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A provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. The centerpiece of this initiative is a television series that tells five heartbreaking, yet inspiring stories. Together they highlight Native ingenuity and resilience over the course of 300 years. The series upends two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as simply ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land.
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Factual history of Native Americans

Ever since I was 7 years old, I admired our Native Americans even though I never had any contact with any growing up in a Norwegian city. In High School I wrote an essay...Read complete review

Ever since I was 7 years old, I admired our Native Americans even though I never had any contact with any growing up in a Norwegian city. In High School I wrote an essay for English titled, "The White Man's Injustice to the Indians." As years passed, I read a lot about these people and my feelings for them grew. I was horrified and greatly angered by the horrible treatment of these people by our government just to enable white settlers to illegally claim the lands of the American Indians and often in very cruel ways. The Trail of Tears, ordered by our government, was the climax that proportionately, by population, equals the Nazi's treatment of the Jews.

Bad treatment in many regards by our government still continues.

I appreciated the factual history of our Native Americans without vilifying them or presenting them as though they had halos over their heads. These should be seen by all school children as well as adults. When I was in school none of this was taught.

My one complaint is with Wounded Knee. A major event was omitted. Rev. Paul Boe, Minneapolis, had worked with the Am. Indians for 5 years and gained their trust and love. They invited Rev. Boe to come to Wounded knee to council with them. He lived with them for 10 days while it was under siege by armed forces. When he left he was arrested and ordered to tell who was there, how many guns and how much ammunition they had etc. He refused to break the trust and the confidence between a pastor and a confessor. The Judge gave him 14 days to prepare to be incarcerated until he would give testimony to the Grand Jury.

Pastor Paul Boe, 58 years old, returned to Sioux Falls, SD and prepared to go to jail. When he and his family arrived at the airport, 30 Indians surrounded him, singing Indian Songs.

The Boe and 500 others went to a church for a service before Rev. Boe was to turn him self in. There news arrived that 2 of the 3 judges in the 8th U.S.Dist. Court of Appeals in St. Louis held that Rev. Boe had been denied his rights in the First Amendment of Constitution to present his defense and the free practice practice of his religion, so he did not have to go to jail.

After the service 300, including many Indians, walked with Rev. Boe to The Marshall's Office to be sure that he did not have to go to jail.

Although Rev. Boe was happy that he didn't have to go to jail, he said he was disappointed that court didn't help the cause of injustice to the Indians and that his case was dropped merely on a technicality and said nothing about the clergy's rights to maintain confidentiality with a confessor.

To the Indians of Wounded Knee, Pastor Boe was a hero, championing their cause against negative governmental treatment. (You need to read the details involved in their complaints to appreciate the myriad of problems.)

Every other white man in that documentary were enemies of the Indians at Wounded knee. This one white man who understood their problems and was willing to go to jail to protect these people was totally left out of the documentary.To me this is outrageous.

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Where is the name 'Leonard Peltier?'

Although Mr. Peltier is imprisoned, is it right not to cite his name with his image and voice on film? What was the rationale, or were people "told" not to...Read complete review

Although Mr. Peltier is imprisoned, is it right not to cite his name with his image and voice on film? What was the rationale, or were people "told" not to include him, cite him, write his name and give him credit because the Dept. of Justice held only him accountable for the federal deaths. Russell, Banks, Eyre... care to comment?

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5.0

Great for homeschools!

By MissRachel

from Michigan

Comments about PBS American Experience: We Shall Remain DVD:

All I can say is thank you for making such fine films on history that's hardly talked about. My entire family is wiser than before!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Eye Opener

By MEL

from Croton-on-Hudson, NY

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Comments about PBS American Experience: We Shall Remain DVD:

A series that everyone could benefit from reflecting on. We have a lot of injustice against Native Americans to make up for... Are we as a nation doing anything?

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A must see!

By Bre the nanny

from Bethlehem, Ga

Comments about PBS American Experience: We Shall Remain DVD:

This was truly the best show I have seen in many years..I love the American Indians and this a such a moving story and so well put together. It is one of the best shows I have ever watched.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Native American Saga, informative.

By Genbug

from Sandia, Texaas

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Comments about PBS American Experience: We Shall Remain DVD:

The conflicts of the Native Americans with the Colonists is important in my studies of our family history of ancestral genealogy. The times they lived in determined how and where they lived. Very informative for me. I will use it over and over. Thank you.

(23 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
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No one is an actor in this!

By Thunder1955

from Dorchester, MA

Comments about PBS American Experience: We Shall Remain DVD:

NO ONE AND I MEAN NO ONE IN THIS DOCUMENTORY IS AN ACTOR AND THE PLACES ARE REAL! NO ONE GOT PAID AND THERE IS NO MONIES COMING BACK TO THE TRIBES OR PEOPLES. I KNOW ALL THIS BECAUSE MY FUTURE HUSBANDS FAMILY IS IN THIS DOCUMENTORY! The First Light! The Mashpee Wampanoag! The reason for the language change is because there is no Wampanoag word for the English word. I myself am German on mothers side and Blackfoot/Seneca on fathers side. I could not watch all of it as I cried through the first half and was to upset to watch the rest. I am going to get the DVD and have to watch it alone at my house with a few boxes of tissues. I am ashamed at the white man side of me and sad at the Native Part of me. Oh and the reason that Leonard was not included is because he has become ever so ill. Also I do not believe he was asked. This documentary should be required viewing throughout the United States not just by children, but by everyone who lives here and considers themselves Americans. UNDERSTAND WHY
"WE SHALL REMAIN" !!!!!!

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