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Bad Sugar
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
The Pima and Tohono O'odham Indians of southern Arizona have arguably the highest diabetes rates in the world - half of all adults are afflicted. But a century ago, diabetes was virtually unknown here. Researchers have poked and prodded the…
Reel Injun - Native American Portrayal in Hollywood
Hollywood has made over 4000 films about Native people; over 100 years of movies defining how Indians are seen by the world. Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American…
In Whose Honor? - American Indian Mascots in Sports
The Cleveland Indians. Washington Redskins. Atlanta Braves. What's wrong with American Indian sports mascots? This moving, award-winning film is the first of its kind to address that subject. In Whose Honor? takes a critical look at the long-running practice of…
Foreigners in Their Own Land
Part of the Series: The Latino Americans
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Explores the period from 1565-1880, as the first Spanish explorers enter North America, the U.S. expands into territories in the Southwest that had been home to Native Americans and English and Spanish colonies, and as the Mexican-American War strips Mexico…
The Thick Dark Fog - Reclaiming Native American Identity
Walter Littlemoon is a 69-year-old Lakota man born and raised in Wounded Knee, South Dakota. At the age of five, he was removed from his family to attend a Federal government boarding school where his culture, language and spirituality were…
A Good Day To Die
A Good Day to Die chronicles a movement that started a revolution and inspired a nation. By recounting the life story of Dennis Banks, the Native American who co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 to advocate and protect…
E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name
When Christen was born her Mother, a kumu hula or master hula practitioner, gave her a Hawaiian name that was over sixty letters. In the mid-80's at the age of eight Christen and her two younger brothers were separated from…
The Spirit of Annie Mae - A Native American Activist
Anna Marie Pictou-Aquash was a leading Native American political activist. A Mi'kmaw Indian born in Nova Scotia, she was killed execution-style on a desolate road in South Dakota in 1976, when she was only thirty years of age. The murderer(s)…
A Life Worth Living - Suicide Prevention in Native American and First Nations Communities
Today, there are aboriginal communities across the country that are making a difference. "A Life Worth Living" looks at the suicide issue amongst First Nations from a historical and cultural perspective and presents positive examples of native-run programs. We see…
Ancient Sea Gardens - Mystery of the Pacific Northwest
When marine geologist Dr. John Harper stumbles upon a coastal phenomenon in the form of mysterious curving rock walls along the low tide line of hundreds of beaches in British Columbia, he launches on a quest that will take years…
People of a Feather
Featuring stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes us through time into the world of the Inuit in the northern reaches of Canada. Connecting past, present and future is the Inuit's unique relationship with…
Imagining Indians
With an all Indian crew, Victor Masayesva visited tribal communities in Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Washington and the Amazon to produce this film. Masayesva says, "Coming from a village which became embroiled in the filming of Darkwind, a…
Urban Rez - The Repercussions of the Native American Urban Relocation Program 
URBAN REZ explores 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. During the documentary, dozens of American Indians representing tribal groups from across the West…
Hunting In Wartime - The Struggle of Native American Veterans in Alaska
Hunting in Wartime profiles the incredible stories of Tlingit Native Americans from the village of Hoonah, Alaska who served in the Vietnam War. Their stories confront the complexity of serving a country that systematically oppressed them; a government that forbid…
My Identity - An American Teenager Converts to Islam
Ashley, a young Native-American Caucasian girl, converts to Islam in hopes of finding structure in a life where it never existed. Surrounded by drugs and alcohol, at age 8 Ashley becomes a ward of the state. She is separated from…
Indian Self-Rule: A Problem of History
After centuries of struggle, the Indians of North America own less than 2% of the land settled by their ancestors. Indian Self-Rule traces the history of white-Indian relations from nineteenth century treaties through the present, as tribal leaders, historians, teachers,…
Racing the Rez - Native American Student Track Teams
In the rugged canyon lands of Northern Arizona, Navajo and Hopi cross-country runners from two rival high schools put it all on the line for tribal pride, triumph over personal adversity, and state championship glory. Win or lose, what they…
Sacred Stick - A History of Lacrosse and Native Americans
"Before there was light, before there was earth, the game was played." - Oren Lyons Sacred Stick examines the historical, cultural, and spiritual aspects of lacrosse. From the ancient Maya to the world famous Iroquois Nationals team, this program explores…
Choctaw Code Talkers - Heroic Native American World War One Soldiers
In 1918, not yet citizens of the United States, Choctaw members of the American Expeditionary Forces were asked by the government to use their Native language as a powerful tool against the German Forces in World War I, setting a…
Smoke from His Fire - The Kwakwaka’wakw of the Pacific Northwest Coast
A bittersweet story of how a people survived. Seventy-five years ago the nobility of the Kwakwaka'wakw of the Pacific Northwest Coast, chose a young man, secluded him from the authorities when his peers were sent to Residential School. The elders…