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Beyond Standing Rock

Distributed by Tugg, Inc., 855-321-8844
Produced by Leigh Paterson
Directed by Brian Malone
DVD, color, 71 min.
High School - General Adult
Energy Development, Public Lands, Tribal Government, Indians of North America, Bears Ears National Monument, Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Southern Ute Indian Reservation, Sociology, Ecology

Reviewed by Michael Fein, Coordinator of Library Services, Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA

Date Entered: 3/8/2018

This production looks at the how three different Indian tribes have dealt with issues of energy development on their lands or lands nearby. The Standing Rock Sioux are best known for the recent demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline. We also see a coalition of tribes in the Four Corners region advocate for the Bears Ears National Monument and the Southern Ute Tribe, which has been very savvy in developing petroleum resources on their land and wants to expand production. The film’s producers bring in a number of players in all of these situations as we look at history, law, and politics with a number of differing, and often conflicting, points of view given a voice. This is probably one of the more “even-handed” documentaries that this reviewer has ever watched and would make an excellent catalyst for discussion of a number of topics such as tribal sovereignty, ecological issues, use of public lands, and energy development to name a few.