The Fight for Water & Treaty Rights in the Great Lakes

The Working Title

The title Trust is what’s called a working title. So someday we may change it. The title originally came from two concepts that we really wanted to explore in this film. The first is the Trust Responsibility that is inherent in the nearly 400 treaties signed between indigenous nations and the United States government. It includes a federal obligation to protect and enhance tribal lands and resources. And the second is the Public Trust Doctrine as it applies to the environment and our natural resources. But the title quickly acquired an additional meaning for me. From our very first trip as filmmakers to the Great Lakes communities most affected by the mining industry we have been greeted with incredible warmth, enthusiasm and, yes, trust. So the title quickly became something more. I think about that every day and we’re working hard to live up to it.

Recommended Reading:

Stephen L. Pevar. The Rights of Indians and Tribes. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Joseph L. Sax. “The Public Trust Doctrine in Natural Resource Law: Effective Judicial Intervention” Michigan Law Review 68.January (1970): 471.

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