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The 2012 National Indian Education Association (NIEA) 43rd Annual Convention and Trade Show officially kicked off in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. The theme for this year's convention was "Maintaining Traditions in a Digital Era.” It was a conference filled with exciting dialogue, inspiration, and sharing of innovative ideas for use in the classroom.

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This fall, Vision Maker Media brought together a large group of filmmakers for professional development and networking at the Vision Maker Media Producers Workshop 2012 and NAMAC Conference. This was my first time attending their training and gathering.

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Whenever Vision Maker Media gathers its producers and content creators in one place, it is always very inspiring.  What a wonderful way to keep up with the latest awesome projects in the production pipeline. The Vision Maker Media Producers Workshop provided an invaluable opportunity to discuss works in progress, as well as best practices for multiplatform and online engagement, an area of increasing import in public television productions.

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Minneapolis. The city of Mary Tyler Moore and Prince and the Revolution… and my Dad… back in the day. It had been years since I had set foot in the beautiful city: the air was great, not too cold – not too hot, great food everywhere. So after a small mishap at the Denver airport and our later then expected arrival, the team and I made our way down to the depths of Minneapolis and into an intense, information filled few days… and the most gigantic dinner I’ve had since the Jemez Feast Day!!

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I came away from the Vision Maker Media Producer Training NAMAC Conference in Minneapolis with a whirlwind of ideas and information and a deeper sense of belonging. Meeting and sharing with the other filmmakers, feeling their excitement about their work, sharing the joy of being at the conference, getting glimpses of their creative process, was both invigorating and life enhancing.

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With the great support of the Vision Maker Media Producer Opportunity Fund, I traveled to Agadir, Morrocco to participate in the 6th Annual Amazigh International Film Festival. While in attendance, I was also given three film classes to instruct.

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This past summer I had the opportunity to teach a digital media arts camp as apart of the educational outreach for the 60-min Standing Bear’s Footsteps documentary.  I worked as Associate Producer on Standing Bear’s Footsteps along with Executive Producer Christine Lesiak at NET Television. The digital media arts camp met at the Ponca Tribal building in Lincoln, Neb. with 13 Ponca youth aged 9-15 years old, all of whom were descendants of Ponca Chief Standing Bear.

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Last month I joined Lakota Language Consortium (LLC) linguist and executive director Wil Meya and dozens of other Vision Maker Media-supported documentary producers in Minneapolis, MN for a lively series of workshops, and the chance to attend the incredible annual conference of the National Alliance for Media and Culture.

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I attended the Vision Maker Media's Producers Workshop in Minneapolis in early September. This was my first time in the workshop. 

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The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 5-8, 2012 was a great experience for the Native American Media producers. Myself, as an aspiring educational media producer, this conference with Vision Maker Media brought together many creative media artists. I was able to meet some new friends and reconnect with old friends within the Native Media network of people.

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