One of Many Oil Wells in North Dakota
“Our ancestors fought and died. Through disease, destruction, warfare. Everything that the United States government could throw at them. They’ve survived. For what today? Over money, greed. We’re giving it away. We’re giving our environment away, our wild away, everything,” - Mark Fox, MHA Nation Chairman
In anticipation for our next feature length project, The Second Gift, 3 Generation's Executive Director Jane Wells and film director Simon Brook, have spent time in North Dakota to personally speak with the Native American tribes affected by the Oil Boom in the Midwest.
In the wake of the fracking boom, native tribes, long inhabitants of the lands, have dealt with issues ranging from the sexual exploitation at the hands of the incoming oil workers to issues of environmental degradation. However, one concern came to the forefront during Jane and Simon's travels. What happens when the oil runs out?
For the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara tribes of North Dakota, the oil boom has become another event in a long history of oppression. The issues arising from the oil boom act as only the most recent events in a history dotted with forced adoption of ideologies or destroyed economies resulting from unsustainable hunting practices.
In 2015, 3 Generations looks to ask what happens when the oil wells runs dry. As we continue our mission, sharing stories and bringing to light the tragedies happening under our noses, we look forward to your continued support. Together we can build momentum for social change and ensure that the end the of the oil boom is not the end of the Native population in the US.