You are here6pm November 20th, 2011
6pm November 20th, 2011
The reclamation continues as Crazy Ind’n pushes his military agenda across Turtle Island. The Indigenous people of the world thrive and build their new society. But what of the invaders now turned refugees? Crazy Ind’n decides the fate of white people in this stunning stop motion triumph.
Nick Thomas, a Pomo Indian and a successful Los Angeles radio host, is forced back to the reservation to help his brother Chi (Gil Birmingham), and tribal leader Rich Knight (Gary Farmer) lead the Tule Lake Rancheria out of danger from a seedy casino investor (Mark Boone Jr.), ultimately claiming sovereignty of their Native American rights.
The struggles inherent on reservations today are depicted in this day-in-the-life drama based on true characters and events. The film dispels current stereotypes and myths about modern Native American culture while showcasing the depths of the heritage that thrives today.
HONORING LYNN “NAY” VALBUENA
This year we honor an extraordinary woman in our community. For many years, Lynn Valbuena has been at the forefront of several Native American causes and been a champion to numerous people. Lynn “Nay” Valbuena is Vice Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in southern California. She has held numerous elected positions within the tribal government, including a term as Chairwoman and member of the Business Committee. The Business Committee is responsible for overseeing daily tribal governmental operations.
In addition to her tribal government duties, Lynn is serving her 16th year as chairwoman of the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations (TASIN), a consortium of 10 federally recognized Indian tribes within the Central Judicial U.S. District in California. She is the longest-tenured officer of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), having served seven, two-year terms as Secretary and remains as the San Manuel delegate. She has served as San Manuel delegate to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) for 19 years, serves as delegate to the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), and is a member of the Advisory Council for the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California.
Valbuena was appointed to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian Board of Trustees; she began her first three-year term on January 1, 2009. She serves in a similar capacity with the Los Angeles-based Autry National Center, an intercultural history center that celebrates the American West through three important institutions including the Southwest Museum of the American Indian.
She has served on numerous boards and advisory councils. Among them are the San Bernardino Valley Lighthouse for the Blind, Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, the Native American Advisory Committee - UC Riverside, and YMCA of San Bernardino.
Lynn has received numerous awards and distinctions throughout her career, including 2011 San Bernardino County Safety Employee’s Benefit Association Distinguished Benefactor Honoree, 2010 California Assemblyman Bill Emmerson’s California Woman of Distinction, NIGA's John Kieffer Award, Former California Assemblyman Joe Baca's "Woman of the Year", and one of the "Business Women of the Year" from the Inland Empire Business Journal, Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN) Honoree and recipient of the NIGA Chairman’s Leadership Award.