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Native American Film Series at Sierra Nevada College begins August 30

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The One Book, One Campus book selection ”Flight” by Sherman Alexie inspires the Native American theme

(Incline Village, Nev.) A well known Yosemite climber and speaker, three movies and a Native American storyteller will be featured this fall supporting the popular One Book, One Campus program. The program that began in 2009 continues this year with the reading selection Flight by Native American author Sherman Alexie. The film series begins August 30 and runs through October 4, 2011. All programs are free and the College welcomes public attendance.

Sierra Nevada College’s One Book, One Campus program was inspired by the popularity of book clubs and a growing number of college campuses adopting common reading programs. The idea of a common reading selection rests on a simple idea: that reading the same book brings people together as a community by creating a common ground for discussion. For more information on the film screenings or on the Common Reading Program, please contact Library Director Betts Markle at 775.881.7511 or [email protected].

Sierra Nevada College Native American Film Series

Date:     Saturday, August 30:  Ron Kauk  presents Return to Balance – A Climber’s Journey

Return to Balance, combines the Yosemite climbing experience with Native American cedar flute music and commentary.  A deeply stirring, visual and emotional experience, combining the rare talents of a world-class rock climber and Patagonia ambassador Ron Kauk  and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Sterling Johnson, and the musically gifted Jeff Ball Ensemble.

Time:                    7 – 9pm

Where:                Sierra Nevada College – TCES Room 139, 999 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village, NV

Date:     Tuesday, September 13: Film – Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals was produced from Sherman Alexie’s book, The Lone Ranger and Tonto First Fight in Heaven. Critically acclaimed as one of the best films of the year in 1998, Smoke Signals was also a distinguished winner at the Sundance Film Festival. Though Victor and Thomas have lived their entire young lives in the same tiny town, they couldn’t have less in common. But when Victor is urgently called away, it’s Thomas who comes up with the money to pay for his trip. There’s just one thing Victor has to do: take Thomas along for the ride.

Time:                    7 – 9pm

Where:                Sierra Nevada College – TCES Room 139, 999 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village, NV

Date:     Tuesday, September 20: Film – Miss Navajo

This wonderful not-to-be-missed documentary reveals the importance of cultural preservation, the role of women in continuing dying traditions and the surprising role that a beauty pageant can play. Follow 21-year-old Crystal Frazier, a not-so-fluent Navajo speaker and self-professed introvert, as she undertakes the challenges of the pageant.

Time:                    7 – 9pm

Where:                Sierra Nevada College – TCES Room 139, 999 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village, NV

Date:     Tuesday, September 27: Film – American Outrage

American Outrage is another  award winning film.  Two Western Shoshone sisters, Carrie and Mary Dann, endure terrifying roundups by federal marshals in which thousands of their horses and cattle are confiscated, for the crime of grazing them on the open range outside their private ranch – even though that range is recognized by the US as Western Shoshone land.  After being sued by the government for trespassing, their dispute went to the Supreme Court, and eventually the United Nations.

Time:                    7 – 9pm

Where:                Sierra Nevada College – TCES Room 139, 999 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village, NV

Sierra Nevada College is a private liberal arts college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees with campuses in Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Reno and online. The interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking, professional preparedness and sustainability. To learn more about Sierra Nevada College, call 775.831.1314 or visit www.sierranevada.edu