Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Niwot Native American Film Festival - Opal

Friday, November 2 -  7:30pm-9:30pm
Located at Elysian Fields Auctions 6924 79th Street, Niwot  (Look for the signs!)
Festival is free – Donations accepted!
Film Festival Director Ava Hamilton (Arapaho filmmaker) will introduce the film. 

November 2, 2012 ~ Opal -  This is a short film about a young Navajo girl who takes on the town bully.  When Opal is beat up by the bully, she and her friend Bunny take matters into their own hands.  This is a portrait of a tough little girl who won't take no for an answer.  It serves as a metaphor for all of the places that little girls aren't allowed to go, the things they are forbidden to do.  This is every little Navajo girl's chance to power through diversity, to push by the people who are keeping them from what they want to do.

Ramona Emerson is originally from Tohatchi and Santa Fe and in 2010 was one of four writers and filmmakers selected to participate in the Sundance Film Festival's Native Filmakers Ford Foundation Fellowship Program.  Emerson's Sundance connection continues throught the 2012 festival with Opal.   She wrote, directed and co-produced  this screenplay.
“I knew at a very young age that I wanted to make films and somehow I have managed to keep at it for many years. The ability to transfer those early memories on the reservation of going to the movies with my grandmother, to the actual reality of making films, has been a dream come true,” she said. “`Opal’ is a reflection of that and of the personal stories I love to tell. My hope is to create a story that reflects a very true representation of what it’s like to grow up on the Navajo Nation, but more importantly, questions the roles of women and girls both on and off the reservation.”  (From the Native American Times)
Festival is hosted by Native American Producers Alliance & Ni-wot Prairie Productions
Sponsors: Elysian Fields Auctions, Native American Rights Fund, and WHIZZBang Studios
Contact info: 303-931-3084

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ava Hamilton - Chief Niwot Series - This Thursday at NARF

Chief Niwot Series - Thursday's Talk

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 7:00 PM

at the Native American Rights Fund

1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO 

In conjunction with the powerful exhibit, Chief Niwot ~ Legend & Legacy, the Boulder History Museum and the Native American Rights Fund are proud to co-sponsor a thought-provoking series of programs presented by distinguished historians and guests. This series further explores the culture of the Arapaho people, regional historical figures, the devastating effects of the Sand Creek Massacre, as well as contemporary Native Americans on the Wind River Reservation and in urban centers.


This Thursday • An Arapaho Woman's Perspective on Local History

Ava Hamilton
Longtime Boulder resident and filmmaker Ava Hamilton will present an informal talk offering her personal view of local history as an Arapaho woman. Ava is the director of Everything has a Spirit, which premiered at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and won the First Place Documentary Award at the 1994 American Indian Film and Video Competition in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She attended Southwestern State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Since 2005 she has taught video production classes at Rough Rock High School on the Navajo Reservation. She trained as a filmmaker at the Anthropology Film Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Hamilton is the president of the Native American Producers.



Purchase tickets online through PayPal.
• $10 per program or Series Package of all 8 programs for $80
• $5 per program or Series Package of all 8 for $40 for Museum Members and NARF Donors (Save money and become a BHM Member today!).

For more information or questions, please contact the Museum at 303/449.3464.

For a complete list of the series, click here.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Poetry Reading & Honoring Ceremony

Benefit Performance in Support of the Native American Rights Fund

Cloth by the Gallon : 

Poetic Reflections of Indigenous Wisdom

with Martin Cobin

CU Professor of Theater, Emeritus 


Thursday, October 25th - 7:30 p.m.

Frasier Meadows Retirement Community
Assembly Room - 4th Floor
350 Ponca Place, Boulder Colorado

For many years, retired University of Colorado professor Martin Cobin has conducted poetry readings on American Indian topics, and generously donated the proceeds to the Native American Rights Fund.  On October 25, NARF plans to thank Prof. Cobin in a traditional honoring ceremony prior to his next reading.  Please join us at the Frasier Meadows Retirement Center to honor Martin and share in this special event.

Martin Cobin has been sharing his poignant and soulful poetry with us for several years, and always has donated an honorarium to the Native American Rights Fund.  Martin will read several of his poems exploring glimpses of indigenous wisdom from round the world and the rights of those who possess it.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

American Indian Law Program - CU College of Law

Robert J. Miller
Professor, Lewis and Clark University

Author of “Reservation Capitalism’’: Economic Development in Indian Country
Monday, October 15, 2012
5:00 PM at Native American Rights Fund
1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO

Professor Miller (Eastern Shawnee) is a prominent scholar in American Indian law. Before joining the faculty at Lewis and Clark Law School, Miller clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and practiced at Stoel Rives and Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker.  Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals of the Grand Ronde Tribe, Miller also serves as a judge for other tribal courts.

He will speak about his new book Reservation ‘Capitalism’: Economic Development in Indian Country (Praeger 2012) and sign copies.

Reservation "Capitalism": Economic Development in Indian Country supplies the true history, present-day circumstances, and potential future of Indian communities and economics. It provides key background information on indigenous economic systems and property rights regimes in what is now the United States, and explains how the vast majority of native lands and natural resource assets were lost. The book focuses on strategies for establishing privately and publicly owned economic activities on reservations and creating economies where reservation inhabitants can be employed, live, and buy the necessities of life, thereby enabling complete tribal self-sufficiency and self-determination.

Review - "Robert Miller delivers first-rate advice on the politics, law, and economics of reservation development. Indian nations — indeed, all nations — can learn from this book's insights. . . . Robert Miller has pulled together an impressive range of scholarly theory, real world experiences of Native leaders, and data. As a result, this book provides a mountain of sound advice to tribal, state and federal policymakers. The advice is delivered without apology by an author who lives and respects his subject." 

Monday, October 1, 2012

NARF Executive Director John Echohawk to Speak at MSU Law Symposium

Later this week NARF Executive Director John Echohawk will speak at Michigan State University College of Law’s Indian Tribes and Human Rights Accountability Symposium.  The symposium will encourage discussion about the possibility of creating an indigenous and intertribal mechanism to resolve the real and serious human rights issues in American Indian country.  For more information including the schedule and list of presenters, click here.