As champions of water issues and human rights, we felt a deep call to join fellow Water Protectors at Standing Rock, ND in opposition to Energy Transfer Partners and the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline violates Sioux treaty land rights and endangers the water supply of 18+ million people.
Traveling with the Haudenosaunee Six Nation Camp, we were present at the action on the bridge on November 20th, 2016, where hundreds of Water Protectors were tear-gassed, sprayed down with water cannons in sub-freezing temperatures and exposed to sonic grenades while participating in peaceful and prayerful protesting.
We returned home knowing there was more we could do—and the Stand With Standing Rock Benefit Concert was born. In partnership with dear friends, we set out to honor our indigenous brothers and sisters while raising further awareness of the issue, and provide much-needed funds to support on-the-ground efforts of our fellow Water Protectors.
The call went out, and what came back blew us away. With less than three weeks’ planning, our Brooklyn Bowl lineup included Aztec fire and Tahitian dancers, Shinnecock drummers, Hawaiian chanters, rapper Immortal Technique, Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, The Skins, City of the Sun, Holly Miranda, a DJ set by St. Lucia and more. Artist Amber Ibarreche designed artwork for the cause and we sold tees, caps and totes on-site.
500+ attendees raised over $15K; funds were donated to Seeding Sovereignty Project, Redhawks Native American Arts Council and Onondaga Nation’s Camp.