“We are the river, and the river is us. We have no choice but to stand up.”
— LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Founder of the Sacred Stone Camp
Water Is Life (Mni Wičoni)
This song is inspired by and in tribute to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all the tribes, nations, native and non-native people coming together to protect the land and water threatened by the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The song came to me on my return from Standing Rock. That morning before leaving, a meadowlark was singing right outside my tent. “Be a lark from the meadow. Be a lark from this meadow,” I heard it sing. We, too, can be larks from the meadow. We, too, can sing in the new day.
You are welcome to use and share this song (for non-commercial use). I ask only that you do so in prayer and solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock and all corners of the globe! Please consider donating to STAND WITH STANDING ROCK or other funds supporting the effort. —ST
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