Shift the Power to the People: Twilight Artists Raise Awareness of Reservation in Need

Gil Birmingham, Chaske Spencer, Julia Jones, Boo Stewart, and Justin Chon all appear in this PSA that is trying to raise awareness of the devastating plight of those on the Lakota Sioux, South Dakota Reservation. Theirs is an interesting approach as you’ll see in the video. They don’t need your money; what they need is for you to pick up the phone and call your congressperson or write to them.

According to the Shift the Power to the People website:

South Dakota’s Lakota Sioux- Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe 2010 Crisis

  • February 1st, 2010 Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has declared state of emergency after severe ice storm devastates reservation
  • Storm topples more than 3000 power poles
  • 13,000 people without power, heat and water”

You can find full details on how this situation came to be here, and there is an easy contact your congressperson connection here.


  1. Just called my local Indiana Rep. Senator Evan Bayh (D- IN) To support this cause, I hope it helps.

  2. I went to the website and sent the letters, it said I was the first person from Utah to sign this petition, I sure hope more people go through with this.

  3. yeah Mac the site said i was the frst from Mississippi, i hope it helps in some way! Thanks to the stars of New Moon for bringing to our attention, and thanks LEX for posting! Love you ladies!

  4. Thank you for posting this. I was also the first from my state to email. It saddens me that we as a nation forget to help our own. Thank you again for making me aware of this tragedy that by just emailing can help. You ladies are awesome!

  5. oh my goodness says:

    I was the first person from CO to sign this petition… Come on folks, it takes 30 seconds and is free..

  6. How do we help when we live i Europe?

  7. I just signed this petition for Arizona. Good to see people coming together for a good cause.

  8. I’m the 3rd person from New Hampshire !!
    We owe natives a ton, Come on Gov, show your redemption !!

  9. I was the 15th to sign from Ohio. I have received an email back from Senator Sherrod Brown thanking me for bring this to his attention. He agreed this needed to be addressed. Not sure what’s next but I appreciate him writing back.

  10. Just signed the petition today. It is horrible this is happening especially here in America. Why is there not a bigger outcry. Have not heard anything anywhere but on twilight sights. Why?

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