Black Hills Unity Gathering Fundraiser


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The Fort Collins branch of The Black Hills Unity Initiative is hosting a fundraiser for the 2017 Black Hills Unity Concert in Piedmont, South Dakota. This event is meant to illuminate and raise awareness about indigenous people’s land and rights as well as how the community can support indigenous communities. Performances, a silent auction, and poetry readings will take place throughout the event.

The Black Hills Unity Concert: A free, weekend-long gathering in Piedmont, South Dakota where natives and non-native individuals come together in prayer. Attendees are encouraged to partake in workshops during the day and enjoy music during the evenings while learning more about Native American cultures. Elders and leaders within the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota Nations meet to discusses the reclamation of portions of the Sacred Black Hills. The concert hosts many indigenous artists, as well as their supporters, for a weekend of sharing, reconciliation, and community.


Lois and the Lantern is a zesty non-denominational Colorado string band made up of 4 bad ass chicks: Saja Butler (banjo, guitar, ukulele and vocals), Theresa Brodzinski (guitar, harmonica, banjo, trumpet, vocals), Tara Lynne Sparks (bass), and Mary Merritt (mandolin, vocals). The four ladies met at a monthly women’s musical gathering, where they soon discovered a natural connection in music (and whiskey). Lois and the Lantern has a diverse musical palette, which sparks them to constantly write originals that fuse multiple genres such as bluegrass, blues, folk, rock, punk, pop and more.

The Cody Blackbird Band has been named the top Native American Band of 2016. Cody has found his calling as a musician and has had worldwide success especially with his band the Cody Blackbird Band as they have recently received attention and praise from pop sensation Mike Posner and the Steve Miller Band’s Kenny Lee Lewis as well as Kris Kristofferson and others. Blending the old with the new, Cody merges the Native American flute with powerful vocals into contemporary blues rock sounds. The band carries a message of finding purpose and pursuing one’s life goals in a positive manner to reflect change in one’s self and thus their community and abroad, as well as stressing the importance of keeping culture alive in music. 
Lyla June

Lyla June Johnston is a poet, musician and public speaker of Diné (Navajo) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) lineages. She uses music and spoken word to inspire indigenous peoples around the world and to raise award through prayer.

Sage Trudell