Concerts and Tours
Since 1993, Honor the Earth has worked with the Grammy Award winning Indigo Girls and a host of Native musicians, including Indigenous, Ulali, John Trudell and Keith Secola and the Wild Band of Indians. These tours have raised significant funds and awareness for grassroots Native environmental projects.
In May, Honor the Earth joined with Savory Thymes, a local, organic catering company that hosts events held at the home of Hans Schoepflin in Mill Valley, California, to organize a unique event featuring Winona LaDuke and Indigo Girls. The event raised funds for our Grant-Making program.
In May, Honor the Earth hosted Indigo Girls concerts in Shiprock, New Mexico and Flagstaff, Arizona to build support for a transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy on the Navajo Reservation. The concerts specifically supported groups opposing the proposed 1,500 megawatt Desert Rock coal plant in the Four Corners area and groups participating in the Just Transition Coalition to seek energy justice in the Black Mesa region.
In September, Honor the Earth and Indigo Girls went to Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina to speak out against the U.S. nuclear revival and to raise funds for our wind initiative on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
In October, Honor the Earth and Indigo Girls visited Salt Lake City, Utah to call for renewed resistance to a nuclear waste storage facility on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation.
In April, Honor the Earth hosted a speaking tour with the theme “Wind Not War” featuring Winona LaDuke, Native activists, and the Indigo Girls. This format allowed more substantive information to be presented and resulted in increased engagement by the audience. Later in the year, the Indigo Girls co-headlined an Honor the Earth benefit concert with the Dixie Chicks and Ben Folds.
In August, Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett gave a concert in Duluth that raised money for Honor the Earth and the White Earth Land Recovery Project. In December, the Indigo Girls and Aimee Mann kicked off Honor the Earth’s Energy Justice Campaign with a concert in Boston.
On the first half of the tour the Indigo Girls, Joan Baez, and Bonnie Raitt toured through Montana to raise awareness about the “Get Out the Indian Vote-Save the Yellowstone Buffalo” campaign. In partnership with local grassroots groups, we successfully registered and mobilized Indian voters all across the state. Throughout the rest of the tour, a mix of artists including Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Shawn Mullins, and others toured with the Indigo Girls and Honor the Earth to protest unjust energy policies in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Honor the Earth toured along the East Coast to raise awareness about the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, a federal proposal to store radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain, in sacred Western Shoshone territory. President Clinton vetoed the bill early in 1998, but in 2002 Yucca Mountain was eventually approved as a nuclear storage site.
In cooperation with Daemon Records, Honor the Earth released Honor, a benefit CD, featuring 20 artists including Bonnie Raitt, Matthew Sweet, Ulali, Indigenous, John Trudell, Indigo Girls and Rusted Root. Click on the link to view promotional materials and to hear the artists speak about Honor the Earth and their environmental commitment.
This year, the Indigo Girls toured with us for a month with a total of 21 stops through the states of Alaska, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Manitoba, Canada.
The first Honor the Earth tour with the Indigo Girls stopped in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa and focused on secret radioactive waste dumping on Inupiat land in Point Hope, Alaska.