The Film

In 1867, the Russian Tsar sold Alaska to the United States. The region’s inhabitants, the Tlingits and the Haidas, marveled that the Americans — whom they respected as shrewd traders — would so foolishly buy something. The Land is Ours is a portrait of the Tlingit and Haida peoples, and native son William Paul, Jr., from their aboriginal past, through missionary contact, their right to vote, school integration (30 years before the civil rights movement), and a successful lawsuit against the U.S. government that paved the way for Congressional passage of the Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act.

The Filmmaker

  1. Laurence A. GoldinProducer