Bon Iver's "Towers": A "Tribute to Native American Preservation Land"?
In these quotes, the Native land becomes a novelty, an unnamed backdrop for the "art" of the video. Why mention it was on Native land at all? Because it adds to the mysticism. It gives it a hipster-edge. "We didn't just shoot a video in nature! we shot it in NATIVE AMERICAN NATURE!"
The unnaming of the land bothers me too. If they shot on tribal lands, I sure hope they got tribal permission, and therefore, you know, had to know whose land they were on. There are 30 or so tribes in WA state. They're all different. They're not generic "Native American." By just calling it "Native American...land" they're contributing to that whole Native-American-culture-is-a-monolith myth that I bring up again and again.
So then the whole evolution of reservation-->preservation-->Native preserved-->preserved Native-land is fascinating. Let's assume the original slip was a typo/mis-quote, but I think how quick the other media sources were to pick up on it says something about the imperialist nostalgia hidden right under the surface in the US. "Reservation" sounds sad, a reminder of how "we" (dominant culture) subjugated "them" (Natives). But "preservation" sounds nice. Like "we" saved it for them. Set it aside. Cause we're thoughtful like that. And "preserved" sounds even better! Like "they" held onto those traditional old ways that we tried to get rid of, remained stewards of the land, and kept it pristine and beautiful so "we" could come shoot our music videos on it. How wonderful for everyone involved.