WRITER: LENA BAKER
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Nov. 16, 2001
UI videos selected for American Indian Film Festival
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center
(ATTC), in cooperation with the University of Iowa Video Center, has produced
two videos on substance abuse and Native Americans on South Dakota reservations.
The videos, "Nagi Kicopi: Calling Back the Spirit" and "Sucker
Punched," were selected for screening in the 26th annual American Indian
Film Festival in San Francisco Nov. 8-15.
"Nagi Kicopi" was nominated for the national award, "Best
Public Service 2001." The documentary, filmed on a Lakota reservation
in South Dakota, uses oral histories and personal interviews to show how white
men introduced alcohol to Native Americans and to focus on the challenges
of substance abuse that many Native Americans face. "Nagi Kicopi"
was created for counselors and other health professionals who treat Native
Americans for substance-related disorders.
Anne Helene Skinstad, Ph.D., director of the Prairielands ATTC and UI assistant
professor of community and behavioral health, said the video also educates
the public about substance abuse among Native American communities.
"Alcohol is not originally part of the Native American culture,"
Skinstad said. "This video is a wonderful depiction of alcohol dependence
throughout history. It is getting this important information out in a non-academic
way. I am very excited that we were nominated for this award, and I am pleased
with the great work my colleagues are doing."
Skinstad served as content advisor and grant administrator for the videos,
which were funded by a federal grant to the Prairielands ATTC from the Center
for Substance Abuse Treatment.
Other principal members of the UI production team included producer and content
advisor David Rosenthal, Ph.D., UI associate professor of family medicine;
director/editor Steve Henke of the UI Video Center; director of photography
Catherine Wissing of the UI Video Center; and Nicole Pizzini, a graduate student
in rehabilitation counseling. Duane Mackey, the Prairielands ATTC coordinator
in South Dakota and a faculty member at the University of South Dakota, along
with USD colleagues John Williams and Gene Thin Elk, also were actively involved
in making the videos and ensuring their overall accuracy.
The Prairielands ATTC is one of 13 regional centers funded through the Center
for Substance Abuse Treatment within the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Service Administration. The goal of the Prairielands ATTC is to enhance the
education of substance abuse counselors and to teach counselors how to effectively
treat substance abusers. The center focuses on four areas of excellence: treatment
of substance abusers with co-occurring mental illness; treatment of substance
abusers who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender; treatment of women
substance abusers; and treatment of Native American substance abusers. With
its home office in Iowa City, the Prairielands ATTC also has outreach sites
in North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. The center plans to extend the
services to Minnesota within the next five years.