Nataanii Means Is Continuing The #NoDAPL Fight Through Music

The Voice of Water: Wake Up The World Tour will bring together musicians from Standing Rock in the hopes of spreading inspiration and healing.Nataanii Means, an Oglala Sioux and Navajo hip-hop artist and activist, dedicated his life to the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. In August, he dropped everything to live on the frontlines in Cannonball, North Dakota, where

he helped maintain the prayer camps housing thousands of water protectors and indigenous allies, demonstrated at construction sites with nonviolent direct actions against armed police, and used his platform as an artist to document and broadcast Standing Rock’s struggles. “It’s been kind of hard, but it definitely has woken up the world to [indigenous issues],” the thoughtful 25-year-old tells me over the phone. After the fraught forced eviction of the Oceti Sakowin camp in February, Means looked to other forms of resistance. He began performing with a group of indigenous musicians brought together at Standing Rock.

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