This is a special presentation of the documentary film Lakota Nation vs. United States. The event will begin with a reading by the writer and narrator of the film, Oglala Lakota poet and activist Layli Long Soldier. A conversation among Layli Long Soldier, BMI executive director Colette LaBouff, and chief judge for the Las Vegas Paiute Tribal Court Kostan R. Lathouris will take place after the film.
Co-directed by Jesse Short Bull and Laura Tomaselli, Lakota Nation vs. United States is a searing testament to the strength of the Oyate and a visually stunning rejoinder to the distorted image of a people long-shaped by Hollywood. The documentary uses a treasure trove of rich archival material, electrifying on-the-ground footage and intimate interviews with veteran activists and young leaders such as NDN Collective founder Krystal Two Bulls and activist Candi Brings Plenty. Lakota Nation vs. United States is a lyrical and provocative testament to a land and a people who have survived removal, exploitation and genocide–and whose best days are yet to come.