August 24, 2009

Ojibwe health doc nominated for Emmy

Native American health documentary earns Emmy nomination

Film features Dr. Arne Vainio, physician on the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Reservation“Walking Into The Unknown,” a documentary film that traces the personal journey of a middle-aged American Indian male through the health care system, has earned an Emmy nomination in the Cultural Documentary category by the Midwest Emmy Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The film features Dr. Arne Vainio, a physician who works on the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota. It was produced by Ivy Vainio and directed by Nate Maydole. Recent UW-Superior graduate Jason Schlender and current student Sam Maday, also participated.

“The film has had a huge impact whenever it’s been shown. Being nominated for an Emmy is above and beyond our wildest dreams and will hopefully help get this message out to all people regardless of race,” said Ivy Vainio, who works as a multicultural student specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. “We are extremely grateful for this nomination. We are looking forward to the awards ceremony on September 26th and hope the film wins an Emmy.”
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