Kimberlie Hall-Acosta: Photo featured at Wisconsin Historical Society

Produced by Nick Vander Puy
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More than eighteen years ago, up visiting from southern Wisconsin, Kimberlie Hall-Acosta got stuck in a snowstorm on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation in northwestern Wisconsin. She ran out of money and applied for a job at News From Indian Country. She's been on the job ever since, working as a writer, photographer, ad saleswoman, and web administrator.

She is a nationally acclaimed photographer. She has filmed many stars, including Buffy St. Marie, Loretta Lynn, Notah Begay, and Irene Bedard. Her collage showing eight Lac Courte Oreilles dancers "Niniimimin" (we dance) is on display at the Wisconsin State Historical Society in Madison Wisconsin for the next six years.

Although her home reservation is Turtle Mountain, North Dakota, she's made substantial contributions to the Lac Courte Oreilles community, serving as president of the Ojibwe language immersion school "Waadookodaading." She is a single mom with two children.

She offered the commencement address for the 2010 graduates at the Lac Coute Oreilles Community College, near Hayward, Wisconsin on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe reserve.

She's at work on a coffee table book about indigenous people in music called, "Spirits Soar."

"At News From Indian Country we are here for the people." 

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