Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 2, 2001 - Issue 37



Who's Who


photos by Suzanne Westerly

Floyd welcomed the audience and introduced the first panel of speakers; comedian Charley Hill (Oneida); actress Irene Bedard (Inupiat Eskimo and Cree), (Smoke Signals," "Lakota Woman," "Pocahontas I & II"); Director of Programming and Production Carol Cornsilk, (Cherokee) (Native American Public Telecommunications in Nebraska); Native student filmmaker in the UCLA Film Department, Les Miller; producer Hanay Geiogamah (Kiowa), ("The Broken Chord," "Lakota Woman," "The Native Americans in the First Century," and founder of the Native American Dance Theater); producer/director Sandy Osawa (Makah), ("On & Off The Res", "The Charlie Hill Story"); author/historian Vine Deloria, Jr, (Lakota); and playwright/screenwriter Chuck Robertson (Ojibway-Dakota-Wahpeton),who has been an educator in Native communities for over thirty years.

From left, Lou Bender, Chairman of Showorks; Chuck Banner, VP RCC; John Trudell, singer/poet; Charlie's daughter, comedian, Charlie Hill; Mimi Kennedy, actress on "Dharma and Greg"; Richard Maser, actor; Carla Morgenstein, asst. to Floyd; Shea D'lynn, actress on "Dharma and Greg"; Floyd; Peter Coyote; Paula Star, Ex. Dir. of Southern California Indian Center (SCIC) ; Syd Beane, Pres. of RCC; Max Gail, actor; Tom Bee, SOAR Productions, and Rosa Luna, Pres. SCIC


Peter Coyote, Vine Deloria, Richard Masur, and Floyd


Floyd, founder of Red Crow Creations and the Eyapaha Institute; Duane Champagne, Ph.D., Director of the American Indian Studies Center at UCLA; and Carole Goldberg, J.D., Director of the Tribal Law Development Clinic at UCLA.

Second panel of presenters were Paul Apodaca, from the National Museum of the American Indian's Native American Film & Video Festival; Geoff Gilmore, Director, of The Sundance Film Festival; and Michael Smith, Director, of the American Indian Film Festival of San Francisco.

John Densmore and Steve Reevis


John Trudell




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