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  • Michael Lynch, West Tennessee (2008-12)
         member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
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         descendant, Cherokee
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  • Brent A. Cox (2008-2012)
    444 Cades Atwood Road
    Milan, Tennessee 38358
    731-723-9994

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    Air schedule of "We SHALL Remain" on PBS

    Check the website for a 30 minute preview of the series. All you ET people can watch the "Trail of Tears" episode and look for familiar faces. There should be quite a few.

    "We Shall Remain" on PBS

    PBS is currently advertising "We Shall Remain." These five programs of the "American Experience" will focus on American Indian experience. The series will begin in the 1600s with the Wampanoags of New England and end in the 1970s with "American Indian activists' occupation of Wounded Knee."

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain/behind_ the_scenes/photo_gallery

    All episodes air this spring.

    Donald Fixico (Shawnee/Fox/ Creek, Seminole), Department of History, Arizona State, was an adviser and Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) directed or co-directed three episodes.

    *13 April--Episode 1, "After the Mayflower." "In 1621 the Wampanoag of New England negotiated a treaty with Pilgrim settlers. A half-century later, as a brutal war flared between the English and a confederation of Indians, this diplomatic gamble seemed to have been a grave miscalculation. "

    *20 April--Episode 2,"Tecumseh' s Vision." "In the course of his brief but meteoric career, Tecumseh would become one of the greatest Native American leaders of all time, orchestrating the most ambitious pan-Indian resistance movement ever mounted on the North American continent."

    *27 April--Episode 3--"Trail of Tears." "Though the Cherokee embraced civilization and won recognition of tribal sovereignty in the U.S. Supreme Court, their resistance to removal from their homeland failed. Thousands were forced on a perilous march to Oklahoma." In this episode, Wes Studi (Cherokee) plays Major Ridge.

    *4 May--Episode 4--"Geronimo. " "As the leader of the last Native American a fighting force to capitulate to the U.S. government, Geronimo was seen by some as the perpetrator of unspeakable savage cruelties, while to others he was the embodiment of proud resistance."

    *11 May--Episode 5--"Wounded Knee." "In 1973 American Indian Movement activists and residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation occupied the town of Wounded Knee, demanding redress for grievances. As a result of the siege, Indians across the country forged a new path into the future."
    Clips aired in a promotion program included Carter Camp, Dennis Banks, Russell Means, and others.

    Information available at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain/

    For an interesting article on the series, see Katy June- Friesen, "Discarding Native stereotypes, producers move in for closer view,"
    The article is reprinted at
    http://www.current. org/hi/hi0808-weshallremain. shtml


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