When the conversation ended on stage at the Frank LeMere Native American Presidential Forum, it continued behind the curtain with the reporters from Indian Country Today. Working with Four Directions and Native Organizers Alliance, Indian Country Today was granted exclusive access to interview the candidates. 

Washington editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, reporter-producer Aliyah Chavez, and reporter-producer Kolby KickingWoman each spoke with a candidate. 

Photojournalist Charlie Perry produced this video of the interviews. 

Charlie Perry, Potawatomi, is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. Follow him on Twitter: @CharlieHPerry. Email him at: superiorstorytelling@gmail.com.