Making The River : LATEST EVENTS

June 26, 2008

Smoke Signals

For one Los Altos couple, the anniversary of the day they met nearly 30 years ago brings memories more complex than fondness or nostalgia.

Before he came to live on a quiet street, Jimi Simmons, a Native American, was consigned to the foster care system and later, prison. He met his future wife, Karen Rudolph, when he was on trial for his life. “Making the River,” a documentary chronicling one facet of the social turmoil of the 1970s, is their story. It captures the early tragedies that led to their lifetime of advocacy work in the community.

For more information about the story of Jimi Simmons and Karen Rudolph, a great article was recently published in the Los Altos Town Crier.

Grand Ronde, OR – The Grand Ronde Tribal newspaper, Smoke Signals, also featured an article on the life story inspiring our documentary, Making the River, in this week’s edition. For many tribal members, this is first time hearing about the Simmons family history. Please read the Grand Ronde article in full here.

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