Chief Arvol Looking Horse -Protecting the Sacred

Arvol Looking Horse:
October 22, 2016
Protecting the Sacred

Mitakuyape (relatives)!

We are now up against dangerous decisions that are coming from the disease of the mind. We are dealing with minds that hold no values of respect and honor toward another Nation’s Burials and Sacred Sites. Money has contaminated their minds to want the power to desecrate the sacredness of Mother Earth and allow my People’s burial places to be destroyed in order to continue to erase our culture.

As Keeper of this Spirit Bundle of my People, we as the Buffalo People – Pte Oyate, have been able to keep our ceremonies and way of life for 19 generations in tact, which every generation is 100 years. This Bundle has been with us for over 2000 years, which has guided us through massacres and hard times, even when it was hidden until the 1978 Freedom of Religion Act.

Tim Mentz –Tatanka Duta (Red Bull) and his family lineal knowledge are bound by this same woope – Creator’s Law. This knowledge is based on sacred oral history that dictates the word is sacred and stands in truth. Tim’s inherited knowledge is recognizing significant Sacred Sites and holds the same value for our People, as in my position, this is why I am able to carry an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of SD. We both have been raised with traditional knowledge with the responsibility to protect and carry, on behalf of our People. A person that earns a Degree can never attain that same knowledge we carry for our People. The Responsibility that we care for is passed down and learned through our oral history.

For this Oil Corporation to destroy what Tim Mentz, a cultural historical Tracker, identified as our Burial Mounds and Sacred Sites, is a violation to the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This also violates United States’ own Treaty with our People. What has now been allowed to happen is a violation in the highest level of disrespect toward a Nation’s Ancestors. The support this Corporation has are Political Leaders who have given themselves the Power in their elected positions, to violate their own Laws they are supposed to uphold; as stated in their own US Constitution in how Religions are to be treated. Where are the Keepers of their values?

The hearts of All People’s faiths must now unite in believing we can change the path we are now on. We, from heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World to unite for our children’s future. Already we have witnessed many Nations of life are now dying because of contamination; those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, the plant Nation, the four legged and now the two legged.

What we are being faced with is a dark spirit. All life cannot afford to allow the same mistakes to be made any longer, look what is happening to the four directions in the contamination of Mni Wic’oni – water of life. If we do not actively stand up as Leaders and do Creator’s work in uniting our concerns, it will continue to be a domino affect that our Ancestors have warned about in the Prophecies.

This is not a competition of who will lead and who should follow, this is a very serious time we are in. I know in my heart there are millions of People that feel this is long overdue. It is time that all of us become Leaders to help protect the sacred upon Mother Earth – she is the source of life and not a resource.

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

Onipiktec’a (that we shall live),

Nac’a Arvol Looking Horse
19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe



Anne Keala Kelly on Make No Bones About It. Oct 23rd, 2016. 4 pm

Raven will be visiting with award winning Native Hawai’ian filmmaker and journalist Anne Keala Kelly.


Anne Keala Kelly (’06-’07) is a filmmaker and journalist focusing on Hawaiian political and cultural issues, indigenous peoples and the environment. Keala co-produced “The Other Hawai’i,” a 30-minute television news program for Al Jazeera English’s “Inside USA”; she has filed stories from Kathmandu, Geneva and her home in Hawai’i, and her articles and essays have been published in The Nation, Indian Country Today, American Indian Quarterly, the Honolulu Weekly and other journals. Keala has also produced documentaries and short features for radio, which have aired on the Pacifica Network’s Free Speech Radio News and NPR’s The Environment Report. Keala’s first feature length film, “Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai’i,” has received international film festival awards and will be distributed online beginning in April 2012 She can be reached at

Raven Visit with Anne Keela Kelly click here

Alex Jimerson, Seneca, and Noel Altaha, White Mountain Apache, on Make No Bones About It. Oct 23rd, 2016, 5 pm


Alex Jimerson, Seneca, attends New York University in a Food Studies masters program. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in Native American Studies from Syracuse University. His work focuses on Indigenous Food Systems, traditional trade and contemporary food issues. Alex loves to play the game lacrosse, a traditional medicine game of his Haudenosaunee people.


Noel Altaha, White Mountain Apache, holds a Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. Her Bachelors in Psychology and minored in Native American & Indigenous Studies from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Her research focuses on Native Americans healing from historical trauma and unresolved grief. She is a teaching assistant at Columbia University School of Social Work in policy.

2nd Annual Indigenous Peoples Olympia


Monday, 10/10/2016 – 10/10/2016:
2nd Annual Indigenous People’s Day 2016
Time: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Event type: Public
Location: Heritage Park – 5th & Water Street lawns


Standing with Standing Rock Fundraiser



Monday September 26
Come show your support for Standing Rock as “Olympia Food CO-OP” and “Make No Bones About It.” Present the film “Trudell”!

6:30 pm doors / 7pm show
at the door time of the film

@Capitol Theater
206 5th Avenue SE -downtown Olympia, Wa.

In this documentary filmmaker Heather Rae the engaging life story of Native American poet-prophet-activist John Trudell and his heartfelt message of active, personal responsibility to the earth, all of its inhabitants and our descendants.

Director: Heather Rae
more about John Trudell and the film –

Red Warrior Camp Legal Fund- Relatives we are actively working to get our brothers and sisters out! We appreciate all of your support! If you are able to continue supporting, please do so at:

This event is sponsored by the Olympia Food Coop.Olympia Food Co-op logo






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Raven Redbone

Screening of Trudell

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An Important Message From Chief Arvol Looking Horse

An Important Message From Chief Arvol Looking Horse

By Chief Arvol Looking Horse on Monday September 5th, 2016

A Call for United Prayer at Sacred Sites to Heal Mother Earth

This article is directly related to an unfolding battle taking place right now, with Native Americans in North Dakota gathered together to protect their sacred sites from an impending oil pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Nation has been joined by thousands of people making this protest the largest gathering of Native Americans in over 100 years. The contentious oil pipeline is a 4 billion dollar project that would disrupt a sacred burial ground and threaten water supplies. Thousands of people from across the U.S. and Canada have set up camp on the site and the cause has brought over 60 tribes together, reuniting the Great Sioux Nation. Chief Arvol Looking Horse, a spiritual leader of the Sioux Nation, is involved in the protection action.

I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, 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 way.

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.

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.

Recognizing the importance of Sacred Sites.

Since the Beginning of Time…

I have been learning about these important issues since the age of 12 when I received the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle and its teachings. Our people have strived 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 Balance of Life

The Diné have been protecting Big Mountain, calling it the liver of the earth. We are suffering, and going to suffer more, from the extraction of the coal there and the poisoning 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 say that the rainforests are the lungs of the planet and need protection.

The Gwich’in Nation in Alaska 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 teachings and knowledge about Mother Earth’s Sacred Sites, her chakras, and connections to our spirit, that will surely affect our future generations.

The Indigenous people warn that these developments will cause havoc globally.
The Indigenous people warn that these developments will cause havoc globally.

Respecting the Source of Life

There needs to be a fast move toward other forms of energy that are safe for all nations upon Mother Earth (read more here). 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 using 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.

Someday water will be like gold, too expensive to afford.

All in the Name of Power

A “disease of the mind” has affected world leaders and many members of our global community, with a 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 we unite spiritually as a global nation, or we will 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.

I ask you to join me on this endeavor.
I ask you to join me on this endeavor.

The Crucial Choice

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.

You alone – and only you – can make this crucial choice, to walk in honor or to dishonor your relatives.
You alone can choose to walk in honor or to dishonor your relatives.

You Are Needed

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. 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.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the author of White Buffalo Teachings. A tireless advocate of maintaining traditional spiritual practices, Chief Looking Horse is a member of Big Foot Riders, which memorializes the massacre of Big Foot’s band at Wounded Knee and the leader of an initiative to protect sacred sites

Read Next: Chief Arvol Looking Horse’s Message on Water and Prophecy Keeper calls to Protect Sacred Sites.

Clemency March for Leonard Peltier- We Stand with Standing Rock!


Saturday, September 17th, 2016, at Noon. We will gather at the Sylvester Park on Capital and Leigon in Olympia Washington at Noon and will March to the North Steps at the Capital. Speakers sharing after the March.

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