Valient Thorr vocalist Valient Himself has launched a crowdfunding campaign to aid those protesting the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The pipeline crosses sacred tribal lands belong to the Standing Rock Sioux, with the area becoming a flashpoint in recent months as protestors faced heavily militarised law enforcement officers, who deployed pepper spray, tear gas and rubber bullets.
In December, the Army Corps of Engineers reported they would not grant a permit for the pipeline to drill under the Missouri river and said they would instead look at alternative options. But US President Trump signed an executive order last month that would advance construction of the pipeline.
Now Himself has decided to do what he can to help those opposing the project.
He says in a statement: “In December when the outrage over the oil pipeline being built through the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s land was heating up, Valient Thorr was on tour in Europe. I said that if I was at home, I’d gather supplies and drive them up there myself.
“Then a wonderful thing happened. On December 4, the Army Corp of Engineers denied the permit to build a key section releasing tension that had built up over months of protest. However, we knew it wouldn’t be long until it started up again.”
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He adds: “Tired of just reposting articles, I’ve decided now that I’m back in the States to gather supplies and/or money to buy those needed supplies and drive them to the Water Protectors in North Dakota.
“I have no idea how long it will take to raise this money, or who will be willing to help in this endeavour, so I’m putting a month on here to try to make this goal happen. If I hit the goal faster, then I will act faster.”
He hopes $10,000 and, with 17 days remaining on the campaign, the total sits at more than $2500. For more, visit the campaign website.