On Monday, the official “Yellowstone” Twitter account celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day with a powerful video that emphasized real-world issues for the Native American community.
The video featured interviews from several cast members who play indigenous characters on the show. Plus, you can hear from creator Taylor Sheridan. Interspersed with the interviews were clips from a specific storyline in Season 3. The storyline focused on a missing indigenous woman, and Monica Dutton (Kelsey Asbille) put all her efforts into finding the woman.
“Indigenous women are always at the forefront of their communities, especially when it comes to fighting this violence against native women,” Asbille shared in the video.
Sheridan followed up by explaining why it’s important to him to include these stories in shows like “Yellowstone.”
“It’s important to me because it’s affected so many lives, people who I know on the reservations,” Sheridan revealed. “One of the beauties of what we get to do… we get to hold a mirror up, as storytellers, to a very real situation. And [we] educate the word about it while we’re entertaining them.”
“Yellowstone” star Mo Brings Plenty mentioned how there’s very little national attention on the indigenous women who go missing in real life.
“We have a lot of people that are still missing to this day in real life,” Mo Brings Plenty said. “And nothing’s ever been done. And there’s a number of reasons. We don’t have the resources. We definitely don’t have the support from the media.”
Mo mentioned that human trafficking plays a huge role in the indigenous women who go missing around the country.
“When you’re in your own backyard, you should feel safe. But unfortunately, a lot of people are not,” he said.
‘Yellowstone’ Stars Discuss Real-World Issues on Indigenous Peoples’ Day
“Yellowstone” star Mo Brings Plenty also referenced a clip from the Season 3 storyline. In the clip, Broken Rock Reservation members search for the missing women. Monica shows up with a slew of people to help with the search.
“What I love about that scene, and I wish was real throughout a lot of our communities, was always the people that got involved on both sides,” Mo said. “In that particular moment, I saw the people, and we were all searching for one person and so I…”
Mo took a long pause at this point in the video to collect himself. “‘Yellowstone’ encourages people in a lot of ways. So I’m hoping that it will move people, regardless of what nationality, to get involved.”
Taylor Sheridan concluded the video by speaking about the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. He wants to “raise as much awareness as I can” about the issues that the Center deals with.
“You can have a call to arms with information. You can make a difference in a way that’s easier today than it may have been 50 years ago,” Sheridan said. “If I can incorporate storylines that I think the world needs to know and can still make them visceral, exciting, shocking, or thoughtful television… I want to do that.”
See the video for yourself in the tweet below. “Yellowstone” Season 4 premiere Nov. 7.