Tag Archives: Protect the Sacred

Rosalie Little Thunder, Lakota – 9/19/49 – 8/9/14

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Chief Phil Lane Jr and Faith Spotted Eagle -Message to Obama – Reject and Protect. April 20th, 2014 at 5pm

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Chief Phil Lane Jr and Faith Spotted Eagle in Ottawa on March 20. Photo courtesy of Rueben George

Pipeline Fighters Unite to Protect Future Generation’s Water and Land
Message to Obama – Reject and Protect.

Oceti Sakowin Territory – Just three days before the U.S. Department of State’s public comment period ended on the TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline Project (KXL), Pipeline Fighters and Water Protectors from across South Dakota and Nebraska gathered for a meeting in Winner, SD, hosted by the Ihanktonwan Treaty Council and the Brave Heart Society to discuss direct-action campaign strategies that will include grassroots spiritual camps along the Keystone XL corridor, as well as a National event to be held the third week of April, 2014, with the message to President Obama – “Reject and Protect”.

Tribal members of the Oceti Sakowin, along with allies discussed how to heighten awareness of the catastrophic danger that the monstrous KXL Pipeline will not only have on the water, which will be non-reversible damage, but to the entire Midwest, known to most Americans as the Bread Basket of America.

The proposed 1,700 mile TransCanada’s Keystone XL will pump the dirtiest, highly toxic oil from the tar sands in Canada, going directly over the north-east portion of the Ogallala Aquifer, which is the largest fresh water aquifer in the United States and provides water to ranches, farms, towns and cities from South Dakota all the way to Texas. This pipeline will stretch from the Canadian border, through the Dakotas and the Sand Hills of Nebraska and all the way to the oil refineries in Texas, owned by the Koch Brothers, who also have shares in TransCanada.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, offered the opening prayers at the meeting and provided encouragement to continue the unification of all people to stop the desecration of Mother Earth. “My heart is heavy, the Water of life – Mini Wiconi is speaking to us through our ceremonies and many people are having dreams. As I hear the Voices standing up against the destruction of Grandmother Earth, I realize we need to stand in Unity to protect the Water of Life,” Looking Horse said.

It is the position of the Pipeline Fighters and Water Protectors that the KXL poses a direct threat of major water contamination along this route. There are also twenty-two rivers that are in the direct path of the KXL. “They will go approximately twenty-five feet below the bedrock of these rivers,” said John Harter, one of the local ranchers. In addition, numerous other water sources, such as wells and tributaries will also be affected when the KXL leaks or breaks.

The impact to Native species along the route were also discussed and how the building of the KXL will affect the precious ecosystem, already stressed from past years droughts, such as migratory birds like the Sand Crane in Nebraska. “We witnessed the Sand Cranes coming to greet us when we had our first spiritual camp in Ponca, Neb.” Said Aldo Seoane, Oyate Wahacanka Woecun.

Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska spoke about the Washington DC action that took place in front of the White House on Sunday March 2nd, where 300 individuals were arrested opposing the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. Kleeb stressed the need to have focused, unified, direct action campaigns opposing the pipeline, showing unity between the landowners and local tribes.

“Our ranching and farming families have a tradition of protecting their neighbors. If a fence is down, your neighbors are right there helping you. That is why the Cowboy and Indian Alliance is strong. We are neighbors with shared values of protecting our land and water for future generations. We are proud people and we will stop this pipeline.” Kleeb said.

Meeting organizer, Faith Spotted Eagle, Protect the Sacred and the Brave Heart Society, focused discussion on upcoming spiritual camps that each of the tribes agreed to hold on their respective reservations and close as possible to the KXL corridor. “We need to pursue a unified message and approach for all allies, including media strategies, and Indigenized Consultations Standards as an act of sovereignty,” she said.

Another major concern is TransCanada’s plans to set up several “man camps” along the KXL route. One of the camps is sited to be built in Opal, SD, where it was reported that there may be up to 1,500 men in one camp. “This is a form of militarism, bringing in these man camps,” said Spotted Eagle. “For those of us who have the history, it smacks of repetitive economics, when they put us in forts and they wanted our land. All we’re willing to do here is sell our soul, just for the economy. That’s the dark side.”

The group discussed dates and locations for where some of the encampments may be held and will coordinate media updates to notify the public when the spiritual camps will be occupied. Treaty elder advisors explained protocol to be in place for organizing the upcoming actions. Protect the Sacred will be offering some resources for spiritual camp organizing for those grassroots communities in the direct path of the KXL.

Gary Dorr of Oyate Wahacanka Woecun (Shielding the People) spoke about camp specifics and strategies to ensure that the overall message of solidarity against the pipeline was heard. Oglala Sioux tribal representatives also pledged support for the camps, along with Rosebud Sioux Tribe. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal officials were not in attendance; however their official Tribal resolution opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline was presented to organizers.

Rebecca Tobias, Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics, cited a need to involve the international communities. Tobias arranged for a question and answer session with an international law firm. One of the key topics of the session was the need for the national and international communities to acknowledge the validity of the treaties between the United States and tribes. Tobias challenged the public to become aware of how, “the government can acknowledge the NAFTA (The North American Free Trade Agreement) and follow it to a ‘T’ but fail to acknowledge the treaties signed between the US government and federally recognized tribes?”

The majority of the Oceti Sakowin stands strong with a message of No KXL in Treaty Territory and will continue to protect their historical treaty lands, sacred sites and sacred species. The 1980 United States Supreme Court ruled that the Treaty is the “Supreme Law of the Land” and the Tribes have been steadfast for the United States to honor the treaties, which can help protect all those living within the treaty boundaries their inherent right to clean drinking water, now and for future generations.

Carla Rae Marshall, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Protect the Sacred media coordinator said, “I believe this (KXL) is not just an environmental issue, it is also a human rights issue, and it doesn’t seem that TransCanada, or the U.S. politicians that are for the building of this pipeline care about our water being contaminated. Water is life, and without water there is no life. Why don’t they understand that?”

The Brave Heart Society and Ihanktonwan Treaty Committee would like to thank the following organizations for attending: Wolakota-World Peace and Prayer Day, Oyate Wahacanka Woecun, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Bold Nebraska, 350.org, Dakota Rural Action-Nebraska Chapter, Cowboy Indian Alliance, White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative of RST, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics, members of the Oceti Sakowin, concerned land owners, ranchers and citizens. They also would like to thank all those who are committed to standing up for our future generations and look forward to more organizations, tribes and citizens joining in these unified efforts to stop TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline and the Tar Sands.

Please watch for further updates via social media and/or at the following websites: http://www.boldnebraska.org, http://www.protectthesacred.org or http://www.shieldthepeople.org .

Contact:

Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska – jane.kleeb@gmail.com

Gary Dorr, Oyate Wahacanka Woecun – Shielding the People – gfdorr@gmail.com

Carla Rae Marshall, Protect the Sacred – tipistola@gmail.com

Water of life – Mini Wic’oni

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My heart is heavy, the Water of life – Mini Wic’oni is speaking to us through our ceremonies and many people having dreams. As I hear the Voices standing up against the destruction of Grandmother Earth, I realize we need stand in Unity to protect the Water of Life. The Gulf spill is still leaking, the biggest cancer on the face of the earth – Tar Sands, the black snake of the Pipelines to carry this cancer, giant dams, the underground spider webs of Fracking that can trigger giant shifts in the earth and the radiation of Fukashima spilling around Grandmother Earth in a silent blanket. We have no choice, because our Global communities are standing up stating “I will put my life on the line, because I will die anyway”. 

My Grandmother told me of a time when water would be like gold, like many others heard in their young lives. Slowly these Prophecies came into our lives, we didn’t pay attention in our young days – because our back yards were not affected, back then it was the mining and farmers spraying chemicals. Even Countries that don’t use or want the pollution are now going to be affected, because now the poisons have become a Global giant destroying our sacred water. People are scrambling to find good water that is nowhere to be found in their communities. Our way of life through prayer is to prevent such hurtful disasters on behalf of our future generations; it is our responsibility. I ask all the Voices to stand together at this time in Unity. My prayers continue for all of you bringing attention to these Global Giants affecting us all as a whole and for the Global Giants to pay attention to their own children’s future. 

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

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Let’s work together as one unified voice to protect all wolf species on Mother Earth.

“Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of a wolf.” -Aldo Leopold

Native Storytellers connect us to the past and future. Healing History: Let’s make it right: Time for us all to heal. -on KAOS 89.3fm 4-8pm 1-26-2014

Native Storytellers Connect us to the past and the future. Healing History: Let’s make it right. Time to heal.

Make No Bones About It and View from the Shore.

Sunday, January 26th, 2014, from 4-8 pm, tune into KAOS radio 89.3 fm

www.kaosradio.org— with Robert G BlackfootRaven, Harvest Moon, Paul Cheoketen Wagner, Roderick Harris, Robert TheRise Frederiksen, Gary Wessels-Galbreath and Olivia Hart  at KAOS Community Radio.

NATIVE STORYTELLING EVENT

We are now at the Crossroads​, please share Urgent

Listen we are all needed. from Paula Horne:

The Kogi from Columbia traveled and brought a message: The temple of life is now broken, we must awaken and stand for life, because the Chief of Chaos is now reigning. No longer is it just in our communities, it has spread in our water of l…ife, in our sacred air and broken our Mother Earth. People have come to a place of not caring and wanting to go out…

I think all people better pay attention, because no one is exempt, I still believe we as humans can make a change “All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer”.

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Nov. 8th Tepco will begin moving over 1000 dangerous fuel rods, many giving their lives to do it. 2001 WPPD statement ending from Chief Arvol Looking Horse, I think it fits this terrible scenario we are ALL facing about Fukashima: “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?” Below informational utube of what we are facing and the Elders statement.
COUNCIL FUKUSHIMA STATEMENT OCT 2013

The link below goes to the our visit.

We are now at the Crossroads​, please share Urgent.

Joey Gray on the next Make No Bones About it. October 20th at 5pm

JG at INM Jan 2013 UW

Joey Gray (Métis, Okanagan, European) is a computer systems and management consultant for nonprofit organizations. She’s a lifelong organizer who led an international movement to integrate team sport so that women and men now compete together as equals at the top levels of play. Locally around the Salish Sea, nationally in the U.S. and Canada, and internationally from Asia to Europe, Joey co-founded, directed, coached, and oversaw national and world championships, recreation programs, organizations, teams, …and other events. She had the honor to act as head official for a new sport in The World Games held under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee, and to award the medals four years later.
But even as Secretary-General and Treasurer on the Executive Committee of a world sport federation – one of few women in such a leadership role – Joey recognized that modern sport as we know it is unsustainable. The championship system and any legitimacy that comes from it is dependent on artificially cheap fuel and excessive waste. We know it’s destructive. It’s destructive not only for Indigenous people worldwide, but for every living thing affected by pollution and climate change.
So several years ago, Joey re-directed her efforts to instead support a wide range of environmental and education groups, campaigns, and peaceful grassroots actions. She stopped flying, doesn’t own a car, lives in a tiny place, and, along with many other caring people, uses her information systems skills and nonprofit leadership experience to make choices like these more and more appealing and fun for all — especially bicycle infrastructure, growing food, politics, conservation, education, and leaving terrible toxic tar sands in the ground right where it belongs. @tarsandsactionseattle

Chief Phil Lane Jr- On Protecting the Sacred. 4-21-2013 5pm

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Hereditary chief of the Ihanktonwan First Nation Phil Lane Jr. said the treaty reinforces First Nations obligations to defend the environment based on ancient laws, now and into the future.

“This is part of a much larger global campaign called Protect the Sacred. The sacred is not limited to stopping tar sands projects. It’s a global Indigenous movement with allies around the world that are going to focus very specifically on issues that are negatively impacting Mother Earth and Indigenous peoples and humanity, all members of the human family.”

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/sustainability/international-treaty-protect-sacred-tar-sands-project-signed-first-nations-s-dakota

photo from:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/1076707-first-nations-target-pipelines

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Protecting Sacred Sites with Chief Phil Lane Jr and others

Time
Sunday, July 24 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Location
Kaos 89.3 Fm – Olympia
Olympia, WA
Created By
“Make No Bones About It.”
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“Sacred places are the foundation of all other beliefs and practices because they represent the presence of the sacred in our lives. They properly inform us that we are not larger than nature and that we have responsibilities to the rest of the natural world that transcend our own personal desires and wishes. This lesson must be learned by each generation; unfortunately the technology of industrial society always leads us in the other direction. Yet it is certain that as we permanently foul our planetary nest, we shall have to learn a most bitter lesson. There is probably not sufficient time for the non-Indian population to understand the meaning of sacred lands and incorporate the idea into their lives and practices. We can but hope that some protection can be afforded these sacred places before the world becomes wholly secular and is destroyed.”

quote from p. 282 in Vine Deloria, Jr., 1994, God Is Red: A Native View of Religion, Golden CO: Fulcrum].