Neil Young plays guitar at Standing Rock pipeline protests

TORONTO – Canadian rocker Neil Young is among the latest celebrities to join the Standing Rock pipeline protests in North Dakota.

In a posting on his Facebook page on Saturday, the Toronto-born musician wrote the trip was his wish for his 71st birthday.

Young also posted a video of himself playing acoustic guitar while walking through the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

The singer-songwriter takes aim at the Dakota Access pipeline project in his new song “Indian Givers,” which is on his upcoming album “Peace Trail,” due out Dec. 9.

The song opens with the lyrics “There’s a battle raging on the sacred land,” while the music video features footage from the protests.

Actors Shailene Woodley and Mark Ruffalo are among the other celebrities who have joined the groups protesting the construction of the oil pipeline on tribal land.

“Those who damage Mother Earth damage us all,” Young wrote on his Facebook page, using the hashtags #StandWithStandingRock and #WaterIsLife.

“Forgive them they don’t yet see.”