State of Water Episode 24! Michigan musician, songwriter and water protector Samantha Cooper became one of over 900 defendants in the struggle to stop line 3 this past summer. She was invited to stand with Indigenous leaders, upholding their treaty rights and protecting the natural resources guaranteed to them under federal law. After spending a month in Minnesota, Sam created an interpolation of a song called “Tomorrow” by Miner. Her video single is a love note to the rights of Manoomin (wild rice). The song “Let the Wave” features Frank Bibeau – the Attorney in a historic rights of Manoomin case unfolding in Minnesota. This track also features artists Shara Nova of My Brightest Diamond, Jaike Spotted Wolf of Camp Migizi, and Holly T Bird of Title Track, as well as contributions from Seth Bernard and Dan Rickabus. Check out the song, streaming everywhere now!

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Samantha Cooper interviewed by Dan Rickabus

Produced, edited and mixed by Dan Rickabus

Narrators – Alex Smith, Ben Darcie, Dan Rickabus, Jenny Jones, Angela Gallegos, Rachel Marco-Havens

Theme Music – Mike Savina, Seth Bernard & Dan Rickabus

Graphic – Dani Renwick of Charmellow Design

Featured Music – “Let the Wave” by Samantha Cooper (feat. Shara Nova, Jaike Spotted Wolf, Holly T Bird & Frank Bibeau)