Special Native American Programming in November 2016
is made possible by
Island Resort & Casino
This entertaining, informative magazine style series celebrates Native American culture and heritage, listens to tribal elders, and talks to some of the most powerful and influential leaders of Indian Country today. Promoting understanding between cultures, tribes and reservations, Native Report offers a venue for the stories of challenge and success coming from the Midwest's tribal communities.
Saturdays at 5 pm ET
Navajo Math Circles
Hundreds of Navajo children in recent years have found themselves at the center of a lively collaboration with mathematicians from around the world. The children stay late after school and assemble over the summer to study mathematics, using a model called math circles, which originated in Eastern Europe and which has proliferated across the United States. This notion of student-centered learning puts children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction, with potentially long-lasting results.
Thursday, November 3 at 2 pm ET
Billed in 1911 as the “last wild Indian," Ishi wandered out of the woods in Oroville, CA, and became a national sensation. When Ishi died, his brain was removed and sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Eighty years later, his descendants in California fight to have his remains repatriated to his ancestral home. Film by native filmmakers Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) and Brian Wescott (Athabascan/Yup’ik) and producer Roberta Grossman (500 Nations, Homeland).
Sunday, November 6 at 11 pm ET
Red Power Energy
From a historically passive role in mineral extraction that frequently left their resource-rich reservations either leased out for pennies on the dollar or contaminated by environmental degradation and Federal mismanagement, Native people are in the midst of an extraordinary resurgence. They are challenging long-held stereotypes, fighting for the sovereign right to control their lands and develop their natural and mineral resources - however they choose. RED POWER ENERGY frames today's complex energy debate from an American Indian perspective.
Thursday, November 10 at 2 pm ET
The First Official Thanksgiving
On December 4, 1619, a year before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, a group of 36 Englishmen came ashore on the banks of the James River in Virginia after an arduous voyage with the purpose of establishing a new settlement. The group's charter required that the day of arrival be observed yearly as a "day of thanksgiving" to Almighty God for their safe passage to the New World. On that first day Captain John Woodlief held a religious service of Thanksgiving.
Sunday, November 13 at 11 pm ET
Friday, November 25 at 1:30 pm ET
Mullet: A Tale of Two Fish
The long and storied history of Florida's most under-appreciated fish is explored, including its importance as a food source for Native Americans, Spanish explorers and early Florida pioneers, as well as the rise and fall of Florida's commercial mullet fishing industry in the 20th century.
Wednesday, November 16 at 1 pm ET
Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau, Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family’s traditional fish camp. The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food as he struggles to pay his bills, keep the IRS off his back and keep his business afloat. By turns tragic, bizarre or just plain ridiculous, SMOKIN’ FISH tells the story of one man’s attempts to navigate the messy collision between the modern world and an ancient culture.
Wednesday, November 16 at 2 pm ET
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
Sent by President Thomas Jefferson to find the fabled Northwest Passage, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the most important expedition in American history — a voyage of danger and discovery from St. Louis to the headwaters of the Missouri River, over the Continental Divide to the Pacific. It was the United States’ first exploration of the West and one of the nation’s most enduring adventures. Ken Burns tells the remarkable story of the entire corps — not just the two famous captains, but the young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Clark’s African-American slave and the Shoshone woman, Sacagawea, who brought along her infant son. Part 1 airs Thursday at 1 pm, part 2 airs Friday at 1 pm.
Thursday, November 17 at 1 pm ET & Friday, November 18 at 1 pm ET
Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears
Examine the story of Cash’s little-known concept album Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian and his unique collaboration with folk artist Peter Lafarge. Based on the book A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears.
Sunday, November 20 at 11 pm ET
Thursday, November 24 at 2 pm ET
The Aleut Story
In 1942, as World War II reached Alaska, Aleut Americans were transferred to government camps 1,500 miles away, where an estimated 10 percent perished. As they prayed for deliverance, "friendly forces" looted their homes and churches in the Aleutian and Pribilof islands. The surviving Aleuts eventually joined Japanese Americans in seeking wartime reparations from the federal government. Filmed on location in Alaska and Washington, D.C., this poignant, richly textured film contains rare archival images and compelling interviews with Aleut internment survivors - many of whom are speaking out for the first time in more than 60 years.
Wednesday, November 23 at 1 pm ET
Across the Creek
This program is a conversation among members of the Lakota, who are seeking ways to restore their culture after a legacy of colonialism. Offering a fresh perspective into the lives of the Sioux on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations, the film looks at how these Sioux communities struggle to maintain tradition, while confronting the challenges of broken families, abuse and poverty. By sharing their stories across generations, they hope to build a vision for the future.
Wednesday, November 23 at 2:30 pm ET
What does it take to heal a people? That's the question at the heart of this film, which weaves together the lives of Native healers of today with that of the first Native American doctor. Born on the Nebraska frontier in 1865, Susan La Flesche Picotte returned from medical school to a shattered world, and spent the rest of her life working to help her people become whole again. Like Doctor Susan, modern-day medicine women from the Omaha, Lakota and Navajo tribes perform small miracles that the world rarely sees. How can they hope to mend the wounds of body and spirit that history has created? And what have they learned about new ways of healing that can help us all? Actress Irene Bedard is the voice of Doctor Susan. Poet and musician Joy Harjo narrates.
Friday, November 25 at 2 pm ET