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Chinook Indian Nation’s struggle detailed in new documentary film

Published on September 5, 2016 2:00PM

Last changed on September 8, 2016 8:13AM

The new documentary “Promised Land” examines issues of sovereignty and federal recognition.

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The new documentary “Promised Land” examines issues of sovereignty and federal recognition.


ASTORIA — The social justice documentary “Promised Land” will make its Oregon premiere Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Liberty Theater., located at 1203 Commercial St.

The film chronicles the history of the lower Columbia River’s Chinook Indian Nation as well as Seattle’s Duwamish tribe, telling the story of how both tribes helped settlers and remain integral to Northwest heritage.

As both tribes, and hundreds of others like them across North America, struggle against those who tell them they don’t exist, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society look at indigenous sovereignty today.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m., and the film screening will begin at 1 p.m. The filmmakers will be in attendance.

Council members from the Chinook Indian Nation will be present to sing, drum, and share about the Chinook’s history and future. A raffle with items donated from local businesses and beautiful items crafted by tribal members will take place after the screening.

Proceeds from the raffle and a portion of ticket sales will go to support the Chinook Indian Nation.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and military. Tickets can be purchased at ticketswest.com or by calling the Liberty Theater’s box office at 503-325-5922.

The screening is sponsored by the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The film was produced by Tall Firs Cinema. It will be released in select theaters this fall as well as several film festivals.

For more information, call the box office or reach out to the film company at promisedlanddoc.com



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