The singer is speaking out against the Dakota Access Pipeline
Neil Young has released a new song and music video protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The slow-building track is titled “Indian Givers,” and the music video shows protesters being confronted by armed police, spliced with footage of the 70-year-old singer, songwriter, and activist driving and singing in his car.
“There’s a battle raging on the sacred land/ Our brothers and sisters have to take a stand,” Young sings. “Against us now for what we all been doing/ On the sacred land there’s a battle brewing.”
Several Native American tribes are speaking out against the proposed oil pipeline — which would run some 1,170 miles through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois — citing potential negative effects on the local drinking water supply as well as other environmental concerns. On Sept. 9, the U.S. government temporarily blocked construction and said it would invite tribes to consult on the project.
Young joins a growing wave of celebrities who are publicly opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley, Susan Sarandon, Riley Keough, Pharrell Williams, Rosario Dawson, and the cast of the Justice League.
Hear “Indian Givers” and see the video above.