“Growing up, I was never a victim.” These are the words of Karen Knife Sterner, a remarkable Lakota Indian elder, mother, grandmother, educator, and spokesperson for human rights whose story has been memorialized in a recently completed film.

The film traces the life of Karen from her childhood on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota to her boarding school experiences, to her travels to Washington, D.C., working on a committee originally formed by Eleanor Roosevelt, and then to sharing her experiences nationally as a Native woman representing her culture. She reflects on her philosophy for living and remaining strong – weathering hardships and finding love and solace with her family and so many others.

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