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WSIU was chosen as one of fifteen national public broadcast stations to create community engagement events for the documentary, WE SHALL REMAIN. This five-part primetime PBS American Experience television series was originally broadcast in April 2009. Each episode focuses on a pivotal moment in U.S. history, and the complex and essential contributions of Native leaders, telling sometimes heartbreaking, but always inspiring, and often little-known stories.
We Shall Remain represents an unprecedented collaboration between Native and non-Native filmmakers, as well as the involvement of Native advisors and scholars at all levels of the project to present Native history as an integral part of how the United States was shaped.
In a local initiative to raise public awareness of the history of Native people in this region, WSIU hosted a variety of events in collaboration with many partners, including the Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) Native American Student Organization, the Southern Illinois Association of Museums, SIUC Multi-Cultural Services and Programs, the SIUC University Museum, the Illinois Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and the Shawnee National Forest to create events that began in October and continue through April.
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