Earth Initiatives : The Black Hills Unity Concert
Unity Concert’s debut event with LNI is set for December 12-15, 2018
at the Rapid City Civic Center in Rapid City South Dakota.
Dear friends and supporters,
It is my absolute pleasure to share the progress we’ve made with the new direction of the Black Hills Unity Concert! Your prayers and support have been felt, appreciated and been immensely helpful as we walk down this new and exciting path. With the warmest affections and appreciation from the Black Hills Unity Concert and First Families Now (our South Dakota based 501c3 fiscal sponsor), THANK YOU!!
We appreciate and look forward to your continued support as we help to guide the Black Hills Unity Concert into the future.
With Love and Gratitude,
***BLACK HILLS UNITY CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT***
Since our last event in September 2017, the Black Hills Unity Concert has been in the process of a complete makeover from the structural level on up to the events we host. With our stated mission of Unity from the founding 4 years fully planted, we have turned our attention and efforts towards the future of our prayer, which calls for unity and peace amongst all nations, as we stand up for the Earth and Her Sacred Sites.
Our coordinating team has spent several months laying the groundwork to expand our platform from a single, three-day musical, cultural and educational event into a year-round organization with aspirations of making real, tangible differences in the communities we pledge to uplift.
New Mission – Shared Vision
Three organizations come together with a shared vision for Indigenous Youth. We are very pleased to announce a collaboration between the BHUC and Lakota Nation Invitational.
LNI originated after the occupation at Wounded Knee in 1973 as a place where Native youth could gather for games and healthy competition. Facing racial discrimination and marginalization, Lakota leaders wanted a platform to foster connections between youth and LNI was born.
Our shared vision with LNI is to focus on culturally relevant lifestyles for youth and develop youth centric communications based on popular social media platforms to provide a forum to freely discuss current lifestyle issues and information. There will be emphasis on age centric peer to peer network that permits Indigenous Youth to freely discuss and promote topics that are relevant to one another.
Our Debut Event – December 2018
Unity Concert’s debut event with LNI is set for December 12-15, 2018 at the Rapid City Civic Center in Rapid City South Dakota. This is LNI’s largest gathering of the year! The Invitational historically consists of several events including: tournaments in basketball, wrestling, cheerleading, Hand Games, art, Knowledge Bowl and competitions in Lakota Language Knowledge Bowls, storytelling and business as well as a student/youth art show.
With a combined Internet reach of nearly 100,000 followers and averaging 4,000 plus attendees per event day, Unity Concert’s part will be to work with The Tanka Fund help to round-out and enhance the LNI event by offering entertainment, internet cafe, online store and other web-based services for public use and more.
Looking Forward – The Future of Unity
In addition to the exciting partnerships between Unity and LNI, the Black Hills Unity Concert will continue to host our summertime gatherings in the Black Hills. Look for new and updated information on our webpage as it becomes available.
Founded in 2014, The Black Hills Unity Concert promotes a greater understanding of indigenous peoples among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaskan Native peoples and rights.
We pray for a resolution to this issue — bringing together Indigenous Nations with those on the right side of justice to return the guardianship of the Black Hills to the Great Sioux Nation.
The Black Hills Unity Concert is a gathering of members of the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation, also called the Great Sioux Nation), artists, performers and concerned global citizens committed to educating and raising support for the Black Hills Initiative. Its organizers and participants believe that the only way for the United States of America to be truly great is to honor its word. Honor the treaties. Join us in healing the Heart of a Nation by restoring the guardianship of the Black Hills to the Great Sioux Nation.
The Black Hills Unity Concert is free and open to the public. For more information on the Black Hills Unity Concert including venue location, schedule of events, list of performers and lodging please visit theunityconcert.com
Black Hills Unity Concert 2017
Black Hills Unity Concert honors #NoDAPL participants. By Richie Richards – Native Sun News Today Correspondent- PIEDMONT. Festival honors Standing Rock water protector .
The Black Hills Unity Concert honored several invited guests for their various contributions to tribal nations, community leadership and environmental activism. Among those being honored were the Water Protectors of Standing Rock.
Elders sign proclamation for indigenous rights, closing the fourth annual Unity Concert to support the Black Hills Initiative.
Time expires on Black Hills payment to tribes: Legislation needed Indigenous rights leaders proclaim: U.N. declaration guides sacred land security
By Talli Nauman- Native Sun News Today – Health & Environment Editor. Elders sign proclamation for indigenous rights, closing the fourth annual Unity Concert to support the Black Hills Initiative. The Sept 10 signing here of an elders’ proclamation for indigenous rights culminated the fourth annual Unity Concert to support the Black Hills Initiative.
Photos from the Unity Concert 2017. Credit: David Braun
Click the links below to see the photos albums!!
Purpose: Black Hills Initiative ~ Fountain – Paha Sapa Alliance
If you would prefer to donate by mail, send your tax-deductible donation to:
Return the Black Hills
The Center for Sacred Studies
PO Box 2904
Guerneville, CA 95446
Your donations support a common prayer for peace and unity !