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The Navajo reservation is one of the largest in the U.S. and spans three states. According to statistics during the Vietnam War, close to 90% of the 86,000 Native American who enlisted volunteered. Resulting in the highest record of service per capita of any other ethic group.
In order to bring attention to the need for local, state and federal governments to address the needs of our Native American veterans. Specifically for health care services and traditional healing practices.
Our documentary addresses the issues related to obtaining proper VA medical treatment, specifically for Navajo-Hopi veterans and profiles our warriors, their families, and the Navajo-Hopi Honor Riders (NHHR), a motorcycle communIty that honors all past and present military veterans, including their families.
Included is a tribute to my brother Alvin and all native veterans, I wanted to do this documentary to bring awareness to the reason I participated in a cross-country motorcycle journey from AZ to Washington, DC in 2009. My brother was 22 when he died in Vietnam. His life was cut short when he barely began to experience life on his own after moving to California in the late 60's, then volunteering for the military. His death left a lasting impression upon my family. At the time I didn't realize what an extraordinary human being he was. And after talking with the friends that knew him best, he was not only special to me, but to many other's as well.
My goal is to create a powerful profile film, based on my family's experience and includes completed interviews with Native American Veterans, their families, (who are affected by their service) and a community that wants to bring attention to the crucial need for a medical facility to be accessible on the Navajo-Hopi reservation
For generations, the Navajo have gone to war for the United States.
Joining the military is a tradition among this Native group, with code
talkers serving a historic and important role in World War II.
The latest Navajo generation is no exception, with many young men and
women volunteering to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan; now among the many
returning from years of service. But unlike their fellow men and women in
service, they face unique challenges in building new lives.
Navajo veteran Kyle Mitchell talks about about the struggles of dealing
with post traumatic syndrome on the remote Navajo reservation.
A special thanks to Ralphina Hernandez, a Navajo filmmaker who is
producing a documentary on the struggles of Navajo veterans titled The
In order to help make quality heath care services obtainable for Veteran's on the Navajo-Hopi reservation. And inspire people and communities to address specific health care and traditional social needs of our Native warriors. This documentary is intended to bring awareness to this critical issue.
10/15/2012 - Our new website is currently being revised and updated to implement more social networking features to help promote our film. Please check back in November to see our new site! 06/10/2012 - Website will be changed and updated to include more clips and photos. Estimated completion will be by or before July 15, 2012. 05/17/2012 - Completed filming for the 10th Annual NHHR. Including 3 addtional interviews. Stay tuned for new clips to be posted. 03/02/2012 - Our documentary has been featured in Indian Country Today. Check out this link Indian County Today Feature
01/18/2012 - In an effort to bring more viewers and contributors to our crowdfunding site. Sample footage on the Navajo-Hopi Honor Riders, has been created. Our fundrasing campaign has less than 50 days to go. We are in need of travel expenses to film current Veterans returning from the war. Please help contribute to our film.
11/10/2011 - Fundraising trailer, and webpage have been updated and launched.
11/03/2011 - Film trailer is almost complete. First version was 7.5 minutes long, 2nd revision was under 6 minutes. Final preps are being done to smooth out the editing and audio.
10/26/2011 - Plans to launch the trailer 2 weeks before Veterans Day have been delayed. We are going to shoot one more scene to help give insight to why the film is named "The Rabbits Foot".
05/20/2011 - We completed 8 interviews, 4 with Vietnam Veterans, 3 family members, and 1 veteran from Kayenta who is working towards bringing a VA hospital to the Navajo Nation. He also works with the Blue Star Mothers organization.
05/17-20/2011 - Ready to film the NHHR Run, including interviews.
04/30/2011 - Received approval from NFO.
04/26/2011- Currently making preparations to film the 2011 NHHR. Awaiting permit approval from the Navajo Film Office(NFO).