First Daughter and the Black Snake

Using an out-of-the box approach to environmental protection, Native American activist and former Green Party Vice Presidential candidate with Ralph Nader, Winona LaDuke focuses on Enbridge’s pipelines for fracked oil, its dangers and how the shale oil boom is adversely affecting Indian Country. LaDuke had a dream about how to fight Enbridge’s proposed pipeline expansion which threatens sacred wild rice beds: a sacred horse ride against the current of oil. Creating a “Love Water Not Oil” tour, she gathers musicians, young people and native leadership, puts them on horses, organizes in northern Minnesota lake communities and creates a movement.

While focusing on her goal of stopping Enbridge, this Native grandmother mixes a Midwestern work ethic with indigenous wisdom to create a blend of spiritual, political and humorous actions to chase away the black snake.

The film has been nominated for a number of documentary feature film awards and won Best MN Made Documentary Feature at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and Best Feature Film from the Portland EcoFilm Fest.




Keri Pickett

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