Author: Ian Skorodin

Delaena Rae Uses Knife

Delaena Rae Uses Knife, Her Lakota name is “Olawan Un Wicayawiyun Winyan” meaning, “She prepares them with song”. Uses Knife received her liberal arts associates degree from Oglala Lakota College in 2013. She plans on graduating with a graphic design associate in Spring 2022. Uses Knife is a Miniconjou Lakota enrolled member from the Cheyenne… Read more »

Hailey Bighorn

Hailey Bighorn was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona and is affiliated with both the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes in Montana as well as the Shoshone-Paiute tribe In Nevada. Bighorn received her associate’s degree in the arts from Mesa Community College (MCC) and is furthering her education at the University of Advancing Technology… Read more »

Shantal Begay

Shantal Begay is a graduate from New Mexico State University where she studied Animation & Visual Effects with a minor in Digital Film. She grew up on the outskirts of a tiny town on the Navajo Reservation before relocating for her education. As a Native American, she’d like to see more representation in her community,… Read more »

Nicole Emmons

Nicole Emmons is a Citizen Potawatomi Nation filmmaker and mixed media/installation artist specializing in stop motion animation from Oklahoma City,Oklahoma. She received her MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts School of Film and Video as a Jacob K. Javits Fellow, and her Bachelors in Animation and Film from Columbia College… Read more »

Brian Vallie

Brian Vallie was born and raised on the Crow reservation in Montana. As a former state champion and record holder in track, Brian took his first flight off the Rez to compete for the division I powerhouse UNM Lobos, earning all conference honors immediately as a freshman. Brian currently lives in Los Angeles where he… Read more »

Sage Andrew Romero

Sage Andrew Romero is a member of the Tovowahamatu Numu (Big Pine Paiute) and Tuah-Tahi (Taos Pueblo) Tribes. He is an accomplished Hoop Dancer and has traveled internationally sharing the Culture of his people through song, story, dance and art. Sage also founded the AkaMya Culture Group which first began as a group that provided a safe place… Read more »

Tsanavi Spoonhunter

Tsanavi Spoonhunter (Director and Producer) is a descendant of the Northern Paiute Tribe, and citizen of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. Her ancestry and upbringing in Indian Country have strongly informed her storytelling and artistic vision. In 2020, Spoonhunter earned her master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley with… Read more »

Faith Phillips

Faith Phillips is a Cherokee novelist, publisher, and screenwriter living in the foothills of the Ozarks. She created the sub-genre known as Okie Noir. Her writing conveys a unique perspective on the lives of people existing in a land populated by migrants, exiles, outlaws, and survivors of attempted genocide. Phillips left active law practice and returned… Read more »

Haley Rains

Haley Rains is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. She was born and raised in Billings, Montana. She has worked as a professional photographer for over 14 years. She began her career as a concert photographer at the age of 15. Her portfolio includes bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Buckcherry,… Read more »

Brad Munoa

Brad Munoa is a writer, director, and producer for the Pechanga Creative Studios in Temecula, CA. He studied film production at the University of Southern California and graduated in 2005. Since then he has worked in many capacities creating content for the Pechanga Tribal Government and commercials for Pechanga Resort Casino. In 2017 Brad was… Read more »