Neil Young spent his 71st birthday performing for Standing Rock Reservation protesters — watch

Folk icon spends his bday supporting opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline

Photo by Lior Phillips

Since April of this year, Native American tribes and sympathizers have been protesting the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline over potential damage to their land and environmental safety. Thanks to the results of this past Tuesday’s election, that threat has never been greater. Perhaps that’s why the movement’s most vocal celebrity supporter, Neil Young, chose to spend his 71st birthday perform for the protesters.

Young, whose recent song “Indian Givers” is about the pipeline, walked amongst the camps at the Standing Rock Reservation with his guitar and harmonica in hand. In a video the folk icon posted to Facebook, he wrote, “Got my birthday wish today, my girl took me to #StandWithStandingRock.”

Check out clips of Young playing for the protesters below.


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