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Film on native Americans produced by Knights of Columbus

Screenshot from the Knights of Columbus video Enduring Faith, about the Catholic legacy among indigenous tribes in North America.

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Screenshot from the Knights of Columbus video Enduring Faith, about the Catholic legacy among indigenous tribes in North America.

MIAMI | After running on ABC channels throughout the U.S., Enduring Faith, a documentary on the Catholic legacy among native Americans, is now available as a free streaming video.

The one-hour film, produced by the Knights of Columbus, reveals a seldom-told facet of the story of Catholicism: the expressions of faith among the cultures of North America.

Amid sweeping videos of native American lands, the documentary gives highlights of the often-stormy history between native Americans and Europeans.

Among the episodes are the U.S. reservation system, the Trail of Tears and the Indian Removal Policy. Violent encounters, including the Wounded Knee massacre and the Battle of Little Big Horn, are covered as well.

But the video also reports Church outreaches, such as the Bureau of Catholic Missions, founded by American bishops in 1874 as an advocate for native Americans. Another facet is the visits of popes John Paul II and Francis, affirming the rights and value of indigenous peoples.

Featured in the film are spokesmen for several native American nations, including Sioux, Osage, Ottawa, Ojibwe and Lakota. Carl Anderson, former supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, appears in the documentary also.

Besides streaming, the full-length video is also available on DVD for $7.98. Another resource is a nine-page Facts and Discussion Guide, downloadable as a .pdf for families, classes or faith groups.

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