Sunday, December 7, 2008

Cowboys & Angels free benefit concert Dec. 13 fights American Indian domestic violence, teen suicide

December 15, 2008: "Cowboys and Angels": Third annual free northern Michigan benefit concert to battle domestic violence and teen suicides on one of the the poorest American Indian reservations in the U.S.

It was standing room only during the 2007 Cowboys and Angels benefit concert at the Falling Rock Café and Book Store in Munsing.

Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard, the non-profit Turtle Island Project director and a Munising pastor, played to a full house during the second annual free benefit concert.

The third annual free benefit concert will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2008 and include original songs by Hubbard and seasonal music. (Photos by Greg Peterson, non-profit Turtle Island Project)

(Munising, Michigan) - A free benefit concert to battle American Indian teen suicide and family violence will be held on December 13, 2008 in northern Michigan.

The non-profit Turtle Island Project (TIP) in Munising is organizing the third annual "Cowboys and Angels" concert 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.

Performing on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore at 104 East Munising Ave. in downtown Munising, Michigan will be Pastor Lynn Hubbard. The concert includes original songs written by Rev. Hubbard and traditional songs of the season.

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
Related websites:
White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, Inc.

Turtle Island Project main website

Turtle Island TV (blipTV)

Rosebud Tribe official website

email the non-profit Turtle Island Project