Honor the Treaties

Native Americans are still here, still struggling for dignity amid the wreckage of history

Eric Becker

14 minutes

Honor the Treaties

  • A short, powerful film that captures the journey of photographer Aaron Huey as he reveals the sufferings and struggles of the Native Lakota people of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. At first, Huey sees Pine Ridge as just another bleak place to take pretty pictures, but after getting to know its people and history, he comes to see the reservation a POW camp, ‘where one day, the guards walked away.’ Eric Becker’s film reminds us that art can make us care about the lives of those we might rather forget. All photographs used in the film are (c) Aaron Huey / aaronhuey.com.

  • Director Biography:

    Eric Becker is an Emmy Award winning Seattle-based director with a focus on short documentary film. His work seeks to create an emotional connection between the viewer and subject through intimate, authentic portraiture and storytelling. His pieces have been seen in festivals, on television, and online. He is the founder and owner of We Are Shouting, a production company in Seattle.

  • Director: Eric Becker
  • Producer: Scott Everett
  • Editor: Eric Becker
  • Original Music: Music."Black Chow" by Big Spider's Back: "Mélodrames Télégraphiés (in B major 7th) Part 1" and "I Know That You Don't Like the Future Like I Do" by Brian McBride and "Hægt, kemur ljósið" by Olafur Arnalds

  • Running Time: 14 minutes
  • Language: English
  • Contact: www.weareshouting.com
  • Website: www.honorthetreaties.org

Add your own review…

  • Kevin McBride

    I am only part Native, my Father grew up on a reservation. This made me cry. Thank you for making this. I am going to share this to whoever will listen.

  • Colonial Ward

    So what are the Lakota people’s demands?

  • Jessica Medina

    I’m trying to find a diplomatic way to express how I feel … but that is difficult, especially when I see my country on that path too.

    How is that in this country, its Natives remain prisoners and slaves of extreme poverty in all its facets? While there are thousands of Americans working for equality and poverty in other continents like Africa, Asia, Central and South America. It’s really unbelievable…I cry of powerlessness and indignation.

    I still have the hope that the younger generations that are becoming more diverse in this nation, look and act as a “global Ethnicity” and really work with greater commitment to achieve equality and social justice both at home and in Worldwide, and in other territories outside their continent of which they have also seized.

    While it is true that everyone has the option to choose to be victims of circumstance or choose to be a warrior and defeat the “circumstances” … those of us who believe so, we have the duty to help those who still can’t see it, especially those who are causing the misery of others just to benefit themselves, consciously or unconsciously, which I like to believe “that they know not what they do”


    Loved the documentary! My admiration and respect for a great job!
    Jessica Medina (Puerto Rico)

  • Nick K

    Very impressive film, in terms of how it’s shot and it’s important content.

  • Florence W

    Important film.

  • Kelli Swazey

    This video and Aaron’s project are a welcome and needed counterpoint to another project on indigenous people that has been circulating on the web, Jimmy Nelson’s “Before They Pass Away.” Aaron’s approach to documenting the Lakota people’s lives and Nelson’s claim of documenting “disappearing people” throws into sharp contrast the difference between using media to perpetuate tired stereotypes of the noble savage or using media to empower and turn up the volume on the voices we don’t often hear.

    Bravo, for picking a side, Aaron. And for wanting to get to the point where you can stop talking.