Dan C. Jones, SaSuWeh
SaSuWeh is the Former Chairman of the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, who was appointed by Governor, Brad Henry of Oklahoma as Vice Chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission. He is an internationally known artist and writer, currently a columnist for “Indian Country Today Media Network” an American Indian news Provider with the largest circulation in America. He is one of a few American Indians to be a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). He has worked for the Walt Disney Co. as an Imagineer. Won many awards as a filmmaker for films he has produced for the Smithsonian, NBC, TBS. and the Children’s Television Workshop; Sesame Street; as well as the Screen Actors Guild to promote Indian Actors. He is also a published author and a Bronze Sculptor and a mold maker. As a panelist at Comcast in November of 2012 speaking on diversity on American Television he raised the question “Why don’t we see American Indians on television?”
Among his honors is the Muse Award, presented by the National Association of American Museums for his work for the Smithsonian Institution’s, National Museum of the American Indian; He produced and wrote the museum’s first promotional fund raiser video the “Untitled” work was a finalist in the New York Film Festival in 1993 also has received the Telly and the Golden Eagle Awards as well as Best Industrial, American Indian Film Festival; First Place, Oklahoma State Arts Council; and Best of Show, Red Earth’s American Indian Video Competition, In 2002, Jones directed, produced and created a four-hour visual presentation on the ABC Studio’s Astro-tron above Times Square in New York City, to honor American Indian Grammy Nominees. March of 2005, New Mexico published his book of poetry titled “Blood of Our Earth” the book is illustrated by internationally known Comanche artist Ranch Hood.
He is a traditional Straight Dancer and Whip man in the House of Warriors of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. He Produced “The World of American Indian Dance” a documentary that aired on NBC. His insight on the subject explores the historical impact of Indian Dance on the US/Indian relationship and the inter-tribal spread of certain dances as a spiritual phenomenon. It was the first television program on a major network to be produced by an American Indian.
See video’s on Dan and his projects.
“Words on the Wind” http://interactive.wxxi.org/highlights/2009/11/words-wind
“World of American Indian Dance” A trailer for NBC television, Produced by Dan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu_heseq1HI