Native writers create groundbreaking TV series


Last updated 2/2/2021 at 2:22pm

Cherokee Nation

William Jehu Garroutte (Cherokee Nation), Shelley Dennis (Choctaw Nation), Tom Hanada (Cherokee Nation) and Doane Talugag Avery (Inupiaq) were chosen for this project.

TALEQUAH, Okla.-That's a wrap for four Native writers tasked with creating a groundbreaking TV series focused on Native themes and characters. It's all part of the 2nd Annual Native American Writers Room, sponsored by the Cherokee Nation Film Office, a program which brings together four writers in an experimental writers room to address the lack of genuine Native American representation in television writers' rooms and in overall media.

The result is "Talihina," a one-hour drama focused on an underfunded Choctaw Hospital where conflict, mystery and murder within a small community in Oklahom...

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