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Dr. Charles A. Eastman
Dr. Charles A. Eastman

(SIOUX FALLS, SD) – SATURDAY, JUNE 16 – SDPB and Vision Maker Media present ​a free, public screening of Ohiyesa: The Soul of An Indian, Saturday, June 16, at 6pm, at the SDPB Sioux Falls Studios, 601 N. Phillips Avenue, Suite 100.

Filmed on location in Flandreau, Pine Ridge, Minnesota, and Dartmouth College, the riveting new documentary follows Kate Beane, a young Dakota woman, as she examines the extraordinary life of her celebrated relative, Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa). Biography and journey come together as Kate traces Eastman’s path—from traditional Dakota boyhood, through education at Dartmouth College, and in later roles as physician, author, lecturer, and Native American advocate.


· 6:00 pm – Screening of Ohiyesa: The Soul of An Indian

· 7:00 pm – Panel discussion & Q&A

· Copies of Charles Eastman’s books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Zandbroz Booksellers.

· Syd Beane (Flandreau Santee Sioux) – Executive Producer, direct descendant of Charles Eastman

· Kate Beane (Flandreau Santee Sioux, Muskogee Creek) – Narrator and researcher

· Shirley Sneve (Rosebud Sioux) – Executive Producer; Executive Director, Vision Maker Media


At four-years old, Charles Eastman, known then as Hakadah, was forced to flee his home in Minnesota to Canada when life was disrupted by the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War. Raised in traditional Dakota ways until he was 15-years old, Hakadah/Eastman moved to his father Jacob Eastman’s farm in Flandreau, SD, and attended Nebraska’s Normal Training School, Dartmouth, and Boston University, where he obtained his medical degree. Eastman practiced medicine in Pine Ridge and Crow Creek and was the attending physician of the wounded and dying at the Wounded Knee Massacre. In addition to establishing Indian YMCAs and the Society of American Indians rights organization, Eastman published 11 books, including the memoirs Indian Boyhood;From the Deep Woods to Civilization: Chapters in the Autobiography of An Indian, and The Soul of An Indian.

Ohiyesa: The Soul of An Indian is a riveting documentary film from the Eastman Dakota family perspective with a group of family professionals familiar with the history, storytelling, and filmmaking process. The family group involved in making this film includes: Syd Beane, William Beane, Kate Beane and Carly Eastman Bad Heart Bull, John Eastman, Gail Johnsen and Ginny Risk, direct descendants of Charles Eastman.

Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian premieres Sunday, June 17, 10pm (9 MT) on SDPB1.

To view a trailer:

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For a Viewer Discussion Guide: