How the West Was Lost (The Discovery Channel, 9-11 p.m.): It's good to see this noted series returning. When it premiered in May 1993, it received some well-deserved critical praise for its unusual take on an ideologically popular subject: the sad and sometimes shameful story of how native Americans were treated by Western settlers.
The insightful and unusual programs focused on somewhat lesser-known Eastern tribes - the Iroquois and the Cherokees - before the latter were forced from their homes. The format included interviews with descendants of well-known Indian figures and aspects of Indian history not well publicized in other treatments.
Seven new episodes now join the lineup. They will be mixed in with the six already aired to form a weekly series broadcast each Tuesday. The opener offers two of the new programs: ``Divided We Fall,'' about the Iroquois Confederacy's struggles to remain neutral during America's Revolutionary War; and ``Trail of Tears,'' about the US government's driving of Cherokees west of the Mississippi River, with deadly effects on the tribe.
Other new programs deal with the Dakota conflict in Minnesota, the Moducs' battle with the US Army in California, the Utes in Colorado, and the so-called Five Civilized Tribes of Indian Territory, which became the state of Oklahoma. * THURSDAY
38th Annual Pablo Casals Festival (A&E, 9-11 p.m.): When Jacqueline Kennedy wanted to bring high art to the White House in 1961, she invited the man many considered the world's leading cellist, Pablo Casals, whose Casals Festival was already a tradition in Puerto Rico.
Now the internationally renowned event is getting what is probably its first North American concert telecast. The roster of artists is impressive: Pianist Andre Watts and mezzo-soprano Florence Quivar, for instance, are on the list. The show visits several scenic spots around San Juan as it offers a program of Stravinsky, Schubert, Beethoven, Verdi, and the late Casals.
Please check local listings for these programs.