Native Filmmaker Jim Warne to Screen Documentary at Center for Disabilities Symposium

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Jim Warne (Oglala Lakota) will give a keynote and show the new film he directed, "7th Generation," at the Center for Disabilities 2016 Symposium in April in Sioux Falls. The movie shows how the former football star and Native activist is working to support tribal communities and preserve tribal cultural ways while still succeeding in 21st century mainstream America.

“We are excited to have such a talent like Jim Warne join us at the symposium,” said Wendy Parent-Johnson, executive director for the Center for Disabilities in USD's Sanford School of Medicine. “This amazing and powerful film is a must-see for all South Dakotans.”

In the film, after the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre, a Lakota medicine man named Black Elk had a prophecy with the core statement, “It will take seven generations to heal our sacred hoop.” Today we are approaching the seventh generation and Black Elk’s prophecies both good and bad continue to become reality. Warne is a believer in the “7th Generation” philosophy. The film is to help the public understand the hardships felt by Indian Country since those times, what really happened in the boarding school era, the historical trauma that tribal members still deal with today, what Mt. Rushmore looks like through a Lakota lens and the history behind Paha Sapa, the Black Hills. A movie trailer can be viewed on YouTube.

Another new aspect to the symposium, April 17-19 at the Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center, is a “Community Dance” on Sunday, April 18. The dance brings everyone together, individuals with disabilities, their families and friends, and anyone else interested in a social gathering where you can “dance like no one is watching.”

More information on the Center for Disabilities is available at More information about Jim Warne is available at Registration and discount rates for the symposium are at


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Michael Ewald
USD News