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November 6, 2001
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The Buffalo War Comes To The Children’s Science Center
The Buffalo War, a film about the battle between American Indians, ranchers, government officials and environmental activists over the killing of Yellowstone buffalo, will premiere at The Children’s Science Center Friday, Nov. 30. The premiere is scheduled for 7 p. m. to 9 p. m., and will include a discussion of the film. The event is free and open to the public.
The film follows a group of American Indians who began a 500- mile spiritual march in Rapid City and ended at Yellowstone’s north entrance. Led by Lakota Sioux elder Rosalie Little Thunder, the march was designed to show opposition to the killing of buffalo that migrate out of the park and onto land in Montana. The buffalo are killed because some carry brucellosis, a disease that can be transferred to cattle. Rosalie Little Thunder and others who participated in the march are expected to attend the premiere.
Contrasting the pacifism of the Lakota Sioux are the brash civil disobedience techniques of the Buffalo Field Campaign, a band of environmental activists who use video cameras and elaborate road blockades to try and save migrating bison from being captured and killed by government officials.
The film also gives a voice to the concerns of rancher Keith Munns and his family. Caught in the crossfire of the bison dispute, the Munns family must find a way to coexist with the buffalo as well as with a changing West characterized by rampant development and higher taxes.
The film will air on PBS in the near future.
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Filmmaker Matthew Testa hopes the film sparks discussion. “ This is a film about activism and espression, meant to inspire reactions and dialogue,” he said. “ My hope is that this documentary will move audiences to voice their opinions on this perplexing conflict.
“ With more discussion, awareness and thought, maybe the buffalo war can be settled.”
The premiere is sponsored by the Children’s Science Center, Border’s, the Indigenous Issues Forums, the Independent Television Service Community Connections Project, South Dakota Public Broadcasting and the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center.
The Children’s Science Center is located at 515 West Blvd. in Rapid City.
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