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Standing strong for water

On Friday, Dec. 9, roughly 100 artists from across the region are coming together raise funds to benefit the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. The event, "Standing Strong for Our Precious Water," will be hosted by the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) in the American Indian Center, 202 W. Second St.

It will begin with the public art opening at 5 p.m., followed by a concert featuring performances by musicians Keith Secola, Annie Humphrey, Lyz Jaakola, Richie Townsend, Jake Vainio and others at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and there is a suggested $10 donation to attend. A light, traditional meal will be provided.

The call for artwork related to the #NoDAPL Movement, Standing Rock, or the sacredness of water will be open until Dec. 1.

For the first time in over 200 years, all the native tribes in the United States have come together, standing strong with the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota and advocating on behalf of human rights and the safety and sacredness of our shared water supply. Aside from motivating thousands of people to camp on site and march in solidarity with the water protectors, the movement to resist the Dakota Access Pipeline has also been a source of inspiration for artists across Indian Country.

Noteworthy artists who will contribute include Janet McTavish, Jeff Savage, Steve Premo, Karen Savage-Blue, Carolyn Sue Olson, Ivy Vainio, Jonathan Thunder, Martin DeWitt, Leah Yellowbird and Carl Gawboy.

"We will be honoring the current events at Standing Rock and raising money for the camp," said Wendy Savage, a Fond du Lac enrollee and curator of the exhibit. "It is humanity coming together for our most precious resource: water."