WASHINGTON D.C. (CelebrityAccess) — While the Dave Matthews Band may be on hiatus, Dave Matthews himself is keeping busy and his latest endeavor is supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their controversial protest against the Dakota Pipeline.
Matthews announced that he'll be staging the “Stand With Standing Rock” benefit concert at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC on November 27th. Matthews will be performing at the event, with further artists to be announced soon.
A portion of the proceeds from the concert will help to fund supplies, legal assistance, and any other needs for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies in the protest. The tribe claims that the pipeline construction threatens only water supply for the Standing Rock Reservation and have constructed a camp which they have occupied since April to block the construction project.
“How can we continue to allow oil money to dictate our environmental and social policies? The people of Standing Rock, and those who are supporting them, are standing up for their children and all of our children,” said Dave Matthews in a statement. “We are letting the Dakota pipeline silence their voices. Not only are they desecrating sacred lands, but they also threaten to poison the Missouri River.”
“Stand With Standing Rock” will raise funds for supplies, legal assistance, and any other needs to the “water protectors” who have been occupying an area near the pipeline since April. The benefit also includes grassroots efforts in Washington, DC on the following Monday, November 28th. – Staff Writers