“Joan Quinn Eastman recognizes the inherent difficulties that a white woman from Boston might face in trying to help improve conditions on reservations in South Dakota. But the producer isn’t trying to tell Native Americans what to do. She wants to give them a forum, let their voices be the creators of change.

“Once they get momentum going in the media, they will garner so much support,” she said.

Her passion on the subject is evident, and it stems from a personal connection to the HBO movie, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” Eastman’s husband, Daniel, is distantly related to Charles Eastman, the central character in the movie.”