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Alcatraz Is Not an Island

by Jon Plutte and James M. Fortier

When a group of Native Americans reclaimed Alcatraz Island in 1969, their activism forever altered how Native Americans viewed themselves, their culture, and their rights.

Backbone of the World: The Blackfeet

by Pam Roberts

Filmed amid the beauty of the Rockies, Backbone of the World: The Blackfeet recounts the tale of the Badger-Two Medicine, the last Blackfeet sacred treaty land threatened by a government call for oil exploration.

The Buffalo War

by Matthew Testa and Bryan Cole

The Buffalo War examines the culture clash between Native Americans, ranchers, environmentalists, and government agents currently battling over the yearly slaughter of America's last wild bison.

True Stories

Casino Nation

by Laure Sullivan and Terry Jones

A snapshot of the struggle of the Seneca Nation of Indians to maintain its culture and identity after entering into the world of big-time casino gambling.

POV

Chiefs

by Donna Dewey and Daniel Junge

An observational documentary about the on- and off-court struggles of Native American basketball players at Wyoming Indian High School.

Independent Lens

Colorvision

by Marc Johnson

A multicultural series showcasing the best short films and videos illustrating cultural diversity.

Cowboys, Indians, & Lawyers

by Julia Dengel

A Western community fights over a massive dam proposed to serve Indian-owned, coal-fired power plants, providing an intimate portrait of American pork barrel politics and Anglo-Indian relations.

The Creek Runs Red

by Bradley Beesley, James Payne, and Julianna Brannum

The Environmental Protection Agency calls the former lead mining town of Picher, Oklahoma one of the most toxic places in America, but a dwindling population still calls it home. The Creek Runs Red explores the human response to environmental disaster, and the complex connections between people and place.

Independent Lens

Dancing with Photons

by Beverly Morris

Nuclear scientist and Navajo native Dr. Fred Begay blends seemingly contrary beliefs — traditional Navajo world order and nuclear physics.

The Great American Foot Race

by Dan Bigbee and Lily Shangreaux

The story of Andy Payne, a Cherokee who won the Great American Foot Race in 1928, reveals an ordinary young man who triumphed not because of mystical power, but because he believed in himself.

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