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animals behaving as if we were not here. this is why we only need to take care of the wilderness. ♪ the united states of america. what a weird name for a country. most countries have one word, several syllables. not everybody here was invited to the negotiation table. this episode is about those folks, the indigenous people of this land who want their land back. >> who whose land? >> our land! whose land? >> our land!
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♪ ♪ for many americans, mount rushmore is one of the country's most patriotic and awe-inspiring symbols, like a giant apple pie wrapped in a kid rock t-shirt, yee-ha. but for others, it's a reminder that this country was intended to be whites only. as we talk about the removal of controversial monuments and statues, mount rushmore is a part of that. located in the black hills of western south dakota, it's become the epicenter in a battle over who are the rightful inhabitants and caretakers of the land currently known as the united states of america.
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i'm letting you go first because i'm a gentleman. but really, it's because i'm afraid. >> and these two have a lot to say about all of it. this is nick tilson of and krystal two bulls of the northern cheyenne and lakota. she is also a military veteran. we met at the entrance of mount rushmore park there with the ndn collective, an indigenous nonprofit fighting to get indigenous lands back into indigenous hands. >> our people this was a sacred site that they blew up to carve the faces of the four presidents into it. >> wow. of all the places to put that. >> now you can see it's turned it into a tourist attraction. >> reporter: as the indigenous folks say, since time immemorial, this land has been their home. the black hills was home to more than 50 indigenous people. and in 1868 the fort laramie
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treaty which designated for the absolute and undisturbed use of the great sioux nation, which encompasses dozens of tribes. this land, first of all is your land, it's indigenous land. colonizers come in. even after that, a treaty is negotiated that mount rushmore is treaty land. >> it's in those treaties that people don't get to come on these lands without first consulting us and having conversation and consent from us. >> but before the ink could dry, the united states violated the treaty, making the black hills a symbol for resistance and call to return stolen land. literally every single treaty that has ever been signed with native people has been violated in some way, shape or form. >> so all of them? all of them? >> all of them. >> you know, they call mount rushmore the shrine of democracy, when really it's the shrine of hypocrisy. because a lot of people don't know that article 6 of the u.s. constitution states that tr treaties are the supreme law of
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the land. >> yes, yes. >> so when they violate treaties, they violate the very constitution which they swore an oath to. >> let's make something absolutely clear. when the united states signed hundreds of land treaties with sovereign indigenous nations and then broke all those treaties, the united states violated its own constitution hundreds of times. recently, the indian collective launched a landback campaign demanding that the united states government honor broken treaties and return mount rushmore to the management and stewardship of native peoples, like it was since time immemorial. so talk about what is the goal of the landback movement? >> i mean, it's simple. landback is about reclaiming indigenous lands and getting land back into indigenous hands, and to reclaim everything stolen from us when we were forcefully removed. >> a huge part of the landback movement has a strong premise around dismantling white supremacy, because all these systems that have been put in
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place that made it possible for the stealing of our land is the very systems that are in place to make it possible keep our lands from us to this day. >> we were fully thriving city economists and societies and economies precolonization. so all of who we are, our spirituality, our culture, our language, our life ways, our ceremonies, but also, our kinship systems, our governance systems, education, health care, housing, food systems are all based on this land right here. so landback is that. it's literally reclaiming those lands so we can reestablish those relationships. so that way we can actually foster and create a world that is actually inhabitable for all peoples, not just us. >> now some people don't seem to get what this land really means to the lakota, why it's so valuable to them. but that just speaks more to this country's screwed up definition of value. ultimate value is when no amount of money can buy something, like how much are your memories
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worth? how much can i give you for your grandma? oh, no amount? the lakota understand this. does that mean at the core of it, landback wants the whole country back? >> that's a big question. >> i'm here to ask the big questions. >> on record, yes. yes, native people want all of our land back in this country. and the conclusion that people jump to that that's a bad thing is the wrong conclusion. >> so the person sitting in their house and they're hearing the landback, we want all the land back, and they're but i like my house. and i know it sounds like a ridiculous question, but people have those fears. >> landback is about justice and equity for all peoples. so the assumption that like we're coming for individuals' property or lands, that they are expecting us to treat them the way that we have been treated is ironic. >> you colonize me, i colonize you. >> that's not what we're here for. >> i colonize your two-step. it's the same thing when you
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hear about white people hear about reparations for black folk, they think that we're going to do slavery 2.0. >> it's not about that. it's just ironic. >> surprise, surprise. in july 2020, south dakota governor kristi noem, whose administration in large part has been defined by attacks on indigenous people's sovereignty invited then president donald trump to speak at mount rushmore, despite the objections of the indigenous folks intary. in response, indian collective organized a protest, claiming trump's rally was trespassing on native land. you can imagine how that went. not great. so what led you to have the action here? >> think about the system of 2020. >> yeah. >> many of us felt led to action in summer of 2020. >> exactly. it came to this culmination where trump going to tulsa on juneteenth originally was a slap in the face. and then right after coming here
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to mount rushmore was another slap in the face. to the two peoples on these lands whose oppression upholds white supremacy. >> we felt the call to make a stand. so as you started to see statues being toppled, confederate flags coming down, and then you think about mount rushmore. it's not a statue you can take down. it's not a flag you can lower. the only way to achieve justice in this situation was to return the land to the people. >> tell me about the day the action happened. what was it like out here? what did it look like? how did it feel? >> there was about 200 native people who gave us a little piece of the side of the ditch basically that said you can protest in there. >> so you both were arrested here? >> oh, yeah. >> this entire area turned into an entire militarized zone. >> yeah. >> you had the national guard. you had probably every single law enforcement agency that
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exists in western south dakota that was here, and then some. >> we got shot with pepper spray. i'm a veteran. and so seeing this type of militarized response to unarmed civilians is insane. on u.s. soil. >> we held the space for several hours. and then there was 21 of us that were arrested. >> where are your charges? >> so there was a proposal for nick's charges to be dismissed and. >> so you're the one. >> lucky me. >> that he's targeting. >> lucky me. >> during the protest, nick took a national guard riot shield. when the shield was returned, the word police had been spray painted and replaced by the slogan "landback." videos of the protest went viral, as did the #landback. >> shut it down! >> now obviously taking a cop's
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property is a crime. but for his actions that day, nick has been charged with four felonies and three misdemeanors. he is facing 16 1/2 years in prison. if those charges sound overly harsh, i think that was law enforcement's point. just as the system overcharged many of the black lives matter protesters that same year. and remember, the fight for the return for black hills had been going on since 1868. remember the little broken treaty i talked about? during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the american indian movement emerged. aimed at challenging u.s. policies that were trying to remove indigenous communities from their lan and force them to assimilate. the movement paved the way for protest, civil disobedience and land occupation across the country, including mount rushmore in the summer of 1970. >> our people have never given up the fight for this land. they tried to put native people in the past all the time instead of putting us in the present. >> yeah. >> right now in sewed, today, you know. >> yeah.
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>> no justice! >> no peace! >> i actually believe that the best days of our people are in front of us and not behind us. it requires us to do something different than we have done, something different than what got us here. and landback is a huge part of the answer for the country. "united shades of america" is sponsored by ally. do it right.
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tourism in the black hills is a billion dollar business. it trades heavily in tired or flat-out false characterization of native folks. you can even visit a relocated set of the film "dances with wolves". the 1990 western stars kevin costner as a civil war soldier who basically sam rises himself into being a lakota. that's where i'm meeting my friend of the lakota nation. chase would prefer people go where his people are to hear lack tote ca stories. you remember, i first met chase in 2017 at standing rock. no surprise he was also holding it down as the mount rushmore protest in 2020. so this is your first time coming to the "dances with
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wolves" exhibition? >> yes. i've seen the movie. >> okay. >> it came out when wiz 14 years old, bro. it was like national holiday at the time. >> did you enjoy it at the time? >> yes. >> kevin costner got a lot of credit forecasting real people from here, real native, using some of the naj language. at the time, he was progressive in the way he portrayed this. >> absolutely. >> i imagine if you watched it now, it would not look the same. >> you know what? i tried to have my kids watch it. they won't do it. you know what i mean? they won't do it. the hero is a white guy. and the hero is a white woman. thinking is a complicated one. when "dances with wolves" came out, it was definitely celebrated with how it worked with the lakota nation in depictions in the film. >> hold on. we would never ride a buffalo. >> that's not a thing? >> that's too dangerous. >> guarantee you, we didn't have these. so it's cinched up pretty good. a lot of risk involved there. >> i really don't want to do
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this. it feels weirdly disrespectful. it just feels like participating in the con. >> like i'm participating -- >> like i'm participating in the con. it's like when you watch the flint stones and they're riding dinosaurs. no, that's not exactly how it went down. but it makes a good story. >> the man who owns this place seems like a good guy, and chase does have good memories of the film, even if his kids won't watch it. but he knows turning this into another tourist stop that freezes indigenous folks into a mythical past is not the goal. what do you feel like are the most harmful stereotypes that tourism create and support about indigenous folks? >> we've been villainized. we've been objectified. we've been fetishized, man. >> yeah. >> i got to get out there and dance. i got to get out there and play the flute. you know, we've been lied about. the idea that indigenous nations are primitive, that we didn't
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manage this whole continent, that is the stereotype, that we need somebody from outside of us to save us. these are our sacred lands. we need to make a move here in the black hills. but we fell for a trick there. that doesn't mean that we stop there. >> as a black american, i know we've fallen for some trickses too. oh, i say and i say again, you been had. you been took. you been hook winked, bamboozled, led astray, run amok. this is what he does. some call this hate teaching. okay, i'll stop. that's my malcolm x. >> that's right. >> bamboozled, yep. the u.s. signed and broke the fort laramie treaty because there was gold in them thar hills. the great sioux nation was removed by force on to five smaller parcel nations in south dakota, not even close to even exchange. for 125 years, billions of dollars of gold was extracted
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through industrial mining that has since closed. >> there they are! you ready to do this? >> yeah. about to get rich, right? >> all that remain news are gold panning sights for tourists, run by friend of all rattlesnake randy. randy usually brings out people who just want a bit of gold to take home. but today he's got a couple of secret shoppers. >> jump right on there, yep. >> okay. >> now scoop some water up. >> you start at the bottom and work your way to the top? >> i'm going to let you take this and hang on to this. grab right on to the stick here. and there you go. and you are gold mining, sir. >> oh, okay. now another thing to add to my tax form. now i can put gold miner. there. >> you go. >> how does it feel to be in the middle of all this? >> i never thought in a million years i would be here mining gold. there are people who said look, gold, we call this the yellow metal that makes them crazy.
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>> my kids have done these things where you mine for gold. >> right. >> but you're just doing the activity. you're not connecting to it the bigger discussion of who was mining for gold, whose land was it, why did they get to take this gold? >> you can't forget history. i mean, it's just going to repeat itself if you let it go. >> right. >> you need to bring it up and talk about it. >> yeah. >> custer came here in 1874. and over a billion dollars has been taken out of here. and you have go to pine ridge, standing rock, rose bush, cheyenne river, wherever people are living, and it is destitute. timber, copper, uranium, you name it, it's been taken from us here. and we have not been made whole. but here is where i start making us hole. >> randy, while he is saying all this, what do you think about all this right now? >> i feel bad for everything that did happen years ago. and i can't change what happened back then. >> we need to work something out, because we've not been able
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to tell our stories. and that is the only thing that can lead to a healing is a truth telling in the first place. >> chase is not going miss an opportunity to open someone's eyes to the stories of his people. >> do you think -- that the united states government should turn some of that land back over and go this was yours and you were good stewards of this land? >> it can't always go by the past because things have changed. >> for us, landback has always been about having the united states honor its promises. >> in 1980, the united states supreme court ruled against -- oh, look here, the united states government. awkward. scotus acknowledged that the seizure of the black hills was illegal and that the fort laramie treaty was broken. a decision said a more ripe and rank case over dishonorable dealings will never in all probability be found in our history. slavery, slavery. but instead of doing the right thing, and, you know, returning the land, the court ordered $100
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million to be paid to the great sioux nation. since 1980, that original $100 million has grown to nearly $2 billion. but despite the poverty that they face, the great sioux chasing refuses the money now as they did then, because the land was never for sale. >> wait a minute. >> look at all that! >> cherokee gold. >> oops. i get so excited, i hit the camera. look at that. >> you got a little nugget there. >> you hit the lotto out here. >> oh, that's yourself. >> my goodness. >> this is the beginning of reparations right here. >> that's right, that's right. i think we need more black folks, natives and white folks sit-downs. i'm really happy to have been present for this. >> yes. >> i might have to smudge off after this. purify myself. nothing protects and covers greys better. triple care routine, 100% gray coverage at home.
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♪ since before western civilization existed, again, we're talking time immemorial, the lakota people have depended on the buffalo for everything, from food to clothing and shelter. and more than that, the buffalo is a part of their belief system, traditions and sovereignty. so of course in the late 1800s, the u.s. government systematically killed millions
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of buffalo across the country and forced the lakota on to reservations. aw, damn it. now on pine ridge reservation in the, th black hills, there is a growing movement to return the lakota to their namesake. >> i want to go get my rifle. >> reporter: lisa iron cloud of the ogallala lat cota is bringing back historical foods. >> i'm ready when you are. >> like the great plains buffalo. >> so which one is it we're going to be getting? >> we're going to try to go after this one right here. >> looking this way. >> lisa has invited me on a buffalo hunt. and yes, every single part of the buffalo, from nose to tail, will be used. the hunt is run by the pine ridge park rangers who manage 900 wild buffalo on the reservation. >> which one are we going to get? >> usually get the 2 to 4-year-olds. >> they only sell a handful of tags every year.
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this is so they can keep the herd growing for food security. >> might want to jump up and just get ahold, you know what i mean? just stand up. >> yeah, this seems safe. >> all right, you guys, thanks a lot. >> we're going to chase them. >> am i wise standing on the back of a pickup truck stance? you know what they say, safety third. >> which one. >> this gold one. >> right in front of us? >> yeah. >> you have seen me do a lot of things on the show. today my job is mainly to stay out of the way. >> he is right behind the cow, right? >> yeah. >> now? >> yeah. >> good job. >> i'm shaking. >> good job. >> thank you.
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my heart is beating so fast. >> mine is too, and i had nothing to do with it. >> mission's accomplished. lisa got her buffalo, and i stayed out of the way. good job, me. what would you say to people who just saw you walk up and shoot a buffalo? people who get their meat from the grocery store. >> that's difference between going to a grocery store and buying your food and going out and actually hunting it. he is not just being killed to be killed. everything will be used. >> the hair, the skin, the horns? >> everything will be used. >> one buffalo can provide food for a few hundred people on the reservation. this all feels like the origins of kind of food apartheid we see in black neighborhoods. it start with how the early settlers treated indigenous folks. tribes were cut off from their own protein and medicinal plant diet and instead were dealt a diet of carbohydrate, salt and preservatives. sounds like the corner store. the ability to access buffalo on their landmarks an important step for the lakota reclaiming
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their culture. >> nickname is one-shot. >> it could be. >> look at us. one-shot lisa and out-of-the-way kamau. lisa and her husband arlo are part of a growing sovereignty movement that would allow food control over their own food systems. >> take a knife and go across that. hold very lightly. >> it's not only what her an southeast worries have wanted, it's also vital for the survival of the next generation. and now i'm about to get a master class in butchering. >> we're going remove the head. >> wow. >> yep. >> our ancestors never had saws. >> yeah. >> so we had to figure out how to remove the entire body without using a saw. and most times they had knives that weren't very big. they were very tiny. >> you want to let him try? >> oh, yeah, sure. come on this side. >> okay. >> and i just want you to just start slicing down. >> just like that?
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>> yep. >> so you want to feel where you're cutting too. occasionally take a break and take your fingers and feel. it's all about feeling when you're butchering. >> all right. okay. >> here, let me grab this. >> it's like cutting the umbilical cord. >> right there. there you go. there you go. you got it! >> oh, great! >> you got it. you got it. >> there you go. >> wow. >> hey, you. >> oh, wow. oh, jesus. >> yep, yep. >> it's a messy business, but it's also done with care, expertise and concern. all right. now to sit down to a nice juicy medium rare buffalo steak. just kidding. you know how the show works. i'm having bile. >> how do you feel about trying some of these things now? >> i was a kid who grew up mostly on ground beef and hot dogs. this is new territory for me. >> we're going all in. >> bounce. do what you got to do. >> so this is the bile. this is something our ancestors
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used to do. a long time ago, whenever we needed nutrients we got them where we could find them. >> where we could get them. >> yep, a multivitamin for indigenous folks who had limited sources for calories. >> and that little sack of bile is jam-packed. that's why what's going to hit you is going to be like. but it's good for you. i promise. >> but it is going to hit me like that? >> it's going to hit you like that. >> so i shouldn't suppress that reaction if that's how i get hit? >> there you go. >> all right, all right, all right. look. that's bile. >> that's bile. >> okay. you got it. so now i'm just -- >> just think that bile is doing its job not too long ago. >> whoa! wow. okay, yeah, that's different. it tastes like medicine. >> yeah. >> it tastes like medicine. and i found after i had it, i wasn't hungry anymore. >> oh! hey. i can't take this on a plane. it looks like it's more than three ounces of bile.
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♪ now we all know rapid city, south dakota is the city of presidents. you didn't know either? on every street corner there are statues of the presidents, all of them, even the black one.
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just weirdly short of life-sized. i like how the statues incorporate the president's interest, like it's a bumble profile. this president liked baseball. now who are these for? is this for the tourists? i'm sure many a bored school field trip has come through. i would encourage every tourist who comes here to do what i'm doing. don't just look at the statues. look up the presidents and google them and native americans. they will all learn something together. they will all learn something together. hello, andrew jackson, the seventh president. looks like he is in "the eternals." it's a bird, it's a plane. it's super bigot. oh, whoa. a man nicknamed indian killer and sharp knife surely deserves a top spot on the worst list of u.s. presidents. whoo. we can keep looking up stuff, but i think that basically tells us all we need to do. i'm going to take my hand off your shoulder. andrew jackson, you get an f. martin van buren.
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okay. martin van buren, native americans. martin van buren, the force behind the trail of tears. no wonder you wanted me to sit down for this one. the indian removal act. that's not good, indian removal, and an act for it. the indian removal act of 1830 granted the president authority to negotiate treaties, which as we know the united states has violated all the treaties. he gets an f. is there such an f minus? i think he gets an f minus. it's just all bad. and my butt's cold. there is nothing good that came from this. yep, that's right. nothing good came with this. and really, things haven't changed much. the legacy of these presidents' racist colonial policies seen today in government organizations like the bureau of indian affairs. the u.s. government has never stopped making life on the rezze reservation harder than it
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should be. >> no justice, no peace! >> but sunny red bear of the sioux anita are part of a new generation. anita also created a mmiw database that is handling how police handle unsolved cases. what was your inroads to this work? >> i think it was more like my own story of abuse and to use that that, and to use my own voice to be able to uplift other voices. >> i'm a survivor of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking, been on the streets. so the question is what next? do i continue surviving or do try to help other people survive and get to a place where people we can start thriving, or start imagining what thriving looks like. >> so what is the scope of your work? >> i think allison's case is a really good example of that. this is one of my mmwi cases in my family. she is actually one of the cases that we're working on pretty hard right now.
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there are things like evidence in the evidence box that's never been looked at. >> a lot of time cases unsolved because the police haven't chosen to solve it? or am i making too much of that? >> my reservation is policed by bureau of indian affairs. we went a whole year without a criminal investigator. so there is a stack of murders that never even got started to be investigated because there is no no one there to do it. >> so there is the neglect of not having the resources that you need to protect your community. >> not just resources but jurisdiction. what's the point of the feds having jurisdiction if they're not going to use it. >> uh-huh. until just a few years ago, u.s. laws didn't even lay aye lou travel courts to try nonnative offenders for crimes committed on native land, which is true in over half of mmwi cases. the thing i'm really taking away from this is the indigenous community is not held in high regard by the government, by the united states government. and the intersectionality of being an indigenous woman, that
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if you're an abuser, of course you would target indigenous women because you know you are likely to get away with it. >> yeah. >> are there things that people can do to help? >> the beauty about all the things in indian country you start anywhere and make a difference. whether it's mental health support, violence against women, it's all connected and we need all of it. >> its tip of the iceberg, and the solutions are not just for native people to solve, you know. it's going to take a community. it's going to take our nation to really pay attention. >> indigenous groups report there are almost 6,000 cases nationally of mmiw, but the department of justice's missing persons database only has 116 cases. indigenous activists are working hard to make the doj's numbers make more sense. and now there is help. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations! >> in 2021, secretary of the interior deb holland of pueblo
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♪ wind cave national park in the black hills is a sacred site for the lakota. and just like mount rushmore, it's controlled by the national park service. obviously, the landscapes that became national parks have been managed by native folks for millennia. but when these parks were created, suddenly native folks weren't allowed to hunt and practice sacred rituals there. that's recently changed, but they still have to ask permission. let me get this straight. folks were forcibly removed off their sacred land so i could have a picnic. ugh. and if you think i have a problem with that, meet nick estes of the lower sioux nation. >> how many more generations have to have their history taken from them, incarcerated? >> nick is an activist and academic. he was at standing rock. he has a podcast called the red
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nation podcast, and he teaches indigenous histories to young people across the country. and he has a way with words. is there a difference? are these bison or buffalo? >> white people call them bison. and there is a whole thing about it. we get mad when people call it bison. >> today he is teaching to this young person. >> this is the land of my ancestors. >> what keeps you here? >> it's fundamentally from the land. we can't be a nation without the land. it's who we are. it's our identity. >> the ochete -- >> the ochete chacone. >> let me try. ochete chacone. i promise to work on it. >> we're all learning. >> tell me about their role. >> it means the nation of the seven council fires. there are seven bands that are just lakota. there is lakota, dakota and
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nakota. and we not only have something to offer this land, but we also have something to offer this society. and there is a reason why. we're not hated because we wear our hair long or because we have different colored skin. we're hated because we represent a political alternative to the cynical and overtly white supremacist politics that are on offer right now. >> is there is a term i heard recently sort of connected to you, american imperialism. it's something about dominance -- >> doctrine of discovery? >> doctrine of discovery. there it is. >> the doctrine of discovery is a 15th century papal bull that literally divided the world between the christian european nations and the non-christian, noneuropean or darker nations. >> a papal bull is kind of what it sounds like. it's an official debris de
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it's an official debridedecree the pope. issued by pope licks that the v in 1452, it justified and encouraged the conquest and colonization of, get this, non-christian lands. woo. that's a lot of papal bull. >> because they said that these people do not have souls. therefore they do not possess their own bodies. therefore they can be enslaved. >> then another papal bull was issued in 1493, around the time columbus sailed the ocean blue. and that brings us up to today. >> so when they imported that to the americas, because it was decreed around the time that christopher columbus was lost at sea and came and discovered the indians, right. >> the west indians. >> the west indians. but it became the way to justify the taking of native lands, specifically to the united states. >> even though we're not a
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catholic state, but we're like we like where you're going with that. >> yeah. that's been the foundation of federal indian case law since then. we are still technically by law words of the government. we have as much rights as the buffalo. we're in the same department as wildlife, department of interior. what is the symbol? i'm department of interior. it's buffalo. so what other human group is -- has their political and legal status equivalent to an animal? >> landback is how the indigenous folks of this country are not waiting for the government to tell them how and where they can interact and take care of their ancestral lands. is reconciliation a four-letter word? >> oh, boy, yeah. i mean, for me it is. reconciliation, the word itself, it means to reconcile, as if there were good relations to begin with. and i think it's a fundamentally flawed project because it's often led by the perpetrators themselves.
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>> and i think reconciliation, there is a script. truth, reconciliation. we haven't even gotten to the truth part. >> uh-huh, uh-huh. >> because you don't even know how many treaties. >> fair, fair. it's taken far too long, but in the past few years, there have been some major landback victories. those tribes buying back land or nonnatives giving prime property back to native nations. it can also look like co-management of national monuments where tribes and federal agencies work together as equals. hmm. what do you think about that, mount rushmore? >> we aren't just tragic people. we're human. and we can't remove that humanity from the struggle. >> yeah. >> because it's a beautiful humanity. it's a beautiful struggle. we can think of all these particular occupations, protests and violence and clashes with the state and repression, all those things. but fundamentally, what carries us forward is you and i sitting
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♪ the 1800s, the indigenous leader black elk prophesized that an economic, social and spiritual renaissance would happen with the indigenous youth of the future. well, the future is literally now. the provify's time has come. there is a powerful movement of young folks here on the pine ridge reservation who are
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looking to share the good news a other than the type news the media shares out here. the seventh generation has arrived. with nearly 50% of the pine reservation falling under the age of 25, they're driving a new wave of activism, taking back indigenous land, culture, and rights, and they are determined to define the future of pine ridge. i'm meeting pine ridge council leadership interns devon hernandez and destiny big pro. do you want to keep your masks on? >> i'm following vp. >> reporter: along with the vice president of the pine ridge council and political adviser tasha friday. >> it's under my office, so i'm going to cope mine on. >> reporter: indigenous youth like devon and destiny are starting to peel back the layer, a revolutionary act. it is a direct challenge to how in the past the u.s. government made their culture and traditions illegal. >> ever since i was little, i
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always just knew that without my culture or my language, i don't know who i would be. because it defines me as a lakota. >> i feel that's something i hear about how important it is to retain the language. >> with the elders, there was a fear especially of speaking and expressing their culture. >> they were punished for that. so it's kind of our job to bring it back. >> within my generation, i see a lot more on speakers and youth who want to learn to speak. >> talk a little bit about the whole idea of the landback movement. >> it's not a movement. it's a lifestyle because we have to take care of the land or else there's nothing for us here. >> yeah. >> landback is just more like of a relationship. we need to take care of the land and each other so that we can have future generations, seven generations ahead, right? >> blackout said that there was going to be a generation that was going to reclaim everything back. reclaim our own identity,
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reclaim the land, reclaim the language and the culture. and he said that that was going to be the seventh generation. >> we're the 70 generation. >> so you two are the -- you're not even the future. you're the now. >> we choose to carry on these traditions and these cultures. and it's not even just us. you can see around, around the whole world, there is a rise i guess in young people to want change, to want things to be better for their own people. we walk this world just as you guys do. everybody is struggling, but we have to all come together and push through. >> we have to get past the idea that this country has a simple fairy tale history. >> this is my selfie using my ironic dissonance face. >> we have to get past the idea that history happened and we aren't all living in its wake. we have to realize that the united states is a country.
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>> we come from fully thriving healthy economies and societies. so therefore we know what is possible because we come from that. it's genetically in us what is possible. >> and whatever mistakes and atrocities were done in the name of democracy, we have an opportunity to fix it. more than an opportunity, it's a responsibility. >> there is a ticking clock. we have a certain amount of time to change our ways, not just for the here and now, but for the future generations. >> and part of it begins with landback. >> i'm done with the victimhood shit. we need to uplift ourselves and radically build a future that's worth fighting for. and that's one of the cool things about the landback movement is it is a war cry for the liberation of our people. >> if that scares you, just remember what nick tilson said. >> the conclusion that people jump to that that's a bad thing is the wrong conclusion. >> yep. in order for there to be any
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kind of repair, or reparations of justice, we have to go back to landback. we cannot move forward in this country without a conversation about returning indigenous lands. and that's the bottom line. ♪ ♪ [ speaking foreign language


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