Oglala Lakota film producer and director receives Emmy

July 19, 2013

Larry Pourier and his brother Walt.

Exciting news today from Indian Country. We received the following release from Walt Pourier, an Oglala Lakota designer who created our Tanka Bar runner logo.

Oglala Lakota film producer and director Larry Pourier received an Emmy for directing the documentary Urban REZ with Rocking Mountain PBS. His brother Walt Pourier did design work through his Nakota Designs business for the documentary, which also included designing a mask selected for The Mask Project, A Benefit For The Denver Hospice in Denver Colorado.

Rocky Mountain PBS Urban Rez, a nationally distributed documentary exploring the lasting legacy and modern-day effects of the 1950s Relocation policies that encouraged American Indians to leave their homelands and relocate to urban areas across the country.

Relocation legislation constituted the greatest upheaval of the Native American population during the 20th century.

Urban Rez accurately portrays Indian self-determination and the experience of adapting to a different culture while maintaining their own tribal culture. Themes of empowerment, resiliency and adaption are interwoven with searing recollections of identity and racism.

Moses Brings Plenty narrates this uplifting and insightful film, which includes dozens of tribal nations from multiple generations across the West.

Urban Rez is brought to you by award-winning Rocky Mountain PBS producer Lisa D. Olken. The crew was comprised completely of American Indians: Director Larry Pourier/ Lakota; Director of Photography, Charles "Boots" Kennedye/ Kiowa and Production Assistant Derek Brown/ Dine. And design work for the documentary identity done by Walt Pourier/Lakota and his advertising design business Nakota Designs.

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