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Big Ten Network producers at Illinois

The Big Ten Network producers at Illinois are associated with both Public Affairs and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. Our charge is to produce original, non-athletic programming that highlights the hard work, creativity, and life-changing collaborations that are the hallmarks of life at Illinois. We produce documentaries using the highest production standards. We believe that the work and people of Illinois, past and present, deserve to be recognized in a way that reflects their passion, creativity, and intelligence.

premiering November 3, 8:30 p.m. (CST)



"Carlos Montezuma: Changing is Not Vanishing"

As a child, Carlos Montezuma was stolen from his family and sold as a slave. Thirty years later, he returned to save his people. 

Montezuma was born in 1866 in the Arizona territory and named Wassajah or “beckon” in his native Yavapai language. He spent his early childhood on the road with an Italian photographer and performed with Buffalo Bill before starting school in Chicago.

In 1884, Montezuma was the first Native American to graduate from the University of Illinois and one of the first to earn a medical degree.  After working as a reservation doctor, he fought tirelessly for Native American rights and citizenship. When his tribe faced removal from their ancestral home, Montezuma fought for and secured their land and water rights, setting a precedent for other Indian nations.

Carlos Montezuma: Changing is Not Vanishing, a new documentary produced by the University of Illinois, tells the fascinating story of this Yavapai American hero.

For dates and times when Illinois campus programming is scheduled on the BTN, visit the Big Ten Network schedule page.