Indigenous peoples’ histories and stories in America have been narrowly defined by the Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny—or simply Cowboys and Indians. But now Indigenous filmmakers have been telling their own stories and changing that definition. Here are 10 documentaries, from “Trudell” to “LaDonna Harris: Indian 101,” that flip the script.
While you wait for the return of THE RED ROAD, explore the drama and complexity of native lives through these indigenous writers unique stories. Here is a short list of novels, short stories and memoirs by some of the finest native writers in the U.S. and Canada.
The Hopi Tribe will conduct an assessment of golden eagles in Arizona, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians will restore longleaf pine habitat in Alabama, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will develop a Tribal Wildlife Management Plan for their reservation in New York, and in Washington state the Jamestown S’Kllalm Tribe will work towards restoring the Dungeness Elk Herd to its historic range.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today joined New Mexico’s congressional delegation to advance a vital water supply project that will provide clean, safe and reliable water to a quarter of a million people in the Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache Nation and the city of Gallup, New Mexico.
A tar sands oil pipeline from Canada to the United States that was approved by the U.S. government last month was challenged in federal court today by four Native American and environmental groups.
Artist Carrie Marill’s “Fucking Liberal Life”
In 1987, the United Nations’ Bruntland Commission defined the concept of sustainable development as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs…” Is this an accurate definition? Certainly. Does it capture the imagination, and prod people to action? Probably not…
This Fall, Arizona State University’s Art Museum is going to take another, and very different, stab at formulating a definition for sustainability. A series of projects gathered under the title Defining Sustainability will not only display artistic renderings of the concept (or specific examples of it, such as greener transportation or recycled shade structures), but also bring together “artists and designers, faculty and students [to] engage the greater Phoenix community in their creative processes and in conversations about sustainability.”