Today, at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society (25 Nottingham Court), there will be celebration of the United Nations Indigenous Peoples Day, with appearances by Native American activist Dennis Banks and film producer Masaou Yamamoto.
Banks co-founded the American Indian Movement in 1968 and took part in the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee at Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Also speaking at the ceremony is Diane D’Arrigo of the Nuclear Information Resource Information Service in Washington, DC. D’Arrigo will give a presentation on the West Valley nuclear waste facility. The event runs 6-10pm.
Tomorrow, 3-5pm, at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, there will be screening of The Drum Will Never Stop: Dennis Banks and His Movement. Produced by Yamamoto and Takeo Koshikawa, the film follows Banks’s activism since 1978. Banks and the producers will speak at the screening.