Special Native American Programming in November 2014
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
Spirit in Glass: Plateau Native Beadwork
This documentary celebrates the spectacular beadwork of the Northwest Plateau People. The film provides a rare opportunity to experience Plateau culture through the eyes and hearts of artists, who share their history, motivation, and the beadwork that plays an important role in binding their culture together. Native Plateau beadwork is part of the rich tapestry of American culture. Plateau culture is unique and its story of survival a quintessentially American story.
Friday, November 7 at 1:30 pm ET
Saturday, November 8 at 10:30 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.
Friday, November 14 at 1:30 pm ET
As Long As We Dance
As Long As We Dance is a glimpse inside the 11th and final "New Faces of An Ancient People Traditional American Indian Powwow" held in State College, PA. It features the stories of American Indian dancers, drummers, vendors and organizers from various tribes, who travel thousands of miles to participate in the powwow each year and shows the impact the event has had on them and the surrounding central Pennsylvania community. The powwow is a place where people find themselves, connect with their culture and pass on their traditions to the next generation.
Saturday, November 15 at 10:30 pm ET
Friday, November 21 at 1:30 pm ET
Diné (Navajo) warriors serve in the military to defend their land since, in their view, the United States is still Indian land. They have served proudly and bravely, from the Code talkers in WWII, to the Army Rangers in Viet Nam, to the Army and Reserves who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. But their dedication and courage in battle does not protect them when they return home. Many were afraid of losing limbs; they did not anticipate the psychological damage from Post Traumatic Stress. Healing from PTSD is compounded for Navajo and many rural veterans by the problems of traveling long distances to receive care, unemployment, lack of housing, and alcohol abuse. Fortunately, many find help through strong women, traditional healing and western talk therapy to create a new normal.
Sunday, November 23 at 11 pm ET
Friday, November 28 at 2:30 pm ET
Watchers of the North
This action packed 6-part documentary adventure series follows the training, patrols and search and rescue missions of Canadian Rangers in two Nunavut communities. Canadian Ranger patrols are made up of Inuit, Metis, First Nations and non-Aboriginal men and women. You’ll find them conducting surveillance and sovereignty patrols in the North and acting as guides, scouts, and experts on wilderness and Arctic survival skills. In part 1, three new recruits go through training to see if they have what it takes to become the newest members of Taloyoak's Canadian Rangers.
Monday-Saturday at 3 pm, November 24-29
LaDonna Harris: Indian 101
This documentary profiles Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris. President Lyndon Johnson tapped her to educate the executive and legislative branches on the unique role of American Indian tribes and their relationship to the U.S. government. The course, called “Indian 101,” was taught to members of Congress and other agencies for more than 35 years. In addition to her work in civil rights, world peace, the environment and women’s rights, Harris is best known for introducing landmark legislation.
Monday, November 24 at 10 pm ET
Choctaw Code Talkers
In 1918, not yet citizens of the U.S., Choctaw members of the American Expeditionary Forces were asked to use their Native language as a powerful tool against the German Forces in World War I, setting a precedent for code talking as an effective military weapon and establishing them as America's original Code Talkers.
Tuesday, November 25 at 9 pm ET
Wednesday, November 26 at 2 pm ET
The Thick Dark Fog
Walter Littlemoon attended a federal Indian boarding school in South Dakota sixty years ago. The children were not allowed to be Indians – to speak their language or express their culture or native identity in any way at the risk of being severely beaten, humiliated or abused. What effects did these actions cause? At age 58, Walter decided to write and publish his memoirs as a way to deal with his own abusive behavior and the memories of his boarding school days. This film tells the story of how Walter confronted the “thick dark fog” of his past so that he could renew himself and his community.
Tuesday, November 25 at 10 pm ET
Legendary as one of America's greatest horse tribes, the 21st century Nez Perce decided to bring horses back to their land and lives with the unlikely help of a charismatic Navajo horseman, Rudy Shebala. His mentorship guides at-risk teenagers toward the strong medicine of horses, and his equine skills bring historic Nez Perce horse culture to modern renown. But his personal demons imperil both accomplishments. HORSE TRIBE is an epic story about the connection of human to animal, history to life, individuals to community, grief to resolve, and values to action.
Wednesday, November 26 at 1 pm ET
Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience
Profiles contemporary Native Americans who have chosen to honor the struggles of their ancestors by courageously overcoming their demons and reconnecting with Indian traditions. These inspiring role models are working to heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society.
Thursday, November 27 at 8 pm ET
Friday, November 28 at Noon ET
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.
Friday, November 28 at 1 pm ET