Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:30PM.
Dwaine Perry–Vietnam Veteran and Chief of the Ramapough Lenape Nation & Water Protector
Dwaine Perry, Vietnam war Veteran and Chief of the Ramapough Lenape Nation, has been an advocate of social justice and indigenous rights for over 40 years. Chief Perry is currently leading the fight to protect the last piece of Ramapough-owned ceremonial land, “Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp,” which has become a contentious issue since the tribe erected teepees in solidarity with Standing Rock and all who resist the black snake.
Two Clouds–Tribe Member of the Ramapough Lenape Nation & Water Protector
Two Clouds is a Ramapough Lenape tribal member and full-time water protector at Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp. With a deep passion for preserving the language and history of his tribe, Two Clouds is especially focused on indigenous sovereignty and the fight against the Pilgrim Pipeline that threatens New York and New Jersey waters.
Rachel Marco-Havens–Community Activator, Center For Earth Ethics Advisor & Wittenberg Center United Nations Representative
Rachel Marco-Havens is a multiplatform “solutionary” artist, community activator, and storyteller. She works to bridge the intersections within the environmental, social and spiritual justice movements in her own region and beyond.
Rachel is an advisor for the Center For Earth Ethics and a United Nations Representative for Wittenberg Center focusing on Indigenous and Environmental issues. Fostering the expansion of young leaders wherever she travels, she works alongside an incredible cohort of water protectors up and down the Hudson Valley.
Shannon Rothenberger Flynn (Ojibwe) is an author, educator and water protector from Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Shannon Rothenberger Flynn, “Giizis Mkwa,” from Grand Forks, North Dakota, is an author and educator whose latest co-authored book is Native American Almanac: More Than 50,000 Years of the Cultures and Histories of Indigenous Peoples (Visible Ink Press, 2016). Twice in 2016, she camped at Standing Rock supporting water Protectors at Oceti Sakowin. Shannon performs stories, songs and water ceremonies around the Hudson Valley, most recently at the Clearwater festival’s “Standing Rock on the Hudson” stage (2017). She is of Ojibwe and Bear Clan descent.
James Spione, Co–Director of AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock
James Spione’s previous film, the national security whistleblower documentary “Silenced,” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast around the world; the film was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2016. Mr. Spione has directed numerous other nonfiction films including the Academy Award-nominated “Incident in New Baghdad,” and a documentary about the fate of his family’s fifth generation homestead in upstate New York, “American Farm.” He has also written and directed a number of fiction films; perhaps best known is the eerie Sundance favorite “Garden,” a suspenseful drama starring Oscar winner Melissa Leo.