Exciting Updates from Our Dreamstarters

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jeremy dennis

Jeremy Dennis, 2016 Dreamstarter, has just been awarded a residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute. The Institute gathers artists, innovators, and creative types from across America to consider what vitality, prosperity, and sustainability might look like beyond profit; to envision new systems for “making a living” that elevate all of humanity and infuse our world with freedom, compassion, and harmony; and that reflect the profoundly generative acts of labor. Jeremy is an ideal voice to lend to these issues: As a 2016 Dreamstarter, he used his grant to showcase culturally significant Native American sites on Long Island through photography and an interactive online map, and eventually created a book and museum exhibition from his project. Through his awareness and documentation of culturally significant and vulnerable sites in the area, Jeremy’s town of Southampton has since marked various sacred sites for the public to be respected.


jacob crane

Jacob Crane, 2019 Entrepreneur Dreamstarter, uses his film production company to uplift Native voices and narratives through video. He and his partner Adam founded The Arrow’s Journey as a reaction to lack of accurate Native representation in popular culture, and work behind the scenes to create opportunities for truth in Indigenous media portrayals. The Arrow’s Journey recently produced three videos each featuring Native American businesswomen: Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart of the Oglala Lakota Nation, a small business entrepreneur and cofounder of her own Indigenous catering company; Oglala Lakota/Diné director and writer Razelle Benally, an up-and-coming prominent Indigenous filmmaker studying at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University; and TaNeel Filesteel, a Tribal Governance and Administration student at Salish Kootenai College. Jacob’s original Dreamstarter grant was conceived to inspire and empower Indigenous peoples through video storytelling; with the release of these three video profiles, he celebrates exactly that.


The prospect of learning a second language conjures images of hefty textbooks, stacks of flash cards, and hours of audio lessons for most. Carl Petersen appreciated the need for a more modern approach to language learning, and used his Dreamstarter grant to combine his love for the Lakota language with his favorite pastime, video gaming. Carl was recently profiled by Indian Country Today as part of a series of interviews with Native Americans across the country to describe what it meant to them to be Native in 2019. Carl touched on his roots of being an early adapter of cable Internet on the Cheyenne River Reservation and his philosophy of sharing multiple identities. “Hau Mitakuyapi. For me being #NativeIn2019 is living in two worlds at once bringing them together while acknowledging their differences. Whether on the rez or in the colonized world of academia people will always have different backgrounds I honor mine by being unapologetically Native… For me being #NativeIn2019 is living in two worlds at once bringing them together while acknowledging their differences.”

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