Located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in southwestern South Dakota, Indigene Entertainment, LLC, doing business as Indigene Studios, is an Native-owned production and distribution company for motion picture, digital media, and performing arts.
Indigene: /ˈɪn dɪˌdʒin/ (noun), an indigenous or native person.
Co-founders Willi White and Angel White Eyes, both members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, recognized a significant need for more Indigenous and Native representation in entertainment and media. They knew they could make a positive contribution to the movement of Indigenous peoples redefining what it means to be Native in today’s world—and so Indigene was officially formed in August of 2016.
We’re on a mission to redefine the narrative of Indigenous and Native peoples in media. Our vision is to build a leading film, digital media, and performing arts production and distribution business on the Pine Ridge Reservation representing world-class Indigenous and Native productions and creators.
Conceived on the need for Indigenous and Native stories to be told through the Indigenous perspective, the mission of Indigene is to create, support, and provide access to stories that honor and redefine Indigenous storytelling while advancing Native arts and entertainment.