This is a guest post by Stephanie R. Lewis, producer of the AETN documentary "Arkansas's First People."
Most people are willing to participate in something bigger than they are. The construction of Arkansass First People brought out curiosity and a willingness to listen to different perspectives. It also enlightened people to the fact that though Arkansas does not have contemporary American Indian nations within its borders, Native people are still involved with the Natural State.
More Native people live in Arkansas than most people realize. Not just people with familial lineage, but members of different recognized tribes. Arkansas is also, surprising to some, a growing center of Native research, thought, and networking because of organizations like the Sequoyah National Research Center at UALR, the Arkansas Archeological Survey, the American Indian Center of Arkansas, and the Historic Arkansas Museum.
Watch Arkansass First People on AETN, May 2 at 1:00 p.m.