SILVER JURY PRIZE - Social Justice Festival | BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM - One Nation Film Festival | AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD - Syracuse Film FestivalIndigenous Democracies & Worldviews • Traditional Models of Gender Equality & Government • Native American Environmental Stewardship • The United States & Treaty Violations
Date of Completion: 2016 | Run Time: 66 minutes | Language: English & Onondaga language with English subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director: Gwendolen Cates | Producer: Gwendolen Cates
The Indigenous and sovereign Onondaga Nation – the Central Fire of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy – follows the Great Law of Peace, never accepted U.S. citizenship, has its own passport, and still maintains a traditional government led by Clanmothers and Chiefs, one of the world’s first true democracies that inspired the Founding Fathers of the United States and the women's suffrage movement. THE GOOD MIND spotlights the Onondaga Nation’s tireless environmental advocacy and their legal battle with the U.S. over ancestral land taken by New York State in violation of a 1794 treaty with George Washington. Motivated by ancient prophecies, the Nation seeks environmental stewardship of their sacred land and waters, which have suffered vast degradation by industrial resource extraction and pollution.