SDPB presents a free, 60-minute preview of never-before-seen footage from THE VIETNAM WAR, the new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

The screening is Friday, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Rosebud Sioux Veterans Affairs Building, located at 2 Legion Avenue in Rosebud, near the Rosebud Fairgrounds. The event is being held in conjunction with the Rosebud Fair, Wacipi, and Rodeo.

The screening is free and open to the public. A light meal and reception for veterans and their families follows the screening. During the reception, SDPB producers will be on-hand to record interviews with Vietnam War & Vietnam Era Veterans, and others who have stories to share.

In addition to the screening, Francis Whitebird will provide opening remarks. A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Whitebird served 19 months as a Combat Medic during the Vietnam War and has been awarded a Combat Medical Badge as well as a Purple Heart. Whitebird’s father, Noah Whitebird, was a WWII Lakota Code Talker and Whitebird’s grandfathers fought in the Battle of Little Bighorn and the Battle of Rosebud. Whitebird’s two sons, Brendan and Colin Whitebird, served in Iraq. A graduate of Flandreau Indian School and South Dakota State University, Whitebird holds a Master’s in Education from Harvard University. Whitebird was appointed Commissioner of Indian Affairs by Governor George Mickelson and currently serves on the South Dakota Historical Society Board of Trustees.

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