'Big Sky' stumbles in addressing Native American criticism
(Amy Schlatter via AP)LOS ANGELES – After ABC's “Big Sky” drew Native American censure for overlooking an epidemic of violence against Indigenous women and girls, its producers set about making changes. “Big Sky” was a plum for Disney-owned ABC, marking writer-producer David E. Kelley’s return to network TV after a string of cable successes ("Big Little Lies," “The Undoing”). They sought guidance from National Congress of American Indians, the largest and oldest representative body for America's nearly 600 tribal nations. The first “Big Sky” change was to add an on-screen message noting resources for victims of sexual or labor exploitation. She was heartened by the prospect of a major network paying heed to the crucial issue of violence against Native women, she said, calling producers sincere in their efforts.