Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Featured, Videos

Awarding-winning American Indian filmmaker launches Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign entitled Exiled NDNZ, which explores young American Indians living in Los Angeles today

Awarding-winning American Indian filmmaker launches Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign entitled Exiled NDNZ, which explores young American Indians living in Los Angeles today

Los Angeles, CA –  Pamela J. Peters is an award-winning Navajo filmmaker who blends an Indigenous aesthetic with a focus on contemporary, realistic, culture-driven stories in her films. Peters’ Exiled NDNz documentary film project is an expansion of her short film, Legacy of Exiled NDNZ, a nonfiction story told through the voices of young adults who have either migrated from their respective reservations, or who continue to survive as offspring of families who relocated to cities under the Indian Relocation Program enacted by the US Government in 1956. Peters’ short film premiered at the LA Shorts Fest in August 2014. Peters’ short project was influenced by Kent Mackenzie’s film, The Exiles (1961), which follows Native Americans living on Bunker Hill in the early 1960s.  Peters says, “It was the only film that documented realistic lives of the American Indians going through the U.S. government Relocation Program of 1956.” Peters states, “Our film will help viewers better understand the history of American Indian migration to Los Angeles, as American Indians are also part of the history of Los Angeles.” The filmmaker is...

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Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Featured, Videos

Umatilla Blockade to Halt Tar Sands Megaloads Continues Tonight

Umatilla Blockade to Halt Tar Sands Megaloads Continues Tonight

Umatilla Tribe grandmother at Megaloads Protest, Umatilla, OR from Trip Jennings on Vimeo. This morning, members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) stood before tribal leadership and their legal counsel at a Board of Trustees meeting to implore them to take immediate and decisive action in stopping shipping company Omega Morgan from transporting megaloads of equipment through their tribal homelands. The equipment is to be used in the expansion of Alberta tar sands, including supplying oil for Keystone XL and other pipelines. Members of the Four Columbia River Treaty Tribes, joined by chapters of Rising Tide and 350.org, successfully stopped a megaload from passing through Umatilla ceded territory last night. Another blockade is planned for tonight. Kayla Godowa, a Warm Springs Tribal member and one of the organizers of the blockade spoke with Last Real Indians. She listed a number of reasons why the tar sands megaloads should be halted. “There have been no government to government consultations [on the transport of megaloads] between the state of Oregon,...

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Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Featured, News, Videos

Unbelievable Public Act of Racism in Rapid City, SD in 2013, By Chase Iron Eyes

Unbelievable Public Act of Racism in Rapid City, SD in 2013, By Chase Iron Eyes

This can’t be real. Well- we are talking about a rodeo, in the Northern Plains where social evolution is seemingly 30 years behind. On Thursday, August 22nd, 2013, at the Central State’s Fair Rodeo, White people dressed as rodeo clowns, cops and an Indian performed a skit in front of a largely White audience in an attempt at slapstick spoof comedy. I am not unaccustomed to the jackassery of a rodeo clown performance, but this one showcased the level of intelligence (or lack thereof) and ignorance of those who authorized the performance. To give you an idea of the skit: a rodeo clown enters the arena in an old car making off-hand funny remarks about the rodeo event, soon a cop appears and it is made known that they are in “hot pursuit” of a “lost prisoner” and “the prisoner is now disguised as an Indian” and that they haven’t seen anyone “dressed as an Indian” [around the 2minute mark]; the clown and the cop mimicking searching gestures, accidentally...

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