November is American Indian Heritage Month

Celebrating American Indian Heritage Month by Remembering Native Americans

Take the "Realities on the Reservations Challenge"

This Native American Heritage Month, PWNA challenges you to get informed about realities on the reservations. So many people believe Native Americans live for free, getting government entitlements or income from casinos. But this is far from reality. As Wes says:
“Native communities have found solutions that work within their cultures, but funding has not kept pace to support them. My hope is that together with PWNA we can increase awareness and show that supporting Native-led causes is the only way we can create change.”

Join us the first four Fridays in November, plus November 26 and 27, to take the challenge when PWNA posts a new educational video narrated by legendary actor Wes Studi, a new Wes Studi DVD giveaway and new actions you can take! Pay close attention to the Contest Rules, which includes the Schedule for contest entry dates.

Official Giveaway Contest Rules and Prizes

November 1st, 2019

History, Treaties and Tribes

The views and scenery on the reservations are breathtaking, but beauty is only skin deep. The reality of what’s happening on the reservations is a very different story. This video explores the impact of history and treaties on the tribes today, and how the reservation system limits the building and sale of homes and the development of business and infrastructure.

Giveaway: Avatar DVD, Extended Collector's Edition

In this movie, Wes stars as Eytukan, leader of the Na'vi, the “alien” tribe that resists the human invaders who threaten to destroy his community’s way of life. The “Avatar” DVD set contains 3 versions of the movie (including an unreleased extended cut), plus hours of bonus feature, documentaries and deleted scenes. Sign Up to enter by midnight Eastern on November 4 and check Facebook @PWNA4hope on November 5 to see if you won.

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Reality: Did you know that over 500 treaties were made with tribes by the U.S. government, nearly all of them broken or underfunded? To learn more about how this and other history still impacts tribes today, watch this @PWNA4hope @WStudi video, “Economics of Indian Gaming.” #NAHM #PWNA4HeritageMonth

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November 8th, 2019

Realities on the Reservations:

Many people believe Native Americans are taken care of by the treaties, or that they receive a government check every month just because they are “Indian” or that all tribes are casino rich. All of these are commonly held misconceptions, and this video sets the record straight on the realities of Native American food security, education, healthcare and housing.

Giveaway: Last of the Mohicans DVD, Director's Expanded Edition

In this movie about an American settler raised by the Mohicans, Wes stars as Magua and reveals how his life was changed after being abducted by the Mohawks and then eventually adopted into their tribe. This “Last of the Mohicans” DVD contains over 12 scenes with never-seen footage added by director Michael Mann. Sign Up to enter by midnight Eastern on November 11 and check Facebook @PWNA4hope on November 12 to see if you won.

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Reality: Did you know that 23% of Native American families live with food insecurity, a lack of consistent access to enough food for a healthy, active life? Learn more about this and other realities by watching this @PWNA4hope @WStudi video, “Realities on the Reservations.” #NAHM #PWNA4HeritageMonth

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November 15th, 2019 — Watch video & sign up to win!

Economics of Indian Gaming:

Many people believe Indian gaming on the reservations is providing automatic wealth and prosperity for every Native American, But the numbers show it’s not as lucrative as you think. This video shows the realities behind Indian gaming, why many tribes can’t conduct gaming, why only 15% tribes prosper from it and how the U.S. government controls some casino profit.

Giveaway: Heat DVD, Special Two-Disc Set

In this mainstream crime thriller, Wes stars as Detective Sammy Casals of the LAPD robbery homicide division, breaking Hollywood stereotypes along the way. The DVD contains audio commentary by director Michael Mann and many deleted scenes and footage on the making of “Heat.Sign Up to enter by midnight Eastern on November 18 and check Facebook @PWNA4hope on November 19 to see if you won.

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Reality: Did you know that only 15% of tribes in the U.S. prosper from Indian gaming? Learn more by watching this @PWNA4hope @WStudi video, “Economics of Indian Gaming.” #NAHM #PWNA4HeritageMonth

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After American Indian Heritage Month is over, we hope you will continue learning and sharing with us. If you haven’t done so already, please register on the PWNA website or PWNA blog so we can hear from you regularly — and you can stay tuned for our holiday promotions!

Official Giveaway Contest Rules and Prizes


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