Steven Lewis Simpson

Find out about my journey making my epic Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Documentary

It was 12 years ago when a Ghost Shirt reputedly taken from the Wounded Knee massacre was being repatriated from a museum in Scotland when I first found myself entering Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Within the first three hours I’d hung out with a local guy at Wounded Knee, visited Camp Justice (just weeks after the infamous murders it was set up in response to) and found myself at legendary activist Russell Means’s house. He then asked me to film three days of political meetings going on there. It is safe to say that I was sucked straight in to life on that more unique of places.

From there as my camera started to record various events and interviews I started to realize that a bigger project was beginning to unfold. People I met and became friends with wanted me to document more and more. I was there for key events like the Red Cloud building occupation and various elections etc.

Also I expanded my creative engagement there by deciding to relocate a movie of mine there, which became the love story/thriller Rez Bomb.

Anyway after years shooting and editing the doc is more or less complete and will be out soon. Email us at with thunder in the subject line.