John Trudell


American Indian Film Festival 

Fourth Annual

This year’s program focuses on Native American activism and leadership

March 29 - April 1, 2006




Lapwai Students, from Doing It?



This film festival honors the University of Idaho Native American Student Association



Horace Axtell



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Lapwai Students





































For more information, contact:

Prof. Janis (Jan) Johnson

English Department and American Indian Studies
University of Idaho Moscow, ID 83844-1102

(208) 885-6156 or (208) 882-0109  

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 2003 Film Festival

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2005 Film Festival

The American Indian Film Festival is under the direction of Jan Johnson, faculty member of the English Department and American Indian Studies Program.  

Winona LaDuke

The films selected for this year's 2006 Festival bring to light national and local issues and concerns, including dam removal, young tribe members struggle with pop-culture and American Indian leadership representation.

This festival screens recent Indian written, directed and acted feature films.  It intends to combat simplistic images of Indians in American cinema, and to celebrate Indians telling their own stories through the medium of film. The series hopes to educate a broad audience about American Indian life and artistic achievement, and to foster tolerance, intercultural understanding and human rights.



Wednesday March 29 at 7:00 pm :  

Thunderbird Woman-Winona LaDuke

Opening Night Ceremonial, Movie and Dialogue


  • Opening Prayer offered by Horace Axtell (Nez Perce Elder).
  • Opening Remarks: Rebecca Miles (Chairwoman, Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee). Ms. Miles is the first female elected chairman in the tribe’s history.
  • Thunderbird Woman-Winona LaDuke. In this relaxed and intimate portrait, Winona LaDuke--a leading figure in the struggle for Native American land rights and sovereignty, environmentalist, anti-nuclear activist, vice-presidential candidate, novelist and mother--is filmed at home on the White Earth Reservation and on the road.  (2003, 70 min.)
  • Panel Dialogue: Chairman Rebecca Miles; Marjorie Zarate, Director of Education, Coeur d’ Alene Tribe; and Meredith Moffett (Nez Perce), political activist/organizer.

Free of charge


Thursday March 30 at 7:00 pm :

Doing It?,  

I Forgive You (a music video)


Surviving Lewis & Clark: The Nimiipu Story
  • Doing It?  In this abstinence education documentary, three Nez Perce high school students who are influenced by the images and messages they see on T.V. want to find out if everyone is “Dong It”?  They go around town and the reservation asking questions of the people they encounter. The documentary was filmed in Lapwai, ID in March, 2005. Writer/dir., Kimberly Norris-Guerrero; Antonio Smith (Nez Perce), editor. Produced by Nez Perce Tribe Students for Success Program.   (2005; 30 min.)

  • I Forgive You.  A music video sung by Emcee One (, a native Christian rapper. The video is about learning to forgive those who have hurt you.  The children who star in the video are Coeur d' Alene.  Produced by LoVina Louie (Colville/Coeur d' Alene), and edited by Kimberly Norris Guerrero.  (2006; 5 min.)  
  • Surviving Lewis and Clark: The Nimíipuu Story This tribally made documentary focuses on the contributions of the Nez Perce people to the Lewis and Clark Expedition and highlights the major events that have contributed to some of the social and economic difficulties in today’s Nez Perce homeland.   Writer/narrator: Angel Sobotta (Nez Perce), Editor: Dan Kane (Nez Perce). (2006; 30 min.)  

  • Panel Dialogue:  

Doing It?  Joyce McFarland (Nez Perce), Nez Perce Tribe Students for Success Program, Antonio Smith (Nez Perce), High Praise Productions, Annie Kane (Nez Perce), Chelsey Leighton (Nez Perce), Phillip Weaskus (Nez Perce), Lapwai High School Students

Surviving Lewis and Clark: The Nimiipuu Story  Angel McFarland-Sobotta (Nez Perce) and Dan Kane (Nez Perce)

Free of charge 


Friday March 31 at 7:00 pm : 

Unconquering the Last Frontier


The Snowbowl Effect  

  • Unconquering the Last Frontier.  This documentary chronicles the Elwha Klallam Tribe’s struggle to survive in the midst of hydroelectric development in Washington State . For the Elwha Klallam and for the people of the town of Port Angeles, dam removal provides opportunities for cultural reconciliation and economic renewal. (2002, 57 min.) Producer, Robert Lundahl, Narrator, Gary Farmer (Cayuga)

  • The Snowbowl Effect The Snowbowl Effect  This film explores the controversy surrounding the recently proposed ski resort expansion and snowmaking with wastewater on the San Francisco Peaks as Native American tribal officials and spiritual leaders, Forest Service officials, and concerned citizens discuss the issues: sacred lands protection, public health concerns associated with groundbreaking studies on wastewater, economic misconceptions, threats to the environment, global warming and a small community caught in the conflict.  (2005 56 min.) Dir: Klee Benally (Navajo).  Produced by the Indigenous Action Media.

  • Panel Dialogue Britanni Guzman (Nez Perce) UI student, Fish and Wildlife Resources, James Holt (Nez Perce) UI student, Environmental Science, Member, Nez Perce Tribe Fish and Wildlife Commission; Joseph Oatman (Nez Perce) UI Masters degree candidate, College of Natural Resources, Secretary/Treasurer, Nez Perce Tribe Fish and Wildlife Commission; Aaron K. Penney, Hatchery Supervisor I, Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery, Nez Perce Tribe Dept. of Fisheries Resources Management 

Free of charge 


Saturday April 1 at 7:00 pm :  

Trudell – the Movie

With a presentation by legendary American Indian Movement activist/actor John Trudell

  • Indian Tacos.  5 p.m. – 8 p.m. UI Native American Student Association will be selling Indian tacos outside the Kenworthy.
  • Turdell - the Movie.  Director Heather Rae has created a documentary on American Indian activist John Trudell that may challenge our belief systems and inspire our spirits. John Trudell is a poet, a singer and one of the most powerful voices of the human spirit today. He came to prominence as a long time activist for Native American rights and freedoms, as the national spokesperson during the Indians of All Tribes Occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969, culminating in the formation of AIM (American Indian Movement) in the 70's. Appearing in several movies including Incident at Oglala, Thunderheart, On Deadly Ground, Smoke Signals, and the release of John's second book Stickman in 1994 began a new a level of visibility in the media; to be seen not just a poet, or musician, or actor—John seemed to transform his politics and "heartspeak" from the experiences of life into an optimism, not so clearly defined, but rather felt.   Director, Heather Rae (Cherokee).  (2004, 80 min.) "Some people call me a poet," John Trudell concludes. "Others say I'm an activist. Some say my poetry and music is political. Others say it's about the spirit of my people." He laughs. "I don't buy into any of those labels. I may be a little bit of all those things, but I'm more than any of them. We all are. That's what makes us human."

  • Dialogue, questions and answers, led by John Trudell  

  • Reception to Follow

Free of charge 

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All screenings are at the Kenworthy Theater in Moscow, Idaho

508 South Main at 7:00 pm

And all are Free and Open to the Public

  The Festival is sponsored by the American Indians Studies Program. With additional support and funding from the President’s Diversity Initiative Grant of the University of Idaho, and the Idaho Humanities Council


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