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Resource: DVD (D2100) Promised Land     
Publisher: Tall Firs Cinema, 2017
Vendor: Tall Firs Cinema
Length: 98 mins
# Copies: 1
 Description: Promised Land is a social justice doumentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied. In following their story, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty.

Indigenous recognition is at the frontline of the battle for native sovereignty. These tribes - who signed treaties, helped settlers, and lost their land - are asking for their treaties to be honored. To redefine their recognition, to put blood quantum restrictions on who is and isn't native enough, to redefine treaties over and over, continues a toxic cycle of colonialism where the government, and the corporations it partners with, continues to unlawfully profit off the resources of indigenous lands at great peril to our increasingly climate-challenged world.

Though the film begins in a specific region, the story it tells is one that countless tribes are going through not only throughout North America, but throughout the world as well. The film ends by expanding its focus to issues such as aboriginal identity, blood quantum, and the struggle of indigenous communities for self-determination.
Age Groups: None specified.

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