Jamie Henn Jamie Henn, April 25, 2014

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Cowboy and Indian Alliance Will Present a Painted Tipi to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as a Gift to President Obama

Washington, DC — Thousands of people, including legendary musician Neil Young and actress Daryl Hannah, will join a mass procession against the Keystone XL pipeline on the National Mall tomorrow.

The ceremonial walk includes the presentation of a hand-painted tipi to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as a gift to President Obama. The tipi represents the Cowboy and Indian Alliance’s hopes for protected land and clean water. The formal name of the tipi is Awe Kooda Bilaxpak Kuuxshish and Oyate Wookiye, both names given to President Obama by the Crow & Lakota Nations, respectively.

The procession will be the culminating event of Reject and Protect, a week-long encampment organized by the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, a group of farmers, ranchers and Native American tribes united against Keystone XL and further tar sands expansion.

Where: The National Mall between 9th and 12th, in front of the Red Castle and the Smithsonian National History Museum.

When: Saturday, April 26th

9:30am: Painting of the Obama tipi, the public is invited to add their thumbprints to the canvass.
10:30am: Informal press conference with Neil Young, Daryl Hannah, and Cowboy and Indian Alliance members at the Reject and Protect tipis.
11:00am: Rally begins with speakers from a stage on the National Mall.
12:15pm: Ceremonial walk to the Museum of the American Indian begins.
1:00pm: Presentation of the Obama tipi to Smithsonian Representatives
1:45pm: Ceremonial walk returns to the encampment, music performance by Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln
2:15pm: Closing speakers and end of event.

Location and Procession Route

The rally will take place at the encampment between 9th and 12th. on the National Mall. The procession will start on Jefferson Dr. SW, make a right on 7th where we’ll meet the horses, left on Independence Ave., then left on Maryland, which takes it by the entrance to the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), where the delivery of the Obama tipi will take place. Then the march will go left on 3rd, left on Pennsylvania, left on Constitution, left on 7th back into the mall, and then right on Madison Dr. and back to the tipi camp.


Jamie Henn, jamie@350.org, 415-601-9337
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