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The Sac and Fox Nation is honored to be hosting a screening of the award winning film

Imagining The Indian at 3:30 pm on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at the Nation’s Community Building.

Panel discussion featuring:

Mr. Ben West (Cheyenne), Co-Director/Co-Producer/Co-Writer

Mr. Yancey Burns, Co-Producer/Co-Writer

Dr. Derek Jennings (Quapaw/Sac and Fox), Interviewee and Collaborator

Lunch will be served

Door prizes

Imagining The Indian is a comprehensive examination of the movement to eradicate the words, images, and gestures that many Native Americans and their allies find demeaning and offensive. The film takes a deep-dive into the issues through archival footage and interviews with those involved in the fight. The psychological research is clear, the use of Native American mascots is detrimental, not only to Native people, but to marginalized groups everywhere.

Ben West, Co-Director / Co-Producer / Co-Writer

Ben West (Cheyenne) is a writer and filmmaker who has worked with companies such as Carsey-Werner Mandabach, Telenova Productions, Mandalay Pictures, and outlets such as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. West was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California. He has chosen to focus much of his life’s work on Native Peoples.

Yancey Burns, Co-Producer / Co-Writer

Yancey Burns is a 2019 graduate of the George Washington University Documentary Film Center, he wrote and directed the award-winning documentary short One Fall, which explores the return of independent professional wrestling to the District of Columbia. Prior to filmmaking, he was a practicing attorney, most recently with the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, where he prosecuted ethical misconduct in the DC government. He also owns and manages his family farm in Lincoln County, West Virginia, which produces 100% grass-fed Hereford beef. Burns holds a BS in Journalism from West Virginia University, a JD from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, and is currently pursuing an MA in Strategic Communication at the GWU School of Media and Public Affairs.

Dr. Derek Jennings Interviewee and Collaborator

Dr. Derek Jennings (Quapaw/Sac and Fox) is an alum of Tulsa Union High School and fought to change their mascot from the “Redskins” to the “Redhawks.” He is the Bezruchka Family Endowed Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.

A list of Awards, Screenings, and Press can be found here –…/1KhDwkk7bhbmy…/edit

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