Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Silent Bear's plea to Energy Transfer Partners CEO/Music Road Records owner Kelcy Warren

Silent Bear with Pete Seeger

Musician Silent Bear kindly shared this letter with us today as a comment on our August 29, 2015 blog post about Jimmy LaFave's defense of pipeline mogul Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners and owner of the Dakota Access and Trans-Pecos Pipelines. We are sharing it now with his permission. 

More on Silent Bear's music at Mapleshade Records. 

Silent Bear Sep 4, 2016
To: Tinya Seeger, Nora Guthrie Buddha, and Cree Miller
CC: Music Road Records

Hi Tinya, Nora and Cree- 

About 6 months ago, I innocently sent a proposal of my music to Music Road Records in Austin, Texas. In retrospect, I'm very glad that my proposal was denied. I have since learned that the owner of this label and Energy Transfers Partners, Kelcy Warren, are one in the same. Energy Transfers is the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is breaking treaty rights and threatening the water supply and health of the Standing Rock Tribe (and many of all colors and nations that depend on water to survive). This to me is a disgrace. I wrote the label an angry note last week saying that if, "Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie were aware of what you're doing, they would be turning in their graves."

I'm writing you today to bring awareness to this connection if you are not already aware. I don't see the compatibility? In my opinion, if you're going to be care takers of Woody's and Pete's music then you have a responsibility to their legacies and what they stood for as human beings. 

I was made aware of M.R.R via Lance Canales and Tim Hernandez. Lance posted this on his FB today:

"If there is a question as to were I stand in this pipeline protest? I stand with my indigenous relatives! I stand with Standing Rock! 523 years of indigenous protest! Its not just about 1 pipeline, its about water and life and the future of all of us."

I couldn't agree more! Some of my closest friends and relatives are up there protecting their water as we speak! I would have been there myself if I had not gotten sick and my ride had not fallen through. Perhaps in the future? 

So my plea to you is that if you know Mr. Warren that you speak to him and ask him to reconsider what he's doing on behalf of the Sacred Water of Life, The health of the Children and the future generations. In getting to know Pete a little bit, I'm guessing that if he were still with us that he would be on the front lines with his banjo leading "Clear Water," songs. I also invite you to watch this horrifying video that was released by Amy Goodman today in which peaceful water protectors were attacked with dogs and pepper spray!

And I invite to read this as well: Kelcy Warren is Having Fun in the Oil Bust via Bloomberg News.

I ask, how much hardship and disrespect must the 1st Nations of this land endure? You all know me from our common struggle for Native American Political Prisoner, Leonard Peltier. Leonard will be 72 on Sept. 12 and Pres. Obama still has not lifted a finger on his behalf! So the time has come to take a stand against the "Kelcy Warren's," Trumps, Clinton's etc... of the world!!! Maybe we should call for a boycott of the label or you could ask for Woody's, Pete's, Jackson's and Joel Rafael's works to be removed from their catalog unless the pipeline is stopped? 

Well, thank you for listening to my rant. I hope all else is well. 

Many Blessings-
P.S- One More: Tribes Seeking to Block Kelcy Warren's Dakota Access Pipeline Project Bring Fight to Dallas via Dallas Morning News


Silent Bear's song "Dirty River Blues (Kelcy's Pipeline)":


  1. he says. He co-wrote a song, “Talk to an Angel,” on LaFave’s new album. “All you’ve got to do to get some bullshit you wrote on a record is invest in a record company,” Warren jokes.