By Jim Carey
Hundreds of thousands walked and sang in the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21 as part of a global mobilization in advance of a UN special session on climate change. Part of their outrage is the failure of our government to be fair, caring, and just to the indigenous people. American Outrage is the story of Carrie and Mary Dann, two articulate indigenous women—passionate, 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 1863 Ruby Valley Treaty of Peace and Friendship.
Film at Occupy San Miguel
Mon, Oct 6, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
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. It shows the continuing complicity of our government with the corporate polluters and reveals the real power seeking the resources hidden below this seemingly barren land, their and our Mother Earth.
The movie is 56 minutes. It will be shown by OccupySanMiguel on Monday, October 6 at 1pm in the TV room of the Quinta Loreto Hotel, Loreto 15. It is open to all. There is no charge and it will be followed by a discussion.