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Screening of American Outrage

By Jim Carey

Many of us who have been fortunate to live in the southwestern and western US are familiar with the beauty of that land and the pride and heritage of its indigenous peoples—the Native American tribes residing there. American Outrage introduces us to Carrie and Mary Dann, two articulate, passionate and feisty Western Shoshone sisters who with their horses and cattle roam freely across land that has been in their tribe for generations. Their range is part of 60 million acres recognized as Western Shoshone land by the United States in the 1863 Ruby Valley Treaty of Peace and Friendship.

American Outrage
Presented by Occupy San Miguel
Mon, Apr 14, 1:15pm
TV Room
Hotel Quinta Loreto
Loreto 15
No charge

There is one major problem. The US Department of Interior’s trustee using the “Doctrine of Discovery,” a body of law dating back to colonial days, has decided that the Shoshone had forfeited their rights to this land.

American Outrage shows five terrifying livestock roundups by armed federal marshals in which more than a thousand of their horses and cattle are confiscated —for grazing their livestock on the open range outside their private ranch without a permit. That sets off a dispute between the Dann sisters and the US government that goes to the United States Supreme Court and eventually to the Organization of American States and the United Nations.

As viewers, we are led to wonder why the United States government has spent millions persecuting and prosecuting two elderly women grazing a few hundred horses and cows in a desolate desert. They are in the middle of nowhere—bothering no one. The United States Bureau of Land Management, whose stated mission is “to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations,” insists that the sisters are degrading the land. American Outrage bears witness to that lie and reveals the real power seeking the resources hidden below this seemingly barren land, their Mother Earth. The movie is 56 minutes. There is no charge and it will be followed by a discussion.


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