Tribe's military service documentary wins Emmy

San Diego Union Tribune 7.9.13

PALA — A documentary produced by the Pala Band of Mission Indians on the tradition of military service among local tribal members was awarded an Emmy last month in Las Vegas.

The documentary, called “Defending the Homeland: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces,” started out as a project to record the oral history of local veterans and their families, tribal officials said.

The finished film ended up winning the Emmy in the Military, Special Program category by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter, which includes much of Southern California and southern Nevada.

“Having won the Emmy is a great honor for our tribe and a tribute to the service of all Native American veterans who continue to enrich the history of America’s armed forces,” said Kilma Lattin, a member of the Pala tribe and one of the producers of the film.

After recording initial interviews with veterans and their families, the tribe’s leadership approved additional funding for the project in 2010 to conduct more interviews and hire a professional put the film together, Lattin said.

Among those interviewed in the film were tribal members who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The film was released in November 2012 and has aired in several PBS stations. It was screened in the Los Angeles Skins Fest, a Native American Film Festival last year.

The awards ceremony was held in Las Vegas on June 15.

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