Native American Themed Television Series On The Rise

By NAT Staff

There are currently ten well-known television shows and films airing that accurately represent Native American culture that are available to stream, with four more on the horizon.

#1 Reservation Dogs

Cast of the popular and critically acclaimed series Reservation Dogs (Photo Credit: FX)

Reservation Dogs premiered in 2021 on FX and was met with widespread critical acclaim.

From Co-Creators and Executive Producers Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, Reservation Dogs is a half-hour comedy that follows the exploits of Elora Danan (Devery Jacobs), Bear Smallhill (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai), Willie Jac” (Paulina Alexis) and Cheese (Lane Factor), four Indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma. Throughout their misadventures, the kids have the support of their loving and eccentric community of aunties and uncles to see them through, including Bear’s mother Rita (Sarah Podemski), local law enforcement Big (Zahn McClarnon), Elora’s Uncle Brownie (Gary Farmer), Willie Jack’s parents’ Dana (Jennifer Podemski) and Leon (Jon Proudstar) and Spirit aka William Knifeman (Dallas Goldtooth).

Filmed on location in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Reservation Dogs is a breakthrough in Indigenous representation on television. Every writer, director and series regular on the show is Indigenous. This first-of-its-kind creative team tells a story that resonates with them and their lived experiences.

Zahn McLarnon as Officer Big in Reservation Dogs (Photo Credit: Shane Brown/FX)

“It’s exciting to walk on set and see your friends, and all the cast are Native, and you’ve got crew people walking around who are Native,” says Lakota actor Zahn McLarnon, who plays Officer Big.

In its first season, Reservation Dogs landed on 80+ critics’ year-end best lists, won the Gotham Award for “Breakthrough Series – Short Form,” won two Independent Spirit Awards, was honored as one of American Film Institute’s Television Programs of the Year and won a Peabody Award. The show is also among seven programs recognized in 2022 by the Television Academy as part of its 15th Television Academy Honors, showcasing exceptional television programs and their producers who have leveraged the power of television to fuel social change.

Still shot from the revolutionary show, heralded by many (Photo Credit: Shane Brown, FX)

Available to stream on Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+

#2 Yellowstone

Cast members (from left) Mo Brings Plenty (Oglala Lakota), Kevin Costner, and Gil Birmingham (Comanche) (Photo Credit: Paramount Network)

Written by Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water, Sicario), Yellowstone follows the violent world of the Duttons, a ranching family in Montana. Between shifting alliances, family in-fighting, and constant clashes with local government, land developers, and an Indian reservation, John Dutton has his hands full controlling the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S.

Gil Birmingham portrays Thomas Rainwater, Tribal Chair and casino owner (Photo Credit: Paramount Network)

The tv series, which was given permission to film on the Crow Nation reservation presents a more accurate portrayal of Native American life beyond typical stereotypes. In an interview, tribal chairman AJ Not Afraid stated, “Our perception had always been more stereotypical, but here the folks at the show came out and reckoned the terrain and the people, and they got a better taste of the Native side.” Despite initial concerns from Not Afraid regarding the intentions of the production, director Taylor Sheridan worked collaboratively with Not Afraid to create meaningful and accurate depictions of Native Americans.

Award winning and internationally known actor, Kevin Costner, on the set of Yellowstone (Photo Credit: Paramount Network)

In an interview with Associated Press, Kevin Costner offered a more philosophical perspective to what audiences experience in the show, “Anytime there’s money, there’s going to be disputes no matter what culture you’re dealing with. So you see power plays inside the Native American community. You see ambition, you see selfishness. It’s really normal behavior. We might flinch at it, we might be embarrassed by it, but it exists on all levels. The political machinations of what happens on the rez are equal to what happens on our national stage. There’s bitterness, there’s resentment. There’s good ideas, there’s bad ideas. So who gets left in the lurch? Generally speaking, it’s the people.”

Gil Birmingham, of Comanche ancestry, stars as casino owner and Tribal Chair Thomas Rainwater. “I think Taylor so brilliantly established a character that’s empowered with education, and a means by which he can operate within the guidelines of a system that’s been structured and empowered that character to be able to operate and reclaim the resources that have been belonged to him for centuries,” the actor commented.

This year, Yellowstone premiered its own prequel film titled 1883, which follows the Duttons’ great-grandparents, James and Margaret Dutton, as they journey from Texas to Montana in search of a better life. It’s a stark retelling of Western expansion as the family attempts to flee the poverty-stricken lives they once lived.

Actor Martin Sensmeier portrays Comanche warrior Sam in 1883 (Photo Credit: Paramount Network)

The Yellowstone and 1883 star, Martin Sensmeier, has spoken up about Indigenous representation in Hollywood. Specifically, the harmful history America has with portraying Native Americans respectfully and accurately. The Yellowstone franchise has been both lauded and criticized for its portrayal of Native culture, and Sensmeier–who plays a physical therapist named Martin on Yellowstone and a Comanche Warrior named Sam on 1883 spoke to the Smithsonian Channel about the importance of correct representation.

“As a kid when I saw Native characters in movies, they opened up the movie with face paint on, they’re angry at the white man, you’re already villainizing us from the beginning — that stuff is harmful,” he began. “I’ve never seen a piece about Alaskan Natives on TV. If you’ve never met a Native person and the representation that you do see is somebody up on TV appropriating our culture or romanticizing it, we become a fairytale. As an actor, what I would like for Native kids to see, just somebody that represents something real, that’s real power, because I want people to know who we are.”

Yellowstone is available to stream on Peacock, and 1883 can be streamed on Paramount Plus

#3 Dark Winds

Actor Zahn McClarnon portrays tough cop Joe Leaphorn, who battles forces of evil, including his personal demons (Photo Credit: Michael Moriatis/AMC)

Dark Winds follows two Navajo police officers, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, in the Southwest and takes place in the 1970s.

Based on the Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman, the year is 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, portrayed by Zahn McClarnon (Hunkpapa Lakota), is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. The closer he digs to the truth, the more he exposes the wounds of his past. He is joined on this journey by his new deputy, Jim Chee. Chee, too, has old scores to settle from his youth on the reservation. Together, the two men battle the forces of evil, each other, and their own personal demons on the path to salvation.

Kiowa Gordon plays Detective Jim Chee (Photo Credit: Michael Moriatis/Stalwart Productions via AMC)

Kiowa Gordon, the Hualapai actor playing Jim Chee, commented on the effect of working on a show with a predominantly Native American crew both on and off camera. “It’s super empowering for us to be doing this,” Gordon told Tell-Tale TV.

Shortly after its premiere in June 2022, Dark Winds was renewed for a second six-episode season, which will be released this year.

The Navajo police department is featured, and provides viewers an accurate representation of Native American Tribal Law Enforcement (Photo Credit: AMC Networks)

John Wirth has signed on as showrunner and executive producer of Dark Winds Season 2 at AMC. Wirth takes over the role from Vince Calandra, who was the showrunner of the first season of the series. The show was renewed for a second season shortly after it debuted. “I’m delighted to be returning home to AMC to join the ‘Dark Winds’ team again and roll up my sleeves alongside Zahn McClarnon, Chris Eyre, George RR Martin, Robert Redford and others,” Wirth added. “I’m a long-time fan of the Tony Hillerman novels and am looking forward to working with my indigenous partners to bring his books and the world of the Navajo Nation to life on screen.”

The second season of Dark Winds is expected to launch on AMC and AMC+ in 2023. Graham Roland created the series and serves as Executive Producer. In addition to starring, McClarnon executive produces along with Robert Redford, George R.R. Martin, Annie Hillerman, Chris Eyre, Vince Gerardis, and Tina Elmo.

Available to stream on AMC and Amazon Prime Video

#4 Prey

Fort Sioux Peck actress, Amber Midthunder, portrays a Comanche warrior (Photo Credit: 20th Century Studios)

The latest in the successful Predator film franchise, which began in 1987, Prey serves as a chronological prequel to all previous installments. This piece is set in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, centuries before the events of the original film. It follows a fierce and highly skilled warrior, Naru, who has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains. When danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people.

The prey she stalks and ultimately confronts turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal — resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries. A chance at her dreams becomes a fight for survival when Naru gets the ultimate test of her skills as the Predator rampages across the Great Plains.

Midthunder as Naru (Photo Credit: David Bukach)

Lead actress Amber Midthunder told Hollywood Reporter that Prey presented a rare opportunity for authentic representation as a Native American in a lead role.

“I have been very intentional about not doing a lot of like Indigenous specific roles,” said Midthunder, a member of the Fort Peck Sioux Tribe. “You very rarely get good representation…good being accurate, respectful or something to be proud about.”

“As an alien-attack thriller, Prey is competent and well-paced, though with little in the way of surprise,” Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman wrote in his review. “But the journey of Naru lends it a semblance of emotional coherence that most of the ‘Predator’ films have lacked.”

The movie also stars newcomer Dakota Beavers (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo), Stormee Kipp (Shoshone-Bannock) , Michelle Thrush (Canadian Aboriginal), Julian Black Antelope (First Nations), and Dane DiLiegro as the Predator.

Tribal members stalk the alien predator terrorizing the Great Plains (Photo Credit: Hulu)

The film is directed by Dan Trachtenberg, written by Patrick Aison, and produced by John Davis, Jhane Myers, and Marty Ewing, with Lawrence Gordon, Ben Rosenblatt, James E. Thomas, John C. Thomas and Marc Toberoff serving as Executive Producers.

The direct-to-Hulu release of Prey notched the most viewing hours ever on the Disney-owned streamer in its first three days — among all TV series and movies. That would mean Prey had a bigger aggregate viewing-time total over three days than The Kardashians, which Hulu said was its biggest TV series premiere at the time.

Available to stream on Hulu

#5 Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher

Martin Sensmeier plays Montford Thomas Johnson in the biopic (Photo Credit: IMDB)

In partnership with Netflix, Chickasaw Nation Productions was able to bring Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher to fruition after years of efforts. The film is an autobiography of Montford Thomas Johnson, who is played by Martin Sensmeier of Yellowstone fame.

Beautiful and treacherous, the Western plains of Indian Territory were home to one of the most colorful personalities of the 19th century—Chickasaw rancher Montford T. Johnson.  Orphaned at a young age, Johnson survived great hardships and tragedy to establish a vast ranching empire along the famous cattle highway of the American West, the Chisholm Trail. Inspired by a true story, this dramatic film tells of his time among settlers, cowboys, tribes, military and bandits. Armed with grit and determination, Montford had the courage that was needed to tame what seemed an infinite wilderness, while always maintaining respect for those who lived there.

Martin Sensmeier and Eddie Easterling in Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher (Photo Credit: Netflix)

An actor of two Alaskan Native Tribes – Tlingit and Koyukon-Athabascan – Sensmeier has been outspoken on the importance of authentic Native American representation in visual media, over the years.

“As an actor, what I would like for Native kids to see, just somebody that represents something real, that’s real power, because I want people to know who we are,” Sensmeier said in an interview at the beginning of Native American Heritage Month last year.

Chickasaw Nation Productions produced the movie and also produced the feature films Te Ata, First Encounter, and Pearl. The goal of the company is to promote stories of the “First Americans” and have achieved that by producing documentaries, musicals, and feature films like The Chickasaw Rancher.

Jack Brown (left, played by Denim Richards) with Rising Wolf (right, played by Navajo, Omaha and Oglala Lakota actor Tanaka Means) Center: Martin Sensmeier as Montford Johnson (Photo Credit: Chickasaw Nation Productions)

Among the cast for the Western is Tommy Flanagan, perhaps best known for Sons of Anarchy. He plays the role of Holden. Also in the cast is Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding, Shameless), Mackenzie Astin (The Magicians), James Landry Hébert (Stranger Things).

Available to stream on Netflix

#6 Wild Indian

Michael Greyeyes (Plains Cree) has been praised for a ‘career performance’ in Wild Indian (Photo Credit: Vertical Entertainment)

Wild Indian flips the script on authentic representation of a Native American in a lead role.

Makwa, a young Anishinaabe boy, likes to escape his troubled life by playing with his friend Ted-O. One day, Makwa shockingly murders a schoolmate and the two boys cover it up. Now as adults, the two men must come to terms with their tragic history.

The American thriller film is written and directed by Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. and stars Michael Greyeyes and Chaske Spencer with Jesse Eisenberg and Kate Bosworth. It was supported by Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute through the Writers and Directors Labs. Its world premiere took place at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. After garnering critical acclaim, Wild Indian was released in the United States by Vertical Entertainment.

Protagonist Makwa – played by Michael Greyeyes – who, when the audience meets him, is going by ‘Michael Peterson’ and has shed most traditional aspects of Native American culture from his life, until the possibility of a reveal of his darkest secret causes a forced re-examination of his past.

Makwa, portrayed by Greyeyes, struggles to come to terms with a murder he committed as a boy (Photo Credit: Vertical Entertainment)

In an interview with Daily Variety, the leading trade publication for the film industry, Greyeyes shared, “Indigenous characters exist in American cinema in unique kinds of silos. They’re often used as foils against which white characters discover something. They exist as sort of a metaphor for something else… What impressed me about Wild Indian is that Makwa is framed inside the typically heroic position in a film as a leading man, but what made it more interesting is that he is an incredibly broken person.”

Variety named Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. one of the “10 Directors to Watch” for his outstanding work. Greyeyes was nominated for the Gotham Award for Outstanding Lead Performance at the 2021 Gotham Awards. For the 37th Independent Spirit Awards, Wild Indian received four nominations in the categories Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Male Lead (Michael Greyeyes), and Best Supporting Male (Chaske Spencer).

Available to stream on Starz Play Amazon Channel, Starz Roku Premium Channel, Starz, and DIRECTV

#7 Love and Fury

Before teaming up with Taika Waititi to make Reservation Dogs, Sterlin Harjo made independent narrative and documentary films for years (Photo Credit: Sterlin Harjo)

In 2020, Harjo made Love and Fury, a documentary that follows several Indigenous musicians, dancers, visual artists and poets for a year of their creative career pursuits both in and out of the United States.

Penny Pitchlynn (Choctaw) was one of the musicians featured in Love and Fury (Photo Credit: Tanner Herriott)

The film follows Native artists as they navigate their careers, and explores the immense complexities each artist faces of their own identity as Native artists, as well as, advancing their artworks into a post-colonial world. On creating this documentary, the filmmaker shares “The film is a conversation that I’ve wanted to have for a long time. Native art has been shackled to history by a false vision of what Native people are through the settler gaze of our current reality. I wanted to make something bold and in your face, directly putting up a finger to the shackles of the art world and historic representation of our people. We are diverse, we are dark, we are beautiful and so is our artwork.“

Singer Micah P. Hinson (Chikasaw) in a scene from the documentary Love & Fury. (Photo Credit: Array Releasing)

In an interview with The Moveable Feast, Harjo brought forward “I just felt like within the world of Native art, I wanted to do this poetic look at the diversity of different types of artists that we have and how people are breaking out of the box I think of what is stereotypically Native art.”

Available to stream on Netflix

#8 Rutherford Falls

Actors Ed Helms and Jana Schmieding portray Nathan Rutherford and Reagan Wells, who both represent their hearts’ interests ­– the town of Rutherford Falls and the reservation it borders. (Photo Credit: Ron Batzdorff/Peacock)

Rutherford Falls is a quirky comedy centered around childhood friends Reagan Wells, head of the cultural center for the Minishonka Nation, and Nathan Rutherford, the mayor of the town whose roots can be traced back to the earliest colonizers of the area

While the show’s Native American tribe and location are fictional, the show kicks off a scenario prevalent throughout the United States in the past half-decade: A town’s desire to remove a statue of a colonizer ancestor of Rutherford. The two help each other tackle work, romance and major changes to their small town and the reservation it borders, strongly controlled by Tribal Casino CEO Terry Thomas (Michael Greyeyes of Wild Indian fame). Jesse Leigh and Dustin Milligan also star.

Michael Greyeyes and Kimberly Guerrero (Colville Indian Tribe) in Rutherford Falls (Photo Credit: Tyler Golden/Peacock)

While the show does feature a non-Indigenous lead in Ed Helms (The Office; The Daily Show), the dynamic between his character and Wells, played by Lakota Sioux actress Jana Schmieding, serves as a vehicle to tackle tense topics with an infectious and genuine approach. They are supported by a writer’s room consisting mostly of Native Americans.

Series lead Schmieding also serves as a staff writer (Photo Credit: Colleen Hayes/Peacock)

In an interview with Awards Watch, Schmieding explained, “We were bringing a lot of different perspectives about the importance of history, and having conversations more widely as an entire room about what is the meaning of history, and how has our history, as indigenous people, been not only erased, but manipulated, and exploited at times…It was really fun to find ways to recenter our historical narratives on the show.”

Although still airing and followed by enthusiastic fans, Peacock will not be ordering a third season of Rutherford Falls. The cancellation of the show came two and a half months after the Season 2 premiere. In a statement following the decision, producer/writer Teller Ornelas indicated that the series will explore finding a new home on another platform.

Rutherford Falls had one of the largest Indigenous writer’s rooms in television history, with five Native writers on staff: Teller Ornelas (Navajo), Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Tai Leclaire (Kanien’kehá:ka [Mohawk Nation]/Mi’kmaq), Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux) and Tazbah Chavez (Bishop Paiute/Diné/San Carlos Apache), as well as Greyeyes (Plains Cree) from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation – Treaty Six Territory in Saskatchewan. “It’s been an honor to introduce the best of Indian Country to the masses,” Ornelas said in her statement.

Available to stream on Peacock

#9 Outer Range

Actress Tamara Podemski (Ashinaabe) portrays the first gay Native American sheriff in Wyoming (Photo Credit: Amazon Studios)

Outer Range features Royal Abbott (Josh Brolin), a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness. A thrilling fable with hints of wry humor and supernatural mystery, Outer Range examines how we grapple with the unknown.

At the onset of the series, the Abbotts are coping with the disappearance of daughter-in-law Rebecca. They are pushed further to the brink when the Tillersons (the gaudy owners of the neighboring profit-driven ranch) make a play for their land. An untimely death in the community sets off a chain of tension-filled events, and seemingly small-town, soil-bound troubles come to a head with the arrival of a mysterious black void in the Abbotts’ west pasture. Wild revelations unfold as Royal fights to protect his family; through his eyes, we begin to see how time contains secrets held in the past and unsettling mysteries foreshadowed.

Tamara Podemski plays Deputy Sheriff Joy Hawk, the first gay Native American in Wyoming to become acting sheriff. Hawk faces an election that could replace her with yet another white man, no matter how good she is at her job. A suspicious death in the community sparks an investigation that pulls Joy deeper and deeper into the conflict between the Abbotts and the Tillersons, putting her career and the stability of her own family on the line.

The story takes a supernatural turn when a fathomless black void appears on Royal’s land, and people start to report disappearances and mysterious sightings. Swinging between dark and weirdly funny, the show combines a classic Neo-Western with mind-bending visions about the mysteries of the universe.

Podemski (left) in Outer Range, which mixes Native culture with the supernatural (Photo Credit: Amazon Studios)

Despite the show reveling in the realm of sci-fi and mystery, Podemski’s turn as Deputy Hawk provides a grounding reality, focusing on her power struggle with a predominantly white male community. It is a direct reflection of the real world, as less than 2% of America’s sheriffs are women (per the National Sheriff’s Association), and the percentage dwindles even further when accounting for LGBTQ+ women of color.

In addition to her acting career, Podemski is known for actively advocating for equality (Photo Credit: Amazon Studios)

In an interview with The Advocate, Podemski shared her experience working in the entertainment industry as a queer Native woman. “I’m very aware of what it is to try to take up space in a place where you’re not welcome,” Podemski said. “Even when given the opportunity to take up space, I’m well aware of how much threat you are creating for others around you, and being able to read those signals from those around you.”

Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video

#10 Mohawk Girls

The cast of Mohawk Girls: Jenny Pudavick (Métis), Heather White (Mohawk), Brittany LeBorgne (Mohawk) and Maika Harper (Inuit) (Photo credit: Eric Myre)

Mohawk Girls premiered in 2014 and ran for five seasons on OMNI Television and APTN, but millions are still staying tuned. Tracey Deer, the creator, grew up on the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake and crafted a story about the real life experiences of young women growing up on the reservation. Four twenty-something Indigenous women try to find their place in the world and try to find love; but in a small community where friends have dated everyone on the rez, or the hot new guy turns out to be a cousin, it’s not that simple.

The show is based on a documentary of the same name released by Deer almost 20 years ago. It follows Bailey, Caitlin and Zoe, three best friends in their late twenties living in Kahnawake, and a newcomer to the reservation, Anna, who is of mixed Mohawk descent. The Toronto Star named it, “a slickly produced package that looks at issues of racism, sexuality and culture in a frank and oftentimes subversive way that would not be out of place on edgier cable.”

Jennifer Pudavick and Brittany Leborgne from Mohawk Girls (Photo Credit: Rezolution Pictures)

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Filmmaker Tracey Deer

The series co-creator, Tracey Deer is a Mohawk writer, director, and showrunner whose two decades of experience spans documentary, television, and film. Her award-winning documentaries with Indigenous-owned Rezolution Pictures kicked off a collaboration that led to Mohawk Girls. In an interview Deer relayed, “When we were doing the writing we were all holding our breath a little. Are we going too far? Will this make it on network TV?… I think there is a tendency in the community to say it’s our business, it’s private, or don’t give them more ammo against us. But let’s talk about controversial issues, not hide it… And other (non-aboriginal) viewers might not like everything we have to say either.”

The four women are all aspects of Deer: there is Bailey (Jenny Pudavick), who wants to be the perfect Mohawk; Caitlin (Heather White), the flirt who fights low self-esteem; Zoe (Brittany LeBorgne), the type A careerist; and Anna (Maika Harper), the newcomer who breaks the rules. “These are very real girls. They are four different versions of myself, but I’ve pushed them to make them more extreme,” says Deer. “This is the age where you’re still confused. It has all the crazy stuff in my life, that my sister, my cousins, my friends all dealt with.”

Available to stream on Peacock

New on the Horizon:

#1 Echo

(Photo Credit: Disney+)

As part of the Hawkeye series, Marvel’s Echo is on its way to Disney+ this summer with Native actress Alaqua Cox (Menominee and Mohican) in the lead role of Maya Lopez aka Echo, the commander of the Tracksuit Mafia criminal organization.

#2 Rezball

(Photo Credit: IMDB)

Rezball is a sports drama coming to Netflix that follows the Chuska Warriors, a Native American high school basketball team from Chuska, New Mexico. Production is taking place in New Mexico, but no release date has been announced at this time.

#3 Yellow Bird

Director Sterlin Harjo brings acclaimed novel Yellow Bird to the screen (Photo Credit: Christopher Marc)

Another Harjo (from Reservation Dogs) co-writing effort, Yellow Bird, will be hitting Paramount+. Harjo and Erica Tremblay (Seneca-Cayuga) are creating the show based on Sierra Crane Murdoch’s Pulitzer Prize finalist “Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country.”

#4 ‘Natives’ Docuseries

Mark Ruffalo (Photo Credit: San Diego Comic Con)

Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, better known for his role as The Hulk, has signed on to executive produce an upcoming docuseries that explores the fight against systemic injustice for Native communities.

Natives aims to highlight the ground-breaking achievements of Indigenous allies in what Ruffalo coins as, “The Native Century”. The three-time Oscar nominee and two-time Emmy winner also served as Executive Producer of the documentary “Lakota Nation vs. United States,” which exposes the exploitation of Native peoples by virtue of colonization.

Produced by Check Point Productions, the series will feature Native American voices on- and behind the camera, with episodes being directed by Indigenous female filmmakers and anchored by actor Sarah Eagle Heart, a member of the Ogala Lakota tribe.

(Editor’s Note: NAT would like to thank the members of the motion picture industry, who voluntarily made commitments to increase Native American-Indigenous programming.)

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Contributing writers to this article are Ruby Layne, Mike Nathanson (Editorial Board), and Nick Geracie.