LAKOTA NATION VS. UNITED STATES
(USA, 120 min)
Directed by Jesse Short Bull and Laura Tomaselli
Poetic and insightful, Lakota Nation vs. United States is a powerful primer on the history of Native American relations with the US government and an eye-opening exposé of the lingering injustices that require national redress. At the film’s core is the ongoing dispute around the Black Hills territory in the Dakotas which was stolen in a greed-driven gold rush during American expansion. Featuring a carefully curated collection of entertainment imagery that has distorted our perception of native people, sublime images of disputed lands, and the incredible poetry of Layli Long Soldier, the film is a call to action for the land back movement by a people who attest that their “best days are yet to come.”
Local tribal members and representatives from the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center will join us in conversation following the film.