Kevin Abourezk: Sisters protect Wyandotte cemetery
"Luis Moro understands the concept of a trail of tears.

Born in Cuba around the time the Communist Party and Fidel Castro were ascending to power, Moro left as a child with his mother for Mexico City and then to the United States.

He came for the promise of better jobs and living conditions.

He came for the American dream.

And he hasn't been disappointed.

Especially last year, when the Los Angeles-based filmmaker won the support of Oscar-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley to help him produce a film about three Wyandot Nation sisters who fought the government with guns and axes to protect their ancestral burial grounds.

"Whispers Like Thunder" tells the story of Lyda, Ida and Helena Conley, sisters who fought for more than 60 years to protect a Wyandot Nation cemetery in present-day Kansas City, Kansas, where their mother, sister and ancestors were buried.

"These sisters gave their lives to make sure their Indian burial grounds were not sold to a developer," said Moro by phone recently from his Los Angeles home."

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