Concert in support of Standing Rock to raise funds, awareness at The Mill

Unified Against DAPL Fundraiser Concert

The Mill — Saturday, Nov. 19 at 9 p.m.

Christine Nobliss and Jacki Rand stand wrapped in flags of native tribes on the Pentacrest. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. -- photo by Zak Neumann
Christine Nobliss and Jacki Rand stand wrapped in flags of native tribes on the Pentacrest. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Nobliss will speak at The Mill as part of an event in support of Standing Rock protesters. — photo by Zak Neumann

On Saturday, Nov. 19, a collection of area bands and speakers will converge on The Mill for the Unified Against DAPL fundraiser concert. The event aims to raise awareness and funds for the water protectors ensconced at Standing Rock in North Dakota and Mississippi Stand in Iowa.

The Dakota Access Pipe Line (DAPL) has been the source of significant controversy since its route was first proposed. Protesters have been holding their ground at sites in North Dakota for several months, and more recently at locations in Iowa. With the onset of winter imminent, financial assistance can help to send needed supplies to the ongoing protests.

The music on Saturday begins at 9 p.m. with Iowa City band Illinois John Fever. Sam Knutson follows at 10 p.m., with Cedar County Cobras at 11 p.m. and Seth Wegner finishing things off with a midnight set.

Speeches and calls to action will be interspersed throughout the evening. Members of Sage Sisters of Solidarity, a group of indigenous women from the Quad Cities formed in response to the #noDAPL movement, will be coming to town to participate. Christine Nobiss and Dawson Davenport of Indigenous Iowa will be the featured speakers.

According to Bob Hall, one of the event organizers, funds raised through the event will be split between Indigenous Iowa and Mississippi Stand, similar to an event held in October at the Trumpet Blossom. The next event, on Dec. 3, will feature indigenous music, and will specifically benefit Indigenous Iowa.

“This is an ages old struggle that has gained greater visibility through the gathering at Standing Rock and will most likely continue to gain momentum as it dovetails with other immediate and present social issues,” Hall said in an email.

The event is sponsored by Indigenous Iowa, climate change activists 100 Grannies Uniting for a Liveable Future and Johnson County Supervisor Mike Carberry. Admission is a $10 suggested donation.

Miriam Kashia, of 100 Grannies, has personally been out to Standing Rock three times.

“For my money,” she said in an email, “it’s the most important thing happening right now that impacts our climate crisis as well as the longstanding (500 years) oppression and colonization of the indigenous Native people in America. I’ve been arrested twice in Iowa fighting against the DAPL/Bakken pipeline here, and I think it’s important to tie the two movements together because it’s the same pipe, the same threat and struggle.”

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