August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, May 23, 2022

Maori Film Fest Features Indigenous Fight to Protect Chaco

Our Story - The Indigenous Led Fight to Protect Greater Chaco

In the Pueblo and Dine' homelands, all roads led to Chaco, the center for trade and commerce. Today, oil and gas drilling are destroying sacred places. The new film, 'Our Story -- The Indigenous Led Fight to Protect Greater Chaco,' is being shown at film festivals worldwide.

Michael Ramsey, Daniel TsoUnited States | English | 2021 | 46min | Color | Maoriland Film Festival | Colonisation, Environmental, Political, Sovereignty | Maoriland Film Festival | New Zealand Premiere

Ninety percent of the available lands in the Greater Chaco have already been leased for oil and gas extraction. Over the course of three years, Navajo and Pueblo leadership including Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo), Julia Bernal (Sandia Pueblo), and Navajo Nation Council Delegate and co-director Daniel Tso have been intimately collaborating to tell their stories in this film as they struggle to protect what little remains of this sacred landscape, including the World Heritage Site Chaco National Historical Park in the SW United States.

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