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Family, friends, fellow land and water protectors of Brennon Nastacio (“Bravo1”), are planning to attend an event being called "From the Pueblo to Standing Rock and Back". From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. this family-friendly event will be an evening of music, food, film, and discussion on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Los Jardines Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This event is also a crucial fundraising effort towards the legal defense fund for Nastacio, who is facing up to 15 years in prison on two federal charges for his participation against the Dakota Access Pipeline. His court date is set for April 21, 2020 in North Dakota.

The miscarriage of justice and institutionalized racism that Nastacio is living with is daunting but has not paralyzed his belief for his people or the rights of the Earth. His fast thinking and courage in disarming a pipeline security contractor did not earn him a medal of honor from the State of North Dakota, instead, Morton County Sheriff Department cited him with felony charges. This story has received international attention from an iconic photo taken during the interaction at Standing Rock.  

The Young Turks (TYT), a progressive news and opinion online and television show featured his story (see below).

The life threatening encounter was also featured by Democracy Now! and most recently shared in the documentary film 'The Eagle And The Condor' by filmmaker Paulette Moore (see below).

Brennon is an enrolled member of the San Filipe Pueblo. He is a gently and humble soul with a long history of volunteerism, community commitment, and spiritual integrity. He is inviting fellow land, water, and social justice advocates to join him that evening with networking and sharing current struggles on a local, state, and national level.

“This event is to bring awareness as to what has transpired in Standing Rock. Along with how I ended up with federal felony charges. There will be other invited speakers to share what is going on in their area. There is to be a viewing of a documentary, live music, Pueblo bread making demonstrations, and stories about camp life.”

— Brennon Nastacio

April 21 is Brennon’s court date in North Dakota. He is facing up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the false charges of Civil Disorder, and Use of Fire to Commit a Federal Crime. With no prior convictions, he stands to be forced to leave his 2 children, his fiancée, his nieces, and nephews. The stress of all of this, have played a huge emotional and financial toll on he and his family.

“We don’t know what is going to happen, and it is all overwhelming, we had to change the date of our wedding twice! So we decided it is going to be before we go to North Dakota for court. It has been scary and stressful but we are going to think positive and be in prayer.”

— Josey Tenorio Tewa, fiancée to Nastacio

The Nastacio family is asking the community to show support by attending the Sunday, March 15 fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Los Jardines is located at 803 La Vega Drive SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87105. 

For more information on the event, his legal case, and how to donate to Brennon Nastacio’s legal Defense Fund, please contact Brennon Nastacio through email:

Brennon Nastacio