Standing Rock Benefit Print
In November of 2016, Santa Fe artist Christopher Benson painted this picture in response to the protests of the Native American Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the development of the Dakota Access oil pipeline across its traditional tribal lands and watershed in North Dakota.
The painting depicts the confluence of the two rivers where the protests have been taking place, and shows a coming storm symbolizing the encroachment of the pipeline on those lands and waterways (dubbed “The Black Snake” by the protesters).
Benson—also the proprietor of The Fisher Press, a fine art editions designer and publisher—and CODEX founder and board member Peter Koch, have collaborated on a broadside print for Standing Rock. The broadside includes an archival ink reproduction of Benson’s painting Standing Rock, Coming of the Black Snake and Mr. Koch’s letterpress printed quote from Sitting Bull, concerning the dangers of the European encroachments on native lands and people in his time.
A small, numbered edition of these broadsides are offered for sale, exclusively for the benefit of the Standing Rock tribe’s legal defense fund. ALL profits from any sales of this print will be sent to the tribe.
This felt like a worthwhile effort when we conceived it during the earlier protests in November before President Obama halted construction of the pipeline late last year. Now President Trump has signed an executive order rescinding Obama’s halt to the construction and demanding it proceed against the Native peoples’ objections.
Moral and financial support for the Standing Rock Protesters is needed now more than ever. Please support this cause by buying one of these prints.
The cost per print is $250. Purchasers who are financially able are encouraged however to pay extra if they feel like supporting the cause.
All funds achieved and delivered to Standing Rock will be tabulated and published on the CODEX website.
TEXT ON PRINT Behold, my brothers, the spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of that love! Every seed has awakened and so has all animal life. It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being and we therefore yield to our neighbours, even our animal neighbours, the same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land. Yet hear me, my people, we have now to deal with another race - small and feeble when our fathers first met them, but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possessions is a disease with them ... They claim this mother of ours, the earth, for their own, and fence their neighbours away; they deface her with their buildings and their refuse. They threaten to take [the land] away from us. My brothers, shall we submit, or shall we say to them: "First kill me before you take possession of my Fatherland." - Sitting Bull, 1877