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From There to Here By Executive Director Shirley Sneve

You can’t get there from here.

Winter has been particularly rugged for Nebraskans. Our normal snowfall is 26 inches. Our total for this year is over 40 inches. As a South Dakotan, I know what real snow is like, but I’m just grumpy about this.

Blood Memory at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2019.

I had a weather-related cancellation for my trip to the Big Sky Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. I sure was looking forward to this. Project Coordinator Alana Stone (Rosebud) attended the first part of the festival. I Zoomed in on Saturday afternoon (during another Nebraska blizzard) to participate in a panel with my colleagues from Tribeca Film Institute and ITVS.

APTS (America’s Public Television Stations) sponsored their annual Public Media Summit: A Celebration of Localism, February 25-27. Board Chair Ronnie Agnew, Executive Director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting opened the session with inspiring remarks about how PBS changed his life—starting as a son of share croppers.

Executive Director Shirley Sneve with PBS kids "Nature Cat" at the PBS annual Public Media Summit: A Celebration of Localism.

This began a series of very inspirational and thought provoking panels and speeches that made me proud to be part of the PBS family. Mr. Agnew turned the gavel over to Roy Clem (Eastern Band of Cherokee)—the new APTS president and former Vision Maker Media (VMM) board member. Current VMM board members Franz Joachim (New Mexico PBS) and Pat Yack (Florida Public Media) were in attendance.

Roy clem (Eastern Band of Cherokee)—the new APTS president and former Vision Maker Media (VMM) board member.

On Wednesday, I joined my National Minority Consortia colleagues in visits to congress to provide updates on our work. Our first meeting was with Eric Werwa, Congresswoman Debra Haaland’s Legislative Director. VMM Board Member Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee) was able to join us for the meeting.

Q&A with George McCauley, Sandy White Hawk, Megan Whitmer and Drew Nicholas at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2019.

We carried the APTS message of requesting a modest budget increase for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The $50 million increase would represent an investment of $1.50 per American, while Canada invests $22, Great Britain $86, and Germany $108 per citizen in public broadcasting.

If you want to learn more about the good work this investment represents, here’s a link to the transcript of APTS President Patrick Butler’s address: https://apts.org/news/speeches/patrick-butlers-presidential-address-the-2019-public-media-summit

Ben-Alex Dupris, Elizabeth Day, Ivan MacDonald, Turquoise Sky Devereau, Ivy MacDonald, Tracy Rector, Elizabeth Castle and Alana Stone at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2019.

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