Sept. 15, 2001
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 on June 21 as a time
to unite spiritually, each in our own ways of beliefs in
We have been warned from the messages,
passed down from ancient prophecies, of these times
we live in today, but also 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 its 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.
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, for
our children's children. Our ancestors have been trying
to protect our Sacred Site from the continued violations
called the Sacred Black Hills in South Dakota, the "heart of
everything that is."
Our ancestors never saw 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. 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 the poison processes
used in doing so.
The Aborigines warned of the
contaminating effects on the Coral 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 is the lungs and needs protection. Now we
see the Brazilian government approved the depletion of
50-percent 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
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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 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 is not the answer! We need to understand
how all these decisions affect the global nation. We
will not be immune to its repercussions. To allow
continual contamination of our food and land is now
affecting the way we think. A "disease of the mind" has
infected 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, disaster, disease 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--Mother Earth--in the name of power, mineral
resources and ownership of land. We are using methods of
chemicals and warfare that are becoming irreversible, as
Mother Earth is 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 21, 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 the gratitude of another day. Remember to give thanks for the sacred food
that also 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. 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 are essential to this world.
Believe that! Understand both the blessing and the
burden of that. You 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!