The Duwamish Tribe's fight for recognition by the federal government has been going on for decades and came to what looked like a conclusion in July of 2015, when the U.S Department of the Interior issue what it called a final decision. But none of the tribal members took it as final. Now a new documentary, Promised Land that looks at the issue for both the Duwamish and the Chinook tribes is out and is being presented as an official selection of Northwest Film Forum's 19th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown September 27th, 6:00 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.)
Promised Land is a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied. In following their story, both in our regions shared heritage and in their modern struggles for federal recognition, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty.