Take A Stand
In October of 2016, Sihasin and the Jones Benally Family, Jess Klein and Mike June visited with Barbara K and Wolfgang Pracht of Sparrows Wheel in a small farming village in western Germany.
We decided to take a stand.
We decided to lend our music and our voices in solidarity with the people standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We launched a digital album project and called it Swimming In Blackwater. We intended to help raise awareness and funds for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Dakota Access Pipeline Fund.
In December of 2016, with a halt placed on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe called for people to leave the camps and go home.
Our project designed to support the people at the camps, were it to continue, would be in conflict with the Chairman's request for people to leave the camps.
In our hearts we knew the conflict was not over.
Many recording artists had begun expressing their interest in contributing, so we looked to see if there was another community organization whom we could support.
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, founder of the Camp of the Sacred Stones and owner of the land on which the camp was founded, initiated the nonviolent movement to protect the water of the Missouri River against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. She was quoted in the UK Guardian on the day the construction was halted: “We stand. We don’t move. We don’t go nowhere. We came to fight a black snake. Until it’s dead, we stand. That doesn’t mean put it five miles up the river. That means kill it dead.”
Jess Klein and Mike June generously offered their services to co-produce a digital album supporting the Camp Of The Sacred Stones. We honor their spirits and support their endeavors to protect the water for all people and all living beings.