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Musician, Artist, and Teacher, Sara Thomsen, who was inspired by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all the tribes, nations, people coming together to protect the water, wrote "Water Is Life - Mni Wičoni" (Song for Standing Rock).



Water Is Life - Mni Wičoni by Sara Thomsen

This song is inspired by and in tribute to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all the tribes, nations, native and non-native people coming together to protect the land and water threatened by the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The song came to me on my return from Standing Rock. That morning before leaving, a meadowlark was singing right outside my tent. "Be a lark from the meadow. Be a lark from this meadow," I heard it sing.  We, too, can be larks from the meadow. We, too, can sing in the new day.

You are welcome to use and share this song (for non-commercial use). I ask only that you do so in prayer and solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock and all corners of the globe! Please consider donating to OCETI SAKOWIN CAMP,  STAND WITH STANDING ROCK or other funds supporting the effort.  —ST

The chorus contains two Lakota phrases:
Mni wičoni (mini we-cho-nee) —“Water is life.”
Mitakuye Oyasin (mee-tah-koo-yeh o-yah-seen)—“All My Relations”

“We are the river, and the river is us. We have no choice but to stand up.”

— LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Founder of Sacred Stone Camp
Quote from article in Yes! Magazine

For updates on what’s happening and ways to be in solidarity visit:

Additional Resources are available for teachers/musicians who want to create alternative lesson plans for ecological, spiritual, musical topics. Go to the Echoes of Peace website for sheet music, audio tracks, harmonies, and methodologies. [ ]

The main site is also very helpful resource and great "conversation starter."