PIMA COUNTY, AZ ( Tucson News Now) - Members of the Tohono O'odham nation along with local water protectors, activists and artists are held a fundraising event Saturday, Dec. 10 for members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as the protest against the Dakota Access pipeline continues to widened out into a broader stand for Native American rights.
The event was held at the Exo Coffee Co. on 6th Avenue near downtown and brought out dozens of supporters, many of which donated anywhere between $5 to $100.
"We felt the pain that the people [of Standing Rock] were going through," said a performer at Saturday's event.
Speakers included several people who spent time in North Dakota as recently as Thanksgiving and said when they came back, they had an even bigger urge to do more.
"Love was all around you," said organizer Jason Aragon, who spent a few days in North Dakota. "The people are there, they're not protestors, they're protectors. Protectors are practicing prayer and ceremony and that's how they're using this to win. You can really make a big difference by caring for each other, protecting the earth, and that's really important."
All contributions collected were sent to various 'Stand with Standing Rock' online fundraisers.
For more information on how you can help with this cause, you're asked to contact Yadira Caballero at firstname.lastname@example.org, Jason Aragon at email@example.com or Amy Jorgensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.