lifeblood: listlogs: 2007-055


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date:    Wed, 9 may 2007 15:19:33 +1000
from:    sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: durango herald article

hi folks,

here's an article from the durango herald - online at
http://durangoherald.com/asp-bin/printable_article_generation.asp?article_pa=
th=3d/
arts_entertainment/ae070508_1.htm ...

-sherlyn

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indigo girls to sing out against desert rock
musicians oppose power-plant plan

may 8, 2007
by amy maestas | herald staff Writer

contemporary folk/acoustic rock duo the indigo girls famously said years ago=

that they are activists first and musicians second. their words have trailed=

them since that declaration, and emily saliers and amy ray have lived that
attitude.

on may 21 in shiprock, n.m., the indigo girls will be throwing their=
activist
support behind the proposed desert rock energy facility, a coal-fired power=

plant slated to be built on the navajo nation 25 miles southwest of=
farmington.
ray and saliers will perform a benefit concert called honor the earth. the
intent is to lend support to grass-roots american indian groups working to
prevent the building of desert rock.

honor the earth is a national environmental-awareness group that takes on a=

range of causes for the country's american indian population. headed by=
two-time
green party vice-presidential candidate Winona laduke, the group, which=
formed
in 1993, has become involved in the desert rock issue as a way to support=
the
segment of the navajo nation that opposes the plant and also to continue its=

promotion of safe, renewable energy alternatives.

the indigo girls have been working with honor the earth and performing=
benefit
concerts for its various causes for about 15 years. during the years, the=
indigo
girls have taken on the fight for issues that the honor the earth board of
directors deems worthy.

in participating, the indigo girls spend much time getting educated about=
the
issues they help promote. in this case, the indigo girls aim to support the=

groups opposing the coal-fired plant.

"We believe (honor the earth's) work to bring awareness is some of the best=
work
on energy policy to be done," said ray in a telephone interview from=
virginia.

"honor the earth got involved with desert rock cautiously. We do our own
research to get our own perspectives about the issue and learn both sides of=
it.
in this case, the details are pretty nuanced."

if built by houston-based sithe global power, in partnership with the navajo=

tribe's din'e9 power authority, the power plant reportedly would generate=
1,500
megawatts of electricity once operational. it also may generate more than=
$50
million each year for the navajo nation and create 400 permanent jobs.

those projections aren't worthy enough for many people's support, including=
the
indigo girls, because of the already elevated ozone levels and mercury
contamination in the area.

"(the navajos) are suffering under the burden of bad energy practices," ray=

said. "We are hoping to bring light to change the energy paradigms."

ray said that the current energy paradigm in the u.s. is not sustainable.=
she
and saliers strongly believe that communities have to recognize the=
connection
between poor energy policy and ultimate injustice and violence.

"the problem is that companies, like sithe global, are getting tax breaks=
for
these kinds of projects. they are getting all the benefits and the people in=
the
community aren't getting in on that. our message is to tell companies who=
want
to make money off the natives' backs to stop it."

in shiprock, laduke will speak briefly before the indigo girls perform a=
regular
concert. part of the show will certainly include music from the duo's latest=

release, "despite of differences," said ray.

this latest recording was done on hollywood records, a new record label for=
ray
and saliers. the result is both predictable and fresh. true to their roots,=
the
singers' lyrics are provocative and introspective (and decidedly less=
dogmatic
than past songs); the music is emotional and angelic.

ray said of the album that it is one of the "tightest" releases the indigo=
girls
has made. "it's more spontaneous, energetic and in your face; it is also=
more
musically economical."

music aside, ray puts her emphasis on the genesis of the group's booking in=

shiprock, a small native town that is musically underserved.

"the southwest is like a whole other planet," she said. "it's a very magical=

place."

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