Mission statement: Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Vision Maker Media History:
Vision Maker Media was founded in 1976 as the Native American Public Broadcasting Consortia (NAPBC). Vision Maker Media is a nonprofit organization governed and led by Native people funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to develop and empower minority voices in public broadcasting. NAPBC changed its name to Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) in 1995 as its mission broadened in response to the changing technological environment and its constituents. NAPT changed its name again in 2013 to Vision Maker Media to encompass all forms of media.
History of the Vision Maker Media Archives:
When the project began, the materials were already stored in a secure vault area at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET), but were not processed or described. We knew we were storing broadcast masters, raw footage and a variety of other media materials.
The Vision Maker Media Archives project began in 2010 under the guidance of Brendan McCauley and a committee of local resource people, including Terry Dugas at NET, Mary Ellen Ducey from the UNL Library, Paul Eisloeffel, and Vision Maker Media’s founding executive director Frank Blythe (Eastern Band of Cherokee/Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota).
In 2012, Mary DeLeary (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation), a recent graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Museum Studies. Student worker Alana Stone (Rosebud Sioux – Sicangu Lakota) assisted in getting the materials inventoried, and organized by format and in alphabetical order, as well as having inventory numbers assigned to each individual item. The materials were described using the PBCore Metadata Standard, a common standard in public broadcasting and one that is set up for media materials. With a grant from the NEA for 2014-2015, Alison Lotto continued to update this metadata, survey the remaining materials, and create a prioritization schema for the digitization of our materials. We also worked closely with NET to ensure that temperature and humidity were monitored, and kept in the best possible conditions. This guide was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.