Amy, Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth & Emily
Dear Community of friends, fans, and activists:
It has been brought to our attention that The Cherokee Creek Music Festival, a festival Indigo Girls have played twice, is owned and operated by Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the same company linked to the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We also performed on an album affiliated with Music Road Records, another company owned by Mr. Warren. This was a terrible oversight on our part, as we did not make the connection between Mr. Warren and the destructive company he runs. We will not play the festival again, and our attention has been and will continue to focus on fully supporting the effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Indigo Girls stand with Standing Rock, the Standing Rock Sioux, their friends and allies in protecting their sacred land and water by stopping the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and all pipelines that carry dirty oil and threaten massive ecosystems.
We appeal to Mr. Warren to listen to the Native voices. We also encourage fellow musicians that have played the Cherokee Creek Music Festival to join us in our appeal to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Our unwavering support of Native peoples in their struggles for environmental justice has been steadfast for decades. In 1993 we co-founded Honor the Earth with Winona LaDuke with the goal of creating awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. We will continue to proudly support this work. For more information, please follow Honor the Earth, at honorearth.org. and on social media.