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Protecting Indigenous and Sacred Land through Media: Bears Ears and Other Current Struggles

This Event Is Cancelled Due to the COVID-19 Virus.  In order to ensure the safety of all our guests, the Native American Film Series will be canceling the April 1 film event.  We hope to bring it back in the Fall so please check next season.  Thank you for your support and stay safe.

April 1, 2020

Shásh Jaa’ (Bears Ears)

Shásh Jaa’ (Bears Ears) encompasses 1.9 million acres of southeastern Utah wilderness and is considered sacred lands to local Native American tribes. The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is an effort of 5 different tribal nations (Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, Hopi, Zuni) coming together to protect this pristine ecological area from natural resource extraction development and environmental destruction. This documentary follows Angelo Baca and his grandmother, the director, and the developing Coalition’s efforts on the way to convince the Obama administration to make this area a designated National Monument with a collaborative management plan working in partnership with these tribes.

Join Angelo Baca (Navajo and Hopi) in his screening of Shásh Jaa’ (Bears Ears) and a discussion of current Indigenous land struggles concerning land, water, and natural resources.

About Angelo Baca

Angelo Baca

Angelo Baca is a Navajo and Hopi filmmaker and a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology at NYU.  A graduate of the Native Voices Program at the University of Washington, he has created numerous documentaries and collaborative works around such subjects as indigenous food sovereignty, Native youth development and indigenous international repatriation.  He has also taught Native American literature and media courses at Brown University.


Location and Time

Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with participants follows
This event is free to the public

For parking directions visit: You will need a parking permit. For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at Permits are limited in number.

Thank you to our sponsors: Augsburg University, American Indian, First Nations, and Indigenous Studies Department, American Indian Student Services, Augsburg Indigenous Student Association, Center for Global Education at the University of Minnesota, and Angelo Baca.