The first Fountain Earth Initiative project – the annual Black Hills Unity Concert – was founded in 2014 as an international gathering to support the tribes of The Great Sioux Nation to reclaim their rightful homeland, the Black Hills of South Dakota.
The second Unity Concert returned to the Black Hills from 28th-30th August 2015, hosted at the Elk Creek Resort in Piedmont, South Dakota. The inspirational event featured dozens of internationally recognized musicians, Native American leaders and was attended by thousands of supporters from all over the globe. It also hosted community leaders from 12 Lakota, Dakota and Nakota reservations to present their solutions to current social and environmental challenges.
“We feel that we have a sacred obligation to our people to come together in unity,“ explained former Oglala Sioux Tribal President, Theresa Two Bulls, in the Unity Concert’s innaugural year. “We put forth sacred intentions to help our Great Sioux Nation understand these grounds are beautiful and sacred and they are not for sale. We have to prioritize this for the sake of the face we cannot see yet and for all living and breathing on Unci Maka.“
The Unity Concerts are building a bridge between the sacred sites of the Black Hills and all people worldwide in support of the Earth. They are also a platform for a variety of social and political issues to be voiced.
Expanding on it success in 2014, this year’s Unity Concert featured award-winning indigenous and non-indigenous musicians such as Frank Waln, Ulali, Keith Secola, Scatter Their Own, Supaman, Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul & Mary, Cody Blackbird, Darren Thompson, Bethany & Rufus, and many others. In addition to the musical evening entertainment, there were workshops, presentations and ceremonies allowing attendees a rare opportunity to gather information and learn from local indigenous leaders and various tribes throughout the United States who celbrate the Black Hills as sacred.
“Our elders have advised us to remind people, through example, what the Black Hills were for,“ said the Unity Concert‘s lead organizer Lyla Johnston. “In ancestral times, nobody lived there, they were only visited in times of prayer. They were a place to set aside our differences and pray for all our relations. Reconciling divided cultures and finding a solution to the Black Hills issue lies at the heart of the concert, but it‘s much more than that. It‘s a place for people to bring their minds together and pray for solutions to the social, environmental and indigenous issues that we face today.”
The Black Hills Unity Concerts are free and open to the public. For more information and updates for the 2016 Concert, visit www.theblackhillsarenotforsale.org.
Unity Concert videos:
Unity Concert Promo
Unity Concert 2015
For more videos visit The Unity Concert Youtube Video Channel