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Federal Laws and the Native American: Patterns of Paper Politics
Program 713
Original Airdate: 1/14/1977

Subject Keywords
Afro-Americans in television broadcasting
Afro-Americans - Relations with Indians
Indians of North America - Land tenure
Indians of North America - Massachusetts
Indigenous peoples
Television broadcasting of news

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Peters, Russell

Corporate Names
Danny Sloan and Friends
Mashpee Tribal Council

Program Description
Program focuses on the August, 1976 lawsuit filed by the the Wampanoag Indians of Massachusetts against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in an effort to reclaim lands sold from 1763 to 1870 without Congressional approval. Host Barbara Barrow speaks with guest Russell Peters, President of the Mashpee Tribal Council, about the problems the council is having regaining tribal lands, when was the lands were taken, when the council decided to file suit, how Peters feels about the claim that Wampanoag marriages with Black and white Americans has diluted their culture and claim to lands, if Mashpee becoming a town gave Native Americans the power to sell their own land (as they did willingly, according to Barrow), and what will happen to the people who are living in Mashpee who feel they own their land and houses. Additional segments include the "Say Brother News" with reporters Leah Fletcher, Eric Sampedro, Justina Chu, and WNAC TV arts critic Tanya Hart, the "Third World Connection" (which discusses the intermarriage of African Americans and Native Americans, and their historical bond, is discussed), and the "Community Calendar."

Producer
Barbara Barrow

Associate Producer
Melvin Moore

Director
Conrad White

Host
Barbara Barrow

Guests
Russell Peters

Others
Tom Balhatchet (audio editor)
Ron Buccheri (switcher)
Basil Chigas (switcher)
Justina Chu (reporter)
Brian Clarke (assistant to the producer)
June Cross (production assistant)
Doug DeVitt (videotape assembly)
Bill Fairweather (video)
Leah Fletcher (reporter)
Mike Floyd (stage manager)
Tanya Hart (reporter)
Rebecca Hill (fashion consultant)
Dick Holden (camera)
Danny Horne (intern)
Lenita Johnson (intern)
Nat Johnson (audio)
Gene Mackles (graphic designer)
John MacKnight (videotape assembly)
Fran Mahard (scenic design)
Carolyn Marshall (production secretary)
Milan Merhar (videotape recordist)
Wil Morton (audio)
John Plausse (lighting)
Alfred Portilla (assistant stage manager)
Eric Sampedro (reporter)
Lee Smith (camera)
Jahid Songai (intern)
David St. Onge (videotape recordist)
John L. Sullivan (lighting)
Bob Tomaselli (lighting assistant)
Skip Wareham (camera)
Bob Wilson (stage manager)
Eileen Yang (researcher)

Formats
Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-03335
Preservation master beta SP cassette AB-01256
Preservation master digital beta cassette AB-01255A
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette 1159
Viewing copy VHS cassette (item number not yet assigned)



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