A Screenplay by David E. Peterson & John F. Mollard
Based on the Novel LIBERATING DULUTH by D.E. Peterson
SCRIPT TREATMENT available.
LOGLINE: Jack White Eagle, a retired Army colonel and veteran, has come home to manage a casino and lead his people in liberating Native land in Duluth, Minnesota.
In 1854, the United States offered the western end of Lake Superior — in exchange for a significant parcel of northern Minnesota — to the Lake Superior Chippewa. European settlers, however, ignored the federal treaty and broke up the land.
The Upper Midwest city of Duluth, Minnesota, was officially incorporated in 1878. The municipality went on to become, per capita, the richest city in North America for a period of time.
Chief Jack White Eagle, of the Lake Tranquille Band of Ojibwe and a retired Army Colonel and veteran of the Iraq war, has come home to manage a casino and lead his people in taking back Native land in Duluth.
Ultimately, the work illustrates the conflicting perspectives of national history: Whose land is it, whose land was it, and who decides? The story has a broad market with Native American rights advocates, and incorporates different perspectives during a three-day insurrection.