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Here you will find information about the film and the filmmakers, as well as graphic images, to use for promotional materials such as posters or advertisements.

More info about the film can be found in the page About the Film, and more images are found in the page Film Stills.

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FILMMAKER BIOS

Frank LaMere

Frank LaMere, featured prominently in The Battle for Whiteclay, is a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and a noted social and political activist from South Sioux City, Nebraska. He is generally regarded as the architect of the movement to stop the illegal flow of alcohol from Nebraska onto the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

He serves as director of the Four Directions Community Center in Sioux City, Iowa and advises the Casey Alliance there on child welfare matters that impact Native families. He currently chairs the Community Initiative for Native Children and Families (CINCF) in Woodbury County, Iowa and leads the annual Memorial March to Honor Lost Children. He was a principal in the passage of the Iowa Indian Child Welfare Act in 2003.

A member of the Democratic National Committee where he sits on the Executive Committee, he chaired the Native Caucus in the last three national conventions as a superdelegate. He is the highest ranking Native American in any party organization.

Frank was named Peacemaker of the Year by Nebraskans for Peace in 2001 and was honored by the Nebraska Legislature in 2006 for his work on behalf of Native people. He is the former chair of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs and the Nebraska Indian Community College. The father of four and the grandfather of nine, he is married to the former Cynthia Rouse of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

Mark Vasina

Mark Vasina is a documentary filmmaker living in Lincoln, Nebraska. Born and raised in a small town in eastern Nebraska, he moved to Lincoln after high school to attend the University of Nebraska. He was active in the early years of Lincoln’s Open Harvest Food Cooperative.

In the 1980s he studied accounting and economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before moving to New York City in 1987, where he worked first as a federal bank regulator and later as a risk manager on Wall Street (including four years at Bear Stearns in the early 1990s). In 1999 he left his position as head of a risk management department of a major brokerage firm to study filmmaking at the New York Film Academy.

After he returned to Nebraska in 2000, Mark became active with Nebraskans for Peace, the oldest surviving statewide peace and justice organization in the nation. He has been a member of the NFP board since 2002, serving as president from 2005 to 2007, and treasurer in 2008 and 2009.

His interest in Whiteclay was sparked in 2003 by NFP members who had worked for several years with Frank LaMere and others to address concerns about Nebraska’s licensing of alcohol sales in Whiteclay. In early 2003 he was introduced to Mr. LaMere and made his first visit to Whiteclay. He has devoted over five years to filming and reporting on this story.