Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  33 minutes
Date:  2000
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Interactive transcript available
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Wind River

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The battle over water rights on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

Wind River

WIND RIVER is a modern-day story of cowboys and Indians. White ranchers on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming are fighting to protect their long-held water rights for irrigated agriculture. The Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes are fighting to save the de-watered Wind River and a part of their own heritage.

This is a classic example of the changing face of the West, as environmentalists and Indian activists use the courts in an attempt to curtail some of the traditional, but harmful, practices of white ranchers and farmers.

'A taut and impassioned chronicle of a high stakes water-rights fiasco in Wyoming.' Timothy McGettigan, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern Colorado

'This film does an excellent job of telling both sides of the story...The Shoshone and Arapaho people of the Wind River Reservation conceive of water as an integral part of a natural system; its highest 'use' is to maintain the integrity of that system. In contrast, the local ranchers, and the government agencies that assist them, view water in utilitarian terms; water is wasted unless it is diverted and applied in a manner that brings an economic return.' Daniel McCool, Director of The American West Center, University of Utah

'Wind River tells a compelling story that extends far beyond questions of water rights, examining core community values and concerns relating to human dignity, self survival, and fundamental fairness.' Stuart Lieberman, Environmental Attorney

'The video is thought provoking and will be an excellent resource for teachers. It is highly recommended for all high school and public libraries.' Barbara Butler, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, MC Journal

'Will inspire lively debate because so many perspectives are represented, all with valid arguments.' School Library Journal


Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film Festival
Best of Category, EarthVision Environmental Film and Video Festival
Merit Award, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula
Equinox Environmental Film Festival
Fargo Film Festival
Na'al Kid Summer Film Festival


Main credits

Carr, Drury Gunn (film producer)
Carr, Drury Gunn (film director)
Carr, Drury Gunn (editor of moving image work)

Other credits

Photography, Dru Gunn Carr; film editing, Dru Gunn Carr; music, Barrett Meigs.

Distributor credits

High Plains Films

Drury Gunn Carr

High Plains Films
Drury Gunn Carr

Docuseek2 subjects

American Studies
The American West
Indigenous Studies
Indigenous Spirituality and Religion
Agriculture and Food
Multicultural Studies
Criminal Justice, Law and Legal Studies
Resource Planning and Management
Social Psychology
American (U.S.) Studies

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Environmental Justice
Multicultural Studies
Native Americans
Natural Resources
Social Psychology
Western US


water rights, Wind River Indian Reservation; "Wind River"; Bullfrog Films

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