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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,
Liz Tiger
BHUC Hospitality


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.

Building teams and coordinating for Unity 2018 and beyond!!

Hello everyone!!

Just a note to let everyone know we are building teams and coordinating for Unity 2018 and beyond!! All of you have helped to get Unity to where we are today and my hope is to continue all of our work long in to the future.
We are currently looking for volunteer team leads as well as input on this year’s content.

Opportunities include (but aren’t limited to):
Assistance with fundraising expertise:
-has experience in fundraising
-is willing and capable of assisting with the organization of fundraising events (ex. smaller satellite concerts)
-can work with the existing grant writers to help coordinate all fundraising efforts

Workshop Coordinator:
-is earth conscious
-has knowledge of the importance of the cultural resurgence occurring with indigenous knowledge world-wide as well as Turtle Island.
-Is acquainted with the work happening in regards to cultural and environmental awareness.
-Ideally has some background with the education of others

Youth Volunteer Coordinator:
-someone with strong leadership skills who is passionate about giving the youth a platform, voice and direction.
-Able to help find appropriate volunteer roles for youth within the coordination of overall event
-Understands the challenges facing the youth of today
-Has connections with youth-led organizations

Transportation Coordinator:
-Reliable and fun-loving individual who can transport guests back and forth from the airport as well as on the event grounds
-Can build and organize a team to assist.
-Must have great organizational skills and a clean driving record
-Will work with production and green room in regards to performance schedules.

Guest Welcome Coordinator:
-creates a team to greet the general public at the gates
-has knowledge of the event set-up and offerings (ex. workshop schedule, concert schedule, camping areas) and can help inform guests
-keeps a general tally of numbers including:
  *number of campers vs. day trippers
  *number of concert attendees, etc.
-Assists the Hospitality team with regards to welcoming performers and honored guests.

We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to help with the operations of the event itself. If you feel a lead coordination role is not what you’re looking for but still want to contribute your time, please let us know!  There is always room for helpers 🙂

If you have any questions and/or are interested in joining Team Unity, feel encouraged to message me directly, message the Unity Concert Facebook page or respond to this email.

I’m excited to get to work with all of you!

Liz Tiger
BHUC Hospitality Coordinator

On Facebook and Messenger as: Elizabeth Tiger
**ALSO** feel free to message the Black Hills Unity Concert Facebook page

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.

Black Hills Unity Concert 2016 . Credits : Matt Kelly, boonieadjacent.com

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



Unity Concert attendees honor the brave men and women from the Standing Rock movement. Photo by Richie Richards

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.

 Full Story here >

Elders sign proclamation for indigenous rights, closing the fourth annual Unity Concert to support the Black Hills Initiative.


Black Hills Unity Concert 2017 . Credits :  David Braun

Black Hills Unity Concert 2017 . Credits :  David Braun

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.

> Full Story

>> Proclamation for indigenous rights here !!!<<

Photos from the Unity Concert 2017. Credit: David Braun

Click the links below to see the photos albums!!


David Braun



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 !

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