Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
October 14, 2011 by staff
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, A 20/20 with Diane Sawyer broadcast tonight aired on ABC, will take viewers across the country in the lives of children in the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, revealing their hopes, successes and struggles in the Sawyer’s third major report on poverty in America.
Members of a team of Rapid City video production that helped the film’s story, said they hope the project helps to raise awareness on issues such as unemployment, poverty, alcoholism and obesity affect the reservation while showing the country of hope and positive changes happening in Pine Ridge.
“Hopefully, it will begin to bring more positive change,” said Marc Linn Linn Productions, a family business that includes his mother, Carolyn Linn, and three brothers.
Marc and Michael Linn, twin brothers aged 37, who fired the shots in history, said he enjoyed working with Sawyer and crew spend time with the children profiled in the piece.
The show tells the story of Robert look twice, 12, captain of the football team of the school and the traditional wacipi dancer who, while living with his grandmother, uncle and cousins ??eight years, dreams of becoming president of the nation Indian first.
No aspiring singer Alaina Clifford, 18, a student at the School of wounds bit high, he wonders about her future after she and her boyfriend, a Gates Scholar at Red Cloud Indian School, having a baby.
The crew also met with Louise Clifford, 12, who survived a suicide attempt at age 11 and is supported by teachers and their spirituality as they struggle with unstable family life.
And there Tashin Iron Horse, 5, daughter of a guard at Prairie Wind Casino security and aspiring firefighter who wants to be a police officer, Diane Sawyer and taught traditional dance.
The issue, called “A Hidden America: Children of the Plains” is Emmy winning Sawyer report on poverty in the United States, “Waiting on the World to Change”, with families in Camden, New Jersey, the city poorest in the country.
In 2009, they issued a “Hidden America: Children of the Mountains”, two years of reporting on life in Appalachia.
Michael and Marc Linn said that I think the history of Pine Ridge air Friday will focus on stories of hope and as successful as the challenges children face. ABC said the show “also profiles of police officers, schools, individuals and companies who are helping to change at Pine Ridge for the better.”
“Hopefully it shows examples of a positive attitude towards life,” said Michael Linn.
Diane Sawyer said seemed to have a genuine interest in history and the people he met.
“I think we’ll see a really great show,” he said.
They were contacted in December on ABC local for help with reporting a year and a film project and were chosen based on their experience of other national shooting for National Geographic, CNN and the English Channel History, Carolyn Linn said.
Diane Sawyer brought her own camera crew during the several days he spent in Pine Ridge, but ABC relied heavily Linns the work of the “rest of the year, and for assistance during the visit of Sawyer.
The Linns not know which of your shots it did in the program until they see it Friday night, but were excited to see some of her work in the promotional clips released by ABC.
“There is a stigma that if you live in Rapid City, who fail to do interesting things,” said Michael Linn.
Because western South Dakota has many national attractions such as Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Pine Ridge and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, “Citizens have a great need for local photographers,” said Carolyn Linn.
ABC was called to Linn as late as Wednesday afternoon, looking for more footage to edit in the history – and on a hot day of fall, winter producers wanted pictures of a landscape snowswept.
Marc Linn dug through piles of old tapes, looking for a particular reel.
“They are desperate,” he said, browsing the shelves.
Local customers as Black Hills Corp., for “bread and butter,” said Carolyn Linn. The company’s familiarity with local people and places was an advantage to tell the story of ABC, especially her work on the 2007 film “Imprint”, a thriller with a cast of Native Americans, located in Pine Ridge and the Black Hills.
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