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KERA Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate the history, culture and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in a special collection of films, short stories and documentaries from KERA.




Independent Lens | Dawnland

Monday, November 1 at 10:30pm

Follow the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission in the U.S., which investigates the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on Native American communities. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.



The Warrior Tradition

Tuesday, November 2 at 10pm

The Warrior Tradition tells the astonishing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and largely untold story of Native Americans in the United States military. Why would Indian men and women put their lives on the line for the very government that took their homelands? The film relates the stories of Native American warriors from their own points of view – stories of service and pain, of courage and fear.



Native America 

Wednesday, November 3 at 10pm – “From Caves to Cosmos”
Wednesday, November 10 at 10pm – “Nature to Nations”
Wednesday, November 17 at 10pm – “Cities of the Sky”
Wednesday, November 24 at 10pm – “New World Rising”

Native America explores the world created by America’s First Peoples. The four-part series reaches back 15,000 years to reveal massive cities aligned to the stars, unique systems of science and spirituality, and 100 million people connected by social networks spanning two continents.



Independent Lens | Conscience Point

Monday, November 8 at 10:30pm

Conscience Point tracks the fractured history of the Shinnecock tribe on Long Island alongside the spirited path of one Native woman determined to make a stand: activist Rebecca Hill-Genia who, together with other determined tribal members and allies, has waged a relentless, years-long battle to protect the land and Shinnecock cultural heritage from the ravages of development and displacement.



The People’s Protector

Tuesday, November 9 at 10pm

Native American veterans reflect on their experiences in the military during the Vietnam War. Even as they struggled with their relationship to the United States government from past oppression; the Dakota, Lakota, and Ojibwe warriors still felt compelled to honor their duty to their people as Akichita | Ogichidaag| Warriors, as protectors of the people.



American Masters | N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear

Monday, November 15 at 10:30pm

Delve into the enigmatic life and mind of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet N. Scott Momaday, best known for House Made of Dawn and a formative voice of the Native American Renaissance in art and literature.



Independent Lens | RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Tuesday, November 16 at 10pm

RUMBLE is the electric story of how Native American influence shaped blues, jazz, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll, a missing chapter in music history, including Link Wray — the electric guitar pioneer whose titular instrumental hit was banned from the radio.



Battle Over Bears Ears

Monday, November 22 at 10pm

At its heart, it’s a battle for homeland and sovereignty. Bears Ears National Monument, a remote section of land lined with red cliffs and filled with juniper and sage, is at the center of a fight over who has a say in how Western landscapes are protected and managed.




▸ Explore the journey and contributions of Native Americans with more
documentaries and episodes, curated by PBS

▸ KERA WORLD presents Indigenous voices and stories with these films and documentaries

▸ Stay informed on race in current events with KERA News’ coverage

▸ PBS also has a collection of resources to help parents discuss race and racism with children

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