Crying Earth Rise Up

Crying Earth Rise Up


“Water is our first home. Water is our first medicine. Without water, there is no life.” -Debra White Plume (Oglala Lakota), Activist

A Lakota mother studying geology seeks the source of the water contamination that may have caused her daughter’s critical health problems. Meanwhile, a Lakota grandmother fights the regional expansion of uranium mining. Crying Earth Rise Up exposes the cost of uranium mining and its impact on Great Plains drinking water.

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Home DVD, Educational DVD, Home Streaming, Educational Streaming

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Educational Resource: Viewer Discussion Guide
Program Length:
57 Minutes
Director and Producer: Suree Towfighnia
Co-Producer: Courtney Hermann
Consulting Producer: Debra White Plume (Oglala Lakota)
Editor: Sharon Karp
Writer: Reuben Cruz (Pee Posh/Maricopa/Quechan)
Public Broadcast Release:
The Website for Crying Earth Rise Up
Production Year: 2014
Format: DVD & Digital Download




Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.


Program Coordinator

(Hataža Mani Winga)​

"Cinema Aficionado"

Role: Jordana is excited to engage with different Native/Indigenous communities. Her passion for working with youth will help develop the Native Youth Media Project. She will also assist with the Creative Shorts Fellowship (CSF) to help organize deliverables for filmmakers.