Native American Heritage Month

Posted on Oct 28, 2019

This November KLRU is celebrating the many contributions and sacrifices of our indigenous citizens during Native American Heritage Month.
Tune into KLRU and commemorate these important stories.

Ohiyesa: The Soul of An Indian This documentary follows Kate Beane, an urban Dakota scholar, as she examines the extraordinary life of her celebrated relative, Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa), as he went from traditional Dakota boyhood to his education at Dartmouth College and his later roles as physician and author.
Saturday, November 9 at 5 p.m. on KLRU Q

Mankiller Learn about the legacy of Wilma Mankiller, who overcame sexism to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief. Through archival footage and interviews, this documentary examines the life of one of the country’s most important woman leaders.
Saturday, November 9 at 6 p.m. on KLRU Q

The People's Protectors Four Dakota, Lakota and Ojibwe warriors tell stories of their military experiences in the Vietnam War.
Sunday, November 10 at 10 p.m. on KLRU Q

The Warrior Tradition This inspiring and largely untold story explores the history of Native Americans in the United States military from their own points of view. They have fought for the United States in every war since the nation began. Even in the Vietnam War, 90 percent of the 42,000 Native people who served were volunteers. Why would men and women put their lives on the line for the government that took their homelands? The reasons are complex — patriotism, pride, courage and spirituality all intertwined with an abiding respect for familial, tribal and national traditions. Jamescita Peshlakai of the Navajo Nation says, “It is about defending what we love...courage is not muscle and strength, it is about standing up for what is right. And that is the warrior way.
Monday, November 11 at 8 p.m. on KLRU

Tending The Wild The environmental knowledge of indigenous peoples across the state of California is explored.
Saturday, November 16 at 5 p.m. on KLRU Q

Medicine Woman The story of America's first Native doctor and Native American women healers of today are explored.
Saturday, November 16 at 6 p.m. on KLRU Q

American Masters — N. Scott Momaday: Words From A Bear N. Scott Momaday received the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his first novel House Made of Dawn. He was the first Native American writer to win a major literary award. “I announced that I was going to be a writer when I was maybe eight years old,” he said. N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear takes you on a journey into the life and world of Native America’s most celebrated author of prose and poetry. You’ll experience the beauty and complexity of Momaday’s writings and how they relate to his unique Kiowa/American experience. The film takes a look at his most prolific years as a doctorate fellow at Stanford University, his achievement of the Pulitzer Prize, his later works and his role as a founding member of the “Native American Renaissance” that influenced countless other Native American artists, scholars and political activists. Through his words and literature, you’ll learn more about how Momaday grappled with the questions of human existence and his own identity. Interviews with Robert Redford, Jeff Bridges, James Earl Jones, Joy Harjo and others will give you a deeper appreciation of his continuing importance throughout the world. Monday, November 18 at 8 p.m. on KLRU

Independent Lens: Conscience Point In Long Island’s affluent Hamptons sits the exclusive Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, which in the summer of 2018 hosted one of the sport’s highest-profile events: the U.S. Open. As thousands descend, Rebecca Hill-Genia, a Shinnecock activist, wants the throngs of visitors to understand one thing: the world-renowned golf course’s celebrated slopes and sand traps were literally carved out of a sacred Shinnecock burial ground.
Monday, November 18 at 9:30 p.m. on KLRU

POV Shorts: Water Warriors When an energy company begins searching for natural gas in New Brunswick, Canada, indigenous and white families unite to drive out the company in a campaign to protect their water and way of life.
Monday, November 18 at 11 p.m. on KLRU

Red Power Energy Told from the American Indian perspective, this film reframes today's complex energy debate.
Saturday, November 23 at 5 p.m. on KLRU Q

Return to Rainy Mountain Writer N. Scott Momaday takes a road trip that highlights Native American ancestral myths.
Saturday, November 23 at 6 p.m. on KLRU Q

Smokin' Fish A quirky Tlingit businessman decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family's camp in Alaska.
Saturday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m. on KLRU Q

Native America A four-part PBS series that challenges everything we thought we knew about the Americas before and since contact with Europe. It travels through 15,000-years to showcase massive cities, unique systems of science, art and writing and 100 million people connected by social networks and spiritual beliefs spanning two continents.
Thursday, November 28 on KLRU Q
Part 1 at 8 p.m: From Caves to Cosmos Ancient wisdom and modern science are combined to shed light on who were America's First Peoples.
Part 2 at 9 p.m: Nature to Nations Explore the rise of great American nations, lost cities in Mexico, a temple in Peru and more.
Part 3 at 10 p.m: Cities of the Sky Scientists explore pyramids and 3D-scan a lost city of monumental mounds on the Mississippi River.
Part 3 at 11 p.m: New World Rising Horse-mounted Comanche warriors and secret messages encoded in Aztec manuscript are explored.