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PBS Online Film Festival Is Loaded With Indigenous Cred

At least four of the films in the PBS Online Film Festival have a Native component of some sort -- watch them here!

The 2015 PBS Online Film Festival, which is currently underway, is a competition among 25 short films from public broadcasting outlets all over the country, and this year's slate includes a significant Native presence. The winner will be determined by online voting. Viewers can vote once a day, and the festival closes July 17 -- so now's the time to make your picks and give 'em your clicks. Here are four films we noted for their Indigenous elements; you can see the full slate at

"I Am an Alaska Native Dancer"

A portrait of master dancer Haliehana Stepetin, "I Am an Alaska Native Dancer" looks at one individual's tireless efforts to promote and teach the many styles of dance found throughout the diverse Alaska Native cultures. VOTE FOR "I AM AN ALASKA NATIVE DANCER" HERE.

"The Fishing Club"

The story of friends who come together to try to save the last pristine beach in Hawaii, "The Fishing Club" stars a couple Native Hawaiians who are familiar faces in the islands. VOTE FOR "THE FISHING CLUB" HERE.

"Isabelle's Garden"

"Isabelle's Garden" is a Sundance-honored film we've covered before. To learn more about this portrait of a young Native girl fighting poverty and hunger in her Oklahoma community, see our interview with director Jeffrey Palmer, Kiowa. VOTE FOR "ISABELLE'S GARDEN" HERE.

"Migrant Heroes"

Hugo Morales is a Mixtec Indian from Oaxaca, Mexico, who as a child immigrated with his family to the U.S. In "Migrant Heroes" he tells of his journey from farm worker to Harvard Law School, and discusses what he's doing with the Indigenous immigrant-focused radio station Radio Bilingüe. VOTE FOR "MIGRANT HEROES" HERE.