JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – On Thursday, the Willow Tree Coffeehouse hosted an event to help benefit the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in the quest to keep the Dakota Access pipeline from being built in North Dakota.
Organizers said the people protesting that pipeline has an “indigenous right” to that land and say of the pipeline is built it will harm the environment and contaminate the drinking water.
There was a silent auction featuring items from local artist and businesses. Organizers said all of the proceeds from the event will go to the tribes at the rally in North Dakota for legal fees and the materials they need during this protest such as food and shelter.
Event Organizer Shae Keane said, “All of the proceeds from tonight’s event, the art the music everything, all of the donation that’s sitting around, all of that will go straight to the standing rock water protectors.”
Members of the Cherokee Nation were scheduled to speak about the importance of the tribe’s right to the lands at 7pm and the night was set to end with a musical performance by The Comet Conductors.
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