Synopsis: Two pieces will be featured in this segment: One from activist Jim Warne and the other from the next generation, High School Student Tokata Iron Eyes.
From Jim Warne:
We are excited to be featured on the new FOX Sports TV Series, “Voices” which premiered Monday on Martin Luther King Day. It is a great honor to have a Lakota Native perspective included with the many incredible activists and athletes showcasing their work towards achieving social justice. Martin Luther King Jr. represented humanity and inclusion for all. Pilamaya to Mark Ruberg and Brian Alexander for their vision and co-producing this short film with me, “Oyate` un Ito`wapi – Pictures of my People” which originally aired on FOX NFL Pregame Thanksgiving Day. To view the entire Fox “Voices” show go to Fox Sports “Voices” featuring Curt Menefee and Michael Strahan with stories from Jim Brown, LeBron James, Dion Sanders, Bubba Wallace, John Lewis and of course Martin Luther King. Wopila…Jim Warne
“Jim was selected for the NIGA Chairman’s Leadership Award due to his work in Indian Country and his focus on American Indian youth through his Warrior Society Development Youth programs. His example of the impact of education is evident through his work at San Diego State University… I have seen and heard about the work he does in Indian Country and the positive message he shares. His experiences in professional football and as a Hollywood actor along with his work in education gets the attention of our (people) and motivates them to succeed.” Ernest Stevens Jr., Oneida Nation and Chairman of National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA.)
The next segment is a Q&A discussion with the Black Hills Film Festival about Activism with High School Student Tokata Iron Eyes. In the Lakota language, “Tokata” means “Future”. She is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and has been involved in activism since she was 8 years old. With threats to sacred lands and water contamination, she participated in the movement to stop Uranium mining, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Land Back project. For more information see the film “My Name Means Future” and watch the Q&A following for additional details about the film.
Tokata Iron Eyes