All events are held at Bellevue Community College.

A suggested donation of $10 is requested to help defray festival costs.

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10:30 am to 11:30 am

Affiliated Event: Author Ian Frazier discusses his book On the Rez

Affiliated Event: Enough Beauty: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture by Gail Tremblay and John Feodorov through May 28, 2004  - Native American artists Gail Tremblay and John Feodorov draw on traditional figures, forms, materials and symbols to narrate their own stories of contemporary Indian life. Tribal values and lived urban experience often collide in their paintings, drawings, sculpture and installations. The tensions that result—between history and the present, the mythic and the mundane, hope and betrayal—infuse their art and give it strong emotional impact. This art resonates from the ambiguity, irony, wisdom, anger and pathos of artists who live in two worlds that often are misaligned.



12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Film:  Dances for the New Generation, the primetime Emmy-nominated film about the American Indian Dance Theatre aired on PBS in 1996 by our own Phil Lucas.

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1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Performance: American Indian Dance Theater. AIDT is internationally renowned for "dances of elemental beauty and power that trascend the stage" (Washington Post). The pan-Indian ensemble was founded in 1987 by Barbara Schwei and Hanay Geiogamah and has performed all over the world to acclaim.  Lewis Segal of the Los Angeles Times says that the AIDT has pushed "the whole idiom of theatrical Folkloric performance toward a new maturity and depth."

For more information on the American Indian Dance Theater:

The performance is free but donations to the Ruthann Kurose Scholarship fund will be accepted.





10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Talk:  Charlotte Black Elk, great granddaughter of the legendary Nicholas Black Elk , Lakota spiritual leader and primary advocate for the return of the Black Hills. More information on Charlotte Black Elk at

Thanks to Zandra Apple and the Native American Students Association for making this great event possible.


12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Film: Paha Sapa, 1993. This powerful documentary concerns the long struggle of the Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne Indians to get back their sacred land -- the Black Hills of South Dakota. Emmy-nominated; Winner of: Golden Gate Award, 1994 at San Francisco International Film Festival; Best Direction, 1993 at American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco; Gold Apple Award, 1994 at National Education Film and Video Festival; and 1994 Cine Golden Eagle.

Thanks to TRIO Student Support Services for sponsoring this event.



2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Film: Pow Wow Highway, 1989. Buddy Red Bow is struggling in the face of persecution by greedy developers, and political in-fighting, to keep his tribe on a Montana Cheyenne Reservation financially solvent and independent.

Talk by Gary Farmer, star of Powwow Highway immediately after the film. To find out more about Gary Farmer:


C120 A/B

7:00 to 10:00 pm

Films: Incident at Oglala and Thunderheart, 1992. Two films by director Michael Apted. In Thunderheart, an arrogant part-Sioux FBI agent (Val Kilmer) participates in a federal investigation of a murder on an Oglala Sioux reservation. Based on real events on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975, the story revolves around the armed standoff between Indian activists and the FBI that resulted in several deaths including two FBI agents. The government laid blame for the tragedy on Leonard Peltier, a Sioux political leader. Incident at Oglala is the companion documentary.

Phil Lucas will comment on both films.



FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2004


12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Film: Lakota Woman, 1994. Lakota Woman is based on the memoirs of Mary Crow Dog. Mary became an activist and joined the American Indian Movement. In the 1973 siege of Wounded Knee, the site of Custer's heinous slaughter of several hundred Native Americans in 1890, 2,000 American Indians took a defiant stand against the U.S. Army, the F.B.I., and the reservation's authorities, to demand equal rights.

The Native American Students Association and the Diversity Caucus are sponsoring scholarships for essays by BCC students written on the book Lakota Woman. For more information:



1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Talk by Lakota Woman Producer Hanay Geiogamah, Professor and Interim Director of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center. Hanay Geiogamah is an internationally renown scholar and playwright. As a writer, director, choreographer, producer and teacher of American Indian performing arts, his work spans theater, film, television, dance, and critical studies of media and culture.

More information on Hanay Geiogamah at



2:30 pm to 4:00 pm


Carlson Lobby