My Grandmother shared with me a powerful time when the
people came together for prayers during the Dust Bowl in
the 1930’s. She accepted a C’anupa 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
Wic’ah’pi Was’te 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
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 “All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer’ 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 wic’oni (water of
Chief Bernard Ominiayak of the Lubicon Lake First Nation
of Canada is also asking for prayers and to let the World
know of his People’s 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 Nation’s 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
Wic’ah’pi To Wambdi is helping with his sister’s 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 Isaiah’s Wall in NYC, they are
committing to support and pray with us on May 17th, 2013 at noon.
In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no
Hec’el oinipikte (that we shall live)
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the
Sacred White Buffalo Pipe
For More Information:
Address of Chief Wic’ah’ipi To Wambdi, 30702 Eggers Road,
Wagner, South Dakota 5738