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Native American Heritage Month 

Through storytelling, family traditions, and music, these programs show the diversity and long history of Indigenous people across the United States. Celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in a special collection of films, show and programs airing on WNMU-TV PBS this November.  

Scroll down to learn about our featured programs. All programs are on 13.1 unless otherwise noted.

Native Report

Native Report
We travel to Denver, where we’ll learn about the American Indian College Fund. We also visit the Denver Indian Health and Family Services Center. And we attend a breakout session at the National Congress of American Indians Annual Convention.   

Saturday, November 6 at 5:30 pm ET.

Skindigenous: Alberta - Amy Malbeuf

Alberta - Amy Malbeuf
Métis artist Amy Malbeuf’s insatiable appetite for new creative outlets has led her to work in many artistic fields, including traditional Indigenous tattooing.   

Sunday, November 7 at 2:30 pm ET.

Spirit Flute: Healing The Heart

Spirit Flute Healing The Heart
Delve into the extraordinary journey of a group of Oklahoma flute makers and artists. Who will continue this great tradition?  

Tuesday, November 9 at 3 pm ET.

Native Report

Native Report
We view an incredible art exhibit featuring artworks by Minnesota-based artists. We learn about development plans for the American Indian Community Housing Organization. And we attend the unveiling of a unique and utilitarian public art installation.   

Saturday, November 13 at 5:30 pm ET.

Skindigenous: Indoneisia - Aman Jepri

Indoneisia - Aman Jepri
The Mentawai people inhabit a group of islands west of Sumatra, in Indonesia.   

Sunday, November 14 at 2:30 pm ET.

Beyond Recognition

Beyond Recognition
A Native woman and her allies occupy a sacred site to prevent its desecration.  

Monday, November 15 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 11/16 at 3 pm ET.

We Are The Land

We Are The Land
A solar company built a power station on land home to prehistoric Native American communities.  

Monday, November 15 at 9:30 pm ET.  Repeats 11/16 at 3:30 pm ET.

Native Report

Native Report
We interview the State of Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. We then meet Joyce LaPorte, a maker of traditional Ojibwe faceless dolls. And we interview noted author Linda LeGarde Grover about her writing.  

Saturday, November 20 at 5:30 pm ET.

Skindigenous: British Columbia - Dion Kaszas

British Columbia - Dion Kaszas
Dion Kaszas is an artist and scholar of mixed heritage who feels a strong connection to his Interior Salish roots.  

Sunday, November 21 at 2:30 pm ET.

Ottaway: A River Reborn

Ottaway A River Reborn
This film weaves together strong Native American values, the complexity of a changing society, and the unspoken voices of nature’s population of “environmental citizens” whose lives are interwoven with… the rebirth of the Ottaway.  

Sunday, November 21 at 3 pm ET.

Stories I Didn't Know

Stories I Didn't Know
While Rita Davern’s family members have always been proud to say that their ancestors once owned Pike Island, a beautiful piece of land in Minnesota, the story of its acquisition is far less glorious. Join Rita on a journey that requires facing the complicated legacy of westward expansion in the United States.  

Monday, November 22 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 11/23 at 3 pm ET.

Independent Lens: Home from School: The Children of Carlisle

Independent Lens
Home from School: The Children of Carlisle
“Kill the Indian in him, and save the man,” was the guiding principle that removed thousands of Native American children, placing them in boarding schools. Among those who died at Carlisle Indian Industrial School were three Northern Arapaho boys. Now, more than a century later, tribal members journey from Wyoming to Pennsylvania to help them finally come home.  

Tuesday, November 23 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 11/24 at 1 am ET.

A Thousand Voices

A Thousand Voices
From the proverb, “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” this story is built from thousands of voices to present one universal story of New Mexico’s Native American women.  

Thursday, November 25 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 11/26 at 3 pm ET.

Native Report

Native Report
We meet artist Chris Pappan and what he calls “Native American Low Brow” art. We meet street artist Votan and  visit the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, where we view an exhibit of hand-woven portraits of female Elders from Wisconsin’s 12 Native nations. 

Saturday, November 27 at 5:30 pm ET.

Media Meet "Center for Native American Studies at 25"

Media Meet
Center for Native American Studies at 25
25 years ago, NMU established the Center for Native American Studies--a cultural/educational program centered around Indigenous themes, perspectives and people. We take time to revisit those early days at the Center and see how it has grown into an indispensable part of NMU.

Saturday, November 27 at 6:30 pm ET. Repeats 11/29 at 3 pm ET. 

Skindigenous: Samoa - Peter Sulua'pe

Samoa - Peter Sulua'pe
Western Samoa is one of the few places on the planet where traditional tattooing continued unimpeded through the colonial era.  

Sunday, November 28 at 2:30 pm ET.