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The People's Protectors

"The People's Protectors" film
Courtesy of Twin Cities Public Television and Vision Maker Media
"The People's Protectors" film

Premieres Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV / On Demand now with KPBS Passport!

On "The People's Protectors," four Native American Vietnam War veterans reflect on the agony of war and how their communities helped them carry their warrior legacy proudly. From the Marine Corps to the Navy to the U.S. Army, veterans Valerie Barber, Art Owen, Sandy White Hawk, Vince Beyl, and civilian eyapaha (announcer) Jerry Dearly recall their memories of one of the most controversial wars in United States history.

Even as they struggled with their relationship to the United States government from genocidal policies and government oppression; the Dakota, Lakota, and Ojibwe warriors still felt compelled to honor their duty to their people as Akichita | Ogichidaag | Warriors, as protectors of the people. A lifetime later, these soldiers meet us in the studio as they begin to tell their stories.

The People's Protectors: Trailer

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A co-production of Twin Cities Public Television and Vision Maker Media, with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Produced by Twin Cities PBS, which is solely responsible for its content.
Director/Producer: Leya Hale. Associate Producer: Diana Fraser.