In 1969 American Indians occupied Alcatraz Island, beginning the American Indian activist movement. Forty years later, one of the original activists seeks to reignite the movement by putting the political symbol of the occupation, the tipi, back on the island. He looks to his children for support. Now adults, and engaged in their own struggle for survival, his children question the real benefits of the movement and its costs to their family. Forty Winters is a story about the idealism and the aftermath of the American Indian movement as told through one family’s struggle for cultural identity and survival.
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