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American Outrage (2008)

Carrie Dann , Mary Dann , Beth Gage , George Gage  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carrie Dann, Mary Dann, Julie Fishel
  • Directors: Beth Gage, George Gage
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025Z4Q3U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,421 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Outrage" on IMDb

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  • Short Film
  • Photo Gallery
  • Film Notes by HRW

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Product Description


Two feisty Western Shoshone sisters put up a heroic fight for their land rights -- and their human rights.

Carrie and Mary Dann endure terrifying roundups by armed federal marshals in which thousands of their horses and cattle are confiscated, for the crime of grazing them on the open range outside their private ranch -- even though that range is part of 60 million acres recognized as Western Shoshone land by the U.S. After the government sued them for trespassing, their dispute went to the Supreme Court, and eventually the United Nations.

Why has the U.S. spent millions persecuting and prosecuting two elderly women grazing a few hundred horses and cows in a desolate desert? The Dann sisters say the real reason is the resources hidden beneath this seemingly barren land, their Mother Earth: it is the second largest gold producing area in the world. This "eloquent testament to the courage of the Dann sisters" is "an important document for those who want to understand the ongoing resistance of Native peoples to U.S colonialism in Indian country." (Eric Cheyfitz, Director of the American Indian Program, Cornell University)


A beautifully crafted, truly exceptional human rights film whose message and impact will reverberate for years to come. --John H. Biaggi, Director, Human Rights Watch Int. Film Festival

A must-see documentary for its message that the United States acquisition of tribal lands under the guise of legality continues today. --Dr. Linda Parker, Professor, Dept. of American Indian Studies, San Diego State University

Beautifully evocative yet morally disturbing. Breathtaking footage. --Patrice H. Kunesh, Director, Institute of American Indian Studies, University of South Dakota

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102 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ignored "history" is still happening January 7, 2011
Many Americans will acknowledge now that the United States' treatment of indigenous people was horrific, even genocidal. However, most Americans think that "that's all in the past," and that Indians/Native Americans are being treated as equals now, and most certainly, that the massive U.S. theft and retraction of promises (such as treaties) that used to occur doesn't anymore.

This movie documents in vivid, moving, and irrefutable ways that such despicable practices still occur. People in the U.S. who bother to think about these things often feel superior to the Spanish conquerors of the Americas; we think of them now as obsessively in pursuit of gold, and all too willing to slaughter any native people who got in their way. But today's U.S. government, in the service of corporate interests, is doing the same thing--and they're doing it for gold, too. They're basically starving Shoshone Indians into submission so the gold underneath their land can be extracted. And to think (as this film points out) that 80% of that gold goes into jewelry! We talk about blood diamonds--what about blood gold?

See "American Outrage," and then get outraged, and then get involved in fighting the earth-killing lust for gold and filthy profit. You could start, as I did, by asking your local video stores and library to purchase this DVD.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Outrage February 20, 2010
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This is a moving documentary about two Western Shoshone Indian grandmothers who have been fighting for their land for most of their adult lives. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been mistreating them and their land even though the women have been sanctioned by the United Nations. There is no excuse for the greed exhibited by the government and their destruction of the land.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I had the pleasure of seeing this film at a live presentation by Chris Sewall in Brunswick Maine in the winter of 2010. Being from the west and a Metis I am part Apache, Sioux, and French) I should have known more about the plight of my Shoshone sisters. I was shocked, even as a educated Matis in Indian-Native affairs, at the harshness by the USG inflicted on Carrie and Mary in the film.

Chris Sewall is a major contributor to the success of the movies message about the continued and extremely bitter battle over and land rights of the Shoshone people in the west. His presentation and Q&A session after the movie was both educational and moving! Clearly, the motives of Sewall are honorable and selfless as he brings to light the importance of cross cultural understanding from coast to coast of the United States. Sewall heralds from a long line of Mainer's who devoted their lives to ship building and sea fairing in the historical Bath, Maine. Not the most likely champion for Native rights issues which made his involvement with the Shoshone's land war with the USG so compelling. Hearing his first hand accounts of the events surrounding the land issues of Carie and Mary added a personal dimension to the movie.

This film should be introduced into every high school and college as a staple of native rights, human rights, and US government's failures to recognize them in the USA.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film for Everyone on the planet March 29, 2010
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I loved this film. I think everyone should see this film. It blew me away and has stayed with me ... I hope to be able to help in some way to resolve these issues and bring healing. I will be meditating on this film for awhile and recommending it to everyone I know all over the planet! Exceptional work. I am glad history has this cinematic record for the generations to come!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Native American treatment outrage!! May 31, 2013
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I am a USAF veteran 9yrs plus, and I am sickened by the treatment of native americans within the United States borders. It's funny that Canada practices the same injustices against its indigenous people. Maybe I should feel fortunate for being treated better than the native americans living here on US soil before the USA was established, but it's pretty easy to see the injustice of it all. When will native americans be truly given some respect by the US government, and protection of their rights even on their reservations, enforced - federally (the states can't even enforce state workers to behave), they've earned it as indigenous people of the land.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outrage is right February 7, 2011
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Good coverage of a bad situation. It IS outrageous that this can even go on in our country. It is so difficult for people to stand up for their rights - it's admirable. Well-covered I think.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful- should be shown in history classes February 27, 2013
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"American Outrage" is a powerful video. When one thinks of the atrocities perpetrated against Native Indians- land grabbing, reneging on treaties, stealing of livestock and one's ability to make a living, you think of 19th century and prior. You don't think about it happening NOW. This amazing video should be shown in classrooms to show the injustice that is still happening today. I'd give it 10 stars and beyond if I could.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The Western Shoshones had their land taken away by the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Why? Because gold was found on their land. Would the BLM give the gold to the tribe? No. After destroying the Shoshone land using open pit mining, the gold belonged to the corporations that were destroying their land. This is what is known as Capitalism: take from the poor and give to the rich.
The indigenous people of North America did not believe that people should own land. Why? Because the land belongs to everybody living there. This is what is known as Socialism, an evil word to many Americans, but not to the Shoshone tribe.
So what did the Shoshones do? They asked the United Nations to stop the destruction of their land by the mining company. Human Rights Watch supported them.
The 56 minute documentary American Outrage uses beautiful cinematography and unforgettable characters in telling their story. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Democracy?
Makes you stop and think about what our government is really about. People who suffer right here in the good old US of A. Democracy?? Read more
Published 28 days ago by caroline
4.0 out of 5 stars ... because I saw it on Free Speech TV and liked it. I have lived...
I bought this film because I saw it on Free Speech TV and liked it. I have lived relatively close to several reservations in my lifetime, and currently work for a Native American... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christy Wheasler-Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 tons of toxic waste for one ring of gold
Unbelievable that our government can tell these noble people that they are destroying the land by grazing their livestock on it and then turn around and allow mining companies to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rob Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars The government agencies that were created to protect its people ...
The government agencies that were created to protect its people have been bought out by the energy companies and mineral giants. Shame on the Government of these United States!
Published 2 months ago by Ted
5.0 out of 5 stars The American history that didn't get covered in school.
Great movie! Should be seen by many more folks. Unfortunately, my guess is that only a small minority will ever be exposed to its message.
Published 3 months ago by Richard L. Mara
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Government at Work
Now don't it make one proud to know rather than act on UN advise. We do exactly what we accuse other nations of doing. Helps explain some of the recent developments out west. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John H. Coffey
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story of two sisters.
Two sisters had a small block of land. They used to graze their animals on the native land they lived next too. They were native Indians of America and it was their reservation. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jordyn skye
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth about government theft
This documents what happens to Native Americans will soon happen to All Americans. Theft by government decree, forget promises or treaties.
Published 6 months ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars American Outrage
My Father knew Mary and Carrie Dann in the 1970s. We were talking about the sisters one day and shortly after, I saw this video on your Web site. Read more
Published 9 months ago by diane wade
5.0 out of 5 stars my father-in-law is going to like this movie he so loves westerns so...
my father-in-law is going to like this movie he so loves westerns so he will enjoy this one thank you
Published 10 months ago by kathy ann mendoza
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