Northern Michigan residents give generously during the Dec. 13, 2008 Cowboys & Angels free benefit concert to help fight American Indian domestic violence, teen suicide
“Cowboys and Angels”: Third annual free northern Michigan benefit concert a success in effort to battle domestic violence and teen suicides on one of the the poorest American Indian reservations in the U.S.
(Munising, Michigan) – Northern Michigan residents helped fight American Indian teen suicide and family violence during December 13 third annual free benefit concert in northern Michigan.
The non-profit Turtle Island Project (TIP) in Munising organized the third annual “Cowboys and Angels” concert that was held to benefit the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society (WBCWS) in Mission, South Dakota the first Native American domestic violence shelter in the world.
The WBCWS battles domestic violence, sexual assault and an alarming increase in teen suicides on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, the home of the Sicangu Lakota people.
Poverty, depression, a lack of jobs, drugs, alcohol and other social problems are among the reasons behind Rosebud suicides and family violence.
Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard performed original songs and seasonal music during the concert on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore at 104 East Munising Ave. in downtown Munising
The WBCWS was founded 30 years ago by a group of courageous Native American women including current executive director Tillie Black Bear.
“The White Buffalo Calf Woman’s Society and its domestic violence shelter are vital to address social issues like teen suicide and domestic violence on the Rosebud reservation,” said Dr. Hubbard, pastor of the Eden on the Bay Lutheran Church in Munising, MI. “Women and children are treated with dignity.”
“The Rosebud Reservation has been described as a Third World Country in America’s heartland,” Hubbard said. “Social problems on the Rosebud can sometimes seem overwhelming but the answer starts with a person donating money or volunteering their time and praying for the people.
The TIP has organized numerous free benefit concerts in the U.P. and SD for the WBCWS including two by Iron County-based folk groups, White Water and Duo Borealis.
For more information call 906-202-0590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 227
Call Tillie Black Bear, co-founder & director of the WBCWS:
Turtle Island Project
Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard, Director/Co-founder
137 East Onota Street