Saving the Planet, Indigenous Rights and Standing Rock
Thursday, April 20, 3 pm, Student Activities Center, Sidney Gelber Auditorium
The Roadshow of Resistance is a traveling revue of environmental activism advocating for the rights of Indigenous People. It features music by singer-songwriter Casey Neill and Diné/Cheyenne hip-hop artist Lyla June Johnston. It will also include speeches by Cheryl Angel, a Lakota elder fighting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, and Brytnee Laurette with the Center for Biological Diversity. It is a powerful opportunity to join a growing movement of resistance to attacks on our environment from the threat of climate change, species extinction, and pipeline expansions.
Lyla June Johnston is a descendant of Diné (Navajo) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) lineages. She is a musician, public speaker and internationally recognized performance poet. She is a co-founder of The Taos Peace and Reconciliation Council, which works to heal intergenerational trauma and ethnic division in northern New Mexico. She is a walker within the Nihigaal Bee Iiná Movement, a 1,000-mile prayer walk through Diné Tah (the Navajo homeland) that is exposing the exploitation of Diné land and people by mining industries. She was the lead organizer of the Black Hills Unity Concert to support protestors at Standing Rock.
Casey Neill is a songwriter from Portland, Oregon, performing high-energy indie folk. His songs are narratives of American life and anthems for social change.
Cheryl Angel is a Lakota elder from the Sicangu tribe in South Dakota. Cheryl is a lifelong water protector helping to stop the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines at Standing Rock.
This event is part of the Provost’s Lecture series and is co-sponsored by Earthstock, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Department of History, Humanities Institute, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Sustainability Program.
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