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A film made by three youths from the Swinomish Reservation will have it’s television premier on PBS Tuesday night. 

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(Travis Tom, Cody Cayou and Nick Clark on the rocky shores of March Point - Courtesy Longhouse Media - ITV)

A film made by three youth from the Swinomish Reservation will have it’s television premier on PBS Tuesday night.

March Point follows the boys’ journey on their path from childhood to adulthood as they come to understand themselves, their tribe and the environmental threat to their people.

Travis Tom, Nick Clark and Cody Cayou have been friends almost all their lives, growing up on the Swinomish Reservation. When they find themselves in trouble with drugs and alcohol, the teens are offered an opportunity to participate in Native Lens, a filmmaking program of Longhouse Media.

Figuring it’s better than spending afternoons in drug court; they envision a film with car crashes and rap music. Instead, they are asked to make a documentary about the impact of two oil refineries on their tribal community.

Travis, Nick and Cody, like many young people today, didn’t know much of their ancestors’ history. By interviewing tribal elders, they learn that most of their land was taken away by the federal government in the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855, leaving the Swinomish with basic health care, some fishing rights and a small reservation. President Ulysses S. Grant took more land in 1870, a move the tribe considers illegal.

March Point will be telecast on Seattle PBS affiliate KCTS (channel 9) at 10pm Tuesday, Nov. 18, night and again at 3am on Saturday, Nov. 22.

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