In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November as "National American Indian Heritage Month." If you’d like more information on the month-long observance and about Native American history and culture, visit this Library of Congress website.
Some highlights from our November programming schedule included:
Urban Rez, Tuesday, 11/7 at 9pm Explored the controversial legacy and modern-day repercussions of the Urban Relocation Program (1952-1973), the greatest voluntary upheaval of Native Americans during the 20th century. Dozens of American Indians representing tribal groups from across the West recall their first-hand experiences with relocation, including the early hardships and struggles with isolation and racism. Interviewees also speak about the challenges of maintaining one's own tribal traditions - from language to hunting - while assimilating into the larger society. Urban Rez was awarded the 2013 Heartland Chapter Emmy Award for Best Cultural Documentary. Watch the full film by clicking the title link.
Independent Lens: Indian Relay, Monday, 11/18 at 9pm From the bitter cold of winter on the Rocky Mountain front to the heat and mayhem of the summer's championship races in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Oregon, "Indian Relay" follows several teams from three different American Indian communities as they prepare for and compete across a grueling Indian Relay season -- all hearts set on the glory and honor of winning this year's National Championships
Independent Lens: Young Lakota, Monday, 11/25 at 9pm In a small town in the heart of the Pine Ridge Reservation, Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena and their neighbor, Brandon Ferguson, share a common dream of helping to create a better future for their tribe. When South Dakota passes a law criminalizing abortion, their tribal President, Cecelia Fire Thunder, challenges it with a threat to build a clinic on the reservation, drawing Sunny, Serena and Brandon into a political storm that changes the course of each of their lives.
Urban Rez explores the controversial legacy & modern-day effects of the US Government's assimilation policy to dismantle the Indian Reservation system by relocating American Indians from their rural homelands to urban areas.