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Introduction: Shadow Nation (01:35)


Prominent historical figures supported the decimation of native cultures.

"Saving" the Natives (02:42)

George Lynch combines music and activism. Experts reflect on dehumanization, the role of religion, and reservations. Approximately 95% of casino profits reach 5% of the people.

Political Activism Through Music (05:24)

Native Americans have high rates of unemployment, alcoholism, and sexual violence, and poor healthcare funding. Lynch teams up with several like-minded musicians. Gregg Analla discusses the Pueblo People.

New Mexico Residents (06:07)

Spanish conquerors establish Albuquerque in the 17th century. Paguate villagers practice traditional farming and lifestyle techniques. Ritchie Anderson reflects on alcoholism.

Laguna Pueblo Land (03:25)

The Anaconda Mining Company mines vanadium and uranium for 29 years, significantly impacting the land. Lynch visits a mine in Paiute, NM and reflects on humanity's disconnect.

Treatment of Indigenous People (04:54)

Lynch and Ted Nugent discuss economic injustice. The U.S. government has a long history of breaking treaties. John Trudell discusses forced assimilation.

Alcatraz Island (04:44)

In 1969, a federal official discusses Native appropriation rights; Adam Fortunate Eagle discusses House Resolution 108. A group of Native Americans occupies Alcatraz for approximately 18 months.

Broken Treaties (02:58)

Lynch, Nugent, and Anderson discuss honoring the 400 treaties, the Trail of Tears, and Kit Carson.

Fort Laramie (05:21)

The band travels to South Dakota; they are behind schedule. At the fort, Martin Jungck discusses the Horse Creek Treaty. Poverty is a human-made condition that can be eradicated.

Wounded Knee (02:56)

In 1891, the U.S. Calvary fires upon approximately 350 unarmed Native Americans. The band visits the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation.

Occupation of Wounded Knee (04:33)

Ward Churchill and Juan Gonzales discuss Leonard Peltier and actions that occurred on the Ridge Reservation in the 1970s. Several people, including the band, attend the Oglala Commemoration.

Whiteclay, Nebraska (05:44)

The band visits the town whose main purpose is to sell alcohol to Native Americans; it is the epicenter of the war on al0coholism. Lynch questions Natives and activists about their behaviors and reflects on meeting a former army ranger.

"Music is Medicine" (05:24)

Lynch talks with a woman whose daughter committed suicide; she discusses challenges on the reservation. Anderson and Chuckie Bigay support music education; the band donates instruments.

Native Society Culture (05:29)

Lynch reflects on the closure of a youth center and building of a youth detention facility. The band visits Monument Valley; people are gravitating toward an indigenous world view. Experts discuss English imperialism and social justice.

Social Change (02:57)

Projects like Lynch's helps people find their voice for change. See video footage of the landscape.

Credits: Shadow Nation (02:56)

Credits: Shadow Nation

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This documentary follows a group of renowned rock musicians on a journey through Native American reservations in the southwest and the Great Plains. We learn about the many injustices done to Native Americans and how the seeds of repression have contributed to the poverty, alcoholism, and illness that continues to plague the reservations. Featuring Noam Chomsky, Tom Morello, Serj Tankian, and Ted Nugent, the film reveals the vacuous nature of our modern worldview, a philosophy of unrestrained materialism that’s disconnected from the natural world.

Length: 68 minutes

Item#: FMK188558

Copyright date: ©2015

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