Featured Cast & Crew
  • Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo), Producer, Writer, Director
    Craig’s documentary I Belong To This was included in the four-part series, Matters of Race, produced by Roja Productions for PBS. He has also produced Creation Story for the White Mountain Apache Museum and Cultural Center. Craig’s most recent project includes two short films and a thirty-minute three-screen production titled Home for the Heard Museum’s Native People of the Southwest exhibit in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Sarah Colt, Producer, Writer, Director
    Sarah Colt is a documentary filmmaker based in Boston. In 2005 Colt produced the first hour of Making Schools Work with Hedrick Smith, a PBS special on education reform. Her other credits include co-producer for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s RFK, Kofi Annan: Center of the Storm, the Emmy Award-winning The Secret Life of the Brain, and for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s twenty-first season, The Polio Crusade. Colt was a 2004 recipient of the International Reporting Project Fellowship to report on the racial imbalance of land ownership in Namibia.
  • Cathleen O’Connell, Series Coordinating Producer
    O’Connell’s recent production credits include American Experience’s John and Abigail Adams, Reconstruction: The Second Civil War and They Made America for WGBH’s History Unit. She was a producer for PBS’s Livelyhood: Planet Work and directed the independent film Time Capsule: Message in a Bottle. Her previous work with Native communities includes filming on the Catawba reservation for the national PBS outreach campaign Many Faces/Many Voices, documenting Ojibwe musical traditions for the PBS series The Mississippi: A River of Song, and producing and editing a video for the Fort Mojave Tribe about their cultural preservation work.
  • Michael Rossi, Associate Producer
    Rossi’s production credits for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE include Building the Alaska Highway and The Gold Rush. He also worked on The War That Made America, a four-hour PBS series about the French and Indian War. Rossi completed the B.A./M.A. program in U.S. History at Boston College, where he has been a guest lecturer for the Black Studies course Eyes on the Prize. Currently, Rossi works on the Peabody Award-winning television series Design Squad, an engineering competition show produced by the Children’s Programming Department at WGBH Boston.
  • Michael Chin, Director of Photography
    Cinematographer Michael Chin has served as Director of Photography for numerous documentaries and independent features. His feature credits include: director Wayne Wangs’s Chan Is Missing and Dim Sum; Haitian Corner directed by Raoul Peck; Life Tastes Good directed by Phillip Gotanda; Robert Zagones’s Read You Like a Book and most recently Gus Van Sants’s Milk, as camera operator. Chins’s diverse body of documentary work includes: Eyes on the Prize 1 & 2; Academy Award-winning In the Shadow Of The Stars; A Hymn For Alvin Ailey; Malcolm X; Make It Plain; Cadillac Desert; Jesse James; Walt Whitman; Japan, Memoirs Of A Secret Empire; The World Of Artist Masami Teraoka; First Person Plural. Chin lives in San Francisco and is currently directing a documentary on Cantonese opera.
  • Stephen McCarthy, Cinematographer
    Stephen McCarthy is a Boston-based Director of Photography with over twenty five years' experience in non-fiction filmmaking, from cinema verite to docudrama. His work appears regularly in prime-time documentary series on PBS, Discovery, BBC, Channel Four Television, HBO, the History Channel and MTV. McCarthy's recently-aired work includes The Lobotomist, The Polio Crusade and The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln for American Experience; Storm Over Everest and Growing Up Online for Frontline; E.O. Wilson: Lord of the Ants for Nova and Audubon for American Masters. Recent independent productions include Marco Williams’ Banished and Robb Moss and Peter Gallison's Secrecy, which both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and African American Lives and Looking for Lincoln with Henry Jouis Gates, Jr.
  • Allen Moore, Cinematographer
    Allen Moore, a graduate of Harvard University, has been producing, directing, photographing and editing his own documentaries for more than 35 years. Among the honors awarded to Moore, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Filmmaking in 1982. Moore has also served as a director of photography on dozens of PBS documentaries, including Ken Burns’ The Civil War, Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and The War. For his work on Baseball, Moore received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 1995. Moore received a second Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2000 for his cinematography on Ric Burns’ American Experience series New York.
  • Oliver Enjady (Mescalero Apache), Re-enactment Consultant
    Oliver Enjady has studied Apache culture through interaction with tribal elders, the arts and politics. Enjady is a former vice-president of the Mescalero Apache tribe in New Mexico. He has been painting since he was a teenager and received a degree in art from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Enjady uses his artwork to tell stories about the Apache people while blending in contemporary elements.
  • Ramon Riley (White Mountain Apache), Re-enactment Consultant
    Ramon Riley has lived most of his life on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, following Apache traditions and participating in ceremonial life of the community. Mr. Riley's strong background in traditional knowledge comes from his training with traditional spiritual people, tribal elders and his late mother, Mary Velasquez Riley. This experience informs his current work as the coordinator of the Tribe's repatriation and cultural education programs. As Cultural Resource Director he is responsible for coordinating the Cultural Advisory Board, which guides the Heritage Program on cultural related issues such as research, exhibits, and economic development.
  • L. G. Moses, Academic Advisor
    L. G. Moses received his doctorate from the University of New Mexico in 1977. He specializes in American Indian history, the history of the American West, and the history of American anthropology. In addition to numerous scholarly articles and chapters in anthologies, his books are The Indian Man: A Biography of James Mooney (1984; 2002), Indian Lives: Essays on Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Native American Leaders (1993), and Wild West Shows and the Images of American Indians, 1883-1933 (1996).
  • Benjamin Bratt (Qechua), Series Narrator
    Benjamin Bratt delivered a breakthrough performance in Leon Ichaso’s Piñero (2001), a film tracing the life of the controversial New York artist Miguel Piñero. His additional film credits include Love in the Time of Cholera and Traffic, winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast. On television, Bratt was a regular on the critically-acclaimed drama Law & Order for four seasons, receiving both Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for his riveting portrayal of Detective Reynaldo Curtis. An alumnus of the M.F.A. program at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Bratt currently stars in The Cleaner on A & E.
  • John Kusiak, Series Composer
    John Kusiak is a composer and performer who writes and produces music for film, television, advertising and live performance. His previous credits for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE include The Gold Rush and Building the Alaska Highway. Kusiak’s other projects include writing music for filmmaker Errol Morris, the Academy Awards, PBS, and United Airlines. Kusiak has played guitar for many groups including the Pousette-Dart Band (1981-1982), a national touring act which had four albums on Capitol Records. His studio and home are in Arlington, Massachusetts.
  • Mark Samels, Executive Producer, American Experience
    Samels has been instrumental in bringing American Experience recognition as a leading presenter of world-class films to a wide audience through broadcast on PBS. Under his leadership, American Experience documentaries have been honored with nearly every industry award, including the Peabody Award, Primetime Emmys, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, Writers Guild Awards, Oscar nominations, Audience and Grand Jury Awards at the Sundance Film Festival, and the Eric Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians. A founding member of the International Documentary Association, Samels serves on the advisory council of the World Congress of History Producers. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
  • Sharon Grimberg, Executive Producer, We Shall Remain
    Grimberg plays a key role in the origination, development, acquisition, and editorial oversight of films for American Experience. Since she joined the staff in 2000, films made for the series have won more than forty honors including Peabody Awards, Primetime Emmys, Writers Guild Awards and an Oscar nomination. Grimberg served as supervising producer of They Made America, a series on innovation based on award-winning writer Sir Harold Evans’s book of the same title. Previously, Grimberg was a writer for CNN Headline News. She did her undergraduate work at the London School of Economics and received an M.A. from the University of Michigan.
  • Shirley K. Sneve (Sicangu Lakota), Executive in Charge for NAPT
    Shirley K. Sneve is Director of Radio and Television Programming for Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT). In this role Sneve plans, directs, and manages the organization’s Program Fund contracts for public television and future digital TV productions and is responsible for NAPT acquisitions from independent producers and other sources for PBS distribution. Prior to joining NAPT she was director of Arts Extension Service in Amherst, Massachusetts, and served as consultant to numerous arts organizations. She began her career as a minority affairs producer for South Dakota Public Broadcasting in Vermillion, South Dakota.
  • Colin G. Calloway, Series Advisor
    Colin G. Calloway is Professor of History and Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. His many books include Crown and Calumet: British-Indian Relations, 1783-1815 (1997), New Worlds For All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of America (1997), First Peoples; A Documentary Survey of American Indian History (2004), and, as editor, Our Hearts Fell to the Ground, Plains Indian Views of How the West Was Lost (1996).
  • R. David Edmunds (Cherokee), Series Advisor
    R. David Edmunds is Watson Professor of American History at the University of Texas at Dallas. His books include The Fox Wars: The Mesquakie Challenge to New France, The Shawnee Prophet, Tecumseh and the Quest for Indian Leadership, and Potawatomis: Keepers of the Fire. He is a past president of the American Society for Ethnohistory and gave the 2004-2005 Distinguished Lectures for the Organization of American Historians. Edmunds has held Ford Foundation, Newberry, and Guggenheim fellowships, and has advised documentary filmmakers, tribal governments, foundations, and museums.
  • Donald L. Fixico (Shawnee, Sauk & Fox, Creek, Seminole), Series Advisor
    Donald L. Fixico is Distinguished Foundation Professor in the Department of History of Arizona State University. He has served on the Advisory Council for the National Endowment for the Humanities and his books include The American Indian Mind in a Linear World: American Indian Studies and Traditional Knowledge (2003), and The Urban Indian Experience in America (2000).
  • Louis Masur, Series Advisor
    Louis Masur is the Director of American Studies and the Kenan Professor of American Institutions and Values at Trinity College. He is the author of Rites of Execution: Capital Punishment and the Transformation of American Culture, 1776-1865; 1831: Year of Eclipse; Autumn Glory: Baseball's First World Series; and is the editor of Reviews in American History. Masur's most recent book is The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America.
  • Jean O'Brien (Ojibwe), Series Advisor
    Jean O'Brien is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Minnesota and holds adjunct status in the departments of American Indian Studies, American Studies, and the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies. O'Brien is the author of Dispossession by Degrees: Indian Land and Identity in Natick, Massachusetts, 1650-1790. She is currently working on a book on nineteenth century New Englanders' representations of local and regional Indian history.
  • Loriene Roy (White Earth Anishinabe), Series Advisor
    Loriene Roy is Professor in the School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin. She is Director and Founder of “If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything,” a national reading club for Native Children and “Honoring Generations,” a graduate scholarship program for indigenous students. She was elected President of the American Library Association for 2007-2008. She has published over 100 edited books, articles, chapters, and short stories. She serves on the advisory boards for the International Children’s Digital Library, Webjunction, the Sequoyah Research Center, and Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros. Roy received a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MLS from the University of Arizona.
  • N. Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache), Creative Consultant
    N. Bird Runningwater serves as a creative consultant for WE SHALL REMAIN. He is the Associate Director, Native American and Indigenous Initiatives at the Sundance Institute and serves as a programmer for the Sundance Film Festival. Runningwater is on the board of directors of Native American Public Telecommunications, advises the First Peoples Fund's Community Spirit Arts Awards and serves on the National Editorial Board for YES! A Journal of Positive Futures. Before joining the Sundance Institute, Runningwater served as the Executive Director of the Fund of the Four Directions, a private philanthropy, and was chairman of the board for Native Americans in Philanthropy.
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