Neil Young pens letter of support to pipeline protesters

29th Nov 16 | Entertainment News

Veteran rocker Neil Young has written an open letter in support of the protesters objecting to an oil pipeline planned for North and South Dakota.

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In September (16), the 71-year-old musician released the song Indian Givers, alongside a video including footage of recent protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and now he has penned a letter of support to the activists fighting the plans following America's Thanksgiving holiday.

In the message posted on Facebook, Neil blasts the story behind the holiday as false and connects it to what is going on at the protest site, which runs through the Standing Rock Native American reservation.

"Tales of a feast on Plymouth plantation in the Autumn of 1621, where of pilgrims from the Mayflower, celebrated the harvest, shared and broke bread with the first Americans are false," he writes. "They are still used as inspiration and shared with children, teaching them the beauty of gratitude."

"But it is now widely understood this Thanksgiving story is a fictional history," he continues. "It was invented to whitewash the vicious genocide wrought upon the native inhabitants of this magnificent continent. Not only did the Europeans try to eradicate native populations, but they made every effort to eviscerate their culture, their language and eliminate them from these coveted lands. From Plymouth Rock to Standing Rock, this lie has made our Thanksgiving Day a Day of Mourning for the First Nations, all the tribes big and small, those who came before us."

Neil visited the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota a few weeks ago and is now praising the protesters for their peaceful efforts to protect the land and water, while urging U.S. President Barack Obama to step in and help them.

"We are calling upon you, President Barack Obama, to step in and end the violence against the peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock immediately," he continues.

"We will be going back to support the water protectors again. Let us all stand with them in thanks, in appreciation for the ancient wisdom they carry."

Neil was also a prominent campaigner against the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, teaming up with Willie Nelson for the protest song Who's Gonna Stand Up? The pipeline's expansion has since been rejected.

He's not the only celebrity fighting with the activists - Shailene Woodley was arrested on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota in October (16), and she has since been charged with criminal trespass and engaging in a riot. She has pleaded not guilty to both counts.

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