Why We Serve (TRT 26:53) Director of Photography
Production Company: Indigenous Showcase 501(c)(3)
Film commissioned by Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
Why We Serve honors the generations of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian who have served in the armed forces of the United States—often in extraordinary numbers—since the American Revolution. For some, the Indigenous commitment to the U.S. military doesn’t make sense. Why would Indians serve a country that overran their homelands, suppressed their cultures, and confined them to reservations? The reasons are complex.