As Long As The Rivers Run argues that conservation as popular white environmental practice erases Native Americans. The film contextualized a lot of contemporary movements, including Standing Rock and fracking protests in Washington. These slow direct actions (deliberate lawbreaking) have been happening since the 1800s. The fact that the film was funded by the Survival of American Indian Association emphasized the power of community organizing. The Alcatraz section demonstrated how loopholes in the treaties are utilized. The relationship between resistance and the law seems to sometimes act as an opaque boundary, but sometimes the law acts a tool for resistance.
May 28, 2018