'Growing Native', New NAPT TV Series
Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT) proudly announces the major support of its newest upcoming television series, "Growing Native", by the Tulalip Tribes (pronounced Tuh'-lay-lup) of Washington.
In August 2010, the Tulalip Tribes gave a $35,000 Charity Fund Award in support of the KCTS Television-Seattle and NAPT's pilot for Growing Native, an exciting, new 13-part television series. Growing Native is a cultural travelogue that explores Native America, its peoples, cultures, foods and Tribal traditions.
The 13 half-hour episodes will take viewers on adventures throughout Indian Country. The series will explore Tribal communities, the Native people who live there and spotlight some of the major cultural events that bring tourism and world travelers to Indian Country.
"We are thrilled to partner with NAPT and our PBS affiliate to promote modern Native American culture," said Mel Sheldon, Chairman of the Tulalip Tribes. "Native American Tribes are an economic, cultural and environmental force in this country. Our own efforts to restore fishing, hunting and gathering in the Northwest have led to innovative programs that benefit the Tribes, the region and the economy. We look forward to sharing this and other Native American accomplishments through this important series," said Sheldon.
In addition to the upcoming broadcast series, NAPT is developing an abundance of educational resources to be available on their soon-to-be-launched educational microsite. NAPT plans to deliver certified, educational content that meets national curriculum standards for the classroom.
"Our goal is to promote accurate information about Native people within public, private and Tribal school systems, in addition to higher education entities," said Brendan McCauley, Project Coordinator for NAPT.
Growing Native will visit places and people who are practicing sustainable aquaculture and agriculture while reclaiming indigenous foods. The series will also showcase the increasing the use of renewable energy. Viewers will be taken on an intimate journey through the beauty of the land--following ancient trade routes across county from the East Coast to the Great Plains and onward into the Southwest and Pacific Northwest--while enriching their lives through the cultural exploration of the footage documented in this new series.
"Growing Native is a fascinating look at how Native Americans have maintained their cultures while borrowing elements of modern society. NAPT is so thankful to the Tulalip Tribes of Washington for their generous support to bring this educational and informative series into living rooms and classrooms everywhere," said Shirley K. Sneve, Executive Director for NAPT.
The benefits of Growing Native are numerous. The series will promote tourism, raise the profile of Indian Country and most importantly, promote accurate stories utilizing Tribal museums and other educational institutions.
To request additional information about how you can become a sponsor for Growing Native, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more information regarding the Tulalip Tribes of Washington and their initiatives pertaining to environmental protection, economic development, and restoring history and culture to benefit the community and Tribes, please visit www.tulaliptribes-nsn.gov.
About KCTSLocated in Seattle, Washington, PBS member station KCTS 9 brings quality public television programming to 2.4 million viewers each week in Washington state, British Columbia and across Canada. To watch or learn more about any of our programs, visit KCTS9.org.
Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT) shares Native stories with the world through support of the creation, promotion and distribution of Native media. Founded in 1977, through various media--public television, public radio and the Internet--NAPT brings awareness of Indian and Alaska Native issues. NAPT operates the AIROS Native Network, a 24/7 Internet radio station that features music, news, interviews, documentaries and audio theater. AIROS also features downloadable podcasts with Native filmmakers, musicians and Tribal leaders.
VisionMaker Video is the premier source for quality Native American educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media--to be the next generation of storytellers. NAPT is located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. NAPT offers student employment, internships and fellowships. Reaching the general public and the global market is the ultimate goal for the dissemination of Native-produced media.
About The Tulalip Tribes:
The Tulalip Tribes of Washington state is a federally recognized Indian Tribe and the successors in interest to the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish and other allied Tribes and bands who were signatory to the Treaty of Point Elliott. The 22,000 acre Tulalip Indian Reservation is located north of Everett and the Snohomish River, and west of Marysville, Washington.
Tribal government provides health and dental clinics, family and senior housing, utilities, cultural and history activities, schools, childcare, higher education assistance and recreation activities. The Tribes maintain an aggressive environmental preservation program, both on and off of the Reservation, to protect the Snohomish region's natural resources: marine waters, tidelands, fresh water rivers and lakes, wetlands and forests.
Developable land and an economic development zone along the I-5 corridor provide revenue and services for these efforts and for Tribal members. This economic development is managed through Quil Ceda Village, the first tribally chartered city in the United States.
The Tribes have approximately 4,100 members, with 2,600 members living on the Reservation. The governing body is the seven-member Tulalip Board of Directors. For more information on our responsible environmental protection, restoring area history and culture, and economic development to benefit the community and Tribes, visit www.tulaliptribes-nsn.gov.
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