Why the Film Title?
Attributed to Lakota Sioux activist, Debra White Plume, the phrase is used in the film by another activist to describe deliberate efforts to control Native Americans by encouraging them to overconsume alcohol over the past four centuries. The film’s main theme is that when you become sober, you take back control of your life and your community. So in essence, a Sober Indian is an Empowered Indian.
What is the Ultimate Goal for the Film?
To raise public awareness about the humanitarian crisis that is occurring on Pine Ridge. My hope is that such awareness will prompt government and private sector leaders more adequately fund inpatient treatment services for Pine Ridge residents, particularly mothers, and a renewed effort to encourage the Nebraska Legislature to end beer sales in Whiteclay.
What Can I Do to Support Efforts?
You can make a difference by getting involved. You can support Pine Ridge’s efforts to grow its local economy, protect its environment, and defend its sovereignty. You can encourage Budweiser to support legislative efforts to ban alcohol sales in Whiteclay. You can demand better funding for inpatient treatment facilities and substance abuse counseling on Pine Ridge.
What if Some Tribal Leaders Don’t Want Our Help?
Tonight, another wife will be assaulted by a drunk husband, another child will be abused by a drunk father, another infant will be born with fetal alcohol syndrome. Similar to every humanitarian crisis throughout world history, sometimes we are called act without unanimous consent from a country’s or tribe’s government leaders. The cost of inaction is simply too high.