Sol preparing for a show with Artcirq
Sol preparing for a show with Artcirq (“Sol”) (©Artcirq)

In November, KQED proudly celebrates the diversity of our community with a special American Indian Heritage Month programming lineup on KQED Public Television.

Premiere dates are listed below. Please click on each program for additional airdates and information.

KQED World

Wednesday, 11/2
12:30pm Black Gold Boom
Some Native American tribes have banned fracking on tribal lands. With vast deposits of oil underneath its borders, should the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in western North Dakota drill for black gold or outlaw oil exploration on its land?

Thursday, 11/3
11am  Finding Refuge
The efforts of one dying woman to preserve her Native culture don’t end when she passes, but prompt a renewal in finding pride in that culture.

Saturday, 11/5
11pm LaDonna Harris: Indian 101

LaDonna Harris (Comanche) in a meeting with the Women's Political Caucus.
LaDonna Harris (Comanche) in a meeting with the Women’s Political Caucus.

This documentary profiles Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who led an extensive life of political and social activism.

Sunday, 11/6
10pm Standing on Sacred Ground “Pilgrims and Tourists”
A look at how indigenous communities stand in the way of government megaprojects around the world.

Monday, 11/7
8am Sol
This documentary is a moving tribute to Solomon Tapatia Uyarasuk, a charismatic young Inuk and an amateur acrobat, musician and poet, who had become a rising star in the world of circus arts. Sol was found dead in the Igloolik police station in 2012 at the age of 26.

Monday, 11/14
8am The Road to Andersonville: Michigan Native American Sharpshooters in the Civil War
This is the first film to document the story of the Native Americans who served in Company K of the First Michigan Sharpshooters during the U.S. Civil War.

Friday, 11/18
7am Crying Earth Rise Up
A Lakota mother studying geology seeks the source of the water contamination that caused her daughter’s critical health problems. Meanwhile, a Lakota grandmother fights the regional expansion of uranium mining.

Saturday, 11/19
9pm Mystic Voices: The Story of the Pequot War
This two-part program presents a balanced view of events, underlying causes, consequences and legacy of the first declared war in American history.

Monday, 11/21
8:30am Tracing Roots: A Weaver’s Journey
This program follows master weaver and Haida elder Delores Churchill on a journey to understand the origins of a spruce root hat found with a 300-year-old traveler discovered in Northern Canada in a retreating glacier.

noon Choctaw Code Talkers
This documentary reveals the wartime contributions of forgotten World War I heroes, the Choctaw soldiers.

Tuesday, 11/22
noon Sand Creek Massacre
What led approximately 600 volunteer soldiers to attack a peaceful settlement of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians in the Southeastern Colorado Territory?

Wednesday, 11/23
8am Horse Tribe
This program tells an epic story about the connection of human to animal, history to life, individuals to community, grief to resolve and values to action.

Thursday, 11/24
7am Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience
This compelling documentary invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the Midwest.

Friday, 11/25
noon Lost Pueblo Village, a Time Team America Presentation
The Time Team explores the extent of a Basket Maker III community that thrived 1,400–1,500 years ago.

Monday, 11/28
noon  Jim Thorpe: World’s Greatest Athlete
This documentary chronicles the life of the Olympic gold-medal winner and his support of American Indian rights.

1pm  Racing the Rez
For the Navajo and Hopi, running is much more than a sport; it is woven into the cultural fabric of their lives. This documentary offers a rare view into the surprising complexity and diversity of contemporary reservation life, from the point of view of five teenage boys on the cusp of adulthood.

Wednesday, 11/30
11am   America Reframed “Yellow Fever”
Follow young Navajo veteran Tina Garnanez on her journey to investigate the history of the Navajo uranium boom, its lasting impacts in her area, and the potential new mining in her region.

KQED Plus

Saturday, 11/5
11pm Independent Lens “Indian Relay”
Watch as teams from three American Indian communities compete in a grueling style of bareback horse racing.

Saturday, 11/12
12:30pm America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa “Native American Boomtown”
The Bakken oil boom is bringing billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to North Dakota. But most people don’t know that a substantial part of the state’s oil production is concentrated on an Indian reservation.

11pm Independent Lens “Young Lakota”
A proposed abortion clinic in a South Dakota Native American reservation causes a political storm.

Sunday, 11/20
11am   Ishi’s Return (NEW)
Ishi’s descendants in California fight to have his remains repatriated to his ancestral home.

11:30am Igliqtiqsiugvigruaq [Swift Water Place]
The story of the arctic village known as Igliqtiqsiugvigruaq, in northwestern Alaska, is revealed.

KQED Life

Sunday, 11/13
10:30pm Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum
This look at four community-based tribal bands highlights a vibrant aspect of Native American music.

Thursday, 11/17
8:30pm Across the Creek

Across the Creek
Across the Creek (Courtesy of Jonny Cournoyer)

Members of the Lakota talk about seeking ways to restore their culture after a legacy of colonialism.

Sunday, 11/20
7pm  Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears
The recording of Johnny Cash’s record “Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian” is examined.

KQED 9

Tuesday, 11/29
11pm   Medicine Woman
This film interweaves the lives of Native American women healers of today with the story of America’s first Native doctor, Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865–1915).

KQED 9 is available over the air on DT9.1, 54.2 and 25.1 and via most cable systems on Channel 9. It is on XFINITY cable from Comcast (Channels 9 SD and 709 HD) and on Wave (Channels 9 SD and 164 HD). It can also be found on DIRECTV and DISH satellite systems (Channels 9 SD and HD).

KQED Plus is available over the air on Channels 54, DT54.1, 9.2 and 25.2, and via many cable and satellite systems on either channel 10 or 54. It is on XFINITY cable from Comcast (Channels 10 SD, and 710 HD) and on DIRECTV (Channel 54 SD and HD) and DISH (Channel 54, SD only) satellite systems.

This schedule also lists programs airing on KQED Life (XFINITY 189, Channel 54.3 and Wave 157) and KQED World (XFINITY 190, Channel 9.3 and Wave 156).