Native American Heritage Month 2015
- Monday, November 2 at 11 p.m., Igliqtiqsiugvigruaq [Swift Water Place]
The story of the arctic village known as Igliqtiqsiugvigruaq in northwestern Alaska is revealed.
- Monday, November 2 at 11:30 p.m., Finding Refuge
The efforts of a dying woman to preserve her Native American culture prompts a renewal in finding pride.
- Monday, November 16 at 9 p.m., Modoc War: An Oregon Experience Special
In 1873 in Fort Klamath, Oregon, four Modoc Indians were hanged for war crimes. It was the only time American Indians would face that charge. The execution came at the end of the costliest American Indian war in U.S. history.
- Tuesday, November 17 at 11 p.m., Rising Voices/Hothaninpi
A look at how languages die focuses on the disappearing language of the Lakota nation.
- Monday, November 23 at 9:30 p.m., Black Gold Boom
Native American tribes in western North Dakota contemplate allowing fracking on tribal lands.
- Tuesday, November 3 at 11 p.m., LaDonna Harris: Indian 101
A documentary film about Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who led an extensive life of Native political and social activism, and is now passing on her traditional cultural and leadership values to a new generation of emerging Indigenous leaders.
- Saturday, November 7 at 8 p.m., Crying Earth Rise Up
When Debra White Plume’s water tested high for radiation, she determined the cause was a nearby uranium mining operation that is extracting ore from deep in the ground by tapping the High Plains/Ogllala Aquifer, a huge underground cache of water that covers 174,000 square miles and supplies the area’s drinking water.
- Sunday, Nov. 8 & 15, 6 pm & 10 p.m., Kind-Hearted Woman
In this two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland profiles the story of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation. He follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.
- Saturday, November 21 at 9 p.m., Chocktaw Code Talkers
In this chronicle of Choctaw soldiers as the original Code Talkers during World War I, find out their story that has been buried in history for nearly a hundred years. With testimonies from family members and Choctaw tribal leaders, the program brings a unique perspective to these forgotten heroes and their wartime contributions.
- Saturday, November 21 at 10 p.m., Indians Like Us
A sincere admiration of Native culture gives way to this charming documentary about a small group of French citizens—called “Savy Western”—who share a passion for everything Native American. Every weekend, they dress in Native regalia and make appearances at various village fairs alongside their countrymen in France. However, in order to fulfill their dream, they must travel to the United States and meet “real Indians.”
- Wednesday, November 25 at 11 p.m., Sacred Stick
The history of lacrosse in North America is a rich and multi-layered one. Much more than a Native American ball and stick game, lacrosse is a cultural window into Native American communities and their historical relationship with each other and the dominant culture.
- Saturday, November 28 at 9 p.m., Grab
An official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, GRAB is an intimate portrait of the little-documented Grab Day in the villages of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo tribe. This community-wide prayer of abundance, thanks and renewal exists at the intersection of traditional native and contemporary Western cultures. Each year, Laguna Pueblo villagers honor Catholic saints and family members by showering food and gifts from the rooftops of their homes upon the community gathered below. GRAB explores the origins and evolution of this 300-year-old custom, from its introduction by Spanish settlers to its modern-day twists. The film, narrated by actress Parker Posey, follows three families as they prepare for the annual event, chronicling their lives for the year leading up to Grab Day.
- Saturday, November 28 at 8:30 p.m., Beyond Recognition
After decades struggling to protect her ancestors’ burial places, now engulfed by San Francisco’s sprawl, a Native woman from a non-federally recognized tribe and her allies occupy a sacred site to prevent its desecration. When this life-altering event fails to stop the development, they vow to follow a new path- to establish the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust.
- Saturday, November 28 at 10 p.m., Smokin’ Fish
A quirky Tlingit businessman decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family’s camp in Alaska.
- Sunday, November 29 at 6 & 10 p.m., Sand Creek Massacre
Why did 600-plus volunteer soldiers attack a peaceful settlement of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians in the Southeastern Colorado Territory? On November 29, 1864, Colonel John Chivington led an unprovoked attack that resulted in the deaths of more than 150 women, children, and the elderly. How did the discovery of gold in the west, the push for Colorado statehood by Governor John Evans, and the belief in manifest destiny lead to this infamous massacre?
- Sunday, November 29 at 8 p.m., The Unconquered Seminoles
In the 1700s, Europeans dubbed the Indians living in Florida the “Seminoles” – the “wild ones.” Three wars were fought in the 1800s to remove the Indians from Florida, but the Seminoles survived – and never signed a peace treaty. The unconquered Seminoles adapted to life in the Everglades, eventually thriving in the modern world while preserving their cultural traditions.
- Sunday, November 29 at 8:30 p.m., Injunuity
This animated documentary presents a collage of reflections on the Native American world, our shared past, our turbulent present, and our undiscovered future. From Columbus to the western expansion to tribal casinos, we are taught that the Native way, while at times glorious, is something of the past, something that needed to be replaced by a manifest destiny from across the ocean. But in a world increasingly short of real answers, it is time we looked to Native wisdom for guidance. It is time for some Injunuity. Injunuity is a mix of animation, music, and real thoughts from real people exploring our world from the Native American perspective.