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In the twilight of a Native American empire, two Ioway brothers travel to Washington, D. C. in 1824 to meet with Superintendent of Indian Affairs, William Clark. Both sign a treaty ceding a... See full summary »



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In the twilight of a Native American empire, two Ioway brothers travel to Washington, D. C. in 1824 to meet with Superintendent of Indian Affairs, William Clark. Both sign a treaty ceding a large portion of tribal land for settlement. White Cloud sees cooperation as the only way for his people to survive, while Great Walker regrets the loss of land where his ancestors are buried. More territory is lost, and the Ioway people are divided, with some regarding one brother as a traitor, and the other as a patriot. After the tribe is removed, the 36 million acres they once called home is named "Iowa". Then, they are forgotten. "Lost Nation: The Ioway" tells the dramatic true tale of two brothers' struggle to save their people from inevitable American conquest, and the Ioway's current fight to reclaim and maintain their unique history and culture. Written by Kelly Rundle

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A Forgotten Tale of American Conquest and Native Survival




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Lost Nation: The Ioway
17 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a captivating film that tells the story of the Ioway Tribe's initial arrival into the area that would eventually be named for them, the State of Iowa, and their consequent split over the selling of their Tribal land to the government. The story is very intriguing and told by the filmmakers with much honor and respect for the Ioway. This educational documentary explores the origins of the Ioway Tribe. It was fascinating to learn how they lived their everyday lives, building their homes out of tree bark; hunting for food and for animal hide to make their clothing. The split of the Ioway over the eventual selling of their land was sad enough; even more distressing was the fact that thousands of them died during forced relocation after the institution of the Indian Removal Act in 1830.

The photography was stunning. I've never been to Iowa, but this film really showed the beauty of the State.

I highly recommend this compelling documentary, not just to the general public, but it should also be used as an educational tool to make people aware of the long-forgotten Ioway and other Indian Tribes who were forced off their land so long ago, and the tribulations they had to endure as a result.

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