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Lincoln, Neb.: Vision Maker Media is proud to announce the new Will Rogers educational website hosted by Vision Maker Media partner RSU Public TV (KRSU) in Claremore, Okla. The website serves as an educational resource directly correlated to the documentary film Will Rogers & American Politics.

The film, narrated by award-winning journalist Bill Kurtis, explores the life and influential political persuasion of Oklahoman Will Rogers through some of America’s difficult times in the 1920s and 1930s and how his efforts on the political landscape still have a powerful effect on our political system today.

Dan Schiedel, formal general manager of Rogers State University Public Television, led community engagement efforts for the documentary. Schiedel commented, “Will Rogers had an amazing impact on American and Native culture. Because of our partnership with Vision Maker Media, we have been able to expand the reach of this program to school children across the nation.”

The educational materials for the website were developed by RSU Public TV in conjunction with Vision Maker Media. The site offers curricula for language arts, social studies, art and media. Digital learning activities such as research skills and outlined technology demonstrations will engage students. More importantly, the educational materials include political commentary, event comparisons and a time line of Will Roger’s life as structured around the historic events that took place. Discover the breadth of educational resources available online today at www.willrogersed.com.

Distributed by American Public Television and produced by RSU Public TV, Will Rogers & American Politics is currently available for purchase from Vision Maker Media's Educational DVD site, shopvisionmaker.org. The film will also be re-fed to Public Television stations via APT on June 3, 2012.

About RSU Public Television (KRSU)

RSU Public TV (KRSU), licensed to the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma/Rogers State University, provides educational, cultural and general interest programming to an audience of 1.3 million viewers in northeastern Oklahoma and the Tulsa metropolitan area. In addition to producing educational telecourses and live interactive college and high school concurrent courses, RSU Public TV also produces special interest and local programming, public affairs and documentary features. For more information, visit www.rsu.tv

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, nurtures creativity for development of new projects, partnerships, and funding. Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality Native American and Pacific Islander educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media — to be the next generation of storytellers. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we offer student employment and internships. For more information, visit www.visionmakermedia.org