The First Parish Brewster in collaboration with the Cape Cinema presents, Oyate. In 2016, the people of Standing Rock formed a coalition of unprecedented magnitude to defend their land and water against the threat of the Dakota Access Pipeline. As an inflection point for human rights and environmental justice, the #NoDAPL struggle became a rallying cry for Indigenous people everywhere. OYATE elevates the voices of Indigenous activists, organizers and politicians as they offer their perspective on that complicated history, contextualize the #NoDAPL movement, illuminate the interconnectivity between the issues facing Indian Country today and look towards a more sovereign and sustainable future for their people. Together with exclusive interviews, decades-spanning archival footage, and personal moments with the subjects on the ground, Oyate tells a unique story that is both grand and intimate in scope.
A Panel discussion will be held at the end of the film with Mother Bear, a Mashpee Wampanoag Clan Mother, Les Jonas, (eel clan member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, founding board officer of the Native Land Conservancy and Advisory Board Member of the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) of MA), and Oyate film Director, Producer, and Storyteller, Brandon Jackson.