Hundreds of books exist about the Lewis and Clark expedition and the decades of pioneers who followed them West. But even today, most Oregonians don't know much about the people who had settled here centuries before "the settlers" came. "Broken Treaties" introduces viewers to the tribes of our state and explores a thread of the Oregon story that hasn't been told very well over the years.more
Oregon Experience, entered its 11th season this past fall, 2016.
The series continues to bring to life stories that help us understand this place where we live and those that have played key roles in its history and legacy.
Oregon Experience's documentary, Broken Treaties, airs on OPB-TV Monday March 20, 9:00 p.m. It can also be streamed online at any time.
For additional stories, videos, photos and maps, visit our “Broken Treaties” series page.
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Funding Provided By: Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer, Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, Clark Foundation
OREGON EXPERIENCE is a co-production of Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Oregon Historical Society.