Three Affiliated Tribes

He picked up his first projector and roll of film during his first job at a movie theater at age 12 and filmmaker J. Carlos Peinado hasn’t put them down since. For writer, director, producer and now professor Peinado, filmmaking is more than a passion. It’s a way of life.

A personal story of how a multi-million dollar project displaced the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation in North Dakota. Trhough interviews and archival footage, a uniquely Native American perspective emerges, giving light to a portrait of resilience and survival in the face of catastrophic change.

Denise Juneau, a member of the Mandan and Hidatsa Tribes of North Dakota, is the first American Indian woman to win a statewide election. After four years in office, she is now running for re-election as Montana's Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Written by Mark Trahant.

Interviews conducted and edited by Mark Trahant.

With the election of Denise Juneau, Montana has made history by electing a Native American woman to a statewide office.

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