The Las Vegas Raiders vaccine mandate kept some fans out of Allegiant Stadium on Monday night, including one seat-holder who flew into Las Vegas from out of town.
“It’s hurtful, it’s upsetting,” Felicia Gumm said.
Gumm and her husband Jason flew to Las Vegas from Dallas for the game only to watch it miles apart. Jason Gumm in the stadium in their seats, and Felicia Gumm from a friend’s couch in Henderson.
“I just started pulling for the Raiders back when I was about 7, 8 years old, back in the ’70s and been a fan ever since,” Jason Gumm said.
Felicia Gumm said she became a fan when they started dating 12 years ago. They’ve gone to countless games over the years, even taking their baby girl. She insisted her husband go to Monday night’s milestone game though she could not.
“He didn’t want to go but I told him, ‘you have to go, because it’s a big deal,’” she said.
She could not go because she is not vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We bought these seats three years ago … we already bought all our plane tickets for the season and at the last minute, they just said you must have a vaccination,” she said.
She recently won her fight against an aggressive breast cancer which is why she said she is not willing to get the vaccine. She contacted the team but was told no medical exceptions are being made to the vaccine mandate for fans.
She has sold her ticket for this season but still has a PSL and owns the seat for years to come.
Now she questions if the day comes when she is allowed in, if she will still want to go.
“It really makes me not ever want to cheer for the Raiders. I gave them 12 years of my life cheering when they were not for nothing, I’m Not Yelling Raiders I’m A Raiders Girl We Just Talk Loud T-shirt a losing team. A few years ago they were 0 and 10 we still went from Dallas all the way to Oakland … I was just really a fan who loved the Raiders. I don’t feel that way anymore,” she said.
Felicia Gumm questioned why the Raiders won’t take a negative COVID-19 test for entry. She pointed out even people who are vaccinated can still get COVID-19.
Fast forward ten months and Niska is struggling to survive by selling berries in the city square. She often goes to the fence around the academy where Waseese, called “Elizabeth” by her instructors, is trying to fit into the militarized environment. A reunion seems possible when Niska comes across a group of Indigenous vigilantes who help break children out of the academy. They believe Niska is the answer to a prophecy, that she is the stranger who will guide the children to a safe place. Niska must agree to the task if she wants their help to rescue her own child.
Goulet uses the academy as a metaphor for the residential schools that were in the United States and Canada up until the 1990s. These places took Indigenous kids out of their environment in an attempt to assimilate them, creating pain that has been long suppressed. The recent news of various graves on former sites of these schools makes a film like this even more poignant, as Indigenous people collectively mourn for those who were lost to this governmental system.
The community that welcomes Niska in — because they believe she is the one foretold in their prophecy — also feels true to an Indigenous group. The Elders are portrayed by Cree community members, including Kevin Allan Hess, and are there to provide wisdom and to give insight into all situations. The leader of the vigilantes, Ida, is played by Gail Maurice, a Cree woman who speaks most of her lines in her language. These details celebrate a beautiful culture, even in a movie that is visually grim and full of despair.