Indian Country’s reaction to the program was mixed—while the reservation has problems that need attention, there was perhaps an element of voyeurism at work, what ICTMN columnist Rob Schmidt called “poverty porn.” Is rez life really as it was portrayed on TV?
The Todd County High School students offer their own answer with this video: “More than that…”
But some awesome kids from Rosebud, SD put together this short, but powerful video in response to the special, which I love:
There's a lot of power when we get to represent ourselves.
Comment: Nice to see so many articles quoting or referring to my column.
I'm not sure anyone else laid into the special with a formal analysis. But that's what I'm here for.
The video mainly consists of kids flashing words of affirmation written on their hands and arms. To me the value isn't in what they did, but just seeing so many kids who look and act normal.
They may have poverty-stricken lives too, but they're not crying about it. They're going to school and making a video to show that they're not victims. That they have a future and plan to achieve it.
For more on the subject, see "White Journalists" on Native America Calling and Children of the Plains Political Cartoon.