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"The doctrine of recovery" free screening & Panel Discussion

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

"When the mountains next call you or you take a hike in a National Forest, pause to remember that you have entered what was a laboratory for the advancement of eugenicist theory. They ransacked, pillaged, murdered, and sterilized us for your walk in the park. This is the very definition of systemic and institutionalized racism. It is inescapable, but at the same time, largely unnoticed.” -Crystle Lightning from "The Doctrine of Recovery"

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AO is honored to co-sponsor this event and participate in the panel discussion with our community.

This event was a free screening of "The Doctrine of Recovery," a film that explains the devastating consequences of “The Doctrine of Discovery” on Indigenous populations of North America and proposes a “Doctrine of Recovery” to restore balance to the Earth.

The Red Road Association, Methow Valley Interpretive Center, Room One, FYRE (the Foundation for Youth Resiliency and Engagement), Aboriginal Outfitters, and the Omak Theater are partnering to present The Doctrine of Recovery, a film about the so-called “Doctrine of Discovery,” which was used by European colonizers as justification for the dispossession and decimation of the Indigenous populations of North America.

The showing will be on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Omak Theater (the red one), 108 N Main St., Omak.

The event will open with a Native prayer, followed by the 75-minute “Doctrine of Recovery,” and a panel discussion. Admission is by donation: $10 is suggested. Proceeds will benefit FYRE (, an Okanogan County nonprofit “committed to centering the voices of today’s and tomorrow’s youth, using knowledge and critical thinking for the betterment of our community, and addressing equity and inclusion through deliberate representation and advocacy.”

For more information about “The Doctrine of Recovery” please visit

The film, which was produced by Twisp filmmaker Leslee Goodman, had its world premiere at the Assembly of First Nations’ annual gathering in Vancouver, BC, in July; will have its Pacific Northwest premiere at the Social Justice Film Festival in Seattle on Sept. 29; a screening in Twisp on Monday, Oct. 10 (Indigenous Peoples’ Day), and has been named an Official Selection of the Red Nation International Film Festival, taking place in Los Angeles in November.

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