False Promises: The Lost Land of the Wenatchi Film Screening
Respected Native American historian E. Richard Hart talks about the current status of Wenatchi Fishing Rights on the Wenatchee River. The evening includes a screening of the newly updated False Promises, a film documenting the history of events leading to the Yakima Treaty of 1855 and the Wenatchi Band’s quest for the fulfillment of treaty rights. The film is based on the research of Hart, who draws on more than 30 years’ experience in tribal issues. Through interviews with Hart and living tribal members, archival photographs and the words of the last Wenatchi chief, Chief John Harmelt, the Wenatchi people are vividly brought to life.
“Our Wenatchi Reservation was taken from us in 1894. Our hunting and fishing rights were also taken at that time, against our wishes. Many of our tribesmen are scattered in various parts of the State of Washington where the land is poor … We, the Wenatchi Indians, wish to have our fishing and hunting rights restored to us in the Wenatchee Valley and forests.” Chief John Harmelt, 1933
False Promises makes an impassioned plea for the return of the land that was taken from the Wenatchi band and an honoring of the promises made in the 1855 Yakima Treaty.
A $5 donation is requested at the door. Light refreshments will be available along with a no-host wine bar. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on the evening of November 6.