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Here are some great Marlon Brando clips relating to American Indian Affairs.

There’s a lot of BS Hollywood superficial activism out there but others that are deeply committed and with Indian Affairs Marlon Brando was the the real deal when it came to his commitment to the cause. My friend Russell Means spoke highly of Brando’s support and friendship through tough times.

Here are some great clips that show this. The edited version from the Dick Cavett show delves into this though the latter part of the full interview Brando was joined by some tribal leaders to talk about Indian Affairs in Prime Time. Never seen anyone else leverage their fame in such a way.

The second clip is my favorite (no video just audio) as it is just a very intelligent conversation and it is clear Brando knows his stuff. The third clip is the most famous of course. The Oscars. Wounded Knee 73 was on during time time and Russell talked of the enormous boost people felt in the siege watching this on TV within Wounded Knee. At the end of the day the media interest in the occupation is what kept it arguably from becoming much more violent from the government side. The Oscars speech contributed greatly to that attention at the time. Enjoy.



Hopefully it looks like Wounded Knee land sale strategy is working. Johnny Depp not required

So the owner of land at Wounded Knee has again seen another deadline pass without the sale of the land. I’ve blogged a couple of time before about how the tribe should be aggressive over this.

I am delighted when I read this from President Brewer of the Oglala Lakota Nation “Brewer said Czywczynski’s claims are nothing new. “He has been threatening to sell this land for years. This isn’t the first time.”

He added that even if Czywczynski sold Wounded Knee to an outsider, it would be unusable. “One of the problems is that our tribal lands completely surround his 34 acres. There is no way anyone could ever get to this land to do any type of development or anything else… the tribe would not allow it.”

“He wants to sell it, and it has only been valued at about $8,000,” Brewer said. “The owner has valued this land at $6 million, so I say to him, ‘Then why aren’t you paying taxes on land that is valued at $6 million?’ I and some of the descendants of Wounded Knee met with him and I told him, ‘No one will ever buy this.’”

This to me is the ideal stance. Earlier in the year when folks were getting defensive about this I emailed everyone in the Oglala administration I could suggesting the denial of business permits and threatening an eminent domain purchase rendering the land relatively valueless in the market. It is thrilling seeing these stances adopted and working. This is not just about Wounded Knee but all sacred sites. After the Bear Butte sale the concern was that other land owners with land sacred to Indian Country would look to cash in on that. Fingers crossed that this strategy continues to pay off. Ultimately I think the timing of the sale being announced shortly before the 40th Anniversary of the Wounded Knee occupation had much to do with it as he successfully stole the headlines.

I am also glad that the much talked about potential involvement of Johnny Depp has subsided as hopefully he has realized the additional implications of paying anything over the odds for this land. Such behavior of that of the seller cannot be endorsed in any manner.

Read more at Indian Country Today

I detailed more about the timing of the announcements etc in my more in depth blog here. http://rezbomb.com/blog/?p=691

Wounded Knee 1890 and 1973 are both detailed in A Thunder-Being Nation the most comprehensive look at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation made over 13 years. 10 hours of extras are on the Ultimate Edition DVD.

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Why Johnny Depp spending anything more than a few thousand bucks for Wounded Knee would be a big mistake

A simple dialogue in an interview with the Daily Mail newspaper in the UK has blown up around Indian Country with Johnny Depp expressing his interest to help out someway to see a good resolution to the Wounded Knee land sale issue.

I’ve written before on the dangers of allowing the landowner to “shake down” Indian Country for a huge sum of money when the land is only worth a few thousand dollars and the tribe had adopted a more aggressive tone which is what I had been advocating. Specifically threatening an eminent domain purchase and more importantly making sure it was clear no business licences would be issued to anyone looking to exploit the land, rendering it relatively valueless in monetary terms.

The issue had more or less died down till this Depp quote. I think the landowner might be thinking Christmas might be coming early this year now this has gone public. The most important thing here is that A. The land is not exploited and B. That landowners don’t see sacred land as a potential cash cow. Look at Bear Butte for example.

I hope that cool heads prevail and that Depp gets good council. Clearly his intentions are very worth while.

I detailed more about the timing of the announcements etc in my more in depth blog here. http://rezbomb.com/blog/?p=691

Wounded Knee 1890 and 1973 are both detailed in A Thunder-Being Nation the most comprehensive look at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation made over 13 years. 10 hours of extras are on the Ultimate Edition DVD.

Our DVD’s are available at amazon or www.inyoentertainment.com where you can save 15% using the coupon code Blog15 to save 15% or Blog20 to save 20% when spending $60 or more. The closer we get to recovering our costs on our films the quicker we can start looking to invest more in other projects in Indian Country although it’s an uphill battle finding an audience (as discussed in my previous post).

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The sale of the land at Wounded Knee and why everyone took the bait

So the 1st of May deadline for the proposed land sale at Wounded Knee came and went and the supposed number of bidders interested in the land don’t seem to have jumped to do a deal. No surprise to me.

Ever since the owner of 40 acres of land on the sacred land at Wounded Knee was announced at the beginning of the year with a 3.9 million dollar price tag (offered exclusively to the tribe till May 1st) I was sure this was just an opportunity of land owner James Czywczynski to steal the headlines away from the 40th Anniversary commemorations of the Wounded Knee occupation that was just weeks away. The store, gas station and “museum” that was on his land that he had invested in were destroyed during the occupation and so he clearly would want his grievance highlighted during this anniversary.

The fact that the market value of the land in less than $10,000 makes it clear that the price tag was an obscene attempt to fleece the tribe. After the fundraising to buy Bear Butte the year before was successful he perhaps saw a way of manipulating sentiment into a similar action here.

What got me was how much credibility he was being given (even in the New York Times) and also that the response was not as aggressive as it should have been to shut this down.

As the deadline loomed I started emailing many people in the tribal administration on Pine Ridge from the President and Vice President to others in political and influential life there that they should go on the offensive with an eminent domain action to see if that could get traction but also and perhaps more decisively with a proclamation that no business licenses would be issued to anyone for that land, thus rendering the land valueless and making any purchase, pointless.

Interestingly a few days later reports start appearing in the media that both actions were being pursued. I have no idea if this is as a response to my correspondence or just coincidence but what is most important is that the tribe started enforcing its sovereignty more around the issue.

I think at the end of the day it is interesting to see how people got swept up so much in the rumor (a horse slaughterhouse being put there was one) and not just looking at the bare facts and motivations. The land under his ownership has laid there unmolested for 40 years. To think it would have millions of dollars of value in the open market when unused by him through this time would be preposterous. I am sure this will probably just slip away as a little footnote of a man trying to grab the headlines and manipulate truly sacred land.

See my most recent post regarding Johnny Depp’s interest in purchasing the land here

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Wounded Knee Ghost Shirt Repatriation – A Thunder-Being Nation Pine Ridge Indian Reservation outtake

An out-take from A Thunder-Being Nation a new Pine Ridge Indian Reservation documentary and part of the 10 hours of extra features on the Ultimate Edition DVD. Other extras include full interviews with elders that had passed on etc.

our DVD’s are available at amazon or www.inyoentertainment.com where you can save 15% using the coupon code Blog15 to save 15% or Blog20 to save 20% when spending $60 or more.