Neil Young Celebrates Birthday by Joining Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Young's girlfriend Daryl Hannah also protested the controversial pipeline.

By Hayden Wright

Neil Young turned 71 on Saturday and celebrated by protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. The demonstrations have captured the nation’s attention and inspired a legion of (recently disaffected) progressive Millennials to rally behind an urgent cause — a perfect place for a folk icon to join the fray.

The controversial energy infrastructure project strikes at the heart of environmental issues and preserving local Native American lands.

Related: Neil Young Releases New Song ‘Peace Trail’

“Got my birthday wish today, my girl took me to #StandWithStandingRock,” Young wrote in a Facebook post. He shared footage from his visit to protesters, at which he sang “Indian Giver.” The songwriter’s girlfriend Daryl Hannah, an activist in her own right, shared the same clips on Instagram. 

Watch Neil Young’s dual political statement and birthday celebration here:

come #standwithstandingrock - come be a water protector - #waterislife #lovelife - come say #nodapl

A video posted by Daryl Hannah (@dhlovelife) on

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