On Native Ground is a successful collaboration of filmmakers who share a common vision in creating documentaries and feature films of relevance to our current society. We are a tribal non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote positive visibility to Native American and Indigenous filmmakers, artists and leaders in the community. On Native Ground provides training to tribal organizations in the areas of media, filmmaking, citizen journalism, social networking and development of tribal-media infrastructure.
Our core values reflect the following:
· Respect for tribal sovereignty, history, and cultural integrity;
· Fostering social change through citizen journalism, documentation and discussion of issues affecting our communities;
· Inspiring a critical voice for our youth by documenting current and historical events;
· Maintaining traditional teaching methods of handing down our stories through oral tradition using modern media;
· Promotion of cross-cultural understanding and maintaining cultural integrity through positive media images.
On Native Ground has a unique ability to assist tribal nations and Indigenous communities to connect with the work and talent of Native filmmakers, artists and writers through our distribution network. We are an incubator for talent development and we serve our Native communities by maintaining a comprehensive collection of short films, feature films, commercials, documentaries, archival of scripts, public service announcements and written commentaries. We re-distribute these resources to the community at all levels, and continue to develop this resource for public programming.
Our material is made available to film clubs, student organizations, tribal entities and other Native and non-native media outlets as content for their programming.
On Native Ground has successfully created a youth mentorship program for tribes interested in creating their own tribal media department. On Native Ground “Youth Reporters” have been trained through our mentorship program. We have mentored youth (ages 12-20) in the areas of filmmaking, interview techniques and camera work. Our youth reporters have been invited to shadow and accompany our professionals as credentialed press to various film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival for on the spot experience in interviewing, camera set up and editing. Our youth reporters become skilled in conducting interviews and analyzing and researching their topics of interests, these lifeskills encourage their development as public speakers and critical thinkers and listeners. In addition to technical training, the youth reporters learn the use of current technology to integrate web exploration and social media advocacy.
On Native Ground is pleased to announce its community partnership with First Nations Experience (FNX.org) in the development of an entertainment program hosted by youth reporters entitled “On Native Ground Youth Reports”. This original programming will feature On Native Ground Youth Anchors and Field Reporters who will present an episode each month for airing on the FNX public broadcast channel. Each episode will feature special interest stories concentrating on cultural events and role models in the community. The program will be hosted by On Native Ground youth anchors, Daniel Herrera and Bela Longee, with highlighted stories from field reporters who will provide coverage from their communities posted through-out Indian Country and across the globe.
President, Board of Directors
Executive Director/ Executive Producer
Jack Kohler, Executive Director and Executive Producer
Jack Kohler is a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. He is also a Yurok & Karuk Indian from Nothern California,
whose people reside along the Klamath and Trinity Rivers.
Secretary/Treasurer of Board
Anecita Agustinez, Executive Producer and Publicist
Anecita Agustinezis an enrolled citizen of the Dine Nation.