Water Is Life

Benefit Concert
Saturday, October 8, 2016, 7pm

Artists Space Books & Talks
55 Walker Street

$10 Suggested Entrance Donation

On April 1st, a group of Native Americans gathered in prayer north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota and proceeded to encamp in the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,100 mile fracked-oil pipeline that is under construction at a cost of $3.8 billion. The pipeline would carry more than 400,000 barrels of crude oil daily from the Bakken and Three Forks production regions of North Dakota across 1,172 miles to Peoria, Illinois, destroying sacred land and endangering Standing Rock Sioux drinking water in the process. The Sacred Stone camp has grown into the largest Native gathering in over a century—with more than 200 Indigenous nations and thousands of Native and non-Native allies converging as water protectors, rather than protestors, in opposition to the pipeline.

As the camp has strengthened, and as the struggle has gained mainstream media attention, it has received increasingly violent response from Dakota Access LLP in conjunction with local and federal authorities, including arrests and the deployment of riot police against the non-violent water protectors. Yet the Sacred Stone camp continues to hold space, formulating a sophisticated combination of prayer, peaceful demonstration and direct action in resistance to the pipeline, and in spite of an imminent winter.

In solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the Sacred Stone camp, Harlem-based country/Native Americana artist Kandia Crazy Horse presents a circle of leading New York City country and roots music acts in concert to benefit the Standing Rock and to counter the attack on tribal sovereignty that the Dakota Access Pipeline represents. Mixing music, words and dancing, the concert will feature Ebony Hillbillies (Catawba), Alex Battles & The Whiskey Rebellion, Lonnie Harrington (Seminole), Morgan O’kane, a group of Taino dancers & drummers led by Luis Sanakori Ramos of Eagle & Condor Community Center, with emceeing from Tina Eagle Woman Johnson (Tsalagi).

All of the performers in Water Is Life and organizers from Decolonize This Place are committed to standing with the indigenous protectors at Standing Rock until the threat to their waters, sacred sites, and territories has ceased. We all need water to live; we cannot drink oil. mni wiconi. Water is life.

All proceeds from this event will go to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dakota Access Pipeline Donation Fund