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The Las Cruces Sun-News, which is part of the USA Today Network, recently highlighted the efforts of Joy Harjo to support members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they protested a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota.

Harjo, an acclaimed poet, author, musician, and a professor of English and Chair of Excellence, joined other Native American artists on a new project that supports the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Proceeds from the “Water is Life” song will go toward a legal defense fund of the protesters who say they are fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline to protect the water and land of residents. Read the story online.