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PABLO – For the first time, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are making publicly available the award-winning film, “In the Spirit of Atatíce: The Untold Story of the National Bison Range.” 

The general public will now be able to access the film by either going to the tribe’s website (, where a link to the film is currently featured on the homepage or by doing a Google search.

There are three other short videos including a movie trailer, a brief history of the National Bison Range and a short about the buffalo’s importance. To see all links, go to and under the “MORE” pulldown menu will be a “VIDEOS” link that leads to all four videos. Here is a link to the movie. 

“After fielding a lot of questions about how and when people can see the film, the tribes are happy to share it with the public,” said Robert McDonald, the tribes’ communications director. “While this is the tribes’ history, it is also everyone’s history.”

Anyone with a phone, a device hooked to wifi or a computer with Internet access may view the 28-minute film.

The film depicts the Salish, Qlispé and Kootenai peoples’ ongoing struggles, against the backdrop of seismic disruptions to their communities and cultures, to prevail in their efforts to care for the buffalo. 

Using a cross-section of tribal members to relate their history, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and filmmaker Daniel Glick produced the film to unveil a narrative that continues to reverberate today.

The film was produced in 2018 and was screened earlier this year at the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, as well as being an Official Selection for the 2019 International Wildlife Film Festival and winning the Audience Choice award at the 2019 Bigfork Independent Film Festival. The tribes also hosted screenings in Pablo, Missoula, Helena, and Washington, D.C.

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