Crying Earth Rise Up

Crying Earth Rise Up




Release Date: 
Saturday April 4, 2015
Expiration Date: 
Wednesday April 3, 2019

Six (6) releases over four (4) years beginning 4/4/15; SCH/1YR (for K‐12); and non‐commercial cable rights.

Royalty free to members and subscribers of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA).

Through those who oppose and support the expansion of uranium mining over the High Plains/Ogallala and the Arikara aquifers in western South Dakota and Nebraska, audiences learn about the importance of preserving and protecting land and water.

The film follows Elisha Yellow Thunder (Oglala Lakota), a young mother and geology student. Elisha is fully aware of the contamination dangers posed by the uranium mines to the vast and precious Ogallala Aquifer. During Elisha's first pregnancy, she drank contaminated water. Today, her nine-year-old daughter, Laila, continues to suffer from serious, life-threatening birth defects and medical abnormalities. Elisha is determined to identify the source of the contamination in an effort to protect her water supply, as well as that of her Lakota people.

Debra White Plume is a grandmother and tireless leader in the fight to protect her people's water and land from corporate polluters. Debra is the lead plaintiff in a case challenging uranium mining on Lakota treaty territory and speaks out about the issue from her own community on the Pine Ridge Reservation to the steps of the White House in Washington, D.C. 

The narrative arc of the film follow's Elisha and Debra's parallel search for answers to the questions, "Why are there high levels of radiation in our drinking water? And, how can we protect our families and community against this threat?" They are supported by members of the tribe, environmental activists, and a host of others who have filed a case to prevent the mine's expansion in the region. Balancing the story are local residents and the mine company itself, who claim that the town would fold if the mine were shut down. 


Type of Feed: 
Station Feed
NOLA Code: 
CERU 00 H1

Feed Date/Time:

Saturday April 4, 2015 - 12:30 ET
Saturday April 4, 2015 - 13:30 ET