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promGraffiti pic2008February 12, 2016

President Barack Obama:

Hello I write a rebuttal to GQ news article “President Obama Calls for TV Shows with ‘Muslim Characters That Are Unrelated to National Security’” written by Nicole Silverberg, February 3, 2016. Article is off setting. First of all my intention is not to be rude on purpose, but to simply be honest to the point. Mr. President Barack Obama, I am a Dine’ Indigenous independent filmmaker who graduated from UCLA, MFA-film production in 1986. Since I graduated in 1986, primarily I have been a filmmaker, but I like to create and perform other artistic pursuits as well. Some aspirations have been realized in October-December 2015: screened Navajo Talking Picture and the Graffiti at Indigenous film-video festival, Forumn Doc.BH.2015 in Brasil, Here, There and In Between essay published in Without Borders Volume II catalog, showed still photographs in Pushing Boundaries exhibit and screened the Graffiti in Audit of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Us Indigenous people have lived in North America approximately 16,000 years or more, archaeology information, which is debatable by some Indigenous people who say we always lived here. We never immigrated as the federal government and others who wish to ignore those facts that we lived here first before the immigrants came over. Since U.S. was founded, the less information about our real histories the public knows, a manipulated history of how the federal government, past presidents of the U.S. removed us forcibly from our lands because the federal government wanted to “expand westward” the better. Also, who’s land did the settlers settle or invade-Indigenous land most likely. I believe in the Doctrine of Discovery, how the U.S. utilized techniques to get rid of us. Robert Miller, Shawnee lawyer’s book, “Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, and Manifest Destiny” explained it well. Not over yet to resist. Hasn’t stopped yet to squash us; some examples, 1. Oak Flats land sacred to San Carlos Apache Reservation where a mining company wishes to mine, a Cain-AZ-set up (I’m from AZ!) 2. Manipulate behind closed doors to take away water rights from Dine’ by lawyer Stanley Pollack hired by Dinè Nation, although Winters Doctrine exists to serve federal recognized tribes. No consult with Dine’ public.

In my return to U.S. I viewed during the second week in December on Netflix the Ridiculous Six co-written by Adam Sandler: whatta a hey! Monstrosity about stereotypes, sexist and racist of Indigenous and Mexican people. How our depictions have reversed-forwards-never advanced in Hollywood? However, I’m 1 among approximate 50 or 500 Indigenous filmmakers in the Americas. In Brasil I met and viewed more Indigenous filmmakers’ work at the film video festival: positive. List of filmmakers I am aware about in U.S. and Canada are: Loretta Todd, Shelley Niro, Gunargie O Sullivan, Darlene Nepoose, Ramona Emerson, Black Horse Lowe, Billy Luther, Randy Red Road, Chris Eyre, Sandra Osawa, Sterlin Harjo and others. Therefore, we have progressed a lot but does anyone know about us in the mainstream.

At least talk goes on than not about lack of diversity in U.S. mainstream entertainment news, but concerning Indigenous women, our view is greatly consistently ignored on purpose, yet we’ve lived here longer than any immigrants who lived in U.S. and Canada. Marlon Brando an actor, plus a good actor, in the early 70’s for a white guy was the first to raise questions in a straight forward intelligent way about racism and stereotypes of people of color, especially Indigenous people in mainstream film and television whom I will never forget. How many famous white people speak up for Indigenous in mainstream film and television; also, get trashed when speaking up. His celebrity promoted Native American fishing rights in Washington, which eventually ruled in favor of Native American fishing rights, the Boldt Decision, George H. Boldt, 1970, U.S. Supreme Court. Censored News provides a news platform for Indigenous news and writers. In the late 60’s, American Indian Movement happened, Black Panthers, women and others. Beyonce’s music refers to Black Panthers. If I had celebrity I’d speak up. Since 86 I’ve noticed Indigenous people and rest of people of color in film and television, the independent filmmakers – get shut out of the dominant news conversation that focuses only upon Afro Americans and their plight, media’s fault. With lack of diversity in the mainstream entertainment news talk, we again are not mentioned in the conversation even by the President of U.S.

Could you please clarify to express in a Censored News news article to everyone about the Indigenous because the stereotypes are forever a disaster in the mainstream. We didn’t “vanish” or become extinct as the majority wishes it to be. We have a lot of right. WE maintained to improve, become better at our efforts to change the system: stereotypes of racism-sexism by independently creating our own films-videos, but the white male dominated mainstream film television industry, won’t let us. Been knocking at doors of Hollywood to change stereotypes since the studios began as if in perpetuity. We lived here first and were not discovered, but we endured much inequalities. Thank you for your time and letting me express this. I had to let you know.

Arlene Bowman, Dine’ Indigenous Filmmaker

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