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'Rebel Music': Film highlights youth and music across Native America

by Take Two®

Rebel Music | Season 2 | Official Trailer
Watch impassioned youth from around the world incite social and political change in the MTV documentary series, Rebel Music. Season 2 features artists and activists from Iran, Myanmar, Venezuela, Native America, Turkey and Senegal. The Native America episode will premiere exclusively on the MTV Facebook page on Thursday, 11/13/2014 at 4pm EST. Watch at https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152456634446701. Rebel Music (via YouTube)

Across the country, Native Americans face many challenges, fears and frustrations. That makes things especially tough for youth.

"We have the highest rates of suicide in the country. These kids feel like they can't talk to anybody. They just give up," says Nataanii Means, Lakota/Diné musician, in a new MTV documentary. "What I can do as an artist is just tell them, write down your story, man. I'll listen to it."

Means is one of four indigenous musicians featured in the new MTV film, "Rebel Music: Native America." It tells the story of four young musicians from reservations and cities across North America and how they're using music and art to confront stereotypes and forge new paths.

For more, Take Two is joined by Rebel Music's director Billy Luther, whose previous credits include Miss Navajo and Grab.

Check out the full episode, Rebel Music: Native America, here.

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