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Pala documentary about tribe's history of military service in U.S. nominated for Emmy Award

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Issue 18, Volume 17.

PALA – The Pala Band of Mission Indians is proud to announce that their documentary, "Defending the Homeland: Native American Veterans in the United States Armed Forces," has been nominated for a 2013 Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter.

In the documentary, Chairman Robert Smith and members of the Pala Band of Mission Indians share intimate details of the Tribe’s history of military service in the United States Armed Forces.

"This documentary was dedicated to the many Pala Tribal members who made the ultimate sacrifice in service and we are proud it has been nominated for this very distinguished Advertisement
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award," said Smith. "Our Tribe has a prominent tradition of participation in the United States military, so developing this documentary was a way for us to both preserve the stories of our courageous military leaders and share those stories with the world."

The documentary was nominated in the Military – Program/Special category. The Emmy Award winners will be announced on June 15 at the 39th Annual National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter Emmy Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada.

To view the documentary and to learn more about "Defending the Homeland: Native American Veterans in the United States Armed Forces", visit



Comment Profile ImageDe Luz Neighbor
Comment #1 | Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 11:26 pm
Great documentary and what a great group of people! It's good to see their face and get a glimpse into their lives. I'll never know their sacrifice so I'll just send my thanks for their service and for defending their homeland and our safety.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #2 | Friday, May 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm
First the white man stole the Native Americans' land. Then he killed them either by the sword, a gun, or disease. Then he enslaved them. Then he raped their women. Then he made them move stealing MORE of their land. Then he beat them. Then he denied them any or all rights. And on and on it goes.

And then the Native Americans were so stupid as to fight and die for the white man.

And the white man is STILL smiling.
Comment Profile ImageDe Luz Neighbor
Comment #3 | Friday, May 3, 2013 at 4:22 pm
Lee, the irony weighed heavily on me too. There are at least two 'white men' who are not smiling.

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