Lakota Nation vs. United States


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Fri, Sep 15, 2023 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sat, Sep 16, 2023 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sun, Sep 17, 2023 6:30 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Sep 19, 2023 7:00 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Wed, Sep 20, 2023 6:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2022
Run Time:118 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Jesse Short Bull
Laura Tomaselli


The award-winning documentary “Lakota Nation vs. United States” tracks the Lakota tribe’s quest to reclaim the Black Hills after the US broke their treaties with them.

It is the most sacred place on earth, the birthplace of the Lakota that has shaped thought, identity and philosophy for the Océti Šakówi? since time immemorial — the life-giving land known as the Black Hills. Yet with the arrival of the first Europeans in 1492, the sacred land has been the site of conflict between the people it has nurtured, and the settler state seeking to exploit and redefine it in its own image.

This powerful new documentary is a searing testament to the strength of the Oyate and a visually stunning rejoinder to the distorted image of a people long shaped by Hollywood.

“Lakota Nation vs. United States” is a lyrical and provocative testament to a land and a people who have survived removal, exploitation and genocide — and whose best days are yet to come.