The unthinkable has happened! The world has shown its support and the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) has provided a powerful new narrative for Indigenous people. Indigenous is not a human construct as is “race.” Indigenous is a respect relationship between families, nations and life’s creatures, land, sacred sites, water, with each other, and with the holy powers of the Universe. Indigenous is not anthropocentric, but biocentric. Mitakuye Oyasin -We Are All Related. Even western science has reached this conclusion, finally. Pe’Sla is secured. Our ancestors are watching us, expecting us to fulfill our roles and reach our potential.
The Pe’Sla effort was driven and shared by many throughout the world, including Dr. Sara Jumping Eagle, Dana Lone Hill, Ruth Hopkins and all who donated time, energy, money and artwork for perks in the first campaign. There are simply too many people in too many capacities to thank. What a whirlwind when we activate. LRI wants to extend its gratitude to the bands of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) who stepped up to make this happen along with the Indian Land Tenure Foundation. We owe a special shout out to DJ Two Bears, Sol Guy, Ezra Miller, Anneliese Vandenberg, and Piet Suess who helped spring the movement back into consciousness with the second campaign. Additionally, thanks to celebrities P. Diddy, Bette Midler, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rosanne Barr, Whoopi Goldberg, Ashley Judd, and Susan Sarandon who retweeted to raise awareness to help save Pe’Sla. Most thankfully, we send a voice to our spiritual leaders who answer the call to travel to our sacred sites to perform obligations on our behalf.
From the bottom of my heart and spirit I know the world is a better place because of the Pe’Sla campaign. Lastrealindians, Inc. has contributed over $900,000 toward the total purchase price of $9 Million. All the day-to-day hustle to meet our basic needs in the artificial, destructive corporate economy fades away when we are engaged in prayer. Our spirits are lifted. I know that when considerable numbers of people around the globe are all thinking and praying about Pe’Sla, our collective human consciousness ascends in a prayer bringing us all to the center. This is a story that transcends race, space and linear time. Ceremonies have been conducted at Pe’Sla for untold millennia. Indeed, the ceremonies carried out at Pe’Sla are for the survival of humanity and the renewal of life’s gifts.
These are times of prophecy. White buffalo calves are being born, earthquakes and tsunamis abound, droughts ravage our lands, we as humans have lost our way; but there is still hope. We want hope and our spirits require more than what money, oil, and pop “culture” can offer us. As Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, says, “We humans send sacred energy, we have power, but we don’t use it and we need to in these times; our prophecies tell us to return to the Black Hills.” It is time we come together as one. When we are at our center we are one with the Universe. There is nothing more powerful than dedicated humans strong in their love for Creator. Indeed, this is the only thing that will save us. I believe this is a sign that humans are returning to their center as Crazy Horse said they would:
“Upon suffering beyond suffering; the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations; a world longing for light again. I see a time of seven generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole earth will become one circle again. In that day there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things, and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am at that place within me, we shall be as one.” –Tasunke Witko (Crazy Horse)
Our people are actively engaging in fulfilling the prophecies of the Seventh Generation by revitalizing our languages, conducting our ceremonies out in the open, recognizing the births of the White Buffalo, praying that we will be in tune when the times of the crying earth are upon us. We are sending our sacred energy. We are all here for a reason and we need to recognize this.
I have said it many times- that it is clear if we don’t change our path on this earth that Mother Earth would change it for us. She balances herself. This land loves us, and we must never forget our responsibilities to our Mother Earth nor our spiritual instructions in our ways to live on this earth, in this age. Not just Indians. Everyone who is here on this continent and around the world should respect the nature of our sacred sites –that is the true mark of humanity. I am no elder nor am I authorized by any persons to speak on these matters, but we are all imbued with a responsibility to share our voice; our words carry power.
We will be ready to come together to protect Pe’Sla in any future development attempts. We are willing to defend the land because the land loves us. We know this accomplishment is historical, a monumental– first of its kind collective purchase by Sioux bands; we know this is only the beginning. We must live by praying, by treating each other with respect, by cleansing our minds and bodies, by teaching ourselves and our kids our languages, by offering food and water, and finally by taking part in our ceremonies in and outside the Black Hills.
This is the return to the Black Hills, the Black Hills that we will never sell.
Blihichiyapo na Lila whopila Ichichapelo– Many Great Thanks to All.
© Lastrealindians, Inc.
LRI Editor’s Note: Lastrealindians, Inc. must also recognize LRI owner and co-founder Chase Iron Eyes, the author of this work. He spearheaded the effort to save Pe’Sla. Without him, it never would have begun. Wopila tanka (many thanks), Chase- from all of us.