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1. United Shades of America (2016– )
Episode: Native Americans (2017)

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary

Kamau heads to the Dakotas to shed light on a population over which the United States has too long cast a shadow: the indigenous people we mistakenly call Native Americans.

Stars: Adam Beach, W. Kamau Bell, Ben-Alex Dupris, Chase Iron Eyes

Votes: 20

2. An Opened Door : Voices on Native American Culture (2015)

53 min | Documentary, History | Completed

People dress in Native American clothing during Halloween. Have you wondered how Native Americans feel about it? This movie discusses Native American culture and how it is perceived by ... See full summary »

4. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part I - After the Mayflower (2009)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

In March of 1621, in what is now southeastern Massachusetts, Massasoit (actor Marcos Akiaten, Chiricauha Apache), the leading sachem of the Wampanoag, sat down to negotiate with a ragged ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Marcos Akiaten, Cassidy Alla, William Belleau, Benjamin Bratt

Votes: 120

5 episodes

5. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part II - Tecumseh's Vision (2009)

TV-PG | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Each of the episodes focuses on important historical events and concludes with a short contemporary story that links the past to the present.

Directors: Ric Burns, Chris Eyre | Stars: Benjamin Bratt, Michael Greyeyes, Dwier Brown, Alex Meraz

Votes: 120

6. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part III - Trail of Tears (2009)

TV-PG | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The Cherokee would call it Nu-No-Du-Na Tlo-Hi-Lu, "The Trail Where They Cried." On May 26, 1838, federal troops forced thousands of Cherokee from their homes in the Southeastern United ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Jackson Walker, Elijah Abdullah, Josh Blaylock, Benjamin Bratt

Votes: 97

7. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part IV - Geronimo (2009)

TV-PG | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, History

In February of 1909, the indomitable Chiricahua Apache warrior and war shaman Geronimo lay on his deathbed. He summoned his nephew to his side, whispering, "I should never have surrendered.... See full summary »

Directors: Sarah Colt, Dustinn Craig | Stars: Keith Basso, Benjamin Bratt, Collin G. Calloway, Silas Cochise

Votes: 85

8. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part V - Wounded Knee (2009)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

On the night of February 27, 1973, fifty-four cars, horns blaring, rolled into a small hamlet on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Within hours, some 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Dennis Banks, Clyde Bellecourt, Benjamin Bratt, Carter Camp

Votes: 81

9. Reel Injun (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Western

63 Metascore

The history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films.

Directors: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes | Stars: Adam Beach, Chris Eyre, Russell Means, John Trudell

Votes: 1,278

10. Lost Nation: The Ioway (2007)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary

In the twilight of a Native American empire, two Ioway brothers travel to Washington, D. C. in 1824 to meet with Superintendent of Indian Affairs, William Clark. Both sign a treaty ceding a... See full summary »

Director: Kelly Rundle | Star: Lance Foster

Votes: 11

12. Mystic Voices: The Story of the Pequot War (2004 TV Movie)

116 min | Documentary, History, War

Spring 1634: Unidentified Indians kill John Stone, a scurrilous Englishman and pirate. The English blame the Pequots and for two years Colonial-Pequot tensions remain high. 1636: Block ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Clemmons, Guy Perrotta | Stars: Roy Scheider, Gregory Zaragoza, Jeremy Black, Simon Boughey

Votes: 15

13. Images of Indians: How Hollywood Stereotyped the Native American (2003 TV Movie)

25 min | Documentary, Western

Hollywood's depiction of Native Americans in Western films is traced through interviews and archive footage.

Directors: Chris O'Brien, Jason Witmer | Stars: Nicholas Schatzki, Casey Camp-Horinek, Ward Churchill, Chris Eyre

Votes: 44

14. The Mystery of Chaco Canyon (1999 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary

America's Stonehenge?

Director: Anna Sofaer | Stars: Paul Pino, Robert Redford, Anna Sofaer

Votes: 56

15. The West (1996)
Episode: Fight No More Forever (1996)

86 min | Documentary, History, War

By the 1870s, only a few groups resisted the nation's push to conquer the West.

Director: Stephen Ives | Stars: Peter Coyote, N. Scott Momaday, Stephen Ambrose, Jo Allyn Archambault

Votes: 67

16. 500 Nations (1995)

374 min | History

An exploration of the various Native American nations and their fall to the European conquerors.

Stars: Kevin Costner, Gregory Harrison, Eric Schweig, Gordon Tootoosis

Votes: 449

8 episodes

18. How the West Was Lost (1993– )


Documentary series about different main events on the destruction of indigenous cultures due to European settlers and the establishing of the US. It's described how these societies were ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Thomas, Robert Utley

Votes: 15

19. The Great Indian Wars 1840-1890 (1991)

96 min | Documentary, War, Western

Documentation of the encroachment of European settlers upon Native American lands and the violent reaction of the Indians in their struggle to survive.

Stars: Jack Hanrahan, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 71

20. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Geronimo and the Apache Resistance (1988)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The life of Geronimo, as told by the Chiricahua Apaches.

Director: Neil Goodwin

Votes: 21

21. Images of Indians (1979– )


Images of Indians, directed by Robert Hagopian and Phil Lucas, narrated by Will Sampson. In 1979-80, Robert Hagopian and Phil Lucas produced a groundbreaking, five part series for PBS. ... See full summary »

Star: Will Sampson

Votes: 5

22. The Natives: This Is Our America (2017 TV Movie)

46 min | Documentary

Stacey Dooley narrates this documentary offering a unique insight into the lives of young Native Americans, and follows the protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Director: Frankie Fathers | Star: Stacey Dooley

23. Defending the Fire (2017)

57 min | Documentary

The Native American Warrior has been a focus of Native and Non-Native interest since the time of early petroglyphs. The perception of the Warrior has been communicated through books, lore, ... See full summary »

Director: David Aubrey | Stars: Cheston Bailon, John Bailon, Phillip Conrad Bread, Megan Byers

Votes: 5

24. LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 (2014)

63 min | Documentary, Biography

Biographical documentary shining a spotlight on the leadership role Comanche LaDonna Harris has had in Native and American and international civil rights since the 1960s.

Director: Julianna Brannum | Star: LaDonna Harris

Votes: 19

25. We Are a Horse Nation (2014)


The story of why the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations of Native Americans) are a "Sunka Wakan Oyate" (Horse Nation), demonstrating their philosophy and bringing together traditional and contemporary songs, stories, and teachings.

Director: Keith Brave Heart | Stars: Jory Anaya, Martin Anaya, Pat Bad Hand, Francis Cutt

26. Nunavik Secrets (2013– )

30 min | Documentary

Not too many people have the chance to visit and discover Nunavik, a vast area located in the northern part of Quebec. With Nunavik Secrets, audiences travel across this beautiful land and ... See full summary »

27. Arctic Defenders (2013)

85 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

Arctic Defenders is a story of visionary Inuit who had a dream - the creation of Nunavut, Canada.

Director: John Walker | Stars: John Amagoalik, Oo Aqpik, Tagak Curley, Aaju Peter

Votes: 10

28. Injunuity (2013 TV Short)

30 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

Nine stories explore our world from the Native American perspective using animation, music and real thoughts from real people.

Director: Adrian Baker | Stars: Braunwyn Walsh, Tom Phillips, Alfredo Didrickson, Shawna Claw

Votes: 7

29. Hawaii: A Voice for Sovereignty (2012)

TV-G | 84 min | Documentary, Adventure, Family

A documentary, with the indigenous Hawaiians,about the survival of their culture after the takeover of Hawaii by U.S. businessmen and military in 189orld are experienced. Rare interviews ... See full summary »

Directors: Catherine Bauknight, Leona Kalima, Clifford Nae'Ole | Stars: Gregg Braden, Kalani English, Henry Kapono Ka'aihue, Charles Ka'upu

Votes: 9

30. Mayan Renaissance (2012)

G | 68 min | Documentary

Feature length film which documents the glory of the ancient Maya civilization, the Spanish conquest in 1519, five hundred years of oppression, and the courageous fight of the Maya to ... See full summary »

Director: Dawn Gifford Engle | Stars: Rigoberta Menchú, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Jody Williams, Pedro Celestino Yac Noj

Votes: 12

31. Off the Rez (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Family, Sport

The story of a Native American family in Oregon that leaves the reservation in pursuit of the American dream on behalf of one of their 8 children, a 16 year-old girl who is one of the best ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Hock | Stars: Ceci Moses, Delores Moses, Lillian Moses, Jude Schimmel

Votes: 75

32. We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân (2010)

PG | 82 min | Documentary, Biography, History

WE STILL LIVE HERE: As Nutayunean tells the amazing story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no Native speakers has been revived in this country. Four ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Makepeace | Stars: Jason Baird, Jessie Baird, Mae Alice Baird, Eva Blake

Votes: 38

33. Contrary Warrior: The Life and Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History

An intimate film portrait of one of our most important and influential contemporary Native American activist and artist, told in his own words.

Director: John Ferry | Star: Adam Fortunate Eagle

34. People of the Seal (2009)

72 min | Documentary, History

People of the Seal explores the centuries-old connection between the northern fur seal and the Unangan natives of Alaska's Pribilof and Aleutian Islands in the middle of the Bering Sea. ... See full summary »

Director: Kate Raisz | Star: Aquilina Lestenkof

35. Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School (2008 Video)

80 min | Documentary, Family

From Rich-Heape Films, the award winning producers of Trail of Tears Cherokee Legacy and Black Indians An American Story and told from the Native American perspective, this documentary ... See full summary »

Directors: Chip Richie, Dan Agent, Gayle Ross, Karl Tipre | Stars: Gayle Ross, August Schellenberg

Votes: 27

36. American Outrage (2008)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary

The Dann sisters, two Native American women of the Western Shoshone tribe living in Nevada, challenge the US government for land rights, taking their case to the US Supreme Court.

Directors: Beth Gage, George Gage | Stars: Mary Dann, Carrie Dann, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 40

37. No More Smoke Signals (2008)

90 min | Documentary

The movie is about the Kili Radio in Porcupine, in The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (SD). Several important Native Americans (and Whites), that have influenced Lakota culture over the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Fanny Bräuning | Stars: John Trudell, Roxanne Two Bulls

Votes: 51

38. Standing Silent Nation (2006)

Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary

On the wind swept expanses of the South Dakota plains, life on the Pine Ridge Reservation is difficult. The land is harsh, unemployment is high, the consequences of endemic poverty are ... See full summary »

Director: Suree Towfighnia | Stars: Alex White Plume, Deborah White Plume, Ramona White Plume

Votes: 20

39. Wounded Heart: Pine Ridge and the Sioux (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

American Indians and government officials discuss poverty, racism, domestic violence, child abuse, inadequate health care, and drug and alcohol problems that besiege the Pine Ridge Indian ... See full summary »

Director: O.W. Tuthill | Star: Russell Means

Votes: 13

40. Sitting Bull: A Stone in My Heart (2006)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Western

The life and times of the great Lakota chief Sitting Bull, told mostly from his own words and that of his contemporaries. An intimate in-depth portrait of one of America's great historical figures.

Director: John Ferry | Star: Adam Fortunate Eagle

Votes: 9

41. Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action (2005)

88 min | Documentary

"Homeland" tells the stories of five remarkable Native American activists in four communities who are fighting these "new Indian Wars" - each in his own way passionately dedicated to ... See full summary »

Director: Roberta Grossman | Stars: Mitchell Capitan, Rita Capitan, Barry Dana, Evon Peter

Votes: 26

42. Trespassing (2005)

Not Rated | 113 min | Documentary

In "Trespassing", the struggle of Native Americans and other ethnic groups confront the effects of United States' policy and the nuclear industry. From broken treaties to the desecration of... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Blumberg DeMenezes | Stars: Anthony Guarisco, Corbin Harney, Steve Lopez, Dorothy Purley

Votes: 34

43. The Rules of the Game (2004)

26 min | Documentary, Short

Are casinos a tool to help Native American tribes pursue economic self-reliance? Or could they destroy small town values? The Rules of the Game follows the conflict that erupts when an ... See full summary »

Directors: Garance Burke, Monica Lam

44. The Code Talkers: A Secret Code of Honor (2003 Video)

23 min | Documentary, Short

The cast and crew of Windtalkers (2002) and a select few of the actual Navajo code talkers share their feelings on the situation of their being involved in WWII, and the film. We also see ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Mortillaro | Stars: Adam Beach, Thomas A. Begay, Sam Billison, Jeff Bingaman

Votes: 33

45. Black Indians: An American Story (2001)

60 min | Documentary

James Earl Jones narrates a stunning and informative documentary "Black Indians: An American Story", which explores issues of racial identity between the mixed-descent peoples of both ... See full summary »

Director: Chip Richie | Star: James Earl Jones

Votes: 48

47. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians (2000)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

The dramatic story of eminent photographer Edward S. Curtis and the creation of his monumental portfolio of Native American images. Descendants of his photographic subjects tell stories ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Makepeace | Stars: Sheila Tousey, Bill Pullman

Votes: 91

48. Nature (1982– )
Episode: American Buffalo: Spirit of a Nation (1998)

58 min | Documentary, Family

The story about the return of the American Buffalo to Yellowstone National Park and to the Native American tribes.

Director: Judith Dwan Hallet

Votes: 6

49. Ishi: The Last Yahi (1993)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary

In the early 1900s, Ishi, the last of the Yahi Indian tribe, is discovered nearly 20 years after the Yahi tribe was thought to be wiped out. The curators of a museum agree to look after him... See full summary »

Directors: Jed Riffe, Pamela Roberts | Stars: Rayna Green, Linda Hunt

Votes: 94

50. Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier (1991)

85 min | Documentary, Crime