Lakota Nation vs. United States chronicles the Lakota Indians’ quest to reclaim the Black Hills, sacred land that was stolen in violation of treaty agreements. A searing, timely portrait of resistance, the film explores the ways America has ignored its debt to Indigenous communities, and ponders what might be done today to repair the wrongs of the past.
The Shining Mountains Film Festival was started in 2019 to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the City of Aspen passing a resolution removing the celebration of Columbus Day and replacing it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The purpose was: through films/documentaries produced, and directed, stories told by Native Americans – First Nations’ voices, we would provide a platform to educate non-Indian communities about the true history, genocide, challenges, and struggles as well as sharing the rich Native culture, talents, wisdom and traditional ways. Thus, breaking the stereotypes, and shining light on the reality of what has been done to the Indigenous Peoples since colonization, the ongoing racism, and systemic injustice. In recognizing all the talents, and positive and unique impacts that the Indigenous Peoples contribute to the world, showing that a strong spiritual connection with Mother Earth and all beings leads to a balanced and harmonious world. Shining Mountains Film Festival showcases feature films and documentaries as well as shorts for two days at the iconic Wheeler Opera House in the heart of Aspen.
The festival opens with a Blessing Prayer by a Ute tribe member. We aim to bring as many film directors, producers and talent for live Q & A after each screening. There is also a live dance performance exhibition and genuine Native art for sale in the lobby area. This is an award film festival with Best Long, Best Short and Audience choice.
Presented by the Aspen Indigenous Foundation