We Shall Remain Segments on Homework Hotline

Last night's episode of Homework Hotline contained the first of six special "New York State of Mine" segments that are companion pieces to the upcoming American Experience series, We Shall Remain

We Shall Remain will premiere April 13, 2009, on WXXI and all PBS stations.  This provocative, multi-media project establishes Native history as an essential part of American history and includes five episodes titled "After the Mayflower", "Tecumseh's Vision", "Trail of Tears", "Geronimo" and "Wounded Knee".  This highly anticipated series brings Native history to the forefront and the overall We Shall Remain project provides an extensive look at the Native culture that exists and thrives today.

WXXI's six companion We Shall Remain pieces are part of a national outreach initiative to document Native history, events, people and culture throughout the United States.  The first installment, Canandaigua Treaty, features Peter Jemison from the Seneca Nation and Historic Site Manager for Ganondagan State Historic Site, and Doug George from the Mohawk Nation who is a writer and journalist.

For the next 7 Monday episodes of Homework Hotline, a subsequent WXXI We Shall Remain piece will air:

March 30, Women & Poetry:  Featuring Tammy Tarbell-Boehning, Mohawk Nation, and Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, Executive Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation.  Learn about Haudenosaunee women and their impact on the Women’s Rights Movement while meeting a Mohawk potter who sculpts images of Haudenosaunee women.

April 6, Lacrosse:  Spotlight on Brad Powless, Onondaga Nation & Assistant Coach of Lafayette Lancers High School Lacrosse.  Meet several Lancers from the Onondaga Nation; learn how North America’s oldest team sport began with the Onondaga Nation and continues today.

April 13, Ganondagan:  Peter Jemison, Seneca Nation, Historic Site Manager for Ganondagan State Historic Site and Veronica Reitter of Ganondagan State Historic Site talk about the attack on the largest of the Seneca towns in the 17th century and how the original site is again a cultural center.

Aprli 27, Kinzua Dam:  Becky Bowan, Seneca Nation discusses how the Seneca were forced to leave their homes on the Oil Springs Reservation by the federal government only a few decades ago.

May 5, Storytelling:  Perry Ground, Mohawk Nation, tells the story of how the original five nations came together under a message of peace.

Homework Hotline airs through the entire state of New York at 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, during the school year.