Published September 25, 2017
ALLENDALE, MICHIGAN – Last year, WGVU Public Media sent Mariano Avila to North Dakota to cover the largest public gathering of American Indians in over 100 years as tribes from throughout Indian Country resisted the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
Avila, WVGU’s Mutually Inclusive reporter, followed two tribal members, Belinda Bardwell (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians) and Seth Sutton (Anishinaabe) from Michigan who felt compelled to lend their support at Standing Rock. Avila’s journey was filmed and resulted in “We the 7th.”
Bardwell serves as project coordinator and spokesperson for Gi-gikinomaage-min, an oral history project of Grand Valley State University’s Kutsche Office of Local History. Sutton is owner of Big Thicket Media in Rockford, Michigan, and adjunct faculty member at Montcalm Community College in Sidney, Michigan.
Earlier this year, “We the 7th” received a Michigan EMMY Chapter nomination. The documentary will be screened on Tuesday, September 25, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. in Grand Valley State University’s Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room on the Allendale Campus.
After the screening, panel discussion will be held with Avila, Bardwell, and Sutton. The panel discussion will be moderated by Levi Rickert, publisher and editor of Native News Online.
The event is sponsored by GVSU’s Kutsche Office of Local History.