Standing Silent Nation film showing April 17 2012 in Textor 101
We will be showing the film Standing Silent Nation at Ithaca College on Tues. April 17th at 8pm in Textor Hall 101. This event was planned by Samantha Goldman, one of our caring students (her note copied below) who has been communicating with Alex White Plume about Lakota struggles for sovereignty. Samantha was inspired to learn more and get the word out to others. The film features the efforts of the Lakota to build a sustainable economy on their territory by growing industrial hemp. What follows is an all too familiar story of the fight for tribal sovereignty and self-determination. There is an excellent companion guide to the film, attached here along with a flier. Spread the word!
Brooke Hansen; firstname.lastname@example.org; 607-274-1735
My name is Samantha Goldman and I am a senior at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. One of the most meaningful experiences I've had at school has been studying about our country's native people in Professor Brooke Hansen's Native Americans and the Environment class this year. As an avid supporter of industrial hemp, I was thrilled to find out that the Lakota of South Dakota, led by Alex White Plume, had tried to grow hemp on the Pine Ridge Reservation to gain tribal sovereignty, breaking away from government-subsidized crops for construction, clothing, food, and other industrial purposes. It was obvious to me from Brooke's class that government commodities are not helping native people, but instead are keeping them dependent upon unhealthy lifestyles. Unfortunately, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration overstepped their legal boundaries and removed the crop, keeping Alex and his people stuck in their poverty, illness, and grief, knowing they have the means and legal right to help themselves get out of their situation.
After learning that a documentary was made about these struggles, I saw an opportunity to share this story with you and open up a dialogue. I hope you will come to our screening of "Standing Silent Nation" on Tuesday, April 17 at 8 pm in Textor 101 on I.C.'s campus. It would be wonderful to have your voices heard in our discussion following the film.
Please contact me or Brooke with any questions or concerns. I hope to see you there!
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