Jack White’s Third Man Books and Third Man Records are grateful and excited to announce a new collaborative project in support of The Defenders of the Water School at Standing Rock (Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa), with plans to publish the activist students’ work in the public forum and to help the school raise much needed funds.
Under the guidance of Director of Development, April Rain, of Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa, thirdmanbooks.com will feature a page dedicated to exhibiting work, across various media, created by students and volunteers from The Defenders of the Water School. This public forum will allow the students’ voices to be heard the world over. Third Man Books is humbled to have the opportunity to display their inspiring work and assist in spreading public awareness of the ongoing struggle at Standing Rock. This is a situation that should not be viewed in isolation — this is a situation that affects us all. Water is life.
In order to help the school fund its program in the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Camp community in South Dakota, we would like to give you an opportunity to donate and show solidarity with the students and their families by wearing and representing the school on your heart, over your chest. Proceeds from sales of this original Third Man t-shirt design — done in collaboration with and approved by the school — will be donated directly to aid the school.
The Defenders of the Water school serves the families of the NoDAPL camp communities. In addition to helping families understand the homeschooling laws in their state, they provide educational opportunities for children ages seven to thirteen. The morning begins with a lesson in Lakota language and culture. Classes are also offered daily in English and Math. Members of the camp community also provide lessons about their traditions and volunteers share their knowledge in workshops.