Tribal leaders criticize “We Shall Remain”

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Officials from three Native American tribes are signatories to an open letter to PBS concerning the American Experience series “We Shall Remain.” In a piece published in the Indian Country Today newspaper, they contend their tribes, the Wampanoag, Mashpee Wampanoag and Narragansett, were overlooked. “Our ancestors are central to the events following the Mayflower landing, yet our historical guardians … were avoided by this PBS production,” they wrote. ” … We have not struggled to maintain our tribal cultural identities for nearly 400 years since colonization to be disrespectfully ignored and dismissed or to have our history misrepresented for the purpose of entertainment.”