November 11 / 7:00 - 9:30 pm / Mary D. Fisher Theatre / Sedona
This event is included in the All Access Virtual Conference Pass and Watch Wolf Week on the Big Screen in Sedona pass.
Rain is an acclaimed documentary film director. His films have drawn national and international attention to the crisis of the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).
Three films by Rain will be shown at this event, followed by Q&A with Rain via Zoom. (Note, this event is included in the All Access Virtual Conference Pass and 2021 Watch Wolf Week on the Big Screen in Sedona.)
A short film highlighting the deep cultural connection Indigenous nations share with wolves and the major threats currently facing imperiled wolves in the lower 48 states. The film asks the Secretary of the Interior Haaland to relist the wolf under the Endangered Species Act.
Described as "one of the most impactful Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls documentaries
Somebody's Daughter highlights some of the highest-profile MMIWG cases. With historical points of reference, the victims' and their families' stories are told through the lens of the legal jurisdictional maze and socio-economic bondage that constricts Indian Country. For the first time on film, tribal leaders reveal the devastating roles of drug cartels and gangs in the MMIWG crisis. The purpose of Somebody's Daughter is to alert lawmakers and the public alike that the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women crisis exists and demands urgent action.
The film focuses on the epicenter of MMIWG in the US, Big Horn County in Montana, which is a case study for the entire crisis.
Like Somebody's Daughter, which inspired lawmakers to move two bills in the US Senate that have stalled, Say Her Name seeks to secure a DOJ investigation into the numerous law enforcement incongruities and failings in Big Horn County. If the DOJ were to launch such an investigation, it would reverberate through similar counties in the US and dramatically impact the crisis.
Rain currently serves as Executive Director, Global Indigenous Council, leading the policy positions and implementing the manifesto of one of the most influential current indigenous rights organizations.
Rain served on President Biden's Indigenous Policy Committee. In addition, he has drafted several federal and state legislation pieces, most recently the MMIW Executive Order enacted by Governor John Bel Edwards in Louisiana. In February 2020, he was honored by the New Mexico State Legislature for his work on the MMIWG crisis. Rain's new book, Psycho/Pathogen, is a diary of the COVID-19 pandemic with searing cultural and historical commentary.
Rain is also a Senior Advisor, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, serving every tribal nation in Montana and Wyoming with member tribes in Idaho and the Province of Alberta, and is the UN Ambassador, International Romani Union.