This year's search for Natives on television is over.
I've watched many of the season's new shows, including:
The Big Bang Theory
Back to You
Dirty Sexy Money
Aliens in America
I've also watched many of the ongoing shows:
Law & Order: SVU
Men in Trees
King of the Hill
As far as I could tell, Adam Beach of SVU was the only Native actor to appear on network TV in the season's opening month. That's one recurring role and no guest-star roles out of some 250 spots. (Figure roughly 10 roles per show x 25 shows.)
Let's do the math:
Percentage of Americans who are Native = 1.0%
Percentage of American network TV characters who are Native = 0.4%
Conclusion: As if we didn't know it already, Natives are underrepresented on TV.