The Warrior Tradition: PBS documentary highlights Native American Veterans



The Warrior Tradition premieres on PBS nationwide on Monday, Nov.11 at 9/8c (check local listings).

Throughout history, Native American warriors have given a wide mix of motives for joining the U.S. military. Those include patriotism, pride, rage, courage, practicality, and spirituality, all mingling with an abiding respect for tribal, familial, and national traditions.

This Veterans Day, explore the complicated ways the Native American culture and traditions have affected their participation in the United States military when The Warrior Tradition airs at 9 pm ET on PBS. The one-hour documentary, co-produced by WNED-TV and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc., tells the stories of Native American warriors from their own points of view – stories of service and pain, of courage and fear.

Watch the official The Warrior Tradition trailer and bonus material here

Author

Reynaldo Leal

– Reynaldo Leal is a public affairs officer for VA’s office of Digital Media Engagement and member for the VAntage Point’s staff. He is a proud Marine Corps Veteran who deployed to the Al Anbar Province with 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment in 2004 and 2006. He also took part in some of the heaviest fighting during Operation Phantom Fury in 2004.

Comments

  1. James LaVigne    

    The TGI Friday’s on airport Blvd in Mobile Alabama doesn’t honor the $12 offer and $5 coupon as listed They have a menus with 5 items to choose from.

  2. Barbara Coulter    

    I am so pleased to find this story during Native American History Month! My Civil Rights students have been examining the role of minorities in the military: this is perfect timing for us!

  3. Robert A Imparato    

    I also served with a Native American. Stand up guy who was loyal and dependable. His Sir name is Ellis. We were together on the USS CALCATERRA
    DER 390 from 1959 to 1961. God bless all my shipmates. We were boys now turning 79 the end of
    November. Loved every minute of it.
    Bob.

  4. Michael Boore    

    A salute to this great list of discounts for Vets and their families. I appreciate this !

  5. Militello Michael    

    I’ve served in war & peace with Tribal members from many states. Over the past 20 years I’ve served with Seneca Nation members and their families including the great Seneca leader Barry Snyder Sr.
    These words from the film “ Throughout history, Native American warriors have given a wide mix of motives for joining the U.S. military. Those include patriotism, pride, rage, courage, practicality, and spirituality, all mingling with an abiding respect for tribal, familial, and national traditions.” speak volumes to the faith, loyalty and commitment to family and country that I have born witness to.
    Michael Militello
    Buffalo New York

  6. Jeanne Androsiglio    

    I still marvel at the Indian code talkers who played such a critical role in WWII. Thank you for your service!

  7. Richard G Kensinger    

    Native Americans, Japanese Americans, Latino Americans, African Americans have served w/ valor and honor despite these peoples being marginalized, esp. during WW TWO and in Vietnam. I served as an AF ER medic from 1969 to 1973. I am proud of all of my military brothers and sisters!
    Rich

  8. Warren Oakley    

    Our native warriors are very special human beings. I am very proud to have served with several native brothers during my service in the marines in 1974.

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