Manataka American Indian Council

 

 

Presents

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL MESSAGES FROM

 

ARVOL 

LOOKING HORSE

19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

 

 

 


 

LETTERS TO THE PEOPLE
   
04-20-14 Earth Day Message
03-17-14 Welcome Back the Wakiya Oyate (Thunders) Ceremony
10-31-13 Fukushima Nuclear Crisis
10-14-13 National Bison Day resolution
04-19-13 Concerned about Oil Tar Sands
06/21/12 Celebrate the 2012 World Peace and Prayer Day
06/21/10 Call to Action
05/12/10 To All World Religious and Spiritual Leaders
10/20/09 Sedona sweat lodge deaths
04-05-08 Releasing the Spirits Ceremony
11-12-07 Birth of White Buffalos
06-28-07 Arvol Looking Horse Response
10-12-06 Ancient Prophecies
07-07-03 Protection of Ceremonial Ways of Life
06-16-03 Protect Native American Sacred Places
04-26-03 The People in these hoc'okas
03-15-03 Green Grass Proclamation
03-01-02 Sacred Altars - Global Prophecies
11-01-01 We are at the Crossroads!
04-12-01 Arctic Wildlife Refuge

 

 


 

Chief Arvol Looking Horse.
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle.
Statement for Earth Day

U-WI-TA
COMING TOGETHER

We, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, have no choice but to follow and uphold the Original Instructions, which sustains the continuity of Life. We recognize our umbilical connection to Mother Earth and understand that she is the source of Life, not a resource to be exploited. We speak on behalf of all Creation today, to communicate an urgent message that man has gone too far, placing us in the state of survival. The Keystone XL Pipeline and the dirty oil that it transports creates an urgent threat to our collective future and poses the greatest immediate risk of contaminating our sacred waters, land, air, our communities and our way of life as the People of the Earth. In time, we will reconcile our differences, but for now we must come together for Mother Earth.

We, the People of the Earth, were instructed that the original wisdom must be shared again when imbalance and disharmony are upon Mother Earth. In 1994, the birth of a white buffalo calf revealed Pte San Win’s (White Buffalo Calf Woman’s) prophecy: “when a white buffalo calf stands upon the Earth it will be the sign of great changes to come”. This prophecy was given to the Pte Oyate, the Buffalo People (Lakota, Dakota, Nakota dialects) to bring forth the sacred message that the winds of change are here. On behalf of our future generations, we urge all Nations and human beings around the world to come together with good minds and prayer as a global community of all faiths to unite spiritually to heal the minds of those that are bringing danger with their decisions.

We are inviting all Nations to the home of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle to pray with the sacred fire and one another. This gathering will take place here in Green Grass, SD, lighting the sacred fire on April 23rd, 2014 and ending on the 26th of April. There will be a Sacred Horse Ride on the 25th: with the help of the Horse Nation we will carry our prayers to the sacred fire. We are asking all Nations to pray at their sacred sites as well, if you cannot attend.

In the Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning…

Ana-h’opta po
Hear my words!

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle
Bobby C. Billie, Clan Leader and Spiritual Leader
Council of the Original Miccosukee Simanolee Nation Aboriginal Peoples

- See more at: http://www.culturecollective.org/message-chief-arvol-lookinghorse-earth-day/#sthash.XXfo8jgy.dpuf

 

Statement for Earth Day

U-WI-TA
COMING TOGETHER

We, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, have no choice but to follow and uphold the Original Instructions, which sustains the continuity of Life. We recognize our umbilical connection to Mother Earth and understand that she is the source of Life, not a resource to be exploited. We speak on behalf of all Creation today, to communicate an urgent message that man has gone too far, placing us in the state of survival. The Keystone XL Pipeline and the dirty oil that it transports creates an urgent threat to our collective future and poses the greatest immediate risk of contaminating our sacred waters, land, air, our communities and our way of life as the People of the Earth. In time, we will reconcile our differences, but for now we must come together for Mother Earth.

We, the People of the Earth, were instructed that the original wisdom must be shared again when imbalance and disharmony are upon Mother Earth. In 1994, the birth of a white buffalo calf revealed Pte San Win’s (White Buffalo Calf Woman’s) prophecy: “when a white buffalo calf stands upon the Earth it will be the sign of great changes to come”. This prophecy was given to the Pte Oyate, the Buffalo People (Lakota, Dakota, Nakota dialects) to bring forth the sacred message that the winds of change are here. On behalf of our future generations, we urge all Nations and human beings around the world to come together with good minds and prayer as a global community of all faiths to unite spiritually to heal the minds of those that are bringing danger with their decisions.

We are inviting all Nations to the home of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle to pray with the sacred fire and one another. This gathering will take place here in Green Grass, SD, lighting the sacred fire on April 23rd, 2014 and ending on the 26th of April. There will be a Sacred Horse Ride on the 25th: with the help of the Horse Nation we will carry our prayers to the sacred fire. We are asking all Nations to pray at their sacred sites as well, if you cannot attend.

In the Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning…

Ana-h’opta po
Hear my words!

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle
Bobby C. Billie, Clan Leader and Spiritual Leader
Council of the Original Miccosukee Simanolee Nation Aboriginal Peoples

- See more at: http://www.culturecollective.org/message-chief-arvol-lookinghorse-earth-day/#sthash.XXfo8jgy.dpuf

Statement for Earth Day

U-WI-TA
COMING TOGETHER

We, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, have no choice but to follow and uphold the Original Instructions, which sustains the continuity of Life. We recognize our umbilical connection to Mother Earth and understand that she is the source of Life, not a resource to be exploited. We speak on behalf of all Creation today, to communicate an urgent message that man has gone too far, placing us in the state of survival. The Keystone XL Pipeline and the dirty oil that it transports creates an urgent threat to our collective future and poses the greatest immediate risk of contaminating our sacred waters, land, air, our communities and our way of life as the People of the Earth. In time, we will reconcile our differences, but for now we must come together for Mother Earth.

We, the People of the Earth, were instructed that the original wisdom must be shared again when imbalance and disharmony are upon Mother Earth. In 1994, the birth of a white buffalo calf revealed Pte San Win’s (White Buffalo Calf Woman’s) prophecy: “when a white buffalo calf stands upon the Earth it will be the sign of great changes to come”. This prophecy was given to the Pte Oyate, the Buffalo People (Lakota, Dakota, Nakota dialects) to bring forth the sacred message that the winds of change are here. On behalf of our future generations, we urge all Nations and human beings around the world to come together with good minds and prayer as a global community of all faiths to unite spiritually to heal the minds of those that are bringing danger with their decisions.

We are inviting all Nations to the home of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle to pray with the sacred fire and one another. This gathering will take place here in Green Grass, SD, lighting the sacred fire on April 23rd, 2014 and ending on the 26th of April. There will be a Sacred Horse Ride on the 25th: with the help of the Horse Nation we will carry our prayers to the sacred fire. We are asking all Nations to pray at their sacred sites as well, if you cannot attend.

In the Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning…

Ana-h’opta po
Hear my words!

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle
Bobby C. Billie, Clan Leader and Spiritual Leader
Council of the Original Miccosukee Simanolee Nation Aboriginal Peoples

- See more at: http://www.culturecollective.org/message-chief-arvol-lookinghorse-earth-day/#sthash.XXfo8jgy.dpuf

04-20-14

Statement for Earth Day

 

U-WI-TA COMING TOGETHER

We, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, have no choice but to follow and uphold the Original Instructions, which sustains the continuity of Life. We recognize our umbilical connection to Mother Earth and understand that she is the source of Life, not a resource to be exploited. We speak on behalf of all Creation today, to communicate an urgent message that man has gone too far, placing us in the state of survival. The Keystone XL Pipeline and the dirty oil that it transports creates an urgent threat to our collective future and poses the greatest immediate risk of contaminating our sacred waters, land, air, our communities and our way of life as the People of the Earth. In time, we will reconcile our differences, but for now we must come together for Mother Earth.

 

We, the People of the Earth, were instructed that the original wisdom must be shared again when imbalance and disharmony are upon Mother Earth. In 1994, the birth of a white buffalo calf revealed Pte San Win’s (White Buffalo Calf Woman’s) prophecy: “when a white buffalo calf stands upon the Earth it will be the sign of great changes to come”. This prophecy was given to the Pte Oyate, the Buffalo People (Lakota, Dakota, Nakota dialects) to bring forth the sacred message that the winds of change are here. On behalf of our future generations, we urge all Nations and human beings around the world to come together with good minds and prayer as a global community of all faiths to unite spiritually to heal the minds of those that are bringing danger with their decisions.

 

We are inviting all Nations to the home of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle to pray with the sacred fire and one another. This gathering will take place here in Green Grass, SD, lighting the sacred fire on April 23rd, 2014 and ending on the 26th of April. There will be a Sacred Horse Ride on the 25th: with the help of the Horse Nation we will carry our prayers to the sacred fire. We are asking all Nations to pray at their sacred sites as well, if you cannot attend.

 

In the Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning…

 

Ana-h’opta po Hear my words!

 

Chief Arvol Looking Horse 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle Bobby C. Billie, Clan Leader and Spiritual Leader Council of the Original Miccosukee Simanolee Nation Aboriginal Peoples

 

http://www.culturecollective.org/message-chief-arvol-lookinghorse-earth-day/#sthash.XXfo8jgy.dpuf

 


 

 

03-17-14

Welcome Back the Wakiya Oyate (Thunders) Ceremony

Honoring the Sunka Wakan Oyate (Horse) Nation

 

 

In the past the Welcome Back the Wakiya Oyate - Thunder Ceremony has always been done on March 21st, but because there is an International effort to respect the Mini wic’oni – the Water of Life – it was decided to unite our prayers and our energy, and to hold the event on March 22nd, on United Nations World Water Day.

 

In the history of our People, this is the time to do our ceremony to Welcome Back the Thunders. This ceremony for our Nation – The Buffalo Oyate (Lakota, Dakota, Nakota), has always taken place in the Heart Of Mother Earth – The Sacred Black Hills at Harney Peak, South Dakota. Russell Eagle Bear and Ben Rodd have been in the forefront for organizing

this important ceremony for a long time. Each year many school bus loads of children, along with Elders and the People make this pilgrimage to offer prayers on top of Harney Peak.

 

As the Keeper of the Sacred Bundle, I would also like to acknowledge the importance of the Sunka Wakan Oyate – the Horse Nation. When I was taught the teachings and history of the Bundle, the Elders told me that the Horse Ceremony came along with the original teachings - 19 generations ago. We pray to the West, the Horse Nation, who attends to this direction in order to bring rain. The main medicine of the rain brings life, health and well being, this is why water is called Mini wic’oni – Water of Life.

 

Today the Horse Nation is being dismissed as having no worth any longer in this Society. There is no-where for them roam free and in places were they feel they have worth along with humans, they are being dismissed and replaced.  Along with the Buffalo, they have been massacred, with no respect for their spiritual energy they give to this turtle island. If the assault of the Horse Nation is allowed to continue: this disrespect can affect the blessings from the Wakiya Oyate.

 

Today we are faced with many global challenges that affect the Mini Wic’oni in order for its medicine to be pure. We are at the time where these challenges can affect the survival of the generations to come; we need to pay attention.  I humbly ask People of All Nations to open your hearts and minds to this important information of how all things are connected. The future generations and all life upon Mother Earth depend on you to offer your thoughts and prayers on this day with us. I will be in Grandmother Country (Canada) spreading this important information and joining all who hold these issues sacred.

 

In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning!

 

Ana-h’opta po

Hear my words!

Chief Arvol Looking Horse

19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle

 


 

October 31, 2013

 

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

 

The sanctity of the Original Instructions has been violated. As a result, the Spiritual People of the Earth were called ceremonially to come together at the home of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle. These Spiritual Leaders and those that carry great responsibility for their people from both North and South America came together with the sacred fire for four days at the end of September 2013 to fulfill their sacred responsibilities. During this time it was revealed that the spirit of destruction gained its’ strength by our spiritually disconnected actions. We are all responsible in varying degrees for calling forth this spirit of destruction, thus we are all bound to begin restoring what we have damaged by helping one another recover our sacred responsibility to the Earth. We, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, offer our spiritual insight, wisdom and vision to the global community to help guide the actions needed to overcome the current threats to all life.

 

We only have to look at our own bodies to recognize the sacred purpose of water on Mother Earth. We respect and honor our spiritual relationship with the lifeblood of Mother Earth. One does not sell or contaminate their mother’s blood. These capitalistic actions must stop and we must recover our sacred relationship with the Spirit of Water

 

The People of the Earth understand that the Fukushima nuclear crisis continues to threaten the future of all life. We understand the full implications of this crisis even with the suppression of information and the filtering of truth by the corporate owned media and Nation States. We strongly urge the media, corporations and Nation States to acknowledge and convey the true facts that threaten us, so that the international community may work together to resolve this crisis, based on the foundation of Truth.

 

We urge the international community, government of Japan and TEPCO to unify efforts to stabilize and re-mediate the nuclear threat posed at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. To ensure that the Japanese government and TEPCO are supported with qualified personnel and information, we urge the inclusion of today’s nuclear experts from around the world to collaborate, advise and provide technical assistance to prevent further radioactive contamination or worse, a nuclear explosion that may have apocalyptic consequences.

 

The foundation for peace will be strengthened by restoring the Original Instructions in ourselves

 

Prophecies have been shared and sacred instructions were given. We, the People of the Earth, were instructed that the original wisdom must be shared again when imbalance and disharmony are upon Mother Earth. In 1994 the sacred white buffalo, the giver of the sacred pipe, returned to the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people bringing forth the sacred message that the winds of change are here. Since that time many more messengers in the form of white animals have come, telling us to wake up my children. It is time. So listen for the sacred instruction.

 

All Life is sacred. We come into Life as sacred beings. When we abuse the sacredness of Life we affect all Creation

 

We urge all Nations and human beings around the world to work with us, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, to restore the Original Instructions and uphold the Creator’s Natural Law as a foundation for all decision making, from this point forward.  Our collective future as human beings is in our hands, we must address the Fukushima nuclear crisis and all actions that may violate the Creator’s Natural Law. We have reached the crossroads of life and the end of our existence. We will avert this potentially catastrophic nuclear disaster by coming together with good minds and prayer as a global community of all faiths.

 

We are the People of the Earth united under the Creator’s Law with a sacred covenant to protect and a responsibility to extend Life for all future generations. We are expressing deep concern for our shared future and urge everyone to awaken spiritually. We must

work in unity to help Mother Earth heal so that she can bring back balance and harmony for all her children.

 

Representatives of the Council

Chief Arvol Looking Horse

19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

Spiritual Leader

 

The Great Sioux Nation

Bobby C. Billie

Clan Leader and Spiritual Leader

Council of the Original Miccosukee

Simanolee Nation Aboriginal Peoples

Faith Spotted Eagle, Tunkan Inajin Win

Brave Heart Society Grandmother/Headswoman & Ihanktonwan Treaty Council

Ihanktonwan Dakota from the Oceti Sakowin

7 Council Fires

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NucjTiOXxSQ&feature=youtu.be

 

 


 

 

October 14, 2013

 

National Bison Day Resolution:
 
Whereas bison are considered a historical symbol of the United States;

 

Whereas bison were integrally linked with the economic and spiritual lives of many Indian tribes through trade and sacred ceremonies;

 

Whereas there are more than 60 Indian tribes participating in the Intertribal Buffalo Council;
 

Whereas numerous members of Indian tribes are involved in bison restoration on tribal land;

 

Whereas members of Indian tribes have a combined herd on more than 1,000,000 acres of tribal land;

 

Whereas the Intertribal Buffalo Council is a tribal organization incorporated pursuant to section 17 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (commonly known as ŒŒIndian Reorganization Act¹¹) (25 U.S.C. 477);

 

Whereas bison can play an important role in improving the types of grasses found in landscapes to the benefit of grasslands;

 

Whereas a bison has been depicted on the official seal of the Department of the Interior since 1912; Whereas bison hold significant economic value for private producers and rural communities;

 

Whereas, as of 2007, the United States had 4,499 bison producers creating jobs and providing a sustainable and healthy meat source contributing to the food security of the United States;

 

Whereas a bison is portrayed on 2 State flags; Whereas the bison has been adopted by 3 States as the official mammal or animal of those States;

 

Whereas the buffalo nickel played an important role in modernizing the currency of the United States;

 

Whereas several sports teams have the bison as a mascot, which highlights the iconic significance of bison in the United States;


Whereas on December 8, 1905, William Hornaday, Theodore Roosevelt, and others formed the American Bison Society in response to the near extinction of bison in the United States;

 

Whereas on October 11, 1907, the American Bison Society sent 15 bison to the first big game refuge in the United
States, which was known as the ŒŒWichita Reserve Bison Refuge¹¹;

 

Whereas in 2005, the American Bison Society was reestablished, bringing together bison ranchers, managers from Indian tribes, Federal and State agencies, conservation organizations, and natural and social scientists from the United States, Canada, and Mexico to create a vision for the North American bison in the 21st century; Whereas there are bison herds in National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks;

 

Whereas there are bison in State-managed herds across 11 States;

 

Whereas there is a growing effort to celebrate and officially recognize the historical, cultural, and economic significance of the North American bison to the heritage of the United States; and Whereas members of Indian tribes, bison producers, conservationists, sportsmen, educators, and other public and private partners have participated in the first annual National Bison Day on November 1, 2012, and are committed to continuing this tradition annually on the first Saturday of November:

 

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate‹ (1) Designates November 2, 2013, the first Saturday of November, as National Bison Day. (2) Encourages the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

 

Joining Senator Johnson in this effort were Senators Enzi (R-WY), Baldwin (D-WI), Bennet (D-CO), Cochran (R-MS), Gillibrand (D-NY), Hatch (R-UT), Heinrich (D-NM), Heitkamp (D-ND), Hoeven (R-ND), Johanns (R-NE), Lee (R-UT), Moran (R-KS), Portman (R-OH), Schumer (D-NY), Tester (D-MT), Thune (D-SD), Udall (D-NM), and Whitehouse (D-RI).

 

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White
Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle

 


 

April 19, 2013

 

Mitakuye Oyasin!

My Grandmother shared with me a powerful time when the people came together for prayers during the Dust Bowl in the 1930¹s. She accepted a C¹anupa to bring out the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle to end the drought and bring healing to Mother Earth. Even the non-native farmers heard of this prayer time and offered a cow to feed for the ceremony. The prayer was answered!

Recently I accepted tobacco from a Grandmother - Anpao Wic¹ah¹pi Was¹te Winyan of the Ihanktowan Oyate. She had a dream of bringing People together at the bundle to pray for a healing of the biggest cancer that is spreading upon Mother Earth; caused from the Tar Sand efforts with XL pipeline that is threatening to come through our territory and our Sacred Sites.

Our Nation who is known as the Pte Oyate (The Buffalo People) will be praying with Sacred Bundle on May 18, 2013. Please bring food for feast and tobacco offerings.

I am asking ³All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer¹ to help us during this time of this gathering by praying with us on this day where ever you are upon Mother Earth.

We need to stop the desecration that is hurting Mother Earth and the communities. These recent spills of oil are affecting the blood of Mother Earth; Mni wic¹oni (water of life).

Chief Bernard Ominiayak of the Lubicon Lake First Nation of Canada is also asking for prayers and to let the World know of his People¹s stand against the Development that is happening against his People. They sit on 70% of oil; those that are after this oil are threatening their lives. His concern at this moment is of non-members, without their consent, signing away their rights and negotiating with Corporations that will forever affect their way of life  - to live off the land - handing them a death sentence. At
this moment there are too many of their people dying from cancer. When they hunt, they are finding maggot-infested moose. When they fish they are finding two headed fish. The people are dying from trying to survive in a traditional way in their territory. The UN has submitted a statement in support of Lubicon Lake Nation¹s stand to live in Sovereignty and live in their tradition.

We have many concerns at this time. Along with the First Nations whose territory is within the Tar Sands desecration; with their lives being threatened and also the high death rates of cancer, along with the sickness of the land and animals.

Many other Nations are committed to praying with us on the day of our ceremony. For those that cannot attend, Chief Wic¹ah¹pi To Wambdi is helping with his sister¹s dream representing the Ihanktowan Oyate, by asking those that cannot attend to send him tobacco ties and flags so he can carry them for the People to the Bundle.

I have also been contacted by People who will have another gathering outside the UN at Isaiah¹s Wall in NYC, they are committing to support and pray with us on May 17th at noon.

In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning!

Hec¹el oinipikte (that we shall live)

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Pipe

For More Information:
www.lubiconlakenation.ca  http://www.lubiconlakenation.ca
http://www.lubiconlakenation.ca

Address of Chief Wic¹ah¹ipi To Wambdi, 30702 Eggers Road,
Wagner, South Dakota 5738
 


 

 

June 21, 2012

 

Celebrate the 2012 World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites

 

Once again I am sending my voice to all Nations upon Mother Earth, those who can hear my sincerity with their hearts - - unite together at our Sacred Sites creating an energy shift of a great healing on this June 21st. We need to see and listen to the wamakas¹ka (the animals) who are more than ever now showing their sacred color of white, there are so many. This color represents the direction of when physical life now goes into the spirit journey. They are trying to warn us to pay attention to our responsibilities as a Global Nation. In order to protect the remaining sacredness that is trying to survive upon Mother Earth, which includes even our own children, we now have no choice but to unify and make positive decisions together.

To honor the birthplace of World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites where it all began in 1996, we will gather at Gray Horn Butte, aka ³Devils Tower² on June 16th. Peace Riders who made the Œ96 journey from Canada to Gray Horn on horse back, will join us and offer prayers as well and plant a Peace Pole reading ³May Peace Prevail on Earth² in 4 different languages. We will do the same offering on June 17th at Medicine Wheel. On June 18th we will gather at the Grand Tetons to begin one of the many events of WPPD throughout the world. The Grand Tetons will be the beginning of a four day event to bring attention for the need to protect the last of the true wild Buffalo (bison) that exist in Yellow Stone National Park, they are in constant danger of being massacred when caught off park property.

On June 21st I will pray with thousands of People at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  As part of the various gatherings and celebrations that will be held as part of the Sacred Earth Gathering in Aldeia Nova Terra during the month of June parallel to the conference, there will be a very special ceremony to celebrate World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites along with various representatives of the Brazilian indigenous tribes and spiritual leaders from different nations. The intent is to honor this day not only in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but to also invite the participation of other WPPD activities worldwide to join though simultaneous acts of prayer and song so as to be united spiritually on this June 21st to celebrate the 2012 World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites.

Onipiktec¹a (that we shall live),

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe
Wolakota.org  http://www.wolakota.org

http://wppd2012.com/

 

 


 

June 21, 2010

 

Sioux Indian chief calls all nations to action on June 21
By Juliane Poirier



The leader of the Lakota Dakota Nakota Oyate, the great Sioux nation, is a man with a vision. Chief Arvol Looking Horse sees a great danger threatening "Grandmother Earth" and a great hope for restoring her wholeness. So he is calling all nations to prayer of any kind on June 21 in an effort to return the planet to balance, the people to spirit. I asked him why this path is the right path to take.

"A man or a woman without spirit is very dangerous," Looking Horse explained in a recent phone interview. According to this Sioux chief, the absence of spirit is causing suffering everywhere. "We are in a time of survival," he said. "But we don't want to believe it because we have forgotten our spirits. We have forgotten that Grandmother Earth has a spirit." Disconnected souls, according to Looking Horse, are "hurting others without even knowing they are hurting others." Those being hurt include animals, trees and waterways.

The Sioux have an inclusive worldview, but it was not shared by the transplanted Europeans who undertook genocide on Indian land, culminating in the Wounded Knee massacre of 1890. That final brutality broke the "hoop" binding Indians together; however, Sioux prophecy foretold that in a hundred years the people would be reunited.

Although surviving tribe members and their descendants were stripped of religious freedoms (returned to them only 32 year ago by the U.S. government), the rituals were kept and the prophecy not forgotten. So the Sioux nations set out on horseback to "mend the broken hoop" of their nation in 1986 at a sacred site known to non-Indians (and Close Encounters of the Third Kind fans) as Devils Tower or the Great Horn Butte; their ritual went on for four years and concluded in 1990, 100 years after Wounded Knee.

During the course of that long ritual, Looking Horse was surprised by a vision that came to him of peace and unity that included not only the Indian nations but all the nations of the world, each gathering with ritual plants around sacred fires on every continent. The Sioux chief felt called to oversee a much broader mending. But who was going to listen even to the chief of a people largely ignored in the country where they lived?

"We had to leave our homeland to be a voice in the world," said Looking Horse. "We are up against a lot of violence and anger and hatred. We need to go back to our sacred places and pray about this. In every generation, there are changes. But our way of life, our ceremonies, our prayers don't change. Our sacred sites don't change.

"When the first non-Indian came to this land, our people said, 'What shall we call this man?' and they called him Wasicu," he continued. "It means 'takes fat,' which we know today means the white brothers are taking fat off Mother Earth. Long ago, when the first nations lived on Turtle Island, through our prayers and ceremonies, we maintained harmony and peace, a way of life where there's no ending, no beginning.

"It's everyday life for us that we hold Grandmother Earth sacred, we hold the trees and the plants, everything has a spirit. We need people to be really respectful for each other. The Great Spirit put us here all together. If we're going to survive, we need to have spirit and compassion. On June 21 we're asking people to go to their sacred places or sacred spaces to pray."

Looking Horse seems surprised to be a global spokesperson for the environment. "It seems like it was just yesterday when a woman had no voice in this country, when our people were fighting for their rights," he said. "Just a hundred years ago, our people were in concentration camps called reservations. Our ceremonies were outlawed, and we were put in boarding schools. I never thought I would have the opportunity to go to the White House. Now today, people all over the world are listening to us."

And here's the message. "On June 21," said Looking Horse, "shut off the electricity and let's pray."

To learn more about Chief Arvol Looking Horse, go to 
www.wolakota.org

 


 

 

May 12, 2010

 

A Great Urgency:  To All World Religious and Spiritual Leaders

My Relatives,

Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders.  I ask you this from the bottom of my heart, to come together from the Spirit of your Nations in prayer.

We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World; we are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color, which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things.  As I am sending this message to you, many Animal Nations are being threatened, those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, and the plant Nations, eventually all will be affect from the oil disaster in the Gulf.

The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit. The catastrophe that has happened with the oil spill which looks like the
bleeding of Grandmother Earth, is made by human mistakes, mistakes that we cannot afford to continue to make.

I asked, as Spiritual Leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with the whole of our Global Communities. My concern is these serious issues will continue to worsen, as a domino effect that our Ancestors have warned us of in their Prophecies.

I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue.  I believe we as Spiritual people must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to allow the healing of the many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth.


As we honor the Cycle of Life, let us call for Prayer circles globally to assist in healing Grandmother Earth (our Unc¹I Maka).

We ask for prayers that the oil spill, this bleeding, will stop. That the winds stay calm to assist in the work. Pray for the people to be guided in repairing this mistake, and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.

As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected.  And that what we create can have lasting effects on all life.

So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer.  Along with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember June 21st, World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our children¹s future and well-being, and the generations to come.

Onipikte (that we shall live),

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe
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October 20, 2009

 

Sedona sweat lodge deaths

 

As Keeper of our Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, I am concerned for the 2 deaths and illnesses of the many people that participated in a sweat lodge in Sedona, Arizona that brought our sacred rite under fire in the news. I would like to clarify that this lodge and many others, are not our ceremonial way of life, because of the way they are being conducted. My prayers go out for their families and loved ones for their loss.

Our ceremonies are about life and healing, from the time this ancient ceremonial rite was given to our people, never has death been a part of our inikag’a (life within) when conducted properly. Today the rite is interpreted as a sweat lodge, it is much more then that. So the term does not fit our real meaning of purification.
 

Inikag’a is the oldest ceremony brought to us by Wakan Tanka (Great Spirit). 19 generations ago, the Lakota/Dakota/ Nakota Oyate (people), were given seven sacred rites of healing by a Spirit Woman – Pte San Win (White Buffalo Calf  Woman). She brought these rites along with our sacred C’anupa (pipe)
to our People, when our ancestors were suffering from a difficult time. It was also brought for the future to help us for much more difficult times to come. They were brought to help us stay connected to who we are as a traditional cultural People. The values of conduct are very strict in any of these ceremonies, because we work with spirit. The way the Creator, Wakan Tanka told us; that if we stay humble and sincere, we will keep that connection with the inyan oyate (the stone
people), who we call the Grandfathers, to be able to heal our selves and loved ones. We have a “gift” of prayer and healing and have to stay humble with our Unc’i Maka (Grandmother Earth) and with one another. The inikag’a is used in all of the seven sacred rites to prepare and finish the ceremonies, along with the sacred eagle feather. The feather represents the sacred knowledge of our ancestors.

Our First Nations People have to earn the right to pour the mini wic’oni (water of life) upon the inyan oyate (the stone people) in creating Inikag’a - by going on the vision quest for four years and four years Sundance. Then you are put through a ceremony to be painted - to recognize that you have now earned that right to take care of someone’s life through purification. They should also be able to understand our sacred language, to be able to understand the messages from the Grandfathers, because they are ancient, they are our spirit ancestors. They walk and teach the values of our culture; in being humble, wise, caring and compassionate.

What has happened in the news with the make shift sauna called the sweat lodge is not our ceremonial way of life!
 

When you do ceremony - you can not have money on your mind.


We deal with the pure sincere energy to create healing that comes from everyone in that circle of ceremony. The heart and mind must be connected. When you involve money, it changes the energy of healing. The person wants to get what they paid for; the Spirit Grandfathers will not be there,  ur way of life is now being exploited! You do more damage then good. No” mention” of monetary energy should exist in healing, not even with a can of love donations. When that energy exists, they will not even come. Only ‘after’ the ceremony, between the person that is being healed and the Intercessor who has helped connect with the Great Spirit, the energy of money can be given out of appreciation. That exchange of energy is from the heart; it is private and does not involve the Grandfathers! Whatever gift of appreciation the person who received the help, can now give the Intercessor what ever they feel their healing is worth.
 

In our Prophesy of the White Buffalo Calf Woman, she told us that she would return and stand upon the earth when we are having a hard time. In 1994 this began to happen with the birth of the white buffalo, not only their nation, but many animal nations began to show their sacred color, which is white. She predicted that at this time there would be many changes upon Grandmother Earth. There would be things that we never experienced or heard of before; climate changes, earth changes, diseases, disrespect for life and one another would be shocking and there would be also many false prophets!
 

My Grandmother that passed the bundle to me said I would be  the last Keeper if the Oyate (people) do not straighten up.  The assaults upon Grandmother Earth are horrendous, the  assaults toward one another was not in our culture, the  assaults against our People (Oyate) have been termed as  genocide, and now we are experiencing spiritual genocide!
 
Because of the problems that began to arise with our rebirth of being able to do our ceremonies in the open since the Freedom of Religion Act of 1978, our Elders began talking to me about the abuses they seen in our ceremonial way of life, which was once very strict. After many years of witnessing their warnings, we held a meeting to address this very issue of lack of protocol in our ceremonies. After reaching an agreement of addressing the misconduct of our  ceremonies and reminding of the proper protocols, a statement was made in March 2003. Every effort was made to insure our way of life of who we are as traditional cultural People was made, because these ways are for our future and all life upon the Grandmother Earth (Mitakuye Oyasin – All my relations), so that they may have good health. Because these atrocities are being mocked and practiced all over the world, there was even a film we made called “Spirits for Sale”.

The non-native people have a right to seek help from our “First Nation Intercessors” for good health and well-being, it is up to that Intercessor. That is a
privilege for all People that we gift for being able to have good health and understand that their protocol is to have respect and appreciate what we have to share. The First Nations Intercessor has to earn that right to our ceremonial way of life in the ways I have explained.

At this time, I would like to ask all Nations upon Grandmother Earth to please respect our sacred ceremonial way of life and stop the exploitation of our Tunka Oyate (Spiritual Grandfathers) .

 In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning!
 

Namah’u yo (hear my words),
 Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the
 Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle.

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April 5th, 2008 - Noon Gardiner, MT

 

 

Releasing the Spirits Ceremony

Simultaneous Prayer Vigils are encouraged to pray for the 1,302 (+) buffalo that have been carelessly slaughtered this winter alone and the thousands more slaughtered in the past decade since the last Releasing the Spirit Ceremony held back in 1997!
 
From Chief Arvol Looking Horse
Mi-ta-ku-ye (my relatives),

I have been called upon to perform the Spirit Releasing ceremony for the thousands of buffalo that have lost their lives in the last decade, in the mountains of the Yellowstone River country.

Many, many generations ago, our relatives, the Pte O-ya-te (Buffalo People) came up from Wind Cave in the Black Hills; the heart of Un-ci Ma-ka (Grandmother Earth) and prepared the way for our existence. From that time forward, they gave of themselves for our survival, as long as we respected their gift. They taught us how to live in an honorable and respectful way by example and through the teachings of the White Buffalo Calf Woman. She brought the Sacred Canupa (Pipe) to remind us of our responsibilities and also provided us with the knowledge of the sacred rites that are necessary to discipline ourselves.

From the Buffalo Nation, our ancestors learned to have an honorable relationship of being connected with Un-ci Ma-ka; this “way of life” that identifies us of who we are as an O-ya-te (a People), with all it’s sacred teachings. They understood the gifts from Un-ci and carefully lived in harmony with her wellbeing. For that reason, we hold them to be sacred. We co-existed in a good way until we were nearly destroyed. Ob un-ka-so-ta-pi tka. The sacred Buffalo Nation in these mountains are the survivors of that natural way of life. We are culturally and spiritually indebted to them and we still need their guidance, to remind us how to be at peace and harmony with Un-ci Ma-ka.

Let it be known that Yellowstone territory; the habitat of the last wild Buffalo Nation - is sacred ground, it has been a SACRED SITE for the First Nation’s people, and for all humanity who hold deep respect for all Creation. The Buffalo Nation has confirmed this fact; by where they have ended up, continuing to survive in their natural migration, struggling to live in a peaceful manner. Our ancestors also gave us this message by fasting in this area long ago, as they recognized this place of sacredness. This understanding is how we maintain the balance upon Un-ci Ma-ka, to protect these places, especially for the survival of our future generations to come.

These Buffalo that lost their lives in Yellowstone did not die by Natural Law, nor were their spirits honored with ceremony. This is why we must go there to perform a ceremony of honor for those that lost their lives by the misunderstanding of human-kind and pray to Wakan Tankan (Great Spirit) for pity of how gifts were unappreciated.  We must pray with all those who grieve and be grateful for them.  Many of the people who are deeply concerned of what has happened in the manner of which their lives were taken; we see this as an unnecessary massacre.

 

We have known that this particular herd is the last original Buffalo Nation that still follows their migration pattern, the little that is left in tact; they are the sign of our connection to our wellbeing of living in harmony. I humbly ask for all People to make prayers on April 15th, at high noon; for a healing of humanity - for the decisions that are being made with no regard for the sacredness of life, for the massacred Buffalo’s spiritual journey and to protect what is left - in understanding of what our journey in this life represents in being responsible!

 

We must pray for the healing of the human Spirit, to understand the connection to all living beings on Un-ci Ma-ka.


In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning!

Can-te Mi-ta-wa I-ta-han (from my heart)
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

South Dakota Peace and Justice Center
Deb McIntyre, Director
PO Box 116  Sioux Falls, SD 57101
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November 12, 2007

 

Urgent Message of the Virgin Births of White Buffalo and Black Buffalo in Pennsylvania

 

Mitakuye Oyasin (all my relations),

 

Another great message has come to us from the animal nation. This time, it is more urgent then ever!  It has come to my attention of another birth of a white buffalo, this time it is more different then any other sign. 

 

So far since 1994, the same time that Global Warming was being announced; there have been at least 4-6 every year of these sacred buffalo calves that have stood upon the earth. Not only the buffalo have showed these signs to tell us of this great urgency that is upon us, but in many parts of the world, there have been other animal nations showing this sacred color.

 

This color represents the south, the direction in which we pass through to the spirit world, a completed cycle. This interpretation has to do with the Bundle I take care of that carries a prophesy from the White Buffalo Calf Woman.  She told of a time when her spirit would stand upon the earth, a time of great changes were about to come to us all. A time when the two legged would have to make a decision to change their ways to heal the damage that they have created. Boundaries in respecting life and spirit will have become violated.

 

This birth is yet another sign, but brings more awareness of this urgency.  This new birth has to do with 2 female buffalo kept in captivity, with no male buffalo present.  It would be hard to believe, but in this instance, the place they live has kept this quiet, because they did not want to be accused of artificially inseminating the female buffalo. There have been these types of instances that have been done in the past, concerning publicity in owning a white buffalo calf.

 

The Woodland Zoo in Farmington, Pennsylvania decided to bring in two female buffalo to their facility. One of the females was pregnant when she arrived.  After she had the calf, it was sold, 6 months later, she gave birth to another calf, this time it was white. Buffalo carry for 9 months as humans do.  The other female she lived with, gave birth 9 months later to a black buffalo after the white calf stood upon the earth, again no male buffalo present.

 

This was brought to my attention a while back.  I did not want to state anything till I took this through ceremony, to understand the truth and the message. 

 

Since 1994, these kinds of signs have been coming, but it seems that people do not listen or want to see anything important from the animal nation’s messages. This has a lot to do with faith.

 

What was told is as follows: This is a very dangerous time we are in!  The minds of the people on Unc’i Maka (Grandmother Earth) are choosing to focus on a new way of life that is hurting us all in the global community. This way of life chooses war, hurting one another physically and verbally, and continued desecration to Unc’i Maka in taking more then what we truly need in her resources.  These decisions not only hurt our own People, but the animal nations are dying in large numbers to extinction by this new way of life we are accepting. Unc’i Maka is going to have a hard time to continue to bring food to all life.  These decisions need to be changed very soon and are in each and every one of your hands more then ever. Respect to the spirit of life needs to be brought back; boundaries need to put back into place and faith needs to be present in everyone’s life once again.

 

We have no choice but to listen!

 

May Peace Prevail on Earth!  In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning!

 

Chief Arvol Looking Horse,

19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

 


 

June 28, 2007

 

Arvol Looking Horse Response Letter to Dakota Lakota Journal

 

I would like to respond to Alfred Bone Shirt & Vivian High Elk’s article in the June 15, 2007 in the Dakota/Lakota Journal, talking about the traditions and sacred way of life towards the “C’anupa”.

 

First of all I would like to say that on June 21st World Peace & Prayer Day and Honor Sacred Sites Day was a success, people all over the world praying together in their own ways and own Sacred Sites. All nations, all faiths, one prayer is respecting each other’s traditions culture and religions. There is one creator and one grandmother earth that we all share. We have gone all over the world once a year to pray with other Indigenous Nations at their Sacred Sites and to the United Nations to talk about prophecies and we as the first nations have committed ourselves to maintaining our sacred way of life.

 

This year we traveled to Teotihuacan, Mexico City, Mexico. To offer prayers to different Sacred Sites and pray at a place where over a thousand young people were massacred in 1968.

 

We had a run to Teotihuacan. We asked for volunteers to run and we said that we would help to raise $1,500 for each individual for the following items: passport, running gear, etc, but because of the immigration controversy nobody stepped forward and no money was raised towards this effort. Just me and the family ran with the local runners in Mexico.

 

The other Pipestone Run on our Wolakota website was coordinated by Allen Hare and Paul Rouse Sr. family. Paul Rouse Sr. has gone back to the spirit world and the family honored me last year by giving me a brown van and the family said that the young boys would continue running for their late father. So there were two runs that we were involved with in support of prayers. Their information with where to send their support funds was posted on the website; no money was raised through wolakota! Anyone can go and see that information for themselves.

 

We returned from a beautiful ceremony in Mexico City, a place which was governed by the state, this year is the first year that we have lead our staffs into the center of Teotihuacan to do our ceremony. World Peace and Prayer Day opened that door to allow a ceremony to take place as it did for Devils Tower aka Grey Horn Butte in 1996.

 

After reading what was printed in the newspaper, an ongoing confusion which started on the Rosebud reservation on October 21, 2006 where a traditional Treaty meeting took place. A resolution/petition that was drafted by Vivian High Elk, Martina Looking Horse, Stacey Low Dog and Alfred Bone Shirt was presented, but tabled and not accepted by the elders in attendance at the meeting. Floyd Hand stated this fact in his Lakota Journal interview last October about this controversy. Since that time their attacks were very strong, so I had little choice but to put the sacred C’anupa away. I am the only one that knows where it’s at. So I put it under ground and now today that grass has covered it. When the time is right, I will bring it back up.

 

The Keeper before me, my grand mother Lucy, put it away like that when she had to pick potatoes in Nebraska to survive when no longer the People supported her and also during the Wounded Knee era when our ways were outlawed, that was done. Pte San Win spirit and help is still with us all as we experience in our ongoing ceremonies, but this is what I was instructed to do when problems come to the Bundle itself.

 

At the age of 12 years old I was given that responsibility by my grandmother Lucy Bad Warrior Looking Horse and she told me that I would be the last keeper of this C’anupa. During this time there was so much prophecies coming in time like the Eagle and the Condor, the White Buffalo Calf and all of the animals showing their sacred color and we must be the voice for the animal nations.

 

There will be many false prophets; there will be a lot of earth changes and climate changes, which would affect our lives and our way of life. This spirit bundle, which I take care of, was handed down through generations and because it is a spirit bundle it chooses it’s Keeper. But many people have died protecting our Sacred Sites and ceremonies.

 

My father (Stanley Looking Horse Sr.) would go to the Sacred Sites and pray with his C’anupa and as a young boy; I would go along with him to help him. He helped me understand as a boy the importance of Sacred Sites, as we are losing them to tourist attractions, people selling them and farmers. Growing up in those times, some places we were not allowed to conduct our ceremonies. I hope and pray that some day people would respect our Sacred Sites like the Sacred Pipestone quarries in Minnesota or Bear Butte in the Sacred Black Hills, where people are trying to make a Saloon.

 

Our struggles continue today protecting our Sacred Sites. But the women who are my relatives have caused a lot of confusion, since that meeting in Rosebud and up to the more recent article by Vivian High Elk & Alfred Bone Shirt. Two traditional laws have been broken. The first law is that our Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Oyate is a patriarchal society and the (women) shouldn’t have ever overstepped the traditional headsmen that tabled their resolution in October 26, 2006 and posted it to the public as if it were passed and agreed upon. The second law, in our tradition is when a woman was with a Non-Indian, they would have no voice within our nation to speak publicly about our traditions, but they could still pray and be among our people. So this stated in our treaties by our ancestors. This is what I would like to remind our people of.

 

And for my sister Martina Looking Horse, I hope that she can go to treatment, as many of our people have done to turn around their life and get some help, because she’s been using since the 70’s and yet she tries to be a voice for the Looking Horse family. My family can tell you that she has never been on a vision quest or has Sun Danced. My concern is her use has caused constant misbehavior with the viscous and untrue words she does publicly; goes against our traditions and misrepresents our family.

 

This whole conflict is happening because of money that these individuals think should go to them personally and to others they convinced of their hardship that is due, any money raised is for what efforts wolakota was created for and the people involved in those efforts. There are other state and non-profit organizations that help the concerns they have and have helped them. They can also spend their energy on their concerns and creating their own program, instead their energy to attack people.

 

I run ceremonies and my other half sits with my C’anupa in ceremonies, so when did it become tradition to break up families or use jealousy over children in the arguments in the public, because they are not directly related. In our culture we never used the word “step” this or that, when we accept a child or person as a part of our family. They were always a part of our own tios’paye, family. This is what was taught to me by my Grandmother and parents, as they too accepted people in our family hoop.

 

In our tradition the eagle feather is the high honor among our people, because it is the main thing that we must all hold to be a part of any ceremony. If we drop an eagle feather we have no choice, but to pray to our grand father and the Grandmother earth. There are protocols for any sacred item and as a spiritual person, we take care of them or even how we speak about them.

 

So when we talk about the sacred C’anupa we should remember the words of Pte San Win, the White buffalo Calf Woman, a spirit woman; that only the good shall see the C’anupa and that the bad should not even see it or touch it. Since the meeting in Rosebud, Alfred Bone Shirt and them have threatened to get the C’anupa and to give it to someone else, so I must listen to what was passed down in knowledge when these things happen.

 

I struggle just like anyone else to pay to live in this society and survive. I have chosen to survive by speaking of what our work is about, as many of our own people that have earned that voice in being asked to speak of education in many areas that concern our people. But I will always stand by the protecting our sacred way of life, that the blood of our people is not for sale as in our sacred stone and as well as our ceremonies, my responsibility that comes with this position.

 

Our traditional ways are very strict. Today people are fasting and Sun Dancing. During this time of our most important ceremonies where people are looking for good health, it was always said to watch our words, as words are sacred, they can do more damage then good to a Nation and also misrepresent who we are as a People. Young People read these things and this also goes down in history, this behavior makes our Nation look bad, these are issues, traditionally that should have been handled in a more respectful way instead of going out there in the world. Our native newspapers should be a part of this too and check out whether it is true or good for people to read.

 

Once again, I will tell our people that once you go into that (Sun Dance) circle, you stay in there for four days and fulfill your commitment. Our people can be strong people!

 

I would like to thank all of the people for listening to the few words that I have to say today. Thank you very much.

 

Arvol Looking Horse

Eagle Butte, SD

 

 


 

 

October 12, 2006


Message from Chief Arvol Looking Horse.

Mitakuye (my relative),

I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nation, ask you to understand an Indigenous perspective on what has happened in America, what we call "Turtle Island." My words seek to unite the global community through a message from our sacred ceremonies to unite spiritually, each in our own ways of beliefs in the Creator.

We have been warned from Ancient Prophecies of these times we live in  today, but have also been given a very important message about a solution to  turn these terrible times around.

To understand the depth of this message you must recognize the importance of Sacred Sites and realize the interconnectedness of what is happening today, in reflection of the continued massacres that are occurring on other lands and our own Americas.

I have been learning about these important issues since the age of 12, upon receiving the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle and its teachings. Our people have striven to protect Sacred Sites from the beginning of time. These places have been violated for centuries and have brought us to the predicament that we are in at the global level.

Look around you. Our Mother Earth is very ill from these violations, and we are on the brink of destroying the possibility of a healthy and nurturing survival for generations to come, our children's children.

Our ancestors have been trying to protect our Sacred Site called the Sacred Black Hills in South Dakota, "Heart of Everything That Is," from continued violations. Our ancestors never saw a satellite view of this site, but now that those pictures are available, we see that it is in the shape of a heart and, when fast-forwarded, it looks like a heart pumping.

The Dine have been protecting Big Mountain, calling it the liver, and we  are suffering and going to suffer more from the extraction of the coal from there and the poison processes used in doing so.

The Aborigines have warned of the contaminating effects of global warming  on the Coral Reefs, which they see as Mother Earth's blood purifier.

The Indigenous people of the rainforest relay that the rainforest are the lungs of the planet and need protection.

The Gwich'in Nation has had to face oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain, also known to the Gwich'in as "Where life  begins!"

The coastal plain is the birthplace of many life forms of the Animal Nations. The death of these Animal Nations will destroy Indigenous Nations in  this territory.

As these destructive developments continue all over the world, we will witness many more extinct Animal, Plant, and Human Nations, because of mankind's misuse of power and their lack of understanding of the "balance of life."

The Indigenous people warn that these destructive developments will cause havoc globally. There are many, many more Indigenous awareness and knowledge about Mother Earth's Sacred Sites, her Chakras, connections to our spirit that  will surely affect our future generations.

There needs to be a fast move toward other forms of energy that are safe  for all Nations upon Mother Earth. We need to understand the types of minds that are continuing to destroy the spirit of our whole global community. Unless we do  this, the powers of destruction will overwhelm us. Our Ancestors foretold that  water would someday be for sale. Back then, this was hard to believe, since the  water was so plentiful, so pure, and so full of energy, nutrition, and spirit.

Today we have to buy pure water, and even then the nutritional minerals have been taken out; it's just empty liquid. Someday water will be like gold,  too expensive to afford.

Not everyone will have the right to drink safe water. We fail to appreciate and honor our Sacred Sites, ripping out the minerals and gifts that lay underneath them as if Mother Earth were simply a resource, instead of the Source of Life itself.

Attacking Nations and having to utilize more resources to carry out destruction in the name of peace is not the answer! We need to understand how  all these decisions affect the Global Nation; we will not be immune to its repercussions. Allowing continual contamination of our food and land is  affecting the way we think.

A "disease of the mind" has set in world leaders and many members of our global community, with their belief that a solution of retaliation and destruction of peoples will bring Peace.

In our Prophecies it is told that we are now at the crossroads: Either  unite spiritually as a Global Nation, or be faced with chaos, disasters,  diseases, and tears from our relatives' eyes.

We are the only species that is destroying the Source of Life, meaning Mother Earth, in the name of power, mineral resources, and ownership of land, using chemicals and methods of warfare that are doing irreversible damage, as Mother Earth is becoming tired and cannot sustain any more impacts of war.

I ask you to join me on this endeavor. Our vision is for the Peoples of all continents, regardless of their beliefs in the Creator, to come together as one  at their Sacred Sites to pray and meditate and commune with one another, thus  promoting an energy shift to heal our Mother Earth and achieve a universal consciousness toward attaining Peace.

As each day passes, I ask all Nations to begin a global effort, and  remember to give thanks for the Sacred Food that has been gifted to us by our  Mother Earth, so the nutritional energy of medicine can be guided to heal our  minds and spirits.

This new millennium will usher in an age of harmony or it will bring the  end of life as we know it. Starvation, war, and toxic waste have been the hallmark of the Great Myth of Progress and Development that ruled the last millennium.

To us, as caretakers of the heart of Mother Earth, falls the responsibility of turning back the powers of destruction.  You yourself are the one who must decide.

You alone - and only you - can make this crucial choice, to walk in honor  or to dishonor your relatives. On your decision depends the fate of the entire World.

Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind.

Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of such terrible danger?

Know that you yourself are essential to this World. Believe that!  Understand both the blessing and the burden of that. You yourself are  desperately needed to save the soul of this World. Did you think you were put  here for something less? In a Sacred Hoop of Life, there is no beginning and no  ending!

 


 

July 7, 2003

Unity of Indigenous Nations' 

Protection of Ceremonial Ways of Life

I have asked the non-Indigenous Nations to please understand our need to protect and maintain our sacred 'way of life' and not to conduct our Sacred Ceremonies.  This request still allows the non-indigenous people to 'attend' and support our ceremonies by taking part in healing ceremonies, and to offer prayers for their families in our sacred inipi (sweat lodges), to support our First Nations that hemblec'ia (vision quest) and Win Wang wac'ipi (Sundance).  This participation also depends on the person that is sponsoring these ceremonies, as some do not allow this. 

Our Sacred Ceremonial way of life involves the protocols of lineage to the hoc'oka, our altar, and of ancestral sacred energies for communicating with Wakan Tankan, the Great Mystery, the Great Spirit and Creator. I feel that all International Indigenous Nations should stand together in remembering these most sacred protocols that our Grandfathers and Grandmothers left for us. Our Sacred Ceremonies have been part of our spiritual 'way of life' since the time of creation. Our Sacred Ceremonies determine the cultural identity that our ancestors preserved for us. 

I would like to encourage unity in promoting our sacred languages on behalf of our children.  The world needs to recognize the importance of this in understanding who we are, as Indigenous Nations.  Preserving our way of life is vital for preservation of our children's identity.  This same unity would also strengthen our concerns of protecting our Sacred Sites around the world upon which many of us depend for strength. 

I have been promoting the day of June 21st as "World Peace and Prayer Day" which is now being promoted in the United Nations as "Honoring Sacred Sites Day".  We must stand together in recognition of our sacred responsibility to protect the sacred lands for which our First Nations Grandfathers and Grandmothers gave their lives.  These responsibilities to our Sacred Unci Maka (mother earth), along with our 'way of life', should not be ignored or traded for money. 

I would like to stress the importance of recognizing our existing burial sites as Sacred Sites to protect them from any further exploitation.  Our deceased ancestors were buried with ceremonial ways of prayer including protection in their death.  Ignorance and disrespect accept desecration.

I am addressing these very important issues with my Brother/and Sister First Nations, because of the present predicament that our own Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nations (a.k.a. Sioux Nation) are now facing.  We ask for your understanding and support as our ceremonies are being mocked and violated in your back yards.  We request your assistance in speaking on our behalf for protection of these sacred ceremonies.  We hereby give you that right to do so as our Brother/Sister First Nation, along with the non-Indigenous Nation, that have voiced and would like to assist in this protection as well. Wopila (much thanks) for understanding this is not about racism! 

This resolution was passed in the National Congress of American Indians. We are presently looking for support on an International level with the UN for protection, since our ceremonies are now being violated worldwide.  We are facing a wild fire of imitation mockery from around the world: non-Indigenous people and our own First Nations People who have become lost and greedy who are practicing our sacred ceremonies with no previous teachings or knowing our language, neglecting important procedures, and charging for participation. 

As all of you know, it takes a lifetime to learn and earn the privilege to conduct these rites.  The desecration has proven to be very damaging in the perception of the way our children view their traditional legacy.  The energy that was meant for them has become distorted and polluted.  These are very important issues which all of our Indigenous Nations must take a unified stand so that our ceremonies can be strengthened to withstand the changes that are occurring upon our Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth).  All of our Indigenous Nations understand that these ceremonies are connected to the well being of our Unci Maka and the survival of our future generations. 

I have recently put out a statement on these very issues that not only involves protection of our Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nations' ceremonies, but also other similar Plains Tribal ceremonies.  I am standing with the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Nations with the same concerns in addressing these issues that were discussed in the recent series of meetings hosted by the different Plains Tribal Nations.  This effort was initiated by Bernard Red Cherries Jr., Northern Cheyenne Sundance-Arrow Priest, and Elkhorn Scraper Society Headsman. 

We must respect each others Cultural and traditional ways of life. 
 
We realize that these concerns must reach more and more people in order to gain a Global understanding of the need to protect our 'ways of life' for Peace and Unity on behalf of, not only our Indigenous Nations, but on behalf of all Mitakuye Oyasin (all living beings upon Mother Earth). 

In a Sacred Hoop, where there is no ending and no beginning, Mitakuye Oyasin,

Chief Arvol Looking Horse,
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Pipe

 


 

Received June 16, 2003

 

 

 

National Day of Prayer to

 

Protect Native American Sacred Places

 

Mitakuye,

 

I am much honored that you have committed yourselves toward the preservation of our Sacred Sites.  

 

My prayers will be with you all on this day of the 20th of June. We understand this effort to be known as "ALL Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer." 

All the People of the world will be gathering at their local Sacred Site and be aware that many others in the world are doing the same effort of gathering prayers, no matter what faith they belong to, but offering a prayer from the heart. 

 

As you know, the awareness is badly needed in this country and throughout the world. Mother Earth is the source of life, not a resource.

 

From the time I became the Keeper of the Sacred Bundle at the age of 12, I too have witnessed the abuse of our Sacred Sites.

 

In my young age, my father Stanley and I used to go to honor these places during certain times of the year and do ceremony. These were times when our ceremonies were illegal. He asked me to continue this effort to bring about this awareness even stronger.

 

I then dedicated my life to this purpose by initiating World Peace and Prayer Day, currently being presented as "Honoring Sacred Sites Day" on the UN level.  This day of June 21st was chosen in 1995, a year after the birth of the White Buffalo Calf in Wisconsin. At this time we had went to ceremony to understand what the birth message was about. I visited with many other Indigenous Spiritual Leaders of first Nations People and discussed this awareness to protect these sites, as I knew there was a connection with this birth related to the condition of our Sacred Mother Earth.

 

We discussed this effort in order for our future generations to continue in the importance of understanding the energy connection that all Indigenous People in world understand with Sacred Sites. 

 

This date was chosen and I would like to request that you announce this time at your gatherings on the 20th and remind the people that there are thousands of people around the world that are going to these Sacred Sites the following day and offering their prayers for better health for our future generations and Mother Earth.

 

In 1996, I rode on Horse back from Canada on route to Grey Horn Butte aka Devils Tower, through many reservations on the way. Many Elders met and prayed with us as we rode through the reserves and reservations carrying this message during our 2 month long journey. 

 

The visit that I really remember in my heart and mind was meeting the Keeper of the Sacred Hat on the Cheyenne Reservation in Lame Deer, Montana. The Keeper shared a dream with me that he had long ago, of men on horseback that would come to his home carrying a message of honoring and protecting our Sacred Sites. He attended the very first event at Grey Horn Butte in 1996. This memory carries me to this day. 

 

The Park Service and I were taken to court by the Climbers Association for "forbidding their recreational activities request" during our time of Prayer at Grey Horn Butte. We won the case in Supreme Court four years later. I humbly request you extend your time at these sites for one more day and pray with us as well, as we will be in a Sacred Site on the 20th and will remember you too.

 

Our web site is www.worldpeaceandprayerday.org or www.wolakota.org.
In the Sacred Hoop of Life where there is no ending and no beginning! 

 

Mitakuye Oyasin,
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, O-mini-c'i-ya-pi 

 


 

Received April 26, 2003

The People in these hoc'okas 


Mitakuye,

Since the statement of protecting our ceremonies, there have been many issues that have come out. Many people reporting on one another, many people arguing for the participation of non-natives, many non-natives telling me that I am a dictator of these ways. I see this as good and bad, because I now see since these reports, there is a much bigger problem then I ever knew in concern of the violations. Even more reports of deaths, charging, molestation and mixing of other beliefs, this must stop! These violations are affecting our children's health, many of our children ending their life with suicide. They do not feel that 
ceremonial energy that was meant for them. 

 

The People in these hoc'okas need to become stronger and connected with our children's needs to survive. This Bundle is our way the Creator gave us to help us survive with spirituality. It is all about  transferring spiritual energy for health for your loved ones and thinking of 7 generations to come. 

 

These prayers also go out to the world, for all Mitakuye Oyasin 

 

I don't like the division, but again when was the last time we really united. I would rather see our people, even if there are only a few, unite strong and understand what this all about, to stand with me for these ways to be protected, so this Bundle can stay for our future generations. These sacred protocols were always there. The teacher is the Grandfathers. 

 

There was nothing new in my statement. The only thing that changed was allowing other Native People whose Nations come from this same ma-co-c'e (land) to participate in Sundance and vision quest. Their Ancestors understood the values and traditions of ceremony in the connection to this Turtle Island. I have known in our history that we shared our ways with other Nations with respect. Our people would intermarry with other Native Nations, they would become a Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Oyate. It was the same when our woman married another Nation's man, because we have the same teachings and bloodline to this ma-co-c'e.

I have heard native and non-native people fully understand my statement, yet many are misinterpreting the statement, because they don't want to see the truth and how it affects them. Many have wanted me to re-explain what all this means with the decision. The decision was based on many years of the Elders coming to me with dreams and concerns of what is going on. I waited to make another statement, to allow time to bring things out and open the eyes of the people to look at what is happening with our sacred ways. Just how serious these things have become, has now been revealed.

I will explain the things that people have been questioning. First, I understand that there have been people at the meeting that are talking about not agreeing with my decision. I announced my decision in Lakota that has a much larger meaning. During the meeting, that was taped, Sam Moves Camp stated that I make a decision after all the issues were discussed.  Yet I am getting word from non-natives that they have talked to some Men at the meeting and they were told that they did not agree. Yet no one said anything after I spoke. 

 

These Men are only a few. I guess they have learned how this affects them after the statement went out, so they backed away. Some of the people getting back to me are reporting the misuse of their friendship with these Men and other Men that call themselves Intercessors. They have questioned how they could agree with this decision even when they do these violations themselves. I still stand by these Lakota Men and have to work with them. I don't feed that negative energy. We are the Buffalo Nation and I will not report them, it is up to these people to correct these things themselves. The Buffalo teaching is to stand around one that has fallen and help them stand, these ways belong to them, even if they have become lost.  The other need is to establish our strong Societies again to deal with these matters. Those Society men who are compassionate and walk in a respectful manner, yet strong in their energy with spiritual guidance to correct these violations in an honorable way.

I stated the only Government protection of our ways is the Eagle Feather Law, because we are dealing with non-native participation that do not honor our spiritual laws that are in place. This only law is when only enrolled members can own this sacred item for ceremonial use. The feather represents knowledge and you have to earn this for any part of our ceremonies. I realize that during the 1900's many of our people were taken away from their families. I have participated in providing a healing ceremony for adoptees. 

 

Many are even full bloods and can not find their families. We can still find a way to provide our people in recognition of their right to their identity. Those that know their lineage can still prove their bloodline, our intermarrying with other Nations is not that old that it can not be found. In the mean time, we need to continue to focus on the protection that is available now. That first teaching of bloodline came when the first Keeper was told by Pte Skan Win that the Bundle must stay in the bloodline and passed down through a vision or dream from the Keeper. So it is the same teaching of our Native Bloodline with the ceremonies.

My position is the Keeper of the Bundle that consists of the 7 Sacred Rites I am being responsible to remind the Oyate that these ways are being violated. Even to a degree that in 1979, when we were bringing out the Sacred C'anupa, we received a warning in ceremony from the Grandfathers, that if these abuses continued, they would leave. We decided to put away the Bundle for 7 years from 1980-87 and get the word out that we were warned. We could be just another Nation, with no identity, no cultural language, no cultural way of life and we could probably loose our reservations and Sacred Sites.

Pte-Ska Win told us her spirit would stand upon Mother Earth in the future, these signs have been coming every year since 1994, with the births of the white buffalo calves. This is a blessing, to see the reminder that the Bundle she brought is still here for us, but yet it is also a warning. If you remember she came the first time when we were having a hard time of starvation, the buffalo disappeared, because we forgot the buffalo teachings of honoring the Creator in the way we walk. We have forgotten these important teachings once again.

I stated that I can not dictate to the Spiritual Leaders who they allow to attend and support ceremonies, who they feel they need to doctor or where they travel. This was to only remind that the white brothers and sisters, they can still attend and pray with us at a ceremony, if the Spiritual Leader allows this. Again it is the hoc'oka, the center, where our Oyate stand, that needs to be protected. This is also a reminder even with our own people, they need to prepare their life to stand in that alter and learn these protocols of a drug and alcohol free life. They must have a calling that is be interpreted in ceremony, to at least begin to learn the language and not give in to English. The language is very important in communicating with the Grandfathers. When I attended the UN Indigenous Day with representatives from Indigenous Nations from around the world, they discussed the criteria to maintain our voice in the protection of our Sacred Sites and cultural identity.  

 

All agreed it was to maintain the language. Don't give up your ways because you don't know how to speak yet.  You can learn as you go along and this sacred language will come back for your Tiospaye.

We are the only Indigenous Nation in the world that has opened our sacred ceremonials, of the alter, out to the public. Now we are seeing the abuse and violations. Anyone can read a book or get close to our ceremonial people, then go out and practice our ways without proper protocols. 

 

Racism is when a race is not given a right because of color of skin in American Society. These sacred instructions were given to our People's Society, as many other Nations were given their own. If that were the case, then all the other Indigenous Nations that protect their sacred ways would be racist. Our Nation's protection of these sacred ways is prayers of strength for all Mitakuye Oyasin. Indigenous People understand these boundaries of protection. Iktomi is always there to trick us. It is our responsibility to protect the life of our Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, future generations. This gift belongs to them, from the Creator.

I would like to remind you of a time when we can all gather at the Sacred Sites, with "all Nations, all faiths, one prayer", no matter how we believe in the Creator, of World Peace and Prayer Day, June 21st. 

This is a time when you find your own individual connection to our Unc'I Maka (Grandmother earth), from your heart, your own sacred site. We need to give thanks and offer our prayers for her to heal.

In a Sacred Hoop of life, where there is no beginning and no ending!

He-c'e-tu-ye-lo,  Mitakuye Oyasin,

Chief Arvol Looking Horse,
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Pipe

 


 

Received March 15, 2003

Green Grass Proclamation

I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, would like to thank all the People that attended this historic "Protection of Ceremonies" meeting.

Bernard Red Cherries - Northern Cheyenne Nation, Northern Cheyenne Arrow Priest and Elk Society Headsman  
Tweety Little Bird - Northern Cheyenne Nation, No. Cheyenne Elk Horn Scraper Society  
Lee Pedro - Southern Arapahoe Nation, Southern Arapahoe Rabbit Man (Holy Man)  
Dave Chief - Ogallala Nation, Lakota Spiritual Leader  
Dave Swallow - Ogallala Nation, Medicine Bundle Keeper  
Kevin Horse Looking - Ogallala Nation, Medicine Bundle Keeper  
Floyd Hand - Ogallala Nation, Medicine Bundle Keeper  
Silo Black Crow - Ogallala Nation, Medicine Bundle Keeper  
Sam Moves Camp - Ogallala Nation, Medicine Bundle Keeper  
Chris Leith - Prairie Island Dakota Community, Medicine Bundle Keeper  
Gaylen Drapeau Sr. - I-hank-to-wa (Yankton Sioux) Nation, Medicine Bundle Keeper  
Gaylen Drapeau Jr. - I-hank-to-wa (Yankton Sioux) Nation, Medicine Bundle Keeper  
Ambrose Little Ghost - Spirit Lake Dakota Nation, Dakota Spiritual, Leader   
Calvin Medicine Bear First - Assinoboine Nakota Nation, Nation, Spiritual Leader  
Leonard Crow Dog - Si-c'an-g'u Rosebud Sioux Nation, Medicine Bundle Keeper  
Roy Stone Sr. -  Si-c'an-g'u Rosebud Sioux Nation, Medicine Bundle Keeper   
Ned Medcalf - Si-c'an-g'u Rosebud Sioux Nation, Interpretor/advisor  
Leon Red Dog - Hoh'-wo-ju Cheyenne River Sioux Nation, Medicine Bundle Keeper  
Steve Vance - Hoh'-wo-ju Cheyenne River Sioux Nation, Medicine Bundle Keeper  
Francis Yellow - Hoh'-wo-ju Cheyenne River Sioux Nation, Medicine Bundle Keeper  
Jacob Sanderson - Cree Nation Canada, Medicine Bundle Keeper  
Kevin Ta-c'an - Sioux Valley Manitoba Dakota Nation, Dakota Spiritual Leader

On March 8th and 9th, Spiritual Leaders and Bundle Keepers of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nation, Cheyenne Nation and Arapahoe Nation were called together to discuss the protection from the abuse and exploitation of our ceremonies.  The meeting was held at the Cultural Center in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, hosted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.  I would also like to acknowledge the financial donation from the Prairie Island Dakota Community. 
 
Discussions in the meeting included the molestation taking place in ceremony, indecent mockery, mixing of new age beliefs, charging for ceremonies and death, which was never heard of before in our ancient ceremonial history.  There was also discussion of the use of other 'medicines' (drugs) in and around our ceremonies.  When the White Buffalo Calf Woman brought the Sacred Bundle, she instructed that only  those with a pure mind and heart should touch the C'anupa.  The ceremonies in question, in reference to all the Plains Tribes, were the I-ni-pi (Purification Ceremony), Wi-wanyang-wa-c'i-pi (Sundance Ceremony) and Han-ble-c'i-ya (vision quest) Sacred Rites. 

We put out notice in the newspapers, native radio stations and also contacted people through the phone.  I offered prayers for the safe journey of the People to this very important historic meeting.  Those that could not attend, I acknowledge their prayers for a good outcome for our concerns.
 
After long discussion and testimonies of the concerns and issues, it was decided that it would be up to me, as the Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe to make a decision.  It was good to feel the beginning of a Unity amongst our People.  This has been my concern for many decades, especially now, when we are facing an oncoming war. We need to stand strong with our ceremonies! 
 
I will state what the decision is and also explain the reasons.  I will state the protocols to our Seven Sacred Rites, which were passed down to me when I became the next Keeper at the age of 12 years old.  These protocols are traditional knowledge passed down through our oral history and need to be brought back to strengthen our 'Ho-c'o-ka' (our sacred alters) once again.
 
I will also address the areas that I cannot be involved in.  My responsibility is the Seven Sacred Rites.  It was decided, from March 9th, 2003 and forward, there will be no non-Natives allowed in our sacred Ho-c'o-ka (our sacred alters) where it involves our Seven Sacred Rites.  The only protection with this decision in Government law; is that only enrolled members can carry an eagle feather.  In all the Seven Sacred Rites, there has always been the understanding of earning and a requirement of an eagle feather while participating in these Rites.  The eagle feather stands for Indigenous knowledge and guidance in our spiritual ways.
 
The Wi-wanyang-wa-c'i-pi (Sundance Ceremony): The only participants allowed in the center will be Native People.  The non-Native people need to understand and respect our decision.  If there have been any unfinished commitments to the Sundance and non-Natives have concern for this decision; they must understand that we have been guided through prayer to reach this resolution.  Our purpose for the Sundance is for the survival of the future generations to come, first and foremost.  If the non-Natives truly understand this purpose, they will also understand this decision and know that by their departure from this Ho-c'o-ka (our sacred alter) is their sincere contribution to the survival of our future generations. 

Please understand the Wi-wanyang-wa-c'i-pi Ceremony is not only taking place in the center (Ho-c'o-ka) with the dancers.  Cremonial participation also depends on all the supporters on the outside of the arbor who should be in prayer.  From the gate, to the cook shack, to the fire-keepers, to the supporters around the arbor, to even the moon camp, all people are still a part of this sacred ceremony.
 
There should be a preparation of 'Han-ble-c'i-ya' (vision quest) before you become a participant of the Sundance.
 
We shall go back into this ceremony with the proper protocols before and during the ceremony itself.  Only those that have had the dream or direction through a ceremony, in concern of someone's health, should be dancing.  Dancers should be secluded from outside participants, as to not be contaminated by other people's energy or thoughts.  There should be absolutely no food or water during this four-day ceremony.  If there are health problems, you should choose a person to finish your commitment.  This ceremony is supposed to be for those that believe they can fulfill all required four days of the ceremony. 
 
Han-ble-c'i-ya (Vision Quest): The vision quest should be only for Native People that have had the dream or vision.  This Rite is also for the young men and women that reach the age of 12 years of age.
 
I-ni-pi (Purification Ceremony):  Those that run this sacred rite should be able to communicate with Tun-ca-s'i-la (our Sacred Grandfathers) in their Native Plains tongue.  They should also have earned this rite by completing Han-ble-c'i-ya and the four days and four years of the Wi-wanyang wa-c'i-pi. 
 
The other four sacred rites of the Hun-ka ka-g'a (Making of a Relative), the Ta-pa kah'-g'o-ya (Throwing of the Sacred Ball), Wi-yan is'-na ti (Womanhood Ceremony) and the Na-g'i glu-ha (Keeping of the Spirit Ceremony), should be only handled by legitimate Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Oyate (People).

It was also decided only legitimate Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Oyate Medicine Bundle Keepers should handle any other ceremonies that are connected to our Ho-co-ka, such as the Lo-wa-pi and U-wi-pi ceremonies. There should be no price tag allowed to participate in any of our Sacred Ceremonies.  The only protocol needed for a ceremony is to o-pa-g'i, meaning to offer your C'anupa or offer tobacco that has been prayed with, in which the Medicine Person accepts or not accept if he is not able to assist.

Medicine People do need to survive, and if people wish to give a monetary or any other gifts after they receive their help from ceremony, giving it from their hearts, I see no problem with that.  We have to have faith that the Grandfathers will provide for our needs to survive in this modern society; whether the gift is money, blankets, food or anything that represents how much they appreciate the help.  Some people can afford big gifts, some people cannot.  It all balances out.

My position is only for the Seven Sacred Rites.  I cannot dictate to our Medicine People who they allow to attend and support these Rites, in reference to non-Native People.  I cannot dictate who they choose to doctor in their ceremonies. I cannot dictate where they travel to doctor.

I have my own personal feelings on who should be Keepers of our Sacred C'anupa (Pipe).  The C'anupa is very sacred and the Keeper should first be given a dream and be of Native decent.  This issue should be further discussed in our future meetings.  The reason for my feelings is that I am aware the C'anupa has gone out to the International community and has been for sale.  I know that most non-Native People do not understand the important protocols or have had the Traditional background to carry this sacred item properly. I am aware of women in their moon and men with blood on their hands (to take ones life intentionally) have been allowed to touch and carry the C'anupa.  These serious situations were never to be allowed.  I offer thanks to the non-Native People that have returned the C'anupa to our People, after I privately shared my concerns with them.  I acknowledge their true sincerity in assisting our Nation to protect the survival of our Traditional way of life on behalf of our future generations.  They have helped us bring back honor and respect to our sacred Ho-c'o-ka and C'anupa.

There was also discussion of only the Plains Tribal members to participate in the Ho-co-ka of the Wi-wanyang wa-c'i-pi and the Han-ble-c'i-ya Ceremonies.  In the early 70's, Chief Fools Crow and my father Stanley Looking Horse decided to allow other Native Nations to participate in these Rites.  Their reasons were based on the fact that most Nations have lost their ways through assimilation or lack of Teachers to teach their Indigenous ways.  They honored and understood the unity of the First Nations People when different Tribes came to the aid of the Wounded Knee Occupation.  I cannot undo their decision out of respect for our Chief and Elder.  It has also been in our history that our Ancestors have respectfully shared our ceremonies with other Indigenous Nations.

The original teachings were that the Pipe Carrier should make their own C'anupa.  There was an understanding of the sincere spiritual energy and the traditional values passed down through our bloodlines. All the values of compassion, love, honor, respect and truth are molded into the spiritual life they are creating.  I hope that one day the future generations will again pick up this important protocol.
 
I would like to invite all our Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nations to the next ceremony when I bring out the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Bundle. The dates in the fall will be announced.  During this time we will place the 12 honorable compassionate men to assist in taking care of the concerns of the Sacred C'anupa.  We will also discuss the protocols of the need to have a good mind and good heart to be a member of the Societies that will carry out these decisions in a respectful manner.
 
There will be another Protection of Ceremonies meeting to further discuss and address these serious issues in the future.  This meeting will be sponsored by the Cheyenne Nation.
 
Once again, I thank all those that have offered prayers for these very serious issues to be discussed and handled in a good way.
 
In the Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning!

 
Mitakuye Oyasin,
 

Arvol Looking Horse,
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe


 

Received: March 1, 2002

Sacred Altars - Global Prophecies

Mitakuye (my relative),

From our Sacred Alters to Global Prophecies, it has been confirmed that we must continue to bring the message of Peace throughout the World. As we open our hands to the Creator, we must bring our hearts together. Purity and compassion must flow together to bring health and happiness to all the Nations of Mother Earth, creating an energy shift toward healing.

From the "Heart of Everything That Is", we have a Prophecy about the "White Buffalo Calf". The Bundle that I care for, called the "White Buffalo Calf Pipe", has an ancient story foretelling the signs we should look for in the future. They speak of a day when a white buffalo calf will stand upon Mother Earth. It will have black hoofs, eyes and nose. Ten have been born since 1994. This would bring us an awareness that we are at the Crossroads. We will be faced with chaos, sickness, continued diseases, and tears from our relatives eyes unless we unite spiritually. Scientific findings have confirmed that the violations against Mother Earth have caused the lack of energy to sustain our planet and our future. We have no choice but to stand together in prayer.

2002, the 7th year of our commitment, brings us to Durban, South Africa for the World Peace and Prayer Day event. In a settlement called Phoenix, founded by the re-known Peace Leader Mahatma Gandhi. A significant place where he lived, taught and worshipped, teaching the importance of respect and honoring one another's diverse beliefs in the Creator. We are happy to announce the assistance of Ela Gandhi in this year's organizing, Mahatma Gandhi's Granddaughter.

We are asking each one of you to pray with us on June 21st. Honoring all Sacred Sites upon Mother Earth. I am praying that one day this important day can be recognized worldwide as "Honoring Sacred Sites Day". A time that we all can have a chance to come together and pray for our future generations!

In the Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning!

Mitakuye Oyasin (all my relations)

Chief Arvol Looking Horse,
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe


Received:  November 1, 2001

 

We are at the Crossroads!

Mitakuye (my relative),

I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nation, would like to ask for this time for you to understand an Indigenous perspective in reflection of what has happened in America, what we call "Turtle Island".

For the past six years, my work has concentrated on an effort on uniting the Global community, through a message from our sacred ceremonies in recognizing a day of World Peace and Prayer as a time to unite spiritually, each in our own ways of beliefs in the Creator.  We have been warned from the messages, passed down from Ancient Prophecies of these times we live in today, but also a very important message of a solution to turn these terrible times around.

To assist you in understanding the depth of this message involves the recognition in the importance of Sacred Sites. It is important that you realize the whole interconnectedness of what is happening today, in reflection of the continued massacres that are occurring on other lands and our own Americas. I have been learning about these important issues of Sacred Sites since the age of 12, upon receiving the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle and it's teachings. Our people have strived to protect Sacred Sites from the beginning of time. There needs to be an understanding in the concern of the protection of Sacred Sites that goes deeper than just the issue of Shrines built by humans.

Our people have built similar objects and Shrines to identify and to remind the significance in the power of the Sacred Site. We have also witnessed them being destroyed for many decades, but we also realize it is what is underneath them that is important. These places have been violated for centuries and have brought us to this predicament that we are in concerning the unstable Global Level thus far.

Look around you, our Mother Earth is very ill from these violations and we are at a brink of destroying a healthy and nurturing survival for generations to come, our children's children.

Our ancestors have been trying to protect our Sacred Site from the continued violations called the Sacred Black Hills in SD, "Heart of Everything that is". Our ancestors never seen this site from a Satellite view, but now that those pictures are available with modern technology, we see that it is in the shape of a heart and when fast forwarded it looks like a heart pumping. The Dine have been protecting Big Mountain, calling it the liver and now that the coal is depleting, we are suffering and going to suffer more from the extraction of the coal and poison processes used in doing so.  The Aborigines has warned of the contaminating effects on the Corral Reefs from Global Warming, which they see as Mother Earth's blood purifier, our sacred water is being polluted.

The Indigenous people of the Rain Forest relay that the Rain Forest are the lungs and need protection and now we see the Brazilian Government approved the depletion of 50% of this Sacred Site. The Gwich'in Nation has an issue of oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain, also known to the Gwich'in as 'Where the life begins!' The coastal plain is also the birthplace of many other life forms of Animal Nations. The death of these Animal Nations will destroy Indigenous Nations in this territory.

As these destructive developments continue all over the world, we will witness many more extinct Animal, Plant and Human Nations, because of the misuse of power that mankind has made and their lack of understanding the "balance of life". The Indigenous people warn that these destructive developments will cause havoc globally.

There are many, many more Indigenous awareness's and knowledge of Mother Earth's Sacred Sites, connections (Mother Earth's Chakras) to our spirit that will surely affect our future generations. These people are still suffering from this contamination and their livelihood is being destroyed as I write this to you. There needs to be a fast move toward other forms of energy that are safe for all Nations upon Mother and the whole picture in the type of minds that are continuing to destroy the spirit of our whole Global Community. Unless we do this, the powers of destruction will overwhelm us. Our Ancestors foretold that water would someday be for sale.  Back then this was hard to believe, since the water was so plentiful, so pure, and so full of energy, nutrition and spirit.  Today we have to buy pure water, and even then the nutritional minerals have been taken out; it's just empty liquid.  Someday water will be like gold, too expensive to afford.  Not everyone will have the right to drink safe water.  We fail to appreciate and honor our Sacred Sites, ripping out the minerals and gifts that lay underneath them, as if Mother Earth were simply a resource, instead of the Source of Life itself.

Attacking Nations and having to utilize more resources to carry out the destruction in the name of Peace and elimination is not the answer!  We need to understand how all these decisions affects the Global Nation, we will not be immune to it's repercussions.

To allow continual contamination of our food and land, is now affecting the way we think.  A "disease of the mind" has set in World Leaders and many members of our Global Community, with their understanding that a solution of retaliation and destruction of peoples will bring Peace.

In our Prophecies it is told that we are now at the Crossroads, either unite Spiritually as a Global Nation, or be faced with chaos, disasters, diseases and tears from our relatives eyes.

In times of disasters it is sad to say that it is the only time that we unite spiritually, but we must not taint it with anger and retaliation. We are the only species that is destroying the Source of life, meaning Mother Earth, in the name of power, mineral resources and ownership of land, using methods of chemicals and warfare that is becoming irreversible, as Mother Earth is becoming tired and can not sustain any more impacts of war.


I ask you to join me on this endeavor. Our vision is for the Peoples of all continents, regardless of their beliefs in the Creator, to come together as one at their Sacred Sites at that sacred moment of what is known as the Summer Solstice of June 21st, to pray and meditate and commune with one another, thus promoting an energy shift to heal our Mother Earth and achieve a universal consciousness toward attaining Peace.  As each day passes bringing us to this day of concentration together, I ask the Global Nations to begin a Global effort, in knowing that each and every one of us are making a daily effort in waking to a gratitude of another day, that is gifted to us and begin to remember to give thanks for the Sacred Food that has been also gifted to us by our other Earth, so the nutritional energy of medicine can be guided to heal our minds and spirits.

This new millennium will usher in an age of harmony or it will bring the end of life as we know it.  Starvation, war and toxic waste have been the hallmark of the Great Myth of Progress and Development that ruled the last millennium.  To us, as caretakers of the heart of Mother Earth, falls the responsibility of turning back the powers of destruction. We have come to a time and place of great urgency.  The fate of future generations rests in our hands. We must understand the two ways we are free to follow, as we choose-the positive way or the negative way, the spiritual way or the material way.  It's our own choice--each of ours and all of ours.

You yourself are the one who must decide.  You alone-and only you--can make this crucial choice.  Whatever you decide is what you'll be, to walk in honor or to dishonor your relatives.  You can't escape the consequences of your own decision.  On your decision depends the fate of the entire World.

You must decide.  You can't avoid it.  Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind.  Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of such terrible danger?  Know that you yourself are essential to this World. Believe that!

Understand both the blessing and the burden of that.  You yourself are desperately needed to save the soul of this World. Did you think you were put here for something less?

In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no beginning and no ending!

Mitakuye Oyasin,

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

 


 

Received: April 12, 2001

 

Arctic Wildlife Refuge 

 

 

 

Mitakuye (my relative)

I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, the 19th generation keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, would like to continue to add my support and prayers to protect Sacred Site of the Arctic Refuge.

This is one of the last wilderness places, where we the Indigenous Nations should fully add our strong united voice for this protection of our Animal Nations upon Mother Earth. 

 

We have witnessed other places where oil drilling has taken place and have seen the effects it has taken on the environment.  If we allow this energy to come in to poison our Animal Nations and destroy our Mother Earth, this will surely affect our mind, body and spirit. Look around you, our Mother Earth is very ill from these violations and we are at a brink of destroying a healthy and nurturing survival for generations to come.  With our thoughtlessness we are bringing disaster to our future!  We fail to appreciate and honor our Sacred Sites, ripping out the minerals that lay underneath them as if Mother Earth were simply a resource, instead of the Source of Life itself.  How can we allow this to happen? Understand that the whole point of our own existence depends on becoming a Keeper of Mother Earth.

The Arctic Refuge, ‘Where the life begins!’ the name given by the Gwich’in, is a sacred birthing and nursing grounds of the Porcupine River Caribou Herd, on which the Gwich’in rely for food, nutrition and spiritual well-being.  As the Buffalo is to the Lakota, Dakota & Nakota Nation, so is the Caribou to the Gwich’in.  The Gwich’in don't see the man-made boundaries.  They understand the Animal Nation’s migration and depend on their brother the Caribou to return back through their territory.

 

The coastal plain is also the birthplace of many other life forms -- of nesting birds, spawning fish, wolves, polar bears and countless others. The death of these Animal Nations will destroy the Gwich’in Way of Life as a People, as well as the other Indigenous Nations in this territory.

 

The United States should move toward other forms of energy that are safe for ALL Nations upon Mother Earth. A recent program aired on PBS, “NOW” with Bill Moyers, a guest interview with an experienced environmentalist, Hunter Loving of Rocky Mountain Institute, shared that only a very small percentage of oil will be extracted from this Sacred Site for the need of all world consumption.

 

How can this small percentage justify the beginning of yet another extinction of all the Animals that depend on their clean quiet environment to give birth?  It’s now up to Congress to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling or make a wise decision to preserve this sacred place for generations to come. If this development begins and the Caribou are endangered to extinction, the Gwich’in believe, they'll no longer have a purpose in life, since the Creator put them there to protect this territory.

 

In carrying our Message of the need for Global Healing, my work has focused on the awareness of all Mother Earth’s Sacred Sites through the ceremony of World Peace & Prayer Day, June 21st, which is being taken to the Four Directions upon Mother Earth. Let us walk to this day in prayer; for all that those who struggle to protect our future generations survival by voicing and creating a peaceful, yet powerful stand to stop this genocide!  

 

In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning!    

 

Mitakuye Oyasin (all my relations)

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 

19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

 



 

 

LEGEND OF THE WHITE BUFFALO WOMAN By Paul Goble

A beautiful woman appeared to the Lakota people at a time of great change and suffering. She gave them the pipe that has been part of their culture ever since, saying Wakan Tanka, the great spirit...smoke, and you will know he hears you. She is called the White Buffalo Woman because after giving the people this gift, she changed into a buffalo, reminding her tribespeople of their ties to nature.  In stirring prose and some of his most breathtaking images, widely celebrated author and illustrator Paul Goble brings this important legend to life. Goble includes an introductory note, detailed drawings of the peace pipe, and information about Pipestone Quarry, a National Monument central to this story. National Geographic Society, May 1998.  Soft Cover, 34pp. $21.95

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WHITE BUFFALO AND RAINBOW WARRIOR By Elisha Gabriell

Elisha Gabriell speaks to us of our own humanity—purpose, hopes, dreams, pain, visions, and tears in White Buffalo and the Rainbow Warrior. Through her experiences, we feel a longing to understand the deeper meaning of life, fear of an uncertain future, and finally, a profound awakening of knowledge of Self. We learn that each of us must follow our own inner sensing of Truth. We come to realize that we are a small part of the web that connects all things, and that each of us is surrounded by loving Spirit teachers who can assist us on our journeys through Life. The "Question and Answer" chapter explains such concepts as how to use the power of the breath to expand consciousness. It gives guidance on how to connect with one's spirit, and answers the age-old question, "What is God?" Elisha Gabriell offers her heart and her life as a mirror for humanity to see its own humanness and sacredness!  Writers Club Press, August 2000, Soft Cover, 144pp.  $ 25.95

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GREENGRASS PIPE DANCERS: Crazy Horse's Pipe Bag and a Search for Healing 

By Lionel Little Pinn and Little Eagle

Crazy Horse's Pipe Bag is the inspiration for this true story. It was given to Dr. H. A Brown in 1895 after he saved the son of a Lakota chief from pneumonia. The chief said, "I had a dream in which I was to give the pipe bag to the first white man who did something kind for my family, and it would bring good to my people in the future". Dr. Brown quietly kept the pipe bag for 53 years, but on his death in 1948 his son, Vinson Brown, became its ardent promoter for 40 years in helping revive the old Indian Spirit. In 1988 he passed the responsibility on to the author.  This is Lionel Little Eagle's touching story, written as if he were talking, with intense sincerity from the heart of the spiritual powers of the pipe bag. He beautifully expresses deep love for his wife dying of cancer. Traveling to South Dakota in search of healing they make lasting friendships fostered among some remarkably warmhearted Indian people. Guidance sought for the pipe bag's future, is spiced by uncanny experiences with very powerful medicine men and startling events. The rigors of the sun dance held at Greengrass are almost unbelievable. Greengrass is a small Indian community located about the center of South Dakota. Even in its apparent isolation, it is considered one of the most holy and sacred places on this good earth, the place where the White Buffalo Calf Maiden Pipe is kept. The pipe carriers represent their families, tribes, communities and nations. Their duties require much of the individuals; they pray for healing, for peace, and live a life of honor. The Greengrass Pipe Dancers were the chosen ones to witness and assist with the honoring of the Most Holy Pipe.  Naturegraph Publishers, September 2002, Soft Cover, 255pp.  $19.95

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