WSIU Presents Free Native American Heritage Month Film & Discussion

Nov 20, 2012

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Photo caption: Ryan Yazzie (leader) and Billy Orman (both in green) lead the pack at the Four Corners Invitational for Tuba City.
Credit Carl Perry

Contacts: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

WSIU Concludes Native American Heritage Month with

Film Screening of Racing the Rez

Carbondale, Ill. -- WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), along with the SIU Native American Student Organization, will present a free film screening in recognition of Native American Heritage Month, which concludes at the end of this month. The film, Racing the Rez, will be shown on Wednesday, November 28 at 6pm in the Student Center, Ballroom A on the SIU Carbondale campus.

Dr. Anthony Webster, an Associate Professor in the SIU Department of Anthropology, will lead a discussion after the film.

Racing the Rez explores Navajo and Hopi cross-country runners from two rival high school as they triumph over adversity while putting it all on the line for Tribal pride and their future. The film offers a rare look into the lives of five teenage boys as they strive to find their place among their native people and the larger American culture. Ryan, Dennis, Billy, Johnny, and Joyai's lives are followed as they balance school, life on the reservation, and grueling runs across canyons, which ultimately prepare them for the big state meet.

For more information on the screening and discussion, contact Vickie Devenport at (618) 453-6148 or More information can also be found on the Racing the Rez website.

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