Good Meat follows an Oglala Lakota man's struggles and triumphs as he attempts to reclaim his health. More »
Program Length: 57 minutes
Production Staff: Director/Writer/Producer: Sam Hurst; Producer: Larry Pourier (Oglala Lakota)
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Public Broadcast Release: March 2011
On the Pine Ridge Reservation, 35-year-old Beau LeBeau is remembered as one of the greatest high school star athletes in South Dakota. He could often be found running through the Badlands at Thunder Valley, but now he is having trouble even walking these same hills. Beau's many years of poor diet and lack of exercise have caused obesity, weighing in at 333 pounds. Beau is not alone, as poor diet and lifestyle habits have led to an explosion of obesity and related illness in American culture. On Indian Reservations, poverty and general trauma have compounded these issues.
In the beginning of filming Good Meat, Beau discovers that he has Type II Diabetes. Several members of Beau's family are obese, and his mother died too young from Diabetes complications. This real-time film documents Beau's journey as he confronts his own health issues head-on by adopting a traditional Lakota diet centered on Indigenous foods such as buffalo, along with regular exercise. He rapidly sheds pounds and encourages others to do the same despite their rebuttals. The film follows both Beau's struggles and triumphs as he works with Dr. Kevin Weiland and nutritionist Kibbe Conti (Oglala Lakota) to regain his health.