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Pictureworks Entertainment is looking for the actor play iconic Olymypian Jim Thorpe in the upcoming feature film Thorpe. Director Tracey Deer, who was selected late last month to direct the film, and Rene Haynes, casting director, made the announcement in a press release last night.

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This weekend and next week in Indian Country, holiday markets kick off, film screenings abound and the American Association of Indian Affairs celebrates 100 years with the first annual Tribal Museum Day. Here is Native News Online’s weekly round-up of arts, culture and entertainment offerings around Indian Country.
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Indigenous peoples have persisted in the face of systemic racism and oppression to make indispensable contributions to our society.  Earlier this week, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we shared stories of five Native Americans who helped shape American culture.  Today, here are five more Natives of note who had a tremendous impact on culture in the United States. 

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Producers of a film about the formative years of Olympic Gold Medalist Jim Thorpe (Sac & Fox/Potawatomi) announced this week that award-winning director Tracey Deer (Mohawk) will direct their feature film called Thorpe

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From capturing the heart of a nation with awe-inspiring athleticism to elevating American ballet onto the world stage, Indigenous peoples have persisted in the face of systemic racism and oppression to make indispensable contributions to our society.

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With snowfall topping over six feet in some locations in western New York in recent days, organizers of the Native American Music Awards postponed last night’s scheduled ceremony until Monday.

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This week and next weekend in Indian Country, there are plenty of opportunities to honor, celebrate and explore contemporary and historical Native culture. 

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Call it a hunch, but we’re thinking that there may be more non-Natives interested in what’s going on in Indian Country this month.  

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SAN FRANSISCO — The American Indian Film Festival (AIFF) returns to San Francisco from Nov. 4-12 for the first time in two years. AIFF is the oldest and most celebrated Native American film festival. 
 
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This weekend and next week in Indian Country, celebrations abound with film festivals, powwows, live music, Native American comedy and much more.