March 01, 2007

Must-see TV

American Indians Struggle to Break Into HollywoodFrom "The New World" to "Dances with Wolves," American Indians are most often portrayed in movies and TV as barbaric and uncivilized.

"The image and perception of American Indians in the world and U.S. has been destroyed. We're looked upon as savage warriors," Mark Reed, chairman of American Indians in Film & TV, said.

It's an image American Indians are working hard to correct.

"We are doctors and lawyers and garbage collectors and everything else that exists in America. But what's missing in TV is the fact that we're not represented whatsoever. Unless we're in loincloth and feathers and riding a horse," Sonny Skyhawk, the founder of American Indians in Film & TV, said.

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