Taos Proctor, who was facing a third strike conviction when we first filmed him last year.
Read MORE or watch our 10 minute trailer introducing the judges and several of their cases, including some of Taos's hearing last year.
A Visit to Quechan
In April, I had the good fortune to spend time with Judge Claudette White, pictured here at the Quechan Tribal Court. We'll be back!
Two New Cases in Yurok Tribal Court
In May and June, we filmed two new families at Yurok. Rebecca and her brother Andrew are helping each other recover from years of meth addiction. With the support of the tribal court, Rebecca has stayed clean, found jobs and brought her daughters home. Inspired by his sister, Andrew is working with Abby in hopes of doing the same.
Domestic violence and drug addiction tore Maggie and Tyrone's family apart. They have turned their lives around through programs prescribed by the tribal court, have found housing, and recently reunited with their five children.
Lori Nesbitt came on board as our Yurok co-producer. She works with Abby, and is invaluable in helping us to build trust with the people whose stories we are following.
We'll be back in California in a few weeks to film these and other cases unfolding in and out of tribal court. Their stories will be the heart of Tribal Justice.
We Still Live Here Lives On
Meanwhile, We Still Live Here
goes on and on, with screenings ranging from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia to Connecticut’s Quinebaug Valley.
The Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project's 4th annual Summer Turtle Program for kids is going on right now, with teachers and summer interns leading language blocks and traditional Wampanoag sports like archery, canoeing, swimming, and double-ball, as well as the ancient Iroquois sport, lacrosse. The very first Turtle Program was partly funded by Telluride MountainFilm's Moving Mountains Award to We Still Live Here,
so it is especially gratifying to see it continuing and growing, with almost 50 kids this year. Even more amazingly, WLRP will launch their Wampanoag immersion charter school next year. Congratulations to Jessie and everyone at WLRP.org
— Here is a link for more about the school.
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Reviews from Our Viewers
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|This one from Marguerite Cantu at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs—
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