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Screening: As Long as the Rivers Run

  • Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation 2315 Division Street Northwest Olympia, WA, 98502 United States (map)

6:00pm - pizza and potluck

6:40pm - intro to movie by Willie and Peggen Frank

7:20pm - screening of As Long as the Rivers Run

The OUUC Hosts of the Justice Summit, and Learning Right Relations, welcomes Willie Frank III, son of Billy Frank Jr, and Peggen Frank, Executive Director of Salmon Defense. The Frank’s will introduce the movie and speak about the Billy Frank Jr. legacy as expressed by the non-profit partner of the Northwest Indian Fish Commission - Salmon Defense.

The movie chronicles the lead-up to the Boldt Decision and especially highlights the long-time efforts of Billy Frank Jr. to assert that the Medicine Creek Treaty Fishing Rights were wrongfully interpreted by the people of Washington State.The movie also contains footage of Willie Frank (Sr.) Billy Frank’s father. The film’s camerawoman, writer, and producer, Carol Burns, grew up in the earliest years of the OUUC as her parents were among the founders in the mid 1950s. The movie was, and is yet, seminal in lifting up the issues of American Indian Sovereignty to a non-tribal audience that is largely unaware of intergenerational trauma that continues to this day.

Salmon Defense is led by Executive Director Peggen Frank. She will speak about the organization’s projects, including the use of the film in their educational program, and some of their fund-raising efforts like the Salmon Warrior blanket project.

Earlier Event: September 23
Honoring Ancestors & Land into the Future
Later Event: October 16
Action Group Meeting