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Well all I would like to say is the movie is a vary GOOD!! It makes me
wish I was good as them.. I wishd it would have showed more of bros Dunks
nd blocks... But on the movie Both of my bros had there highlights. So
they are both living a good life now. So yeah... CHIEFS! CHIEFS!!
I heard about this movie when I first started teaching on a rez in California. Our kids love B-ball too, but they never achieved the fame of the Chiefs. They also suffer from the same troubles: plentiful drugs, incarcerated or absent parents, and a certain hesitation to try out life "out there." A few have been successful, but it's a tall hurdle - so many are moved from foster home to foster home and struggle to make and keep connections with people they care about. Our kids love to play basketball, but California schools do not pay for sports travel or large, organized competitive events for kids in the far rural areas - which is where the two biggest reservations are.
This story is uplifting and depicts those choices realistically; these kids have a great start in their high school team pride, but the challenge is to carry that forward into life as a productive adult...and who's to say that working on the rez isn't the best choice? It's deeply personal.
Thanks for this. It's great to see that others face the same challenges, and heartening to see rez kids really feeling accomplishment!
Gee Wyoming, you seem to know everything about these guys. NOT. Thanks for providing a ONE-SIDED update, seems like you know them pretty well. Who do you think you are stereo-typing them? Anyhow, everyone has issues and their own ways of dealing with life. Lets leave it at that. Oh and by the way, Hebes' son is 7, not 9. At least Al & Fur finished school. And for Sides, he is just living the Rez life. So don't go criticizn.
Is it possible for Daniel Junge to make a follow-up documentary on the
current status of the Chiefs such as Beaver C'Bearing, Al, Soundingsides', Gerry, Tim, (I could not list everyone but you know who you are) and the Assistant Coach who put alot of effort in returning to the Rez and helping them win State? I'm sure it would be another hit. What do other fans of the Chiefs and this documentary think?
I think if the producer Daniel Junge made a follow up documentary on what the Chiefs are doing today (AL and Beaver, Brian, Jerry, Tim) it would be a big hit. Also, including what Owen St. Claire is doing since he played a big part in the Championship drive. Do others agree that a follow-up film would be great?
well for more "UP TO DATE" info on these guys.
*** well lets start with beaver, he now works with the youth and has a handsome little boy, im pretty sure he is 9years old now?
Jerry Redman works as a juvenile probation officer, but has a bit of a drinking problem. he's out basically every weekend gettin drunk. he is still with "sheena" off and on for about 8 years. (but goes out on her every weekend) he has two kids, and one on the way. his oldest son, allen is goin to be 4 this year and is from sheena, also the one on the way. he has a two year old daughter frm somegrl from south dakota, i think thats where shes frm.
Al c'bearing graduated frm college. He has no kids. i see him out all the time too. he and jerry both have a drinkn problem.
Tim Robinson got out of prison a year or so ago. yeah! i know right!. He is soooooooo not the guy you think he is. in the movie he acted like such a good guy. but he was out all the time with the rest or the boys! i dont know why he was tryna
act like he was so go
od.! buh yeah, he currently has a 7 or 8 year old daughter, she is so cute! he is currently married.
ben Soundingsides currently has a son named tyson and is with girlfrend tamra duran. im not to sure what hes up to.
Brian soundingsides is a drunk and never made it anywhere! hes around this rez somewhere!
I went to Wyoming Indian back in the 80's.They have always been fun to watch.The place was always packed standing room only!I love this movie because my aunt Clina Willow is one of the fans.The Chiefs, every one of them have been dazzling their fans for years.
Always a Chief Fan
Just dropped in to see what has been posted lately. Wow!! its been what? 8 or 9 years since this was filmed and ppl are still talking about it. Great job. Dan the camera man, u and all ur productions team. Gotta let you know the 08/09 Chiefs are great!! Remember when Beaver, Ernie, Brian and Al were all playing? Those little ones outside who was ballin it up outside and were being Brian, Ernie, Al, all the Chiefs. Well they are THE CHIEFS now. Isn't that just awesome. How we just keep the tradition going year after year. Great job back then and great job now!!! CHIEFS CHIEFS CHIEFS
I could see how these kids can be successful playing basketball and with that talent, attempt to achieve higher ground by leaving the rez and get a better education. "Most return back" as Beaver stated in this documentary. It is very true! For the Native American who's only life known in that of the rez...it is hard to leave. I tried this three times after high school only to return. I found that it was my family and the life I have known up to 18 years that drew me back like a strong wind. Finally my father says.."theres more out der..you and your brothers will have to find it" So I enlisted in the Navy cause I knew I cound not return so easily. Now..I have been places in the world and got my education. I stayed in California where I met my wife and work in law enforcement.
Saw this movie on tv a few nights ago. Thought it was great! went and bought it on amazon immediatly!! Love Beaver!
tha rez-lifer himself
I thought tha movie was coo. It was a chance to show real rez life living to the world. I give my respect to those who kept it real and stayed true to themselves in the film. I know it showed alot of bad things in it, but it also had alot of good. As i watch the film now, i see mistakes made only to be learned from. Thats simple life. I have heard alot of comments both good and bad and i think its up to the person watching the movie to decide wut they want to learn from it. Example: This film should have open the eyes of PARENTS! If you dont want your child doing drugs or drinking. That is up to the parent to teach that to their children. The people in this film who lived true rez life, showed truth the way its supose to be showed. I know the kids look up to us, but we can only give them hope. other than that, its on the parent.
WELL ALL I GOTA SAY WAS IT WAS PRTTY GOOD AINT NUTTIN NEW BOUT THA LADY CHIEFS AND CHIEFS ILL SEE U GUYZ PLAY IN ANOTHA YEAR WHEN I GET OUT
Yea I liked the movie and it was killer.
E-TOWN BOW DOWN
I MADE A SPECIAL APPEARENCE.....I WAS THE BASKETBALL SON! 22'S SON!
the documentary was awesome!!!!loved it.....and now im glad to find out what happened with those boys, but more update info would be nice!I looked or put Al C'bearings name on google and he popped up on the Chaderon website....dude has he grown his hair!!!!Just one more update on them would be nice and o yeah how about sounding sides or some of the other boys who were shown?
The CHIEFS aint this year! Cougars yea they choked buh still made it further then both the Eagles n the chiefs. They still better then both...my broz Willard n Zane ripped dat shit up! Chiefs couldnt handle them...yup couldnt handle! hahahahaha
YEAH that movie was purdi killer. i just want to say that the st stephens EAGLES suck now. except lady eagles. THEY ARE WEAK! and i think the cougars choked at state. hopefully the chiefs can take home a state championship in the next few years???
That movie was sweet. i think the boys can take it this year (2008) but they got to get past Sundance. GOOD LUCK CHIEFS AND LADY CHIEFS AT STATE
WHat did Tim Robinson go to Prison For? He has a cousin up here on the Flathead Rez that plays for the Ronan Chiefs--who are going to state this weekend in Billings, they took their divisonal tourney as well---And word about this movie was around and someone said that Tim went to Prison, so I was just wondering...Good movie though
How Bout Them Cougars?! I Bet Their Gona Take Regionals And State. But Damn The Chiefs Could Be Good But Yea. O Hey Keller N John! See U Guyz Dis Weekend!!! Peace!
CHIEFS! i think the chiefs are pretty killer. st stephens suck now but the girls team down there is alrite LADY CHIEFS beat them though i hope the cougars choke at state (2008) i want the chiefs and cougars to meet in the title game cuz the events center could be packed. CHIEFS!!!
Hey u guys are pretty good ha, well talking about good basketball teams wyoming people should check out the Blackfeet rez in Northern Montana basketball is life up this way and home of the warriors and Idians which are unstoppable for tha last 15 years and many championships.
hey supp bj, marlin, jordan what the hell are you guys doing man the chiefs documentry was the shit!!!...eee but yea the CHIEFS KICK ASS! And i dont know about the st stephans eaglez man they suck this year!(2008) well the chiefs are the shit yea they are and my bro bj and lorny are varsity!well peace out!
I think the movie was cool but what my grandmpa. Said is right they should of shown more of the TEAM than singling out a few players. It might of been harsh but that is just Alfred being Alfred so stop blamin and bitchin about what he says!
wyoming indian chief
yeah yeah yeah. ok st. stephens won it three times and have more than 300 fans. thats called the band wagon effect. for those of you who don't know. it's when a team sucked for yearz are just always plain ol sucked like st. stephens. last time they were good waz when nuns worked at the misson at st. stephens. yeah along time ago.thats wut the band wagon effect is.and before they were good they couldn't even fill up there gym as small as it is. but with us the CHIEFS! we always had fans and always will. and with all these has been in arapaho give the state champs thing a rest. it's been wut bout three years or so?hahahaha but thats wut i gotta say bout the eagles.
Pine Ridge South Dakota
"CHIEFS" The greatest movie I have ever seen. I watch it at least once a week. Native Basketball websites: Punch In- *NBALA* NativeAm Basketball Allstars & Legends Or Alf Leftwich These will take you to our Campsite.
when i first saw this movie i reallie got into it and there is alot of talent out there all over in diif states. that'd be kewl if they made a movie about the hays/lodgepole thunderbirds. buht neways this movie is really kool.
The Chiefs movie was alright...but now its the St. Stephens Eagles....they should do one of the st. stephens eagles because ther every ones inspiriation now..and they have overe 300 fans...
THE CHIEFS ARE GETTIN THEIR TALENT BACK SO ALL YOU OTHER TEAMS OUT THERE BETTER WATCH OUT!! WELL LETS SEE WE PLAY COKEVILLE PANTHERS THIS FRIDAY ITS A HOME GAME SO ITS HERE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL IT STARTS AT 3:30 SO IF YOU CAN PLEASE COME. OH YAH ITS A FOOTBALL GAME AND SO FAR WE ARE UNDEFEATED. OH AND CONGRATS TO THE EAGLES!! BOTH TEAMS ARE DOIN A GOOD JOB KEEP IT UP!
I'm a black chic from Georgia and I just watched this documentary for the first time. I was mesmerized by it. I liked how the producer at least tried to focus on some positive aspects versus all negative stuff. I was pleased to see that not all the players were out smokin weed. It was good to see Tim Robinson channeling his energy into something else as well as hear Al C'Bearing and Gerry Redman talk about doing positive things. To me, Native men have always been eye candy, so I thought all the men in the movie were gorgeous! Beaver with his sexy lips, Tim with his gorgeous eyes, Gerry with his bad to the bone smile and Al with his nice body! You go boys!
hello everyone....jus wanted to show some love for the St. Srephens EAGLES...and congrats
to them during regionals and state...R.I.P "BONEZ"...DONOVAN TERRANCE BLACKBURN #24...."WE
LOVE AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH"....also i wanted to say "congrats" to AL...on recieving his
Bachlors degree...from Chadron State College and making the best of your schloarship....
I heard about this documentary and finally watched it a couple months ago. I thought it
was cool. Everything was real. The only people I knew of was Beaver. I met him back in the
days. I seen Tyson in there and what's he been up to? I always knew these rez boys could
ball up and they proved it. I agree that all team players should have had the oppurtunity
to be in the spotlight. It's like everywhere else....all this talent somehow never makes
it. Most people start drinking and doing drugs and it's sad. I have seen several people
just quit. But anyway, education is the most important thing we can do for ourselves and
families. Without it, we will struggle. College seemed better than high school for me. I
hope everyone takes advantage of any oppurtunity they have to go to college, even if you
end up at Haskell....lol. Again, great film and it was good to show everyone that natives
Yea the movie was ight could've been better if they focused on all players rather than 1
here and there. The CHIEFS are the shyt they no it. Eagles are weak and bunk as all hell.
Beaver a native from wind river was a hero to me growing up. Smokin weed and still playin
ball dat native be off da hook. I also like the ram a jamaz in the opening movie when ben
caught the alley oop and striaght hammered it down.
i think dis movie is that best movie ever!!! i cant stop watching it... dang gerry red man
and al are soooo hott!! yup if ur reading dis plz email me firstname.lastname@example.org yup plz
What makes a successful basketball team? well to me is your passion, determination, and
hard work. you gotta have team players and cooperation.I think teams like the Chiefs and
others are good because they want to be and they work hard to get where their at.
basketball is one of many sports that "anglos" can't take from us no matter what they try
I also wanted to let Tim Robinson know that he has the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen
on a native american....I love basketball and forever will.
I think dis movies kicks ace!!!! dang its all cool dat da world got 2 c how we as indains
live!!! i dnt mind if dey did this kinda doc here....we have some pretty good teams here
2!!! but i jus thought i shud show some luv.....if yall wanna talk u can emaiol me...lol
Well 1st and formost I've got 2 say I like the movie "The Cheifs" but what happened to
them....but right now its all bout dem "EAGLES" they are 1A state champs and fremont
but they did it from their bro
"DONONVAN TERRANCE BLACKBURN" (R.I.P).
We miss you and you'll never be forgotten IGHT....The might have it next year you never
Mill Creek, WYO
1st of all, much props to tha EAGLES!!!! 3 out of 4 is tellin you sumthin. Anyhow, just
thought i'd drop a line n tell ya that WE jus workin indianz trying to make ends meet. The
boy is 4'2" and jus turned 5 in November!! Talk bout inheritin sum genes! Beav a workin
father jus like anyone else in the world. If you haven't figured it out yet...
FARGO NORTH DAKOTA
I THOUGHT THIS DOCUMENTARY WAS BADASS WEN I FIRST SAW IT I WAS LIKE WHOA THATS TIGHT!!!
THEN ME AND MY FRIEND COLLETTE GUNHAMMER ACTUALLY WENT DOWN TO THE REZ TO SEE HOW ITS
REALLY LIKE... ITS DIFFERENT THEN OURS! BUT IT STYLE TIGHT
well 1rst of all that was a BADASS..i mean killa movie..en i haffta agree wit unknown
about the Eagles!!..i gotta give'em props..en we R JUSS "ONE" TRIBE..THE ARAPAHO
PEOPLE!!!!..we shud all GET ALONG en stop actin lyke we haffta chose one side of tha
otha!!!..to tell u tha truth all the ppls that r chosin sides are actin like little
kids..all wanna be apart of sumthin..we juss diapointin our elders!!..buh yeahh thats just
hey wats up?? like 2 say good job 2 my cuz beaver!! u were always a star 2 us bro!! keep
up tha work b! Peace out yall!!
First of all the movie was the sh*t, who ever thought their would be a movie about the
wind river rez? An to who ever put down that tha players that go to the lander, riverton,
wind river, schools are apples well ha'ho. An big shout out's to bev,ernie,al,jerry,ben n
brian sides,lil stevie,o'yea the lady chiefs. p.s they still ballin. And who ever thought
the saint stephens Eagles would be like how they are now 3 state title games in 3 years, n
won 2 of the 3 maybee 4 this year if they stop acting like their the sh*t, jus remember
thats only 1A ball BABY!!!! AN this years chiefs boys bball team give it some time u all
some lil quick n8tives. O'yea 1 more thing we are one tribe, with two different school's
that can ball!! That still can't get along with each other.
Ayo da St. Stephens eagles are doin their thing...yeah yeah every one talks bout them but
that was in the past when they sucked! but now they dont they tear it up...its all bcuz
wambli and charlie transferrd and of course Darryn Davis can do everything...but he cant
do it by himself so yeah...what i really wanted to talk about wz the 2006-2007 LADY
CHIEFS! their guna take state this year and regionals led by Aloysa C'Bearing and
Michealeen Brown ..... yeah they are guna take state it might not be ez but their guna do
it...this is their YEAR! o yeah i wanted to give the boys props to bcuz a my bro Cole
Posey! tearin it up but yeah LAterz Heetchnohobe3en!!!
Yo I thought the movie was good for reals. the movie was not only about the boys balling
but about how they live and how the REZ is. The rez is not a bad place at all its only up
to you how you make it. And you know i only have respect for my bros in the movie. Yo but
my St.Stephens boys are doing there thing now its there turn, so to the peoples that where
talking smack about them just ate there own words. just gos to show you talking behind
peoples backs is not a good thing. But big ups to the Chiefs and the St.Stephens boys, we
are all one tribe and one nation so we need to respect one another as one. alright yeall
im out one love.
I've watched this film over and over again so many times, and at first it was because they
listened to Rap Music smoked Pot, and I thought Beaver .C. Bearing, Was drop dead
gorgeous. lol.. (Which I do)(did) So I had an interest in it, and then I figured there
Natives,Indian.. I am Indian and my mother was adopted. So I though maybe learn something
about my heritge, and then it started getting deeper and I was like woah, if they can
achieve they're goals or atleast some of them, I can. It gave me allot of Inspiration..
Coquitlam, British Columbia
This film is such a powerful example of what motivated people can do! It also shows how
lost athletes become once there glory days ar over. The transition into the real world is
difficult for most athletes, but even more so when the sport is all you have!
That ain't true bout the wind river cougars we are #1 and un defeated. we beat wyo ind and
so what now. we r gonna beat them in championships and so bring it on wyoming indian.
All I Gottah Say Wind River Cougars SUCK!!!...They Aint Ever Gonna Get A Regional Or State
Title...So I Dont Even Kno What You Are Talkin About... Do You Even Play For
Them>>?<<...Pry Not Ennit...Cuz All I Gottah Say Is The Lady Chiefs Are BETTEER And BADDER
Then The Lady Cougars, Jus Cuz We Lost To Them Was Cuz We Were All Sick!!!! And That Was
Like 1 or 2 Years Ago!!!...HAHAHA...Yeah The Lady Chiefs Are Alwayz Number 1...No Matter
What...No Matter How You Bring Us Down,That Aint Stoppin US!!!...We Str8 Up Ballerz From
The Rez, All Them Indian That Go To Lander And Riverton And Wind River Are Str8 Up
APPLE's...Brown On The Outside White On The Inside...But Yeah Peace
I love this movie. It shows the world that N. Arapahos can ball it up!!! Most of these
comments are about the same people back home that are ending up in the same place, the
players did. They just hating on themselves, its so funny. Many props to Al who's still
balling in Chadron, You Go Boy!!! Hey man, It's the Rez Life.
Im a northern Araphoe. Im the Child of Anderson Antelope Sr.(andy). Im only 15 but i still
remember i went down there for a year... & i only meant a little of my family & i would
really like to here from my brothers ( anderson darwin antelope Jr. (Starr) and Matthew
Antelope (CY) ) and my sister Nicole.
I played for the Chiefs in the late 80's and rebounded all of Owen's bricks and blocked a
few shots, 11 in one game. I made it to college on a track scholarship and finished all of
my eligibility. I think the main problem is that too many of these kids now are momma's
boys and can't function without someone holding their hands. I drank, flunked, and drank
some more in college but eventually sobered up and kicked some a** in track and cross
country without anybody holding my hand. The old values of courage, bravery, honesty, and
having the guts to put down the jug are what it takes for our boys and girls to succeed.
School boards need to start hiring good teachers and supporting those teachers instead of
babying these kids! Raise the bar, don't lower it!!! ps: learn to spell!
Hey whats? Well actully its been awhile sice i watched that movie but i thought it was
aright. it good in my book.....i guess. Well jus gotz to tell all the Chiefs and Lady
Chiefs this, you guyz are starting to suck!!! You better watch out it was pretty bad when
u let WIND RIver Cougars beat. You but its aight GO WIND RIVER COUGARS!!! Better
reconize!! Watch next year we will take Regionals, State, and Fremont County Shoot-out
away from you. Well peace and Cougars all the way!!
CHIEFS is an awesome movie! I am glad that our rez n culture was shown to the world n it
put us on the map. It dont matter if they filmed at ST. Stephens or Arapaho school or any
other ****** place, because the only thing that matters is it proved to our country that
out tribe can is bad ass on the court and we can ball it up in your face!! Be glad that
that it is showing all over n almost all of us is shown in film once or twice, lol, i know
i was. Dont hate the players bcus they ended up in the same place u did or that they did
all they can, like most of us here. At least we can watch the action again over n over,
bcus we know there was alot of good games played here! Most of all we get to represent
dat was a good movie its real. da b-ball team now is strait killa. They should do a
documentary now cus i think they about to win state. and guess what u never hear anything
about the Stink stevens eagles. where they at. da girls and da boys are gon take state dis
year jus watch. everybody loves the chiefs. i go to school they're and its all still the
Man I saw the movie It was tha bomb. they should Of interviewed all of the team. They did
a great job playing. I was EXCITED when I watched them. Man all you gave me the chills.
But great job on a good season.
I just saw this documentary "Chiefs" last night. Very nice. I so reflected my friends
experience back in the '70's on Fort Berthold. My friend has past-on but I think that he
would have identified with it. I too would like to see more native American Indians with
economic power,respect and influence. Maybe then the relentless drive for "success"
through a very confining and rigid, socially condoned (by the dominate culture) process
will evolve back into the traditional expectation that "success" is to live your life in a
good way. Thatlife is a journey that continues on and is not judged as as failure and over
everytime something doesn't work. Rock on with your strong spirits!
I found the Chiefs movie on my kitchen tv set this evening and although I hate sitting in
my kitchen watching anything on our home's most inferior tv set, I stayed glued and
watched the entire movie.
My first interest was trying to figure out what rez was being filming. I knew it wasn't
SD, thought Crow for a moment yet the people didn't look Crow. Then Wyoming Indians
flashed on a shirt, but by then I was taken in by the story.
The difficult assignment filming teen age boys anywhere on the planet and expecting them
to interact with a camera is a momumental goal. I do think the production team pulled it
off fine. The crew got the viewer interested in the boys as individuals. The troubling
times that every young man goes through trying to decide what to do with his life touches
everyone's senses because it happens to every man everywhere on earth. I wanted to look
directly into each of the boys eyes and say "come with me I will show you" but I and no
one else has the answers. Each young man must figure out life for themselves.
My advice is to dream big. Be willing to fail, get embarassed and take many hurts inside
because they are all ok things and you will find happiness through these things. Many good
people will appear to you and show you how to sustain a good feeling about being alive.
Life is a very public adventure. It is all ok. You will grow old a happy person because
you challenged yourself. Write things down, draw sketches, sing when you have the
opportunity, stay mentally active and love everyone. Everyone is a teacher.
St. Paul, Minnesota
I was wondering if there was any thought before filming of Kareem Abdul Jabbar's book "A
Season On the Reservation" I read that book and from reading other blogs on the internet
found out that everything he wrote was garbage.
Here in Minnesota I could see CHIEFS and the town being a lot like Red Lake, Minnesota's
competitive and mostly native american basketball teams. My only criticism is that most of
those reservation basketball teams are small schools, and are in the small classes of
basketball. Is making it to the state tournament that big of an accomplishment? While you
can't deny that Al C'Bearing, for example, is very athletic, I can't help but notice when
I watch the games on CHIEFS that fundamentally there are a lot of mistakes made in games.
Things like looking at the basketball while dribbling it, "telegraphing" passes, shooting
layups from the left side with the right hand....These are things that aren't
fundamentally sound and a good team would you make you pay on. So I question just how good
the team is, and in a state that isn't known for its basketball like Wyoming, I think
thats a pertinent question.
I also agree with some of the previous posts. Is it really that hard to get off the rez?
Can you really say that you can't cut it at junior college after 3 weeks? It's a community
that needs leaders and luckily the young basketball coach seems to be one. Let's see a
sequel for a new chiefs season and catch up with the old ballers in 4-5 years.
I don't know if there is a connection between impoverished communities and successful
sports teams. Kids just love basketball I think. I know some affluent communities where
basketball is played at a high level. Look around the nation at some of the best high
school basketball programs and you will see private schools. It takes a lot of money to go
to private schools, even if the kids come from a variety of communities.
well,this story touched my heart,it brought all my emotions up on high,it was one of the
best films i've ever saw.
it really hit home,it brought me back to my days of glory,i saw myself,and the rest of my
teammates in this story.i'm glad al,tim,and gerry made some good decisions,and took
advantage of their options,and didn't second guess themselves too much.it's scary to try
something totally different from what your use to,and those young guys went for it
anyway,and learn and important life lesson/lessons of confidence in self,being a
leader,and by getting over your fears,taking risks,stepping into the unknown can open up a
bigger world.most important,the young kids are watching closely.... thanks for the eye
This movie was alright but they should do one on the st.stephens eagle but i still have
much love for the chiefs
gurl on tha rez
The movie was alright but they should had more players interviewed. Even though Alfred
Redman retried i think that the boys can still make it. They will have a pretty good team
this year. It ain't like the old Cheifs though.
"Chiefs" is a compelling story. In California the game is baseball. I grew up in Nebraska,
but I have never been to a reservation except to drive through. I am a teacher now, and I
am fascinated by the students and their life choices. I have some experience sweating and
some knowledge of the spiritual and cultural traditions of the Plains Indians. I love the
land, too; and I understand the loneliness and feelings of being different when leaving
home at 18. The one thing that I would like to say to you boys and girls from Win River is
that leaving only needs to be a temporary situation. If I were you, I would gain the
knowledge and experience from school and life, then return. Think of what you could bring
back to the reservation to enrich your families and friends! I only wish I were in your
shoes. I have accomplished a great deal in the last 11 years of my life. If I had a focus
for my efforts like a place and a people, believe me I would be so dedicated to that
But I am speaking from some maturity, and perhaps you will find this focus soon. I love
you kids! Good Luck!
Un Chicano Perdido
Blackfoot, Forthall, and
As a Chicano growning up on the rez this film impacted me dramatically. It is a fantastic
no Bull Shit, for a lack of better terms, window that shows what really goes on within the
confines of a concentration camp without walls. Ya'll can say that if there is a will
there is a way off the rez, but if it were that easy the Nativos would be no longer
confined to the powerstructures which allow only a few to do what they want to on or off
of the rez. There should never be a division of those that did and those that didn't. That
is a lie that we must never buy into.
After recieving a grant to fill Boise State University's library with multicultural
material "CHIEFS" was the fisrt piece I thought of. I was real happy to find the film
still available for purchase. I plan to show the film to the students and the parents in
the area where I live. Don't Hate Educate!!!
jus another ndn
well even tho Ernie is a busdriver and Furr had a baby, i bet they could still ball like
they did before, so what if they didnt go to college?!? jus cuz there still here dont mean
that its a bad place, and they aint nobody, there still ballaz! thats all that matters!
man the old team with myron chavez and them they don't compare to us in no way we could
blow them out easy by 40 at the least. don't ever compare us to them because they don't
have the talent we have. and another thing they interviewed all of the team and only five
of them got on the movie so i say that was a waste of time for me took me out of practice
for nothing. they didn't put 1/2 of what they recorded in the movie so i think they need
to film some real ballers besides tim robinson actin all innocent, he was the main one at
the parties raisin hell....actin like he's mr.goodie2 shoes look where he's at now thats
all talk. so thats my commets to what they filmed.
I dont mean to criticize the native americans because I myself am a native american, I
lived on the wind river reservation 8 yrs ago and from what i hear is that everyone is
still messing up where their drinking, getting high, having babies at such young ages, or
killing yourselves. I feel really sorry for you guys but your all doing it to yourselves.
you talk about how hard it is to leave the rez, well it's not true! If you really want to
make it in life you would leave now. I know you would be leaving your families but that;s
the way it is. Where i live kids as young as 15 years old have jobs and new cars, but i
guess if your happy cruising around with your whole family all crowded in one little car
then i dont feel sorry for you. What i'm trying to say is, make something of yourselves,
lets show america that the native americans can be someone too, that we can have nice
things in life, that we dont have to make it off the government and sooner than you know
it, we will be growing, expandind to make a difference in this country not just the
whites, blacks, or hispanics.
I guess it was okay but why is everyone complaining, that you should of focused more on
that player or this player, you should be satisfied that they even chose to document a
show about the res. I wish everyone would wake up and open your eyes and think about what
you want in the future. yeah basketball is a really good sport but not for everyone out
there. The world needs more native americans out there not just stuck on the rez forever,
so what you need to do is put your drugs and alcohol away and get a life! I'm just
playing, but for real I wish all the young natives out there all the best in knowledge,
power and success!
True - blue, till I die, Chief & Lady Chief fan
Hey Daniel, What about a Lady Chiefs film? Or either a sequel? With our new head coach -
congrad's Craig Ferris.
hi there.i have'nt seen the video yet but i think you boys are doing a good job. it's good
to hear that natives are being seen & heard all over the world. so keep up the good work.
I LOVE THE CHIEFS, THEY WERE EVEN BADDER WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL WITH THEM. WE WERE
UNBEATABLE FOR SOME TIME...I LOVE YOU GUYS AND LEVI, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!
well i think wha makes a good successful team is team work
i think after they graduate it is hard to leave home and go to college thats why hardly
any of the chiefs went to college but yeah well i think Tim Robinson is really hot i wis i
could meet him in person that would be so cool
Well the movie is really good but the thing i like the most is Tim Robinson he is so fine
i wish i could meet him in person but yeah laterz
well to day all them boys are still here on the reservation today. Only one i know that
took his talent to college was Al C'bearing. He is still attending college, brian is still
on the rez, jerry still on the rez, beaver still in the rez, ernie still on the rez, ben
sides still on the rez. Now they still partying like they were in HS or they here takin
care of their kids. That jus tells you that they havent really done anything with all the
talent they had, but there doin good and living it up on the "rez"
Just wanna say the film is a good one, I hope it gets out more to show the world what its
like being a native today. Just wanna say good luck to them all. Also how is TIMBERS and
Ernie doin today? I went to school with them in college, tell em I said watsup, from that
well I really think the chiefs were really good and really cute I really like al c'bearing
he is really hot and tall and a good playa I wish I could see them in real life and I
still wonder were they are and tim "o" my god he is so fine.
Wolf Point, MT
I loved the Chiefs Documentary! I know Brian SoundingSides... He is a natural and talented
baller! Plus a very nice and sweet person! How can we get the picture from the video and
learn more about where he is now!!!
Thank you lots!!!! Good Job Chiefs!!!
i just recently had the chance to see CHIEFS and it was amazing. to see talented native
athletes win a state championship was incredible. native teams from around here rarely win
the big one but when they do, you are more than likely to hear about it. our school had
the talent but not the coaching to win it. the team dealt with ups and downs but once some
of us seen this, our whole perspective changed. we wanted so bad but we lost in the
district tournament. i send my gratitudes to the boyz in wyoming. GO CHIEFS!!
man that was a real good show and i know it's hard leaving the rez but the chiefs were
good. but beaver was true to himselfe and all the other chiefs were true to them selfes
and there still bad ***
anyone one have any NEW info what these guys are up 2? they re-ran the documentary on PBS
the other night. (March 3, 2005) And all this time i didn't even know i kicked it w/ a
movie star in wyoming last year... I only knew his name was FER! lol jks...
CHAY I KNOW WHAT'S HIS NAME WAS REALLY SAYING THAT'S NOT THE LIFESTYLE HE WANTED AND LOOK
WHERE HE'S AT NOW...LOL~>FUNNY
I have a great respect for the basketball players on the Cheifs documentary.....i went to
school with yall. However, life on the rez is hard. What is shown on the documentary is
just a small piece to the puzzle of struggle we face as Northern Arapahos and Native
Americans. Let people say what they have to say and judge how you chose to live your life.
Not everyone lives the favorable life. I know how some of the players ended up and the one
who seemed to be most innocent of them all.....MR. COWBOY. Chose to make questionable
acts....like ending up in the pen. It look back now and laugh because he was the one
saying that is not the lifestyle he wanted but he got it. As for my bros beaver and brian
keep your heads up cause the sky is the limit and there is still life after high school
and basketball!!!! There is a lot of opportunties still waiting for you in this big
world!!!!! Al and Jerry congratulations for continuing your education you deserve a
Dionne Tidzump #34
hey great game against the cougers it sux that you guys lost. But you all played a GREAT
GAME!!!!!!!maybe you will beat us next year!!you guys will go far this year. I know you
all will make it to state. GOOD LUCK IN DA FUTURE!!!!!
A great documentary! As a HS sociology teacher, I have used the video in my classes to
show my students life on the reservation for young people today. My students enjoyed the
story and respect the kids involved. They are especially impressed with the Chief's
basketball skills. We are in the process of doing a joint cultural exchange project with
Wyoming Indian HS. My students seem to feel that basketball is an outlet or an escape from
the difficulties faced on the reservation. A way to gain prestige, respect, and pride.
They feel these kids are drawn back to the safety of the reservation because of the
importance of family and friends left behind. The culture shock and the challenge of
assimilating into the white culture is often overwhelming. In short though, my students
have great respect for these kids and thier culture.
Los Angeles CA
I just wanted to demonstrate my appreciation to the film-makers and to those young men
who participated in the making of this film. It really brought me back to my high school
years where i was care-free and without responsibility. On the other hand it made me
realize that i can't and will not live my life that way. This film made me realize that my
life was going nowhere.
So thank you once again for helping me get my priorities straight and making me believe
once again that even i have a future, all I needed was a little motivation.
PS. hopefully all the young men saw themselves and also realized all the possibilities
there are out there for them.
Happen to catch your program last night. I loved it, I had to come to this web site to see
where the boys ended up. I was so glad to see some of them are continuing on with their
education. Education is the beginning of everything. Without it you have nothing! Hang in
there boys you can do it!
This movie was like the best rezed out movie I ever seen. So Just Like I Said Beaver: You
My Hero...You Smoked Weed and still Played BALL.!! LoL... Yeah.. Laterz
Salt Lake City, UT
I think this was a really good movie and I think it had a really good portrayal of how
life is on the rez. I grew up on the rez but have lived off of it since I was in jr. high.
I knew the chiefs were good, but never really paid much attention since I didn't live on
the rez. I thought it was a good thing to show how are people are still victims of
prejudice like when the casper's boy told the chiefs to "go back to the rez." It shows
just how much **** we still have to put up with. I give them props for dealing with all
that stuff and still taking the championship. I am glad that the boys realize that
education is the key to our people's future. I am getting my education so that I can go
back and help our people. Thank you for making this movie it was moving and inspirational
especially for me since I am Northern Arapaho from the Wind River Indian Reservation.
David M. Holmes
I enjoyed this film immensely. As I watched it images of another powerful basketball
documentary came to mind, 1994's "Hoop Dreams". The difference this time was that "Chiefs"
had more meaning and relevancy as it featured Native Americans from a reservation instead
of African-Americans from the inner city. I have told others this film truly hits home as
far as displaying the vital role basketball, and athletics in general, plays in the Native
American community not only on Wind River but on all reservations nationwide. On top of
that it also goes along way in illustrating the hardships and struggles that some of our
youth must endure when it comes to not only living life on the "rez" but also in taking
the steps in order to prepare for life off the "rez". "Chiefs" can be a strong tool in not
only educating our Native youth in setting goals and achieving them but also in making the
right choices in life along the way.
David M. Holmes
Educator - Owyhee High School
Duck Valley Indian Reservation
Tidzump baller #34
I just wanted to say that you guys are really good. And I think you guys will go far again
this year. Because you are the best team on the rez and i luv ya all especially JP
New York City, NY
What inspirational stories and fascinating circumstances. I am ignorant to the culture and
lifestyles of a reservation and found the film to be enlightening and provocative, along
with entertaining. Thank you.
Hey i jus want to say congrats on the basketball team for the chiefs 2001 state champs
that was a bad *** game yup Jerry (furr) and Al keep your heads up and and achive what
your dreams are Al stay in college my god you are a senior keep on ballin and jerry keep
doing what you are doing well i guess this is it laterz
I just wanted you all to know that you are being seen and wowing people all over the
world. I'm an American living in Tokyo, Japan and just watched a half hour program on the
boys basketball team.
Seeing how hard you train and the skills you have on the court was really inspiring. Keep
up the good work. Peace from Japan.
N. Arapaho Parent
The movie was pure ironic, it left out the flava from the past. I am a parent who is
guiding my son to be the best person he can be. He is also a talented basketball player he
too has had aspirations of wanting to be a Chief the documentary really put it out their.
Its scary to know that drinking and drugs are a reality that are common todays High
Schools. Where does this talent end up? How many of these individuals go to college and
finish? What exactly is it that keeps these individuals succeeding and bringing back what
is learned? Being a Chief is not realistic in my sons high school years. He may not become
a local hero but he will NOT spend the remainder of his years playing tournaments reliving
glory days. Education is a reality and it is one that will not change for the sake of
survival you would think it best to try to conform with dominant society's educational
standards because they will only increase.
if you really wanted to see a show should of been around in the 80s when Jay Brown, Myron
Chavez, Jerome Bell, Darrel Bell, Dale Wallowingbull that was a real oldschool showcase
dont 4get da E-Town hardwood legends da playas dat made Wyoming Indian
Just thought I would stop by and check the site out again. Just wanted you all to know
that Brian, Ernie and gang just took the Mike Willow Memorial tournament. It was cool!!
They even had the Rocky Boy team cheering them on. Sure wish they were still in high
school and putting on the show. But...damn they are still good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Chiefs #1 Fan
This year was awesome, and keep your headz up boi'z, u guys got 1st runner up, better than
the rest of them sucka'z that u guys put out! am i right??? lol. Az for the Lady Chiefs,
im proud of all of u, and u know the season never ends for them, so good luck in Idaho!!!
Northern Arapaho Playa
I think the show was all that and I hope so I get to see a movie on the lady chiefs they
Writing from Lander Vallley High School (Peace out!!!!!!!!!!!)
I think the movie was alright btu it gets pretty boring to watch it over and over and if
anyone is reading this
I'm not white I'm Native I just go to LVHS and writting from this school. But the Boys
should of won state to.
From a Proud Northern Arapaho
Hey i think the lady chiefs were good and i think the boys could of been better and worked
as a team well im really proud of the ladies good job Diana!!
I do think it is hard for people to get of the rez. I am Paiute and currently a senior.I
live on the Walker River Indian Reservation. Its sad because I graduated 8th grade with
about 21 students in my class, and about 5 are going to graduate this year. Its sad
because there is so much talent on the rez, but many youth dont get past high school to
actually expand on it. I really enjoyed the "Chiefs", and I think it really represents
life on the reservation in general. Maybe if more of the native youth were able to watch
it, they will think about their own futures. I would just like to say good job to all the
ballers for being for real, and for the film crew for depicting the truth. I would like to
talk to some native teens from the wind river rez, just to see what its like over there
because they probably have a lot in common with my rez. Laterz
I thought it was cool, I think they should make some on the Lady Chiefs...That would be
awesome...But...The Chiefs games are more exciting and the girls games are blow
outs...Well, which was last year and this year, but maybe next year too...Man I used to
like the Chiefs games back then, I remember a whole lot of people going to the games and
it would just make me happy,...I wish it was still like that...When Brian, Beaver, Isaac,
Ben, Al, And all them were still playing...They didn't choke...Unlike the rest of you...@
State, U KNOW ALL OF US! DON'T CHOKE!!!!...(Still Mad...HaHa!)
Well HabaTousBa...My Fellow N8ives reading this, I just wanted to say, the show was
really great & I think he should've made another documentary, that would be so far
out...LOL! Well, The boys had a good season this year and the girls too...but anyway...I
think the boys could've played more like a team, do you agree? I mean they looked all hype
and all but they came out and played like crap! That was so sad...They always choke man!
Well maybe (hopefully) next year, yeah next year next year next year! Well Lataz Y'all!
Beaver Creek, Wyoming
The show was hilarious, how could you display such herendous acts on public television.
There was young kids watching that look up to these so called inspirational leaders.
--JKZ NO GUYZ
u still kick ass!
that show was like...cool...
man i just got to say ladies keep up the work i know there wasnt alot of freshman up in
there but there is always next year just play ball and become better
da show was off da heezee
it was like so totally good
i really enjoyed watchin it
if i wasnt white i would go to skool there and be da tru balla
well peace my native homies
Only if they knew how important the sport of basketball is in the nations across the u.s
of a. How many time do we have to keep proving people wrong about our skills. Not only the
great ballas of the chiefs but here in Arizona. Many times we are considered the
underdogs, but they forget to question our hearts and fight we have and not to mention the
jammed packed gyms we come to claim, just to show the haters up. I got great respect for
Native ballas throughout the nations just keep playing through the words and
discrimination and the racism. I have just one thing to say to all the haters who thought
Native basketball is nothing>>>> "you may shoot me with you words,you may cut
me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, BUT still , like air I rise."
Remember "don't hate the playa, hate the game." Holla! at a native balla from The Grand
YO! I thought the show was quite AWESOME!!! I loved the chiefs back then they kicked some
A**. They were to be unstoppable, but now boys you know that what you did was not even
kewl. It costs you the championship trophey. I know ya'll were keepin it real or whatever
but the shit messed up ya'llz game. But n-e ways now its time for the Lady Chiefs
Documentry. With Shell Ware, Missy Goggles, Jacinta Edmo,and Diana SoundingSides. Ya'll
should make a film on them, because its their time to show What they got.!! Hell YEAH!
just another baller
hey man beaver keep up with all the hard work(battling) u cool. Al damn just keep on going
to collage and being yourself dont let people talk u into doing things u dont wnat to
do***I Luv Ya* ------Tim>>?<<< well boy man just got one word for DAMN.... but Tim you got
to now whats good for you and whats not dont be so crazy like Kyle & Irwin...lmao....
laters guys keep up the work
I would just like to say HOLLA BACK on the film it was a good glimps about rez ball it
showed all the hattaz out there if you think you thought you could ball then WHAT yeah
think again you got's some compition. NOW can any one give me a hell yeah. But then people
are always sayin why dont the natives ever make it off the rez and succed in basketball
well where not really all together in the world when it comes to leaving the rez but for
those one's who make it off the rez then congrats for them and for the others it just
proves to show why leave when you can ball it up here on the REZ. Well best bounce.
The movie was da BOMB damb that movie was good I Would just like to say congrats to
Beaver, Ben, Brian you guys really know how to make a movie. And I Would also like to say
Beaver dont worry bout what all these hattaz have to say. Rememba hattaz an't shyt you
know how good you are there just hatten cuz they know they ant ever going to achieve as
much as you can or go as far as you can oh and keep spitin then RYMES boy your bound to
get a record deal soon AIGHT. Peace ~1~
I think the movie was the straight up truth all the guys and players diddnt try to hide
N-E thing like some of these other fake natives they kept it real even on camera. It
showed most of da world what its like to be a native and with all the weed and alcohol you
would figure is that all there is to do. Well yeah you can still smoke and drink but still
have a good time doing it. And even ball it up just like Beaver,Brian,Ben It just shows
all the hattas on the film WHAT yeah dats what i thought They can BALL WELL PEACE ~1~
WELL...WHAT MAKES A GOOD BASKETBALL TEAM? WELL...IT'S WHERE ALL THE PLAYERS WORK TOGETHER,
AND THERE IS NO ONE MAN PLAYING...WHY DO I THINK CHIEFS ARE SO GOOD?...DUH, IT'S BECAUSE
THEY RUN~N~GUN! AYEZ!!!! NO, REALLY IF THEY REALLY WANT TO SUCCEED THEY WORK REALLY HARD
TOGETHER AS A TEAM! AND THEY WATCH OUT FOR EACHOTHER! AND THAT'S WHAT A TEAM SHOULD
DO!...WHY DO I THINK IT'S DIFFICULT FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES FROM THE REZ TO "MAKE IT" IN
OFF-RESERVATION COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES? WELL I THINK THAT IT'S BECAUSE THEY ARE SO...SO
USED TO STAYING HERE ON THE REZ...AND THIS IS WHERE THEY GREW UP! I THINK IT WOULD BE HARD
FOR ME TO GO OFF TO COLLEGE TOO!...U HAVE TOO MUCH FUN HERE ON THE REZ! ;) BUT AL PAL...UR
DOING VERY GOOD! I'M PROUD OF YOU AND I'M SURE EVERYONE IS PROUD OF YOU, KEEP UP THE GOOD
WORK AND KEEP GOING TO COLLEGE...THAT'S NOT JUSS FOR HIM...THAT'S FOR ALL OF YOU BALL
PLAYERS WHO WERE ON THE FILM TO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK...AND BEAVER...I'M SURE YOUR GOING
TO BE SOMEBODY SOME DAY...I THINK YOU ALL
READY ARE! WELL...THAT'S IT FOR NOW! L8ERZ!
~What makes a successful basketball team?? A team as a whole and a good coach, a team
willing to work hard and work together to finish on top. ;) We may cry around because they
highlighted Beaver other than the rest of the team, but I got to say, Beaver held it down.
He just kept it real and showed how life is on the rez, whether or not we liked it. As
budweiser says, true.
~Why do I think teams like the Chiefs are so good?? Because they work together. They
aren't a one man team, each one of them contributes to the team in his own way. When they
are down, the fans get rowdy and bring the boys back up. And believe me, the Chiefs
~Why do you think it is difficult for high school graduates from the rez to "make it" in
off-reservation colleges and universities?? Its difficult because we aren't exposed to
"success" like that. As hard as it is to believe, not everyone has someone to look up to
who went to college. It is a big step and everyone is always succeeding on the court, and
when "real" life sets in, they are probably afraid of failure. Plus they probably don't
know a whole lot about it. They are a lot of factors to look into with this question.
~I thought this movie all-in-all was GREAT. It is cool to say, "Hey I know him!" I got a
few things to say to the boys though.
Beaver: You kept it real and held it down. You didn't change who you where in front of the
camera, and you where true to yourself. I wish you, Leslie, and your little boy, Khylan,
all the best of luck.
Al: I am so proud of you for getting off the reservation. I know its tough, but I know you
will succeed. I believe in you. Keep ya head up and stay on top. Don't let the white-man
drag you down. We all believe you will make it. Good Luck!!
Jerry: You are the man! I am proud of you for going to school (and getting your
associates!!), even though you didn't get to go off to college like you wanted. But deep
down, I know you have it in you to succeed, and you will.
Tim: You are succeeding despite all the drama the reservation has to dish out. But you
have to step up to the plate and be a man. (If you know what I mean.) Stay ahead of the
game, and you will stay successful. Good Luck!
Brian: We all know how the drama of the rez gets us down once in a while, but keep ya head
up. Only you can hold yourself down. Pick up the pieces and start a new puzzle. Best of
luck to you!!
Ben: Heard you where in college! Good Luck with that. Keep it real and always hold your
head up. I have a feeling that you will be successful, I know you will be. Keep balling it
up. Good Luck with it everything!
Steve: "Little Stevie" isn't little anymore! He's getting to be a grown man. Do what you
have to, to stay happy. Stay ahead of the drama. Good Luck with college and whatever is
going on in your life.
~*~GOOD LUCK CHIEFS AND LADY CHIEFS~*~
Me, Myself and I (#31)
I thought that the movie showed everyone that we can ball it up BIG TIME. Don't bee jelly.
Well I just had to brag us up. I better get off so I don't waist my computer time.
another e-town lady balla
Man...that movie wuz da bomb! i think u shoulda focused more on the whole team tho instead
of sum of them! Other than that I think Daniel Junge or however u spell his name did a
good job! I'll give u 5 stars and 2 thumbs up! haha. I think another video should be made
cuz my bro David Gambler is playing and it would look cool to see Rex Curry and the rest
of em' in a documentary!
Lady Chiefs Balla #31
I think that a good coach and good players willing to give it all they got makes a good
team. I also think that the Chiefs are so successful because they practice a lot because
there is not much to do here just ball it up. Oh, yeah they also got the skill. Well the
bell just rang. LATERZ.
baby girl #20
that movie was da bomb it shows how the Chiefs live on the rez and how they play rez
ball!! i think Independent lens should of did a movie on Stevie,Doug,Jordan and the rest
of my friendsup in there!!! so yeah i got to put the B on the ounce and BOUNCE so peace
Baby Girl #20 AKA Justin's Girl
Hey What's goin on everyone??It's all good hea I just wanna say tha Lady Chiefs are da
bomb.So are da Chiefs.They are tru ballas damm they gotzz some madd skill!Now Jordy on the
other hand he is a one in a million.That's what you call on helll of a fine bro.He got
some madd skills @ ballin.He's like Lil Iverson.......yee Jokes Well I'm out much love for
da LAdy Chiefs And Chiefs GOOD LUCK this year.
When i first viewed the CHIEFS video (barrowed it from, brother FURR:)), it was the first
time i had heard about the movie, I was so amazed by how much the movie had an impact on
me. I had moved away from home, going on 4 years now, when i heard that the boyz won
state i was so proud mainly of the coaches who have been with the team since i can
remember, and mainly for my brothers "Furr" and "Baby Al". I know now that Al has been
away from home for 3 years, away at chadron and still playing basketball and furr is still
going to college in Riverton, I am very proud of you guys because you are making your
dreams come true (what ever they are). I know there are alot of little kids out there who
look up to you guys! (smile) I know that my lil girl will always ask about her "WYOMING"
family and when she hears the story about lyou2 that she will also be proud:). Al i know
that you are having trouble with your classes , keep studing youll eventully get it done
no matter how long it takes, don't give up and don't go back to the rez there is nothing
to do there(besides the family ), even after all these years!
And Furr just do what you do best!!!**** LEARNING*****(communi.) Good Luck to the Lady
Chiefs(Aloysa and Georgie ann) and the Chiefs (particularly; Rex), this basket ball
season, play your best and team work!!! *Thee one and only*
I think the documentary should have focused more on all the players not just 4 or 5 of
them. Everybody who plays on that team should have been focused on, after all it takes
team work to have a winning team not just a few of them. Yeah they had a good team during
those two years but what about the years before. I remember when the boys basketball team
set the record for most consecutive wins in the STATE of Wyoming. As a matter of fact
they still hold that record of 50 wins. What about those players. There the ones who made
Wyoming Indian the basketball team to beat. And yes back then there was discrimination,
but with the respect we had for our school and ourselves we didn't sink to their levels we
just let it go.
i thought it was a bad a** movie e-townerz now how to ball it up. keep it real and going
ben in college and that goes for relo and stevie. keep playin ight homez. you guyz are
good at ball you should make another movie on the new ballaz.
Belcourt Da ReZ , North D
HI MY NAME IS MANDI I THINK THAT TIM SHOULD CONTINUE IN HIS RODEO I SAW THE MOVIE AND ITS
INSPIEREING 2 ME TIM INSPIRED ME TO START BASKETBALL YOU STILL WORKED ON YOUR BASKETBALL
WITH YOUR RIBS IN THAT CONDITION AND I WISH I COULD MEET TIM AND THA ODA NATIVEZ ^ IN DA
VIDEO WELL IF U C THIS ADD ME 2 YA MSN IIGHT THNX
~*NATIVE PRIDE NATION WIDE*~
-TRU NATIVE CHICK 4 LIFE~*!*~
I am a sophomore the University of Wyoming. This is the first time I've seen the
documentary and I'm in it. I played basketball for Lusk. (shown in the state championship
game) I have played the Chiefs in 3 games over three years of high school at the state
tournement. I guess you could say I know all of the Chiefs in this film pretty well, at
least on the court. I have to say that this film needed comments of opposing teams. I am
not racist in anyway but I noticed that the Chiefs always dramatized being discriminated
against. In the first round game of 2002 we played the Chief and beat up on them pretty
bad. During this game Reland Ferris had a foul called on him and he accused the referee
of being racist. The call had nothing to do with race but instead the game itself. I
wish race wasn't an issue on the court and that some ball could be played. I thought the
film was put together very well. If anyone wants to know more about who I am, refer to
the documetary when the Cheifs play Lusk. I was #44 and remember every second of those
games. I was a starter for one of the two years, my junior year. I would like to talk
with the producer of this film and discuss my opinions with him. I guess I'll end with
saying that I don't believe the Cheifs get discriminated against on the court as much as
they think. I know I made it to the state championship twice, and never won.
Lady Chiefs Balla
What's up! Me nothin just chillin here at tutoring. I liked the movie because it shows
that indians that live on the rez know how to ball it up. Man, they should have showed my
bro Levi. Oh, well it's all good. Well I got to put the B in ounce and Bounce on out of
here. LATERZ all you haterz.
Pine RIdge SD
I thought the film was very interesting. It seemed like a familiar story, its almost
exactly like that in pine ridge. Its very sad that natives put so much emphasis on
basketball, and not a whole lot on education. I myself am going to school at Black Hills
State U, and am very excited to be off the rez, yes it is my home and i luv my home, but
there is so much more off the rez, i just wish that more "Indian" kids would realize that.
They probaly do, but just dont know how to get away, but like my dad always says, "the
things we dont want to do the most are the things we need to do the most."
Richmond,ca/ Pine Ridge R
I really enjoyed the film, i thought it brings to mind my one thought in this life, Being
a Black Indian from Choctaw heritage, i often wonder how the world would be better if
more talented youngsters had the opportunity to experience other places, or even
Indians(mentor program), that aare sucessful out side the rez, then maybe they wouldn't
give up to defeat so easily. My husband was the same way, talented beyond words, all he
needs is a chance(The California Experience). We need more films like this one to show the
"TRUTH" about how our people are trying to survive today....AHO...
DAYUM...It was the BOMB!!! best show of all tymez...yeeee...anywayz congratz to Lady
Chiefz #1(as alwayz)Tru_Ballaz..sssshhhh...anwayz all the good playaz r leaving(STEVIE-lil
short cute guy_JORDY-fine *** brutha_RELO-i look up 2 u..haha..of course i do_BEN-u fine
*** native w/who gotz those movez_ALLEN-tru_balla)this season....but u still have that 1
fine *** brutha (DAYUM BABY)#11 mmm DOUG BROWN is gonna go out there and show u whoz
numba#1doug-ur fine as HELL..yup yup u r....and bak to the movie AL C'BEARING u da man ur
FINE 2...I LOVE YOU DOUG BROWN AND AL C"BEARING Fine *** NATIVEZ
wass up indians. well oh hell yeah got give the lady chiefs a Hand! Whoa! they totally
kicked some ass! And for the boys this past year..good job. And ladies why you say tim is
soo cute. He aint even. Ever see him recently.! Anywho..the documentry was ight..shoulda
showed more of the other boys. but it was kew. but latazs
Yes, I do think there's a connection. I taught on a Navajo rez for a year in Pinon, AZ.
These kids have little opportunities to do anything other than play sports. I was saddened
to see at the end of the show that so few kids had left the rez-they seem like they want
to, but don't know how. I think people would really be surprised at the true poverty on
the rez, this particular show didn't even cover half of it. The town I taught in had no
paved roads, stoplights, and street names. Most hogans had no electricity.
Bob Alaniz, Head Coach, St. Bernard H.S.
Los Angeles, Ca.
The special on the Wyoming Indian School was a well done real life story of a team, it's
coaches, and the reality for Indian basketball players.
As a Chicano raised in Los Angeles, and a Head Coach in the L.A. area, I can relate to the
realities of Indian players to that of Latino players. Far too many talented youngsters
fall through the cracks and either leave school, or do not get recruited by any college.
So many of our kids with so much potential don't apply themselves in the classroom, or are
overwhelmed with a feeling of hopelessness and give up.
The coaching staff at the Wyoming Indian School have done a wonderful job of preparing
their teams for each upcoming season, and the team members have accepted each challenge
with pride and class, like a true warrior.
We as Indians and Chicanos must perservere and have faith in the face of adversity. Every
challenge tests our spirit, and prepares us for next challenge. Every act has a purpose
and meaning, walk with the pride a
nd the humbleness of
a confident warrior.
This was indeed a fantastic PBS special, we need to see more like this one.
Lastly, I would personally like to extend an invitation to the Wyoming Indian School to
our St. Bernard Holiday Tournament in Decmeber of 2003. I will do my best to attempt o
contact the school. Best of Luck my Indian brothers!
Los Angeles, CA
I would like to commend Daniel Junge and the others who took part in making the
documentary film. I just got done watching it on KCET here in cali. The documentary
brought different feelings to me. I am happy to see that the basketball players hearts
seem to be in the right place. But also it was an unfortunate reality check to see the
poor development in Indian country. There is nothing to do, no jobs. I pray for the
basketball players that are talented and passionate about the game, to keep going and use
that passion to go the farthest they can with it, and bring something back to the
I just want to mention one more thing. here in california there are many people fighting
to end Indian mascots. Has this issue been raised by this film at all? Or does it change
things if it is a native team that is portraying a Native mascot? I hope a reader can give
me there insight.
Congratulations to the filmmakers for an outstanding documentary. And deep appreciation to
those young people and families that permitted the invasion of their privacy to tell this
story. The topic should concern all of us who call ourselves American. It has been my
privilege to learn more about the plight of Native Americans by consulting with parents
and educators of another rural Native American population. I am ashamed of the
demoralizing racism which clearly exists. We are openly permitting perpetuation of racial
stereotypes by our approach to educating these families and children. Preparing young
people for "success" or opportunities beyond the reservation is a process that will take
concerted effort by all Americans who care. Success need not be found only in corporate,
capitalist America. We must help them find a future within their culture as well. I, for
one, will donate efforts to improve educational opportunities for these young people. I
challenge others to do their part. Thank you so much! I was spellbound by the film.
mt. baldy, CA
hello,.. really enjoyed the film, brings back many memories of times spent with friends in
South Dakota. I felt a bit uncomfortable with the Ceremony filmed on tape. I was always
taught that these kinds of depiction don't do more than arrouse peoples curiousity, and
sometimes immitation without the deep contact with the culture itself. I think more
discussion about the culture could've yeilded more compelling information rather than the
impersonal and naked exposure of what many of us consider to be the most sacred things in
This however is a small dissent from my overall appreciation at an honest attempt to
convey a culture within america very few people are even aware exists.
I was unable to identify the music noted in the credits. I'd love to find out who these
artists are to keep up. Thankyou..... David Mix
Costa Mesa, CA
I am interested to see programs on folks who go the mile with extra effort and acheive the
prize that is the true Human person. Up my mother's line I am Choctaw and very prowd of
those Native American drops of pure blood. Re: the CHIEFS ASST. COACH,up my father's line
I am more than 1000 years in the StClair family from early Viking,French, and lots of
Scottish blood. The Pics are in the early Scots and were call that as they used pictures
vs written language. As a serious student of the growth of the Human Person, I send my
strong portion of magic toward the CHIEFS and ALL their supporters.
P.S. Hello to Owen St.Clair, I would like to know your St.Clair name background. We are
ONE Tribe, brother. Ron St.Clair
i just want to say that the CHIEFS, are badd ***. The guys team gots some skill...like
some and1 mixtapes...yeez...and yeah street ball. Basketball on the rez is a big sport to
me and all the other rez kids and teens... we live for it...well most do anyways... I just
want to say congradulations to the chiefs this year for taking 3rd place. Yeah the seniors
gave it a good shot..but remember there is always time to make it to the pros. So
congradulations Jordy(who can shoot 3's like no other) Steve(little fast dude) Ben (just
watch out) Reland (gots the height) and yeah good job again Jordy... you were the spirit
of the team....hell yeah all the power to ya from going to the cutest mascot to starting
five....thas a big change and it's so awesome....ayez...and to the lady chiefs....state
champs all the way...hell yeah tovah and kerissa...and all the other girlz....just gotta
say we'll be back...for now ~peace~1 thousand~
VERONICA BLACK CROW
MARTIN, SOUTH DAKOTA
I AM A PROUD ENROLLED MEMBER OF THE NORTHERN ARAPAHOE TRIBE. I DON'T NO NOTHING OF MY
TRIBE. I GREW UP ON THE PINE RIDGE- OGLALA SIOUX TRIBE.I REALLY LIKED THE MOVIE, IT TOLD
ME ALITTLE ABOUT THE TRIBE BUT I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE. I THINK EVERY REZ IS ALMOST THE
SAME. THE SAME PROBLEMS WITH THE CHILDREN AND I THINK WE NEED TO HELP THEM MORE SO THEY
DON'T THINK ALL THERE IS TO DO IS ALCOHOL AND DRUGS. IF THERE IS ANY ONE WHO CAN EMAIL ME
ABOUT THE TRIBE AND CULTURE, I WILL GREATLY APPRECIATE IT, I WANT TO LEARN SO MUCH ABOUT
MY TRIBE. THANK YOU!
(:I like the documentary. They put a lot of effert to it during the 2nd year. They
should've used Al C' Bearing more than Beaver. One more thing, Tim Robinson you're sooo
Lil Lady Chief # 40
I think the movie was alright. Should of shown more of the team. The coolest part of the
documentary was when Brian passed the ball Ben and Ben done the alley op at the beginning
of the movie.
Congratulations Lady Chiefs for winning the state championship this year! And to the
chiefs congrats for winning 3rd place!
the film was kool........just wanna say congratulations to tha Lady Chiefs for winning
state...oh yeah!! hehehehe!! and congratulations to camelbite, bernstein bear, and slim
cuzz, oh yeah...and slutty...going to college...uh huh...u better believe
it..LOL..anywayz...yeah...im very proud of ya..
tha one and only stat gurl around..
~ya guys know WHO~
I was so moved by the May 29, 2003 broadcast on our local channel, GPBA 30. I have
numerous questions and concerns about the things I saw and heard, but the main point is I
am sorry. I am an African American with Cherokee blood flowing through my veins and I am
ashamed of the treatment the "Only" Americans are forced to endure. I choose not the term
Native, but Only, because they are the original and true keepers of this place. I would
like as much information as possible about my people. I feel that justice was not done in
the partial explainaton and glimpse into the situation on the "Res". I will do my part,
respectfully and honorably. Thank you so much for lighting my fire. It is indeed the time
of the White Buffalo.
oh god! it was the best movie i ever saw. i just like to Congradulate the Lady Chiefs for
makin history baby ...good job keep up the hard work and s**t like that ...DONT GIVE UP!!!
and Dont Drink cause you know Aleta has 'wino runs' well and like to say to the Chiefs
...your doin a good job and were all with you guys ALL THE WAY!!! and DONT GIVE UP NO
MATTER WHAT ALFERD SAYS TO YOU!!!!! just but your heart in to it and have fun ...well i
gottah go ~K~ L8erz
Lady Chief #31
I thought that the movie was cool! It told the truth about how our lives are like how most
of the kids won't go to collage and grow up to be in the NBA or WNBA. Even though some of
the players are good enough 2 bee in the NBA or WNBA. You should make a movie on the Lady
Chiefs. O yeah good job at State Lady Chiefs#1. Good games and good job Chiefs #3. Well I
got 2 put the B in Ounce and Bounce on out of here. LATERZ!
i'm orginally from the wind river indian resveration .ive watched many chiefs games. .003
of high school kids make to the n.b.a wow !!! that blew my mind so to speak.getting to the
professional level should not be the number one priority of any young persons goal in
should be stressed.now i wished i had education. alcoholism was my choice in life from an
still it was my choice today the schools should stress education instead of glorifying the
reservations alethetic endeavors.......its sad thats sports take hold of an entire
resveration or for that matter a towns etc....
intrest. in short what i'm trying to say is choose education over sports . sports will
only be there for 4 years in a young persons life an education opens
up the world to the young persons entire life. and leave the resveration come back as an
educated role model.someone was asking about brian
soundingsides . he killed his dad ,today he in a federal prison ,and its not a very good
place to be(i was there)thats what not having or getting a good education
will most likely get you.again education/education/education/.sports are for a
short time education is for life ... forever thank you.
i think that the should of film the other players also like jerry,al,and brian instead of
just bever i mean it was all right and all but the movie was more about bever it could of
been the whole team and just not one player and only show some of the players for 1 second
but if they are gonna make another movie about the chiefs they should show every body on
Good job Chiefs and Lady Chiefs! You did a good job out there on the court. Reland,
Jordan, Steve, J.P., Ben, Jesse, and Rex your the best ballers out there, you boys are
also cute to!!! GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!
I thought the movie was alright, should of shown more of Al C'Bearing and Brian S.Sides.
It was so cool when the Brian s.sides
passed the ball to ben ( junior) and dunked it, i thought it was the best part of the
I Think it was a interesting documentery, especially because my uncle Myron Chavez was
on it. I think it was cool, it's about time they had a documentary on wyoming indian!!!!
Proud Arapaho relative
I am real impressed with the response that this show has gotten from all over the United
States. GREAT JOB to all involved! Just wanted to ask PBS if they thought about airing
this again, only earlier in the evening....
Would really suggest to the peeps in River city.
Las Vegas NV
I enjoyed the documentary, It was a realistic look at the reservation and the opposition
of the flight of minorities everywhere. The thing that stuck in my mind was the amount of
racism that was prevalent when they were playing basketball against the �white� kids. My
understanding of Wyoming is that of an old west attitude not withstanding, the equality
state. Where do the kids learn this from? Parents, teachers and coaches perhaps?
Chiefs are so good cuz they start playing basketball before they can walk. They play
together so they can pass like ernie brown does to beaver like today at thermop. Too bad
they got put out tho. It was because they didn't put batboy aka mike in. just kidding.
BOB got put out too. We all know why. Cuz they are BOB. who else got put out?
Basically everyone from the rez. That tournament was jacked because of the rain. Its all
good tho because lady chiefs are STATE CHAMPIONS even with a jacked up bracket... and
@#*($)@#*$()@# refs but lander and riverton... well they didn't even make it to the
championship game. haha. Chiefs coulda won it too, but... shoulda woulda coulda~ i think
it was cuz they are BOB. LOL its all good right.
Whoa- grandson Jordy from a mascot to all star!!! Reland, from the foo who passed the
towel in "Chiefs" to 2year All Stater, beating the 1A team by 40!!!!!! next is college
congrats. oh yeah about Chiefs.
They shoulda put more about brian, ernie, ben, al, reland and less about tim.
That scene at tim's house bout the motrin was so fake!
well we are some loyal fans of the chiefs (aka BOB)... so loyal that we went down to
state and were homeless while we were there.
Too bad Al couldn't make it to the discussion but he is too busy ballin it up a
chadron... OUTTA CONTROL right? Easter brunch what? next year aight?
well we will post again fo sho so keep checkin this out you will learn something.
The movie was really cool! and for all of you hatas out there I just want you to know that
out on having a good team on your minds!
I think the movie was Cool! I also think my grandpa AL Redman was very confident about the
team and what he has been coaching them.
The movie should of put some of the other players of the team and yeah!
Good documentary! My nieces and nephew, as well as my daughter all play basketball. The
native talent is out there! Tim Robinson! I think you have a admirer in my family! My
daughter thinks you are cute! I think the fact that her dad is an ex-bullrider, turned
team roper, and also participated in sports (basketball, baseball, football) while in high
school helped too!
Chiefs, keep up the good work!
It's great to see so many responses concerning the Chiefs documentary. It was a very good
film with issues that need to be addressed by both whites and Natives. With that said, the
racism showed at Natrona County High School was just plain horrible. Not sure if this is
the right forum for this but I would like to ask other Native teams if this type of
behavior still exists. Is this something the WHSAA should look into? Are our school
districts doing enough education of tolerance so blatent disrespect is acted upon?? I know
Wyoming is usually late in embracing much to do with diversity. But it truly is a shame
that Natives have to continually experience racism in 2003. Racism = Ignorance, so with
education we can learn tolerance of one another and hopefully, racism will begin to die
Way to go Lady Chiefs!! You went you fought and you did it.Nice jod Diana ,Tova,and
Contessa you are the best.You insiper me so much I alwaysed looked up to you tova.GOOD Job
Ben,Jordan,Reland,and my Hero Stevie.You boyz were awsome
You did what you had to do and you got that far so don't give up. And go to the next
C. Long Feather
I would encourage producers of shows like this documentary to read this article. While it
was great to see a documentary of the success of a great basketball team, why does a
documentary about a Native ball team always have to be so downbeat?? Why is the story line
invariably about their ultimate "failures" as seen by the mainstream?? I have yet to see a
documentary about a white, rural Midwest, state-winning ball team that laments the fact
that all the players are now impoverished fifth-generation farmers or drunks at the local
tavern. It's the same situation but it doesn't get the same treatment. Since when does not
going to Division I ball or the NBA constitute failure - in any cultural/ethnic group? Yet
this is the message we continually receive. It's time to change the paradigm!
A Chief and Lady Chiefs fan!
well the film was great but they should of shown more of the players in it. Like ERNIE
BROWN he was 1 bad baller. And great job 2 the Lady Chiefs this year for being State
Champs....and ill give a shout out 2 tha Chiefs 2 great job u could of done better but
I just want 2 say congrats to the LADY CHIFES and that you all did great this year and to
da boyz you boys really worked hard to get to the spot were you are now.At leased you got
3rd place tht's better than notthing.But you guys are still the best on the rezz.And
nothing can change that.Just keep working hard and do ur thang.Who knows maybe you'll get
to go the the NBA.Oh and Madd props ta Jordan He's on fire.Jordan just keep working
hard.And you can make it.Don't let people tell you that you can't do anything -k-.I love
you Jordan Whiteman.Your da man.
I just drop by to say that the Chiefs are awesome So is that one guy Jordan Whiteman man
he is on fire.I LOVE YOU JORDAN and keep doin your thang and don't ever stop playing
b-ball cuz you a madd baller.Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do anything cuz I
really belive in you. WORK HARD BABY Same props for Ben Syeds.
<< Filmmakers Daniel Junge, Donna Dewey, and Henry Ansbacher respond >>
As filmmakers, to witness the overwhelming response to CHIEFS has been incredibly
rewarding. This has been a three-year journey for us, and it's great to see the final
product out there generating dialogue.
We're particularly satisfied that the film seems to resonate with young Native Americans,
about whom we so rarely see images in today's media.
By no means do we think CHIEFS is the definitive portrait of growing up Native American -
this is only one story, and there are so many different stories to be told. By the way,
the Lady Chiefs won their first state championship this year -- someone out there should
do a film on them!
-- Daniel Junge, Donna Dewey, and Henry Ansbacher
I thought that it was a good show but....I thought they needed to include more players.
For instance, "Downtown Ernie Brown" with his wicked passes and all. Oh and Dan Dan the
camera man, we all know why they didn't take state first time. If your camera man didn't
get in the way of Ernie he could have played his role. He was THE real floor general of
that team, he knew where his team mates were at all times. Just like to say to Brian and
Beaver Good Job and much love. laterz