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Takeovers and Occupations: A Survey of American Mini-Rebellions and Political Stands

In the Independent Lens No Man’s Land, we get a fly on the wall sense of the tense armed takeover and 41-day standoff at Oregon’s Malheur Wildlife Refuge, led by rancher Ammon Bundy and his militia. Before it was all over, 26 people were arrested and charged with felony conspiracy against the government for their roles … READ MORE

Philbert McLeod: Never Conquered (and Rest in Peace)

In this piece created for Independent Lens by filmmaker Mat Hames, we get to know more about Eastern Shoshone tribal elder Philbert McLeod, one of the stars of Hames’ Independent Lens documentary What Was Ours. Philbert had an incredible breadth of knowledge about his tribe’s history, and fought for America in Vietnam, for which he … READ MORE

Native American Artifacts Tell a Story of Loss, Betrayal and Survival

Editor’s note: Author Jordan Dresser is featured in the Independent Lens film What Was Ours. He is a journalist, holds a Master’s in Museum Studies, and is passionate about Native American history and culture.  By Jordan Dresser If you listen closely, an item will tell you its story. It can be a story about its maker’s … READ MORE

Filmmaker Mat Hames Goes to Wind River to Amplify Native Voices

Award-winning filmmaker Mat Hames’s feature documentary, When I Rise, about African American mezzo-soprano and civil rights icon Barbara Conrad, was featured on Independent Lens and nominated for an IDA Documentary Award. One of Mat’s other films, Last Best Hope, about the Belgian Resistance during WWII, eventually led to him being knighted by the King of … READ MORE

Rest in Peace, John Trudell.

It has not been a happy month for Native American activists. Recently we said goodbye to Robin Poor Bear, and this week, activist/author/musician/poet John Trudell left this earth. Trudell was the subject of the Independent Lens film from a few years back called simply Trudell, by Heather Rae. One of his last messages, as per his … READ MORE

Women and Girls Lead Presents Young Lakota Online Encore and Live Chat

Since 1990, every U.S. President has declared the month of November as Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate and honor the contributions, culture, history, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives. This commemorative month also provides a platform to raise awareness about the adversity Native people faced in the past and continue … READ MORE

How Indian Relay Works

Most of us will be unfamiliar with the titular sport at the heart of the new documentary Indian Relay, which premieres tonight, November 18 on Independent Lens on PBS at 10 PM [check local listings], and while the film itself certainly makes the sport vivid, a quick primer is in order. First, watch this excerpt from the film … READ MORE

Kind Hearted Woman Update (and Workshop)

As we kick off our celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we’ll be writing about two new Native American-themed films airing this month on Independent Lens (Indian Relay; Young Lakota), as well as looking at other Native American projects past and future.  First, an update on the subject of a film that The New York Times … READ MORE

The Return: Genetically Pure Bison Reintroduced to Montana

After shooting wrapped on Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison, filmmaker Doug Hawes-Davis captured the story of the historic transfer of wild, genetically-pure bison from Yellowstone National Park to the Fort Peck tribes of northeastern Montana. Here’s his 16-minute short film of this inspiring tale: