Friday, June 29, 2018

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

1989 - American Indian Activist Russell Means testifies at Senate Hearing

C-SPAN   Oct 24, 2012  17 min. 48 sec.

From the C-SPAN Video Library - Mr. Means harshly criticizes the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian leadership of reservations. Russell Means died October 22 at the age of 72. This was his first of six appearances on C-SPAN. Entire Hearing:

Why the Sioux Are Refusing $1.3 Billion

PBS NewsHour Aug 24, 2011 7 min. 38 sec.

Members of the Great Sioux Nation could pocket a large sum set aside by the government for taking the resource-rich Black Hills away from the tribes in 1877. But leaders say the sacred land was never, and still isn't, for sale.

Lakota in America

Square  Nov 13, 2017  14 min. 46 sec.

"Lakota in America" is the third film in Square's For Every Kind of Dream series. Genevieve Iron Lightning is a young Lakota dancer on the Cheyenne River Reservation, one of the poorest communities in the US. Unemployment, addiction, alcoholism, and suicide are all challenges for Lakota on the reservation. For nearly a hundred years, it was illegal to practice Lakota customs. Now, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is working with young people like Genevieve to create a stronger economic and cultural future—and they’re using their Lakota heritage to get there. See the other films at Learn how you can support CRYP at 

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