Native Nations: Standing Together for Civil Rights


Part of our Opening Night “Native Voices” program.

Writer/Director: Michelle Danforth
Country: US (2008)
Language: English
Running Time: 60 minutes
Screening: Opening night, Wednesday, March 25, 9:30 p.m.
Co-producer Syd Beane will introduce the film.

Co-produced by Minnesota filmmaker and community organizer Syd Beane (Mdewakanton Dakota/Flandreau Santee Sioux), along with Frank Blythe and Michelle Danforth, Native Nations, narrated by Peter Coyote, chronicles the American Indians’ struggle for civil rights, and the creation of the National Indian Lutheran Board to raise funds and awareness for that struggle. From the 1862 controversy when 38 Dakota Sioux were executed in the largest single-day mass hanging in the United States to the confrontations of the 1960s, when many Indian tribes joined together to speak out with a unified voice, the story told by Native Nations is the story of standing together for sovereignty, justice and civil rights.

See a preview of Native Nations.