Message from Chandler Davis
Send Dorothy to Standing Rock
The efforts of members of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from crossing sacred lands and passing under the Missouri River, on which their reservation depends for its water, has only recently captured the notice of the major news media, but it has been going on since April and it has been described as the largest gathering of Native American tribes since the buffalo were roaming the plains.
Members of the Lincoln County-based Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, have traveled to North Dakota to join the thousands of Native Americans from some 250 tribes who gathered at the massive encampment near the reservation this summer. Another prominent Lincoln County Native American leader is planning to travel to North Dakota to join the effort later this month.
Tribal elder, spiritual leader, and well-known author Dorothy Blackcrow Mack from Lincoln City — who is member of the Lakota Nation — has said that she plans to join the Water Protectors (as they prefer to be called) to offer support and inspiration at their winter encampment.
A fundraiser to help defray some of her expenses will take place on Saturday, November 12, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., at Ocean Unity Church, 834 SW Lee Street, in Newport.
The Thunder & Lightness Ensemble will present multicultural traditional and indigenous rhythms featuring Terry Filer (a member of the Osage nation) on the Native American flutes, along with Chandler Davis and Skip Floraday on the drums. Dorothy Blackcrow Mack will discuss her planned journey and offer Lakota stories, songs and drumming. Davis, who is the leader of the Newport Community Drum Circle, will offer an all ages participatory drumming segment near the end of the evening to bring the audience together.
The event is open to all (suggested donation, $10) and there will also be baked goods for sale and a silent auction. Contact Marion Warfield, at firstname.lastname@example.org (347-522-7679) or Chandler Davis, at email@example.com (541-272-4615) for further information.
Thanks, as always!
And a group of Yachatsians showed their solidarity with the Standing Rock protesting tribes in North Dakota.