Organization by Miwok of Buena Vista Rancheria

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Documentary Film Features Miwok Elders

Posted by Ya-Nah on November 28, 2013 at 9:40 PM

“Miwok No Matter What” is an upcoming documentary film due to be released in 2014 and it will premier on the Davis' public access channel. The film features the lives and experiences of two Miwok women who have recently been discriminated against by “Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians.” It will feature the story of Buena Vista Rancheria from the perspective of elders June Geary and Beatrice Crabtree who recount memories from their childhood and of their own elders who have already passed on. These women and their stories will be central in this film because they are much more significant than Indian Gaming, but tragically, they are not the only California Indians who have been discriminated against by their own tribe when the tribe is in pursuit of a casino.


Right now, Beatrice Crabtree is 83 and she is the eldest known Miwok of the Buena Vista Rancheria. She has already been denied services that are meant for Native Americans because “Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians” has not acknowledged her, but she still needs help. She has been homeless off and on for most of the year with several health concerns and disabilities, and she is waiting and hoping for placement in a senior facility.

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