Incident at Cass Lake
Original Airdate: 6/14/1977
Indian reservations - Minnesota
Public Affairs: Current Events
American Indian Movement
Leech Lake Indian Reservation - Minnesota
Intended to air 6/14/1977, "Incident at Cass Lake" was not broadcast to rebroadcast Program 701, "Modification of Phase Two: What Does It Really Mean?" Program 728 consisted of the film Incident at Cass Lake in its entirety, which was a production of KTCA TV, St. Paul, Minnesota, distributed through the Public Television Library. The film focuses on the confrontation between Native Americans and whites in Cass Lake, Minnesota, particularly the May 1972 American Indian Movement (AIM) blockade of public portions of the Chippewa Leech Lake Reservation. With the blockade, AIM members sought to enforce their court-ordered rights to reservation lands after the state decided to appeal the decision. Native Americans were then faced with a potentially violent situation when whites insisted on coming to the reservation waters for recreational purposes. Following a clash at the lake, the appeal was dropped. Entwined with this story is a discussion of the reduced Native populations in the United States, the goals of AIM, the Minnesota enforcement of aboriginal rights, Native cultures and community goals (e.g., "Operation Image"), and "tradition" versus "survival."
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