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Iconic musicians Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt,will perform a benefit concert along with Native performers on November 27 for the Water Protectors on the front line at Standing Rock.

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by Vincent Schilling
ARTICLE UPDATED: Monday November 7th

Iconic musicians Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt,will perform a benefit concert along with Native performers on November 27 for the Water Protectors on the front line at Standing Rock.
Iconic musicians Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt,will perform a benefit concert along with Native performers on November 27 for the Water Protectors on the front line at Standing Rock.

Iconic musicians Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt, along with performers Joel Rafael, and the late John Trudell’s band, Bad Dog, will perform a benefit concert on Sunday, November 27 for the Water Protectors on the front line at Standing Rock. Storyteller Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, founder of the Standing Rock Sioux Camp at Sacred Stone, will speak at the concert. Other performers will be announced as they are confirmed.

UPDATED INFO: The concert is free for the Standing Rock community and Water Protectors.  Next week, cards will be distributed to the Water Protectors in the camps and Standing Rock community that can be exchanged for complimentary tickets at the Casino box office.   All gross proceeds from the concert public ticket sales will benefit the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their efforts to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline and prepare the camps for winter.

The concert will be on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Prairie Knights Pavilion in Fort Yates, ND, which is seven miles from the Oceti Sakowin Camp. Tickets went on sale to the general public on Saturday November 5th at 10 am central; The link to purchase tickets is HERE  or by phone at 800-585-3737.

“Just as we give thanks for our good fortune and the bounty of our lives as Americans, let us thank the Native people who are gathered here at Standing Rock to protect the natural world and defend our place in it,” said Jackson Browne in a statement submitted to ICTMN.

Bonnie Raitt also expressed solidarity with Standing Rock in the statement.

“I’m proud to be standing in support of the courageous and dedicated Water Protectors at Standing Rock. This movement is growing by the day with solidarity actions happening around the country, yet the media isn’t covering it nearly enough. Our hope is that this concert will help bring more awareness and media attention to the issues being raised at Standing Rock, and to put pressure on The Obama Administration to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline until protection of sacred sites is ensured,” said Raitt.

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“We are honored to have these great artists stand with us!” said Brave Bull Allard.

Raitt and Browne have long been supporters of Indian country, as well as the Oceti Sakowin Camp, “a historic gathering of Native nations, friends and allies, from all walks of life standing in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

Editor’s Note: “Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt have stood in solidarity with Native peoples protecting their lands, water and lifeways for more than 37 years, their work to support Native-led efforts to protect the Earth began in 1979 when they came to the Black Hills and Four Corners area to help stop uranium mining. Through the decades, they have lent their voices, talent, time and  fame to raise awareness and funds for Native communities working for a safe and healthy future for us all. Thank you, Jackson and Bonnie, for continuing your stand and for supporting the resistance at Standing Rock.”

Organizers have invited those who can travel to North Dakota on Nov. 27th to “Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock.” Others can contribute directly to www.standingrock.org.

Follow ICTMN’s Arts and Entertainment, Pow Wow’s and Sports Editor Vincent Schilling (Akwesasne Mohawk) on Twitter – @VinceSchilling


Source: © Copyright Indian Country Today Media Network

Jason Mraz Joins Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt For Standing Rock Concert

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by Vincent Schilling
November 10, 2016

Jason Mraz will be joining Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joel Rafael and the late John Trudell’s band Bad Dog for a benefit concert on Sunday, November 27 at Prairie Knights Pavilion in Fort Yates, ND.

“This is a national emergency for both human rights and environmental protection. It is a call to peacefully demonstrate a need for compassion, new listening, and new technologies,” said Mraz in a statement released by his press team to ICTMN today.

Jason Mraz Joins Jackson Browne And Bonnie Raitt For Standing Rock Concert
Jason Mraz Joins Jackson Browne And Bonnie Raitt For Standing Rock Concert

The concert is free for the Standing Rock community and Water Protectors. Next week, cards will be distributed to the Water Protectors in the camps and Standing Rock community that can be exchanged for complimentary tickets at the Casino box office.  All gross proceeds from the concert public ticket sales will benefit the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their efforts to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline and prepare the camps for winter.

“Just as we give thanks for our good fortune and the bounty of our lives as Americans, let us thank the Native people who are gathered here at Standing Rock to protect the natural world and defend our place in it,” said Jackson Browne previously to ICTMN.

“I’m proud to be standing in support of the courageous and dedicated Water Protectors at Standing Rock. This movement is growing by the day with solidarity actions happening around the country, yet the media isn’t covering it nearly enough. Our hope is that this concert will help bring more awareness and media attention to the issues being raised at Standing Rock, and to put pressure on The Obama Administration to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline until protection of sacred sites is ensured,” said Bonnie Raitt in her statement last week.

“As the struggle for human rights continues, thousands of people have gathered on the plains of North Dakota. In a time when we all must learn to better respect and honor the Earth, the Water Protectors are leading the way.  I am proud to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their effort to halt the DAPL, and I urge President Obama to do everything in his power to help accomplish that,” said Joel Rafael released by his press team to ICTMN today.

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Joel Rafael

Those who can travel to North Dakota are invited to Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Prairie Knights Pavilion at 6:30 PM.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased thru StarTickets by phone 800-585-3737, or online http://www.startickets.com/events/item/stand-in-solidarity-with-standing-rock.

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Jackson Browne – Bonnie Raitt Concert nodapl poster

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Singer Songwriter Jackson Browne Makes Statement Regarding The Dakota Access Pipeline

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ICTMN Staff
September 6, 2016

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Jackson Browne has stood in solidarity with Native peoples protecting their lands, water and lifeways for more than 37 years. Thank you, Jackson, for supporting the resistance at Standing Rock. © Nels Israelson

Editor’s note:  Jackson Browne has stood in solidarity with Native peoples protecting their lands, water and lifeways for more than 37 years. His work to support Native-led efforts to protect the Earth began in 1979 when he came to the Black Hills and Four Corners area to help stop uranium mining. Through the decades, he has lent his voice, his talent, his time and his fame to raise awareness and funds for Native communities working for a safe and healthy future for us all. Thank you, Jackson, for continuing your stand and for supporting the resistance at Standing Rock.

“I met Kelcy Warren on one occasion, when I played at the Cherokee Creek Music Festival, held at his ranch. Later his company, Music Road Records, produced an album of my songs. Though I was honored by the “tribute” and think highly of the versions – which were done by some of my favorite singers and songwriters, I had nothing to do with producing the recordings or deciding who would be on it.

I do not support the Dakota Access Pipeline.  I will be donating all of the money I have received from this album to date, and any money received in the future, to the tribes who are opposing the pipeline.

I did not know anything about Kelcy Warren’s other business as the production of this album went forward. Although as a music publisher there is no legal way to deny permission to a record company to cover a song that has been previously published, I could have dissuaded the artists from appearing on this record had I known. I routinely vet the companies who ask me to perform for them. I do not play for oil interests. I do not play for companies who defile nature, or companies who attack demonstrators with trained attack dogs and pepper spray. The list of companies I have denied the use of my music is long. I certainly would not have allowed my songs to be recorded by a record company whose owner’s other business does what Energy Transfer Partners is allegedly doing – threatening the water supply and the sacred sites of indigenous people.

I intend to support public resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline as much as I can.

To quote a song of mine:

“Which side?

– the corporations attacking the natural world, drilling and fracking, who do it with the backing of the craven and corrupt?

– Or the ones who fight for the earth with all their might, and in the name of all that’s right,

Confront and disrupt?”


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How Musicians Are Joining Fight at Standing Rock

Dave Matthews, Jackson Browne and more on why they felt urgent need to assist North Dakota protestors

Read how Dave Matthews, Jackson Browne and others are pitching in to aid protestors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in rural North Dakota. © Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

In October, Dave Matthews visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in rural North Dakota to meet with children and play a concert as part of an Obama-administration program that teams artists with schools in economically deprived areas. When he was assigned to visit the school, he was surprised to find that people on the reservation, joined by environmental activists from around the country, were locked in a bitter battle with the Texas-based company Energy Transfer Partners and the Army Corps of Engineers over the construction of an oil pipeline near their land. “I was just somebody who wanted to use some of my strength as an artist to inspire some kids,” Matthews says. “That proximity [to the pipeline] was completely coincidental.”

In recent months, the protests at Standing Rock have become a flashpoint for the climate-justice movement. Matthews witnessed peaceful demonstrators, who have set up an encampment near Standing Rock, being met with fierce resistance from law enforcement and private security, including the use of rubber bullets, attack dogs and mass arrests. He quickly decided to get involved. “I wasn’t connected by a news story,” he says. “If people are voiceless and have a legitimate gripe, it’s our responsibility to try and give them a voice.”

In response, Matthews has organized a benefit concert to take place on November 27th in Washington, D.C., the same day that Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Jason Mraz are staging the Stand in Solidarity With Standing Rock show in Fort Yates, North Dakota, near the pipeline protests. The proceeds will go toward winterizing the protesters’ camp and providing legal aid for the dozens of people who’ve been thrown into crude, makeshift jails by local authorities. “I’ve been surprised by the dogs and the rubber bullets,” says Raitt. “I don’t think the people will stand for it.”

The proposed 1,172-mile crude-oil pipeline was originally supposed to go near the suburbs of Bismarck, the state capital, but it was moved to within a half-mile of Standing Rock, where residents lacked the political clout to stop it. Opponents of the pipeline argue that the Army Corps of Engineers broke the law by not preparing a full Environmental Impact Statement before allowing the project to go ahead. “Big surprise that the Army is in collusion with big business,” says Browne. “This echoes Wounded Knee and the massacres of the last century. It’s a continuation of the Indian Wars, and I think that it’s everybody’s fight.”

The movement’s main goal is to get President Obama to issue an order directing the Army to reroute the pipeline, if not cancel it outright. “But we’ve woken up to a world where Donald Trump will be taking the helm,” says Browne. “So how long do we really have?” Despite the odds working against them, Raitt is determined to keep up the fight. “I’m never going to give up,” she says. “We don’t have a choice. I mean, I like to breathe, drink water and live safely. Right now, the fight is on the ground.”


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Neil Young Celebrates 71st Birthday Performing at Standing Rock Protest Site

Singer performs for protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Neil Young celebrated his 71st birthday by visiting Standing Rock, site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, to perform for protestors. © C Flanigan/FilmMagic/Getty

By Daniel Kreps

Neil Young celebrated his 71st birthday with some activism Saturday as the singer visited Standing Rock, site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, to perform for those involved in the standoff.

“Got my birthday wish today, my girl took me to #StandWithStandingRock #WaterIsLife,” Young wrote on social media. “Those who damage Mother Earth, damage us all, forgive them, they don’t yet see.” Young also posted video of himself strolling through the crowd of protestors while strumming on his acoustic guitar and harmonica.

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In September, Young unveiled his new protest song “Indian Givers,” which takes aim at the proposed and controversial Dakota Access Pipeline that cuts through Native American land. The track will appear on Young’s upcoming LP Peace Trail.

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“History is being made right now,” Young recently told the Los Angeles Times of the DAPL protests. “The protesters are prepared to give up their lives, and unfortunately I think what it’s going to take for more people to pay attention is that somebody’s going to get killed.”

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On November 27th, Dave Matthews will perform a Washington, D.C. benefit concert in support of those protesting at Standing Rock. Matthews will be joined by Tim Reynolds, Neko Case, Ledisi and more at the Stand With Standing Rock gig at DAR Constitution Hall.

“How can we continue to allow oil money to dictate our environmental and social policies?” Matthews said in the statement. “The people of Standing Rock, and those who are supporting them, are standing up for their children and all of our children. We are letting the Dakota pipeline silence their voices. Not only are they desecrating sacred lands, but they also threaten to poison the Missouri River.”

All proceeds support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and supply resources and legal assistance to the “water protectors” fighting the pipeline.


Source: © Copyright Rolling Stone For more information, and to contribute, please visit the Standing Sioux Rock Tribe websites at www.standingrock.org and www.rezpectourwater.com
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