Published March 22, 2017
DENVER – Family and supporters of Red Fawn Fallis are hosting an art auction fundraiser on Friday, March 27 from 7 pm to 10 pm at the Corazon Gallery during the weekend of the annual Denver March Powwow. The art auction will feature renowned artists, musicians, appearances by the International Indigenous Youth Council and leaders of the Water is Life movement.
Red Fawn Fallis was originally arrested near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on Thursday, October 27 along with 140 others when law enforcement forcibly removed water protectors encamped on treaty land in the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline. She was initially charged with attempted murder of a police officer by the State of North Dakota, but now faces separate Federal felony charges of civil disorder, discharging a firearm in relation to a felony crime of violence, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
If convicted of discharging a firearm, she faces a minimum of 10 years in in federal prison.
“Red Fawn stood for us when we could not,” expressed SunRose Ironshell, Art Auction Organizer and relative of Red Fawn. “Our sister went out for a direct action and never came back. Many people, including artists, are stepping up to support Red Fawn and we invite the public for a special night of visual revolution while honoring our sister.”
Intended on raising funds for her defense, the fundraiser is an opportunity for people to come together to honor and remember Red Fawn and the sacrifices she’s made in her support to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Hip-hop musicians and activist Nataanii Means and Wiyaka Foster will perform throughout the evening along with appearances by the Red Warriors of Standing Rock and Red Fawn’s family. Renowned Blackfoot ledger artist John Pepion created and donated a piece he titled “Lakota Warrior Woman 2017” depicting Red Fawn as a warrior woman.
“We are hosting the art auction to show the community how much Red Fawn means to us,” said Loma Cleveland, Art Auction Organizer and Red Fawn’s younger sister. “She is dearly missed and would like to share with the world that we are still fighting for her freedom and justice.”
The art auction will be one of the first events hosted by Red Fawn’s family in her hometown of Denver, Colorado with several more being planned in the future. For more information please visit the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/267729293665216/?__mref=mb. Those wishing to contribute to her defense may do so at https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/free-red-fawn or may purchase a Free Red Fawn T-shirt with 100% proceeds going to her family at https://shalomclothing.com/free-red-fawn.
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