Honor the Earth, is partnering with the American Indian Resource Center located in Bemidji at Bemidji State University to host a screening of national award winning First Daughter and the Black Snake on April 12th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Q&A with Winona LaDuke follows film screening.
Producer, Director & Director of Photography Keri Pickett’s work documents those who seek to right a wrong, sharing stories of how one person can make a difference. Her award-winning documentary feature film* ‘First Daughter and the Black Snake’ follows environmental activist Winona LaDuke’s family and communities’ efforts to keep Sandpiper and Line 3 pipelines from out of treaty protected lands and sacred wild-rice lakes.
This film follows LaDuke in the fight against Enbridge, a Canadian Oil company, seeking to put in the Sandpiper, a 640,000 barrel a day fracked oil pipeline across a new corridor in Northern Minnesota.
The Sandpiper project was defeated after a four year battle, and this film chronicles that story, in a breathtaking epic story. The Enbridge Corporation has proposed a new pipeline through the same route- Line 3, the 915,000 barrel a day tar sands pipeline.
This pipeline project is currently in the regulatory process. Winona LaDuke believes Big Oil is the black snake predicted in indigenous prophecy to bring the earth’s destruction. When proposed new oil pipelines threaten sacred wild rice lakes, Winona dreams of organizing a spiritual ride, riding her horse against the current of oil, “because a horse can kill a snake.”
Ms. LaDuke is the Executive Director of Honor the Earth. She is an author, economist and Anishinaabe environmental activist based on the White Earth Reservation. *The film has been winning national awards at the International Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Festival, Red
Nations, and Portland EcoFilm Festivals, while Director Pickett has won a Best Feature Film award and Winona LaDuke the EcoHero award., Pickett is also a 2018 McKnight Artist Fellow in Media Arts.