Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

WORLD UNITES TO PROTECT PE SLA

By  :  Chase IronEyes

By: Chase Iron Eyes

 

“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… there probably is not sufficient time for the non-Indian population to understand the meaning of sacred lands… We can but hope that… protection be afforded these sacred places before the world becomes wholly secular and is destroyed.”

 

-Vine Deloria Jr., in “God is Red” published in 1972

 

The world is watching! We have been on an epic journey, against all odds, to mobilize to protect Pe Sla, one of the Oceti Sakowin’s (Great Sioux Nation) most precious sacred sites central to humanity’s continued existence. Lastrealindians has served the people by acting as a focal point for efforts to protect Pe Sla. We are greatly encouraged by the enormous outpouring of support for protect Pe Sla and for the reigniting of our collective consciousness relating to sacred sites and the Black Hills -Wamaka Ognaka y Cante (the Heart of Everything that is). To us, it is not about the amount of money we raised; it’s about the amount of energy shared by the world and the once in a lifetime unification of the Oceti Sakowin. Lastrealindians did not raise this money alone. Lastrealindians did not create and sustain the energy to Protect PeSla alone. The world came together as humans, as two-leggeds, to recognize our place in this universe and show each other what really matters. There was already a critical mass of motivated critical thinkers who needed no convincing as to why we should protect Pe Sla. People from all over the globe helped our cause because it is their cause. All who helped could see that knowing the sacred nature of our Black Hills and other holy places around the world is the only way to save ourselves from this corporate-western-consumer machine. We want more from life than what mainstream media and corporate economies can offer us; we want spiritual dignity, not material possessions and money. Our spirits remember, and we as humans want to respect the divine. We want to treat each other with love.

 

That human compassion is what drove the world to protect Pe Sla, and what drove the poorest of the poor to show everyone we are still here. There are stories of our people in different communities throughout Indian Country hosting blanket dances at local or traditional powwows to raise money; blanket dances are impromptu fundraisers in which people carry a blanket around the dance circle and those that can donate do so. During blanket dances, a person speaks to the people and explains the purpose of the fundraising effort before an honor song is sung as the blanket is carried around the center of the dance circle. At the blanket Dances for Pe Sla, we had elders who could barely walk, yet struggled to make their way to the center, crying as they did so, to donate what little money they had. That broke our hearts, and moved us in a good way. Further empowering was the number of people who opagi’d their canupa to ask for protection for Pe Sla, went up on the hill to suffer for ways to Protect Pe Sla, and the numerous prayer circles and vigils held throughout the world for the effort to honor our sacred sites. Everyone has been run ragged and moved to tears over the last few days.

 

There is no one person who created the movement to Protect PeSla; there is a sacred energy that moves the people. This energy has always been with us whether we recognize it or not. It is our prophecy that we should return to our sacred sites. Prophecies don’t magically fulfill themselves. We must actively fulfill them: 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.

 

We, the people who worked tirelessly-the warrior oompa loompas- by constantly sharing information, donating items, sharing words of encouragement and never letting up on this campaign to protect Pe Sla, owe a debt of gratitude to each other and to all the outlets, journalists, media sources and people around the world who came together as one.

 

One of our leaders and prophets foretold these times when he stated the following 125 years ago:

 

“Upon suffering beyond suffering, the Red Nations 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 one.”

 

-Tasunke Witko (Crazy Horse)

 

We know this accomplishment is historical, we know this is monumental; we know this is only the beginning. This is the return to the Black Hills, the black hills that we will never sell; the Black Hills that will deliver us to salvation. The Heart of Humanity that we will celebrate and honor at a rally to raise awareness and give wopila for all the answered prayers and hard work. We want to send a huge thank you to everyone who helped, and we invite all of you, anyone in the Rapid City area, to come to the band shelter at Memorial Park on the southeast side of the Rushmore Civic Center, Rapid City, South Dakota, on September 5, starting at 5:00 PM Mountain Time for a feed and a host of events. We will be having an action to send the message that the Black Hills Are Not For Sale. This gathering will feature a performance by the Oglala band “Scatter Their Own,” as well as speeches as performances from other leaders and entertainers listed in the Rally flyer.

 

The Great Sioux Nation belongs to the Black Hills; as do other Nations that hold the Black Hills near to their heart including the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Crow, and Kiowa to name but a few. When it is time to stand immovable in our Black Hills to protect Pe Sla, Hinhan Kaga, Mato Tipila, Mato Paha and so forth, there you will find us, again.

 

We did it my relatives! Never underestimate the power of our prayers and actions –Red Nations Rising.

 

The warriors are returning, 10,000 times stronger with loaded pipes than with loaded guns.

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Wopila (genuine thanks) to the following: Native News Network, Native America Calling, Indian Country Today Media Network, Huffington Post, LA Progressive Blog, Bay Native Circle on KPFA 94.1 Berkeley, CA, Webworks: Voices of the Native Nation on KPOO FM 89.5 San Francisco, CA, The Guardian, Native Sun News, Indianz.com, Rawstory.com, Truth-out.org, The Rapid City Journal, The Associated Press, ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC, USA Today, PBS, Al Jazeera, Daily Kos, firstvoicesindigneousradio.org NYC, Objektiv Magazine Croatia, Native Trailblazers on blogtalkradio.com, KFYR 500 iHeartradio, Sunday Rez Drive Blogtalk Wanbli Gleska Tokahe, Lakota People’s Law Project, Scatter Their Own, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples James Anaya, and the numerous other blogs, news networks, organizations, and individuals who assisted in the effort to save Pe’Sla, far and wide.