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Rez youths getting 'a voice' during media week

Aug 11, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Native Youth Media Project is inviting Wind River Indian Reservation youths to participate in a week of media training beginning Monday at Rocky Mountain Hall.

Anyone between the ages of 12 to 24 who is interested in learning about digital media production may attend the event, which is sponsored by the Wind River UNITY council, Wyoming Humanities Council, Giving Voice: A Wyoming Learning Project and the Independent Indigenous Film and Media group. The project will end Aug. 16 with an Eagle Staff run at 8 a.m. from Rocky Mountain Hall in Fort Washakie to Blue Sky Hall in Ethete. A community screening will be at 11 a.m., also at Blue Sky Hall.

UNITY council adviser Sunny Goggles said the Wyoming Humanities Council was interested in giving reservation youths "a voice" and partnering with someone local to help lead the young adults through several days of training and learning. With the frequent use of modern media, she said they want them to realize there are other ways to be heard in their communities.

"We want to give them these tools and resources so they can use them in an effective way," Goggles said. "Media might be an outlet for them."

The IIFM group is a small, independent organization that specializes in digital media production, training and design. It also partners with individuals and other groups to help them personalize their media ideas and create media projects in their communities.

Missy Whiteman, of the Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo tribes, is a digital media consultant, director, producer and writer for IIFM. She will be helping anyone who registers for the media project fashion their ideas into a visual format for the final screening Aug. 16. Participants will learn to edit, produce, write, direct and be part of their own digital designs.

With the training they receive throughout the week, Goggles said youths will then decide for themselves how they design their project.

To register, call Goggles or Reinette at 335-8374.

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