All Nations Network, a Cable Outlet for Native Peoples, Wants to Launch in U.S.

All Nations Network For Native Americans
Courtesy ATPN

A non-profit Canadian cable network that programs for aboriginal peoples hopes to do the same in the United States for Native American viewers.

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, a cable channel based in Canada that is dedicated exclusively to content for indigenous peoples, intends to work to launch All Nations Network, a similar outlet in the United States that will develop and air TV programs written, produced, and directed by Native Americans, among others. Network distribution in the U.S. is being represented by Castalia Communications.

The company declined to offer specific information about launch timelines or carriage agreements.

“We think the time is right for Native Americans to have their own channel,” says Jean La Rose, APTN’s Chief Executive Officer (pictured, above), in a prepared statement. “Certainly, our experience in Canada has been one of creating and providing opportunities for our producers, for our storytellers, to tell our stories, in our words, to our Peoples and to the world. Native American producers are poised and eager to have the same opportunities, and we believe that we can work together to provide a unique window into the lives — past, present and future — of this community.”

Among the programs APTN has shown in Canada are “Mohawk Girls,” a scripted comedy-drama that has been likened to a “Sex and the City” for Native peoples; “Rabbit Fall,” a supernatural series; and “Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock,” a kids’ series based on Tinglit stories about maintaining principles.

APTN reaches approximately 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments. It runs children’s animation, youth, cultural and traditional programming, music, drama, news and current affairs, as well as live coverage of special events and interactive programming. Nearly half of APTN programming is exclusive and not shown on any other outlet.

The new U.S. network will be headquartered in New Mexico. Native American filmmaker Chris Eyre will work closely with All Nations Network to launch in the United States.

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  1. Kee Jackson says:

    Exposures of tribal corruption need any medias support, I hope this cable outlet will allow this. The world should be informed the filth we the Navajo people face when it comes to tribal officials and leaders who take matters into their own hands. Sovereignty and Jurisdictional barriers hugely interfere with the lives of those who fall victim of abuse by the tribal government. Our votes for instance never mattered when it came to choosing a leader this administration, it is clearly ugly for any corruption to continue and it will if we don’t have any access to the media. Navajo Times for instance will not cover a story like Dusty does, Dusty news post sometimes bruise the feelings of those being exposed. Perhaps more exposures of selfish, greedy, unbecoming, lying, betraying, stealing, cold calculating, obsessive sinister tribal officials and leaders can get the consequences some truly deserve. I hope this cable network will be inclusive to all sorts of problems Natives face.

  2. i hope it reaches the midwest. there are natives here as well. but most televised things are in the western part of the country only.

  3. There is a way to transmit through the Internet, I can help. Look up Indigenous Entertainment Television on Face Book.

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