Valerie Vande Panne: Most people in the United States—even in Maine—probably don’t know there was genocide happening right here in the United States during our lifetime.
Winona LaDuke: It is late August in the North Country, the wild rice is ripening on lakes; the colors have changed from green towards brown, the kernels fill out in the rice heads, from milky to solid. You can smell the rice.
Steve Hochstadt: The messages of the Pow Wow were clear: “We are patriots. We love our land and our unique culture. We love America and have defended it in every war. We welcome and respect all Americans.”
Winona LaDuke: Does it make perfect sense that a First Nation, or coalition of First nations, should assume Canada’s debt and liability on a mega project which will wreak environmental and economic havoc?
Winona LaDuke: A cyclone blizzard filled with dust picked up in Texas—possibly top soil from glyphosate or fracked oil fields—hit northern Minnesota. The snow where it struck was left colored yellow and orange. We are related.
Winona LaDuke: Indeed, support for the Green New Deal is showing signs of becoming a litmus test among lawmakers who may run for president
Winona LaDuke: Laws recognizing the rights of nature thus change the status of natural communities and ecosystems to being recognized as rights-bearing entities with rights that can be enforced by people, governments, and communities.”
Georgianne Nienaber: Broken treaties. Broken promises. The vulnerable continue to suffer the consequences of U.S. policy.
Winona LaDuke: Minnesota law enforcement will have a bottomless tab open with a Canadian multinational corporation to cover any costs related to quelling resistance to the pipeline.
Winona LaDuke: An Environmental Protection Agency-led investigation determined 40,000 pounds of Rozol poison had been illegally distributed across more than 5,400 acres on both the Cannonball and the Wilder ranches.
Winona LaDuke: As the bulldozers and emboldened Morton County march forward, water protectors are forced to remove, as thousands of our ancestors before. We have been here before, it is the American way from Sandy Lake to Big Mountain.
Dick Price: Besides being a masterfully conceived, thoroughly engaging film, what makes “First Daughter” so moving is the heartening solution it offers in these dark times.
Georgianne Nienaber: One of the important things is to get the truth out in mainstream America. The vets said they would like to gather all the videos from everybody and get the story out.