Did You Know About the New PBS “Native America” Series?
Native Americans have a long history of being misrepresented. So, as our CEO Joshua Arce says, “when a movie or show airs that tells our real stories, we do what we can to ensure it gets in front of as many people as possible.” In this case, it means sponsoring PBS’s Native America series to help raise awareness.
Few people know that systemic oppression continues to limit food and water insecurity, healthcare and education for the tribes. Meanwhile, less than one percent of U.S. charitable giving supports Native causes.
Despite these barriers, Native engineers, politicians, artists and educators are building a brighter future. The Native America series gives them a platform to tell their stories and share thousands of years of knowledge. Honoring of Indigenous culture and history, the series offers an extraordinary glimpse into Indian Country just as we approach Native American Heritage Month.
Native Contributions Continue
Over the centuries, Native Americans have and are making significant contributions to western society and the world. For instance, Native Americans have the highest rate of military service of any ethnic group. Congress acknowledges the Iroquois Confederacy influenced the U.S. Constitution. Actors like Wes Studi and Tantoo Cardinal and athletes like Billy Mills make lasting impressions. Native Americans are contributing to space, conservation, music, art, food, dry farming and more. Each new, hour-long episode of Native America reveals how Indigenous innovations continue, all the while still honoring beliefs and traditions.
The second season of Native America airs October 24 through November 17 at 9:00 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), PBS.org and the PBS App. You may also want to visit PBS for more info, clips, extended trailers and the Native Voices blog.