White House screens film about drugs and gangs at White Earth

Robert Brown and Kevin Fineday are members of the White Earth Nation who are featured in The Seventh Fire documentary. Photo from Seventh Fire LLC

A documentary about drugs and gangs on the White Earth Nation in Minnesota is being screened at the White House on Thursday evening.

The Seventh Fire features Robert Brown, a tribal member who served multiple prison terms for his involvement in drug and gang activity. He returns home and takes a look at his role in "bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community," the filmmakers write in a synopsis.

Also featured is Kevin Fineday, a younger tribal member who is described a protege of Brown. At one point, his goal was to become the "most powerful and feared Native gangster on the reservation," the filmmakers said.


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Both Brown and Fineday will be present for the screening and will participate in a panel discussion along with some of the filmmakers. Chris Eyre, a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, served as one of the executive producers.

Karen Diver, the Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs and the former chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, also will participate in the panel, which will be webcast at 7:45pm Eastern at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

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