After centuries of encroachment, warfare and neglect, American Indians remain a vital force in the life of America. In this collection, delve into stories from We Shall Remain, a five-part 2009 series on the history and lives of Native Americans, and from other American Experience films. Follow American Experience into the Everglades, where, more recently, in 2018, we interviewed members of the Seminole and Mikasuki tribes, to learn about their families' histories in southern Florida.
Between 1902 and 1926 the federal government had set aside 54 million acres as national parks and wildlife refuges. All the rest was potentially subject to Native title. However, Congress had never made any treaties with Alaska Natives.
Donald Fixico, Thomas Bowlus Distinguished Professor of American Indian History and Director of the Center for Indigenous Nations Studies at the University of Kansas, talks about the West before white settlement.
In the early spring of 1942 Alaska's population was approximately 73,000. About half of those residents were Native Alaskans, members of indigenous groups who inhabited Alaska before it was colonized by Russia.