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Wildlife Warehouse/ Fire Fighters-Geronimo Hotshots/ Nowhere Land

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Wildlife Warehouse/ Fire Fighters-Geronimo Hotshots/ Nowhere Land

'Wildlife Warehouse' - Just outside Denver, a government facility stores more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to elephant ivory. These items are confiscated at points of entry around the United States, and sent to the National Wildlife Property Repository to be destroyed or used for educational purposes. The Repository is a revealing window into the growing global industry of wildlife and plant trafficking, which has been estimated at up to $23 billion. The facility also houses the National Eagle Repository, which receives and distributes deceased bald and golden eagles to Native Americans around the United States, who use them for religious purposes. 'Fire Fighters - Geronimo Hotshots' In the field with the Geronimo Hotshots, an elite crew of Apache firefighters who battle the biggest wildfires in the nation, and featuring stunning GoPro footage shot by the crew. Home for the Hotshots is on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in southeastern Arizona, where unemployment is high, and firefighting jobs are one of the few stable opportunities for work. 'Your mom, your dad, your uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins' one of them probably fights fire,' says Squad Leader Jeff Belvado. The Geronimo Hotshots are one of seven Native American hotshot crews in the United States who are sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 'Nowhere Land' - This short documentary is a quiet elegy for the ancestral Inuit way of life, which exists now only in the memories of those who experienced it. Bonnie Ammaaq and her family remember it vividly.

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