“How Much Indian Blood”

In Massachusetts we are having a great debate about “Native American Blood” As we face an election for Senator Kennedy’s seat between the substitute Senator Scott Brown, elected in a special election two years ago and non- politician, Elizabeth Warren. But it does not seem to be educating the public about Native Americans about any important historical or present day political issues.

“How Much Indian Blood”
My 31 year old niece is 1/16 Apache, but to look at her you’d never know it and we only found out a few years ago when her father was on his death bed. Her great grand parents might have also had good reason to have been ashamed of that fact. Indian blood at those times, like other non-white blood, could be very detrimental to your standing in a community. In such situations there is no reliable paper trail. I believe Elizabeth Warren’s story and I know that Native Americans are very sensitive to the issue of “how much Indian blood”. It is a culturally internal and divisive debate that anglos need tread lightly getting involved in.
I would ask: Who would act more to the benefit of neglected Native Americans on desperately poor reservations? Who would understand the failed history of U.S. and Native American relations and the economic unfairness that it has created? Who knows that all Indians are not benefiting from “Casino Indians”?

Bob Smith
“Minimum Wage Art”

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Award-winning writer/filmmaker Donald L. Vasicek studied producing, directing and line producing at the Hollywood Film Institute under the acclaimed Dov Simen’s and at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. He studied screenwriting at The Complete Screenplay, Inc., with Sally Merlin (”White Squall”), daughter of the famed Hollywood Merlin family of screenwriters and writers, as his mentor. Don has taught, mentored, and is a script consultant for over 400 writers, directors, producers, actors and production companies. Don has also acted in 20th Century Fox’s “Die Hard With a Vengeance”, NBC’s Mystery of “Flight 1501″, ABC’s “Father Dowling” starring Thomas Bosley, and Red-Handed Production’s “Summer Reunion”. These activities have resulted in Don’s involvement in over 100 movies during the past 23 years, from major studios to independent films including, MGM’s $56 million “Warriors of Virtue”, Paramount Classics “Racing Lucifer”, American Pictures “The Lost Heart” and “Born To Kill” starring the Charles Bronson of Korea, Bobby Kim, and his internationally-known director/brother, Richard, Incline Productions, Inc.’s “Born To Win”, Olympus Films+, LLC’s “Haunted World” with Emmy-nominated PBS Producer Alison Hill, and Olympus Films+, LLC’s “Faces,” “Oh, The Places You Can Go” and the award-winning “The Sand Creek Massacre” documentary film short. Don also has written and published over 500 books, short stories and articles. His books include “How To Write, Sell, And Get Your Screenplays Produced” and “The Write Focus.” Don has been a guest screenwriting and filmmaking columnist for Hollywood Lit. Sales, Moondance International Film Festivals e-zine, Screenwriters Forum, Screenplace, Screenplayers.Net, Screenwriters.Net, Screenwriters Utopia, Spraka & Kinsla (Swedish), “Inkwell Watch”, and “Ink On the Brain.”Writing recognition includes Houston’s WorldFest International Film Festival, Chesterfield’s Writers Film Project, Writers Digest, The Sundance Institute, The Writer’s Network, and the Rocky Mountain Writer’s Guild, Inc. Don is presently is raising money for “Ghost of Sand Creek,” a mini-series/documentary and raising $200 million for five feature film projects. Contact Don at dvasicek@earthlink.net to see the Private Placement Memorandum/Business Plan. Don is on the board of directors of the American Indian Genocide Museum in Houston. Don is the founder and owner of Olympus Films+, LLC, a global writing, filmmaking and consulting company, in 1994.

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