Tohono O’odham free film “Ours is the Land” about proposed Rosemont Mine


LOFT OURS Flyer (1)-page-001Reception on the patio at 4:00PM; screening at 4:30PM.

Free drinks and popcorn provided by the Tohono O’odham Nation!

The film is told entirely from the perspective of the Tohono O’odham Nation members themselves including Legislative Council members, and tribal elders who speak movingly about the important connection between Ce:wi Duag and the Tohono O’odham Nation. Adding poignancy to the film is the score of Michael Enis, Tohono O’odham tribal member and song dreamer. The film is directed by Tubac resident Frances Causey, who also directed Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?(Dir. by Frances Causey, 2015, USA, Not Rated)

From Filmmaker/producer Frances Causey:

Over the last year and a half, at the invitation of the Tohono O’odham people, I have been on an amazing journey, discovering the deep connection between the Tohono O’odham people and Ce:wi Duag or the Santa Rita Mountains which are imperiled by the proposed creation of the half-mile wide, one-mile deep open pit Rosemont copper mine, just 30 miles SE of Tucson.

If built, the mine would bury under SIX stories of mine waste rock 2 Hohokam (O’odham ancestors) villages, O’odham ancestral burial sites, rare seeps and springs, and render a rare ball court obsolete.

The mine would fundamentally alter the cultural landscape of the Tohono O’odham people. Also in the crosshairs of this misplaced mine is the nation’s only known wild jaguar, recently named “El Jefe” by a Tucson middle school!

The stakes could not be any higher for the Tohono O’odham people. As tribal elder Joseph Joaquin says in the film. “Money or gold or whatever you are looking for is not the word for us as O’odham people. Ours is the land.”

The film which is told exclusively by Tohono O’odham tribal members is scored by O’odham song dreamer Michael Enis. My longtime collaborator, Rogelio Garcia, shot and edited this beautiful film.

This is a free film screening open to all. Loft Cinema is at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd, east of Country Club in Tucson.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Full house at the Loft to view this free showing of a film by the Tohono O’odham Nation in opposition to the Rosemont mine due to impacts to their basket weaving (plant gathering), water, and endangered wildlife (ie. ocelot and jaguar), as well as sacred burial grounds. Blessing prior to the Q & A by Siquieros mother/daughter duo. Questions from audience were why another mine when Green Valley mine is being scaled down; any recourse through U.S. Forest Service; tribal unity from other tribes opposed to the mine; study on benefits of eco-tourism & birding; possibility of purchasing the land should Hudbay Minerals fold & sell; the regulatory process regarding jaguar & ocelot; whether the T.O. culture is on the upswing; future screenings of the film (info on FB only); any opposition to 1872 Mining Law from Congressional representatives/U.S. Senators. Investigative media journalist John Dougherty present today at this screening as well & reps. from Save the Scenic Santa Ritas.

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