In the turbulence of war the Aleuts of Alaska would redefine themselves--and America. From indentured servitude and isolated internment camps, to Congress and the White House, this is the incredible story of the Aleuts' decades-long struggle for human and civil rights. The program draws compelling parallels to the present, as our country grapples with the challenging question of the balance between civil liberties and national security.
The story of an extraordinary Alaskan woman who becomes an unlikely hero in the fight for civil rights. An unassuming Tlingit Indian mother of three, testified before the Alaska Territorial Senate in 1945 and swayed the floor vote with her compelling testimony in favor of the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Act, the first civil rights bill passed in the United States since the Civil War. Producer:Jeffry Lloyd Silverman
This is a documentary about the construction and dedication of the largest bronze equestrian statue ever created. A controversial monument nearly five stories tall depicting the Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate, comissioned for the city of El Paso, Texas. Producers: John J. Valadez and Christina Ibarra
A personal story of how a multimillion-dollar project displaced the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation in North Dakota. Travel to the Fort Berthold Reservation and discover stories of the past as the film assesses tribal identity. Through interviews and archival footage, a uniquely Native American perspective emerges, giving light to a portrait of resilience and survival in the face of catastrophic change.
Producer: J. Carlos Peinado
About 40 Years. 40 Films. 40 Weeks.
The same year our nation celebrated its bicentennial and President Ford proclaimed a week in October as "Native American Awareness Week,"
six Native producers in public television met to charter the Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium (NAPBC), later known as Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) and now Vision Maker Media.
In these 40 years, our organization has created more than 500 films, awarded $11 million to independent producers and held hundreds of film-screening events across the nation. In celebration of Vision Maker Media's 40th anniversary, a collection of 40 films will be available for free streaming through Aug. 7, 2017. Each week a different film will be available on
About Vision Maker Media
Vision Maker Media is celebrating 40 years as your premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media--to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.
With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media's Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information,
About The American Archive of Public Broadcasting
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting seeks to preserve and make accessible significant historical content created by public media, and to coordinate a national effort to save at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity.