LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 is a new biopic from Comanche filmmaker Julianna Brannum. The film chronicles the life of Comanche activist and national civil rights leader LaDonna Harris and the role that she has played in Native and mainstream American history.
The “Indian 101” part of the film title is a reference to the course that Harris developed, at the request of President Lyndon Johnson, to help educate the people in the United States executive branch about tribal sovereignty and the unique relationship American Indian Tribes have with the federal government. The course was later picked up by the legislative branch where LaDonna’s husband Fred Harris served as a U.S. Senator from Oklahoma. “Indian 101” would be taught to members of Congress and the Senate for next four decades.
Randall Warren Heavilin (Navajo) is a classically trained cellist and composer from Austin, Texas. A graduate of The Berklee College of Music, Heavilin: composes, performs, and produces a variety of music for films and other media outlets.
Recently, Randall has composed the score for Yellow Fever, a documentary film that follows the Uranium boom on Navajo lands, and the effects that it has had on the people living there.
Rising Voices is an upcoming documentary film by Wil Meya of The Language Conservancy and by Florentine Films/Hott Productions.
The Language Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that spreads information to the public about the crisis of endangered languages in effort to gain more support for Indigenous languages. They also work with Natives across the U.S. on language revitalization issues.
Jack Gladstone is from the Blackfeet Indian Nation of Montana and a "storysmith." Regarded as a cultural bridge builder, he delivers programs across the nation, on American Indian history.
Jack recently was honored with the CM Russel Heritage Award, and a Native American Music Award.
2013 marks the 29th year that Jack has been sharing insight about about Montana's Indigenous people at Glacier National Park.
The Native American vote has become an important part of the electorate. Native Americans make up about 8 percent of Montana, roughly 6.5 percent of all voters. A number that has been increasing since 2004.