Monthly Archives: October 2016

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

 

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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.

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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 keala.kelly@gmail.com.

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

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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.

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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

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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