After everything that has happened at the Sacred Stone Camp and other camps associated with the Standing Rock Sioux and their valiant efforts to protect the water not just for their own tribe, their own future generations, but for all of us, I feel called to remain in a very prayerful space. Lyla June has called for us to be united in prayer, to make tomorrow, Sunday, OCtober 30, 2016 a day devoted to prayer and sacred ceremony in support of the water protectors in North Dakota and all over this planet.

I found this song by Ulali because it embodies this message so boldly, a message which needs to be listened to ever more urgently now than when it was released so many years ago (although this is a different version – recently updated).

For militarized police, tanks, beanbags, rubber bullets and mace are used against peacefully demonstrating people, something is terribly wrong. I am thankful for the bison which appeared on the horizon to lend strength to the people. May we offer sacred medicine tobacco in a prayerful manner and give thanks for this buffalo medicine.

I am a white woman with only a little bit of Cherokee. But my children carry more native blood than I do. And my stepdad, who adopted me as a child, is a member of the Osage tribe and I have been honored to watch the dances in Tahlequah with him and his husband once. I stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux and indigenous people all over the planet. The people shall be Idle No More – and it is here, at the grassroots level, that the flames of the 8th fire are being lit – the waters are being protected, blessed, cleansed, and in doing so we are protecting, blessing and cleansing ourselves, for we are water.

Deepest respect and thanks to those on the front lines putting their sacred radiant body temples in front of the machine. May the black snake come to its demise soon, soon, soon, as we explore and invest in greener, sustainable energy sources. And no, it won’t be easy. But we have to start. There is no point in saying it is already too late. What kind of legacy is that to hand over to our children? We must do what is right for the people and for the planet. And we cannot drink oil.

Mni Wiconi – A’ho Mitakuye Oyasin. I love you all. May your holiday weekend (Halloween – Samhain) be filled with fun times and cool costumes. Stay safe!


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