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.
6pm Badger Creek Badger Creek is a portrait of Native resilience as seen through a year in the life of three generations of a Blackfeet family living on the rez in Montana.
6:30pm Metal Road Metal Road explores the dynamics of livelihood, family and the railroads through the lens of a Navajo trackman.
11pm Racing the Rez This documentary offers a rare view into the complexity and diversity of contemporary reservation life, from the point of view of five teenage boys on the cusp of adulthood.
11pm Sol Sol is a moving tribute to Solomon Tapatia Uyarasuk, a charismatic young Inuk and amateur acrobat and musician who was found dead in the Igloolik police station in 2012 at the age of 26.
3pm Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Examine the story of Cash's little-known concept album Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian and his unique collaboration with folk artist Peter Lafarge. Based on the book A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears.
7pm Standing on Sacred Ground In this four-part documentary series, native people share ecological wisdom and spiritual reverence while battling a utilitarian view of land in the form of government megaprojects, consumer culture and climate change.
9pm Walking in Two Worlds This documentary journeys to the Tongass to reveal its splendor and shed light on the devastation and division resulting from the Settlement Act.
10pm First Language – The Race to Save Cherokee This program examines how the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are fighting to revitalize their native language and come to terms with their native heritage in the context of the modern United States.
This film explores how the tension between technological achievement and environmental impact hangs over the Grand Coulee Dam’s legacy.
9pm Medicine Game This film, six years in the making, shares the remarkable journey of two brothers from the Onondoga Nation driven by a single goal — to beat the odds and play the sport of lacrosse for national powerhouse Syracuse University.
7pm Choctaw Code Talkers Witness the empowering chronicle of Choctaw Soldiers as the original Code Talkers during World War I, a story that has been buried in history for nearly a hundred years.
5:30am Ohero:kon — Under The Husk (NEW)
Follow the challenging journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women.
6amLocal USA: The Mayors of Shiprock (NEW)
Meet the Northern Dine Youth Committee. These young Navajo leaders meet every week to learn about their Native culture, discuss community improvements, and work to bridge divides within their community.
5am America ReFramed: On a Knife Edge (NEW) On a Knife Edge is the coming-of-age story of George Dull Knife, a Lakota teenager growing up on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation. The film traces George's path to activism, inspired by his family's long history of fighting for justice for Native Americans.
5am Smokin’ Fish Cory Mann, a businessman in Juneau, Alaska, rediscovers the art of preparing a traditional Tlingit dish, smoked salmon.
6am Horse Tribe Watch as the 21st century Nez Perce —one of America’s greatest horse tribes – returns to their land and lives with the unlikely help of a charismatic Navajo horseman, Rudy Shebala.
7am Urban Rez This program explores the controversial legacy and modern-day repercussions of the Urban Relocation Program (1952-1973), the greatest voluntary upheaval of Native Americans during the 20th century.
5pm 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 Pequot War – a pivotal event in early American history that set the stage for the ultimate domination of all Native Americans by Europeans.
7pm Ladonna Harris: Indian 101 This documentary profiles Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who led an extensive life of political and social activism.
8pm Rising Voices/Hothaninpi Focusing on the Lakota (often called "Sioux") language and culture, this documentary is about how languages die and how speaking them again can spark cultural and community restoration.
6am Crying Earth Rise Up A Lakota mother studying geology seeks the source of the water contamination that caused her daughter's critical health problems. This documentary exposes the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on Great Plains drinking water.
5am American ReFramed: We Breathe Again We Breathe Again introduces four Alaska Natives who are trying to break free from histories of trauma and suicide – creating a new, more positive path for their communities.
7am Medicine Woman Produced by and about women, this documentary interweaves the lives of Native American women healers of today with the story of America's first Native doctor, Susan La Flesche Picotte.
8pm Sand Creek Massacre This documentary revisits the horrific acts of the Sand Creek Massacre and uncovers the history 150 years later.
6am Navajo Math Circles Navajo students collaborate with mathematicians in math circles, which emphasize student-centered learning by putting children in charge of exploring math to their own joy and satisfaction.
A tribal elder and Vietnam vet visit the underground archives of Chicago's Field Museum with two young Arapaho to explore ancestral objects kept in boxes for many years.
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 KQED World (XFINITY 190, Channel 9.3 & 54.5).