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    Protection of Ceremonies, O-mini-c'i-ya-pi

    I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred
    Buffalo Calf Pipe, would like to thank all the People that attended
    historic 'Protection of Ceremonies' meeting.

    a.. Bernard Red Cherries - Northern Cheyenne Nation - Northern
    Arrow Priest and Elk Society Headsman
    b.. Tweety Little Bird- Northern Cheyenne Nation - Northern Cheyenne
    Horn Scraper Society
    c.. Lee Pedro - Southern Arapahoe Nation - Southern Arapahoe Rabbit
    (Holy Man)
    d.. Dave Chief - Ogallala Nation - Lakota Spiritual Leader
    e.. Dave Swallow - Ogallala Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper
    f.. Kevin Horse Looking - Ogallala Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper
    g.. Floyd Hand - Ogallala Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper
    h.. Silo Black Crow - Ogallala Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper
    i.. Sam Moves Camp - Ogallala Nation - Medicine Bundle Keeper
    j.. Chris Leith - Prairie Island Dakota Community - Medicine Bundle
    k.. Gaylen Drapeau Sr. - I-hank-to-wa (Yankton Sioux) Nation -
    Bundle Keeper
    l.. Gaylen Drapeau Jr. - I-hank-to-wa (Yankton Sioux) Nation -
    Bundle Keeper
    m.. Ambrose Little Ghost - Spirit Lake Dakota Nation - Dakota
    n.. Calvin Medicine Bear First - Assinoboine Nakota Nation - Nation
    Spiritual Leader
    o.. Leonard Crow Dog - Si-c'an-g'u Rosebud Sioux Nation - Medicine
    p.. Roy Stone Sr. - Si-c'an-g'u Rosebud Sioux Nation - Medicine
    q.. Ned Medcalf - Si-c'an-g'u Rosebud Sioux Nation -
    r.. Leon Red Dog - Hoh'-wo-ju Cheyenne River Sioux Nation - Medicine
    Bundle Keeper
    s.. Steve Vance - Hoh'-wo-ju Cheyenne River Sioux Nation - Medicine
    t.. Francis Yellow - Hoh'-wo-ju Cheyenne River Sioux Nation -
    Bundle Keeper
    u.. Jacob Sanderson - Cree Nation Canada - Medicine Bundle Keeper
    v.. Kevin Ta-c'an - Sioux Valley Manitoba Dakota Nation - Dakota

    On March 8th and 9th, Spiritual Leaders and Bundle Keepers of the
    Dakota, Nakota Nation, Cheyenne Nation and Arapahoe Nation were called
    together to discuss the protection from the abuse and exploitation of
    ceremonies. The meeting was held at the Cultural Center in Eagle
    South Dakota, hosted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. I would also
    to acknowledge the financial donation from the Prairie Island Dakota

    Discussions in the meeting included the molestation taking place in
    ceremony, indecent mockery, mixing of new age beliefs, charging for
    ceremonies and death, which was never heard of before in our ancient
    ceremonial history. There was also discussion of the use of other
    "medicines" (drugs) in and around our ceremonies. When the White
    Calf Woman brought the Sacred Bundle, she instructed that only those
    with a
    pure mind and heart should touch the C'anupa. The ceremonies in
    in reference to all the Plains Tribes, were the I-ni-pi (Purification
    Ceremony), Wi-wanyang-wa-c'i-pi (Sundance Ceremony) and Han-ble-c'i-ya
    (vision quest) Sacred Rites.

    We put out notice in the newspapers, native radio stations and also
    contacted people through the phone. I offered prayers for the safe
    of the People to this very important historic meeting. Those that
    could not
    attend, I acknowledge their prayers for a good outcome for our

    After long discussion and testimonies of the concerns and issues, it
    decided that it would be up to me, as the Keeper of the Sacred White
    Calf Pipe to make a decision. It was good to feel the beginning of a
    amongst our People. This has been my concern for many decades,
    now, when we are facing an oncoming war. We need to stand strong with

    I will state what the decision is and also explain the reasons. I will
    state the protocols to our Seven Sacred Rites, which were passed down
    to me
    when I became the next Keeper at the age of 12 years old. These
    are traditional knowledge passed down through our oral history and need
    be brought back to strengthen our 'Ho-c'o-ka' (our sacred alters) once

    I will also address the areas that I cannot be involved in. My
    responsibility is the Seven Sacred Rites.

    It was decided, from March 9th, 2003 and forward, there will be no
    non-Natives allowed in our sacred Ho-c'o-ka (our sacred alters) where
    involves our Seven Sacred Rites. The only protection with this
    decision in
    Government law; is that only enrolled members can carry an eagle
    In all the Seven Sacred Rites, there has always been the understanding
    earning and a requirement of an eagle feather while participating in
    Rites. The eagle feather stands for Indigenous knowledge and guidance
    our spiritual ways.

    a.. The Wi-wanyang-wa-c'i-pi (Sundance Ceremony): The only
    allowed in the center will be Native People. The non-Native people
    need to
    understand and respect our decision. If there have been any unfinished
    commitments to the Sundance and non-Natives have concern for this
    they must understand that we have been guided through prayer to reach
    resolution. Our purpose for the Sundance is for the survival of the
    generations to come, first and foremost. If the non-Natives truly
    understand this purpose, they will also understand this decision and
    that by their departure from this Ho-c'o-ka (our sacred alter) is their
    sincere contribution to the survival of our future generations.

    a.. Please understand the Wi-wanyang-wa-c'i-pi Ceremony is not only
    place in the center (Ho-c'o-ka) with the dancers. The ceremonial
    participation also depends on all the supporters on the outside of the
    who should be in prayer. From the gate, to the cook shack, to the
    fire-keepers, to the supporters around the arbor, to even the moon
    camp, all
    people are still a part of this sacred ceremony.

    a.. There should be a preparation of 'Han-ble-c'i-ya' (vision quest)
    before you become a participant of the Sundance.

    a.. We shall go back into this ceremony with the proper protocols
    and during
    the ceremony itself. Only those that have had the dream or direction
    through a

    ceremony, in concern of someone's health, should be dancing.
    should be

    secluded from outside participants, as to not be contaminated by

    energy or thoughts. There should be absolutely no food or water

    four-day ceremony. If there are health problems, you should
    choose a
    person to

    finish your commitment. This ceremony is supposed to be for those

    they can fulfill all required four days of the ceremony.

    a.. Han-ble-c'i-ya (Vision Quest): The vision quest should be only
    Native People that have had the dream or vision. This Rite is also for
    young men and women that reach the age of 12 years of age.

    a.. I-ni-pi (Purification Ceremony): Those that run this sacred rite
    should be able to communicate with Tun-ca-s'i-la (our Sacred
    in their Native Plains tongue. They should also have earned this rite
    completing Han-ble-c'i-ya and the four days and four years of the

    a.. The other four sacred rites of the Hun-ka ka-g'a (Making of a
    Relative), the Ta-pa kah'-g'o-ya (Throwing of the Sacred Ball), Wi-yan
    is'-na ti (Womanhood Ceremony) and the Na-g'i glu-ha (Keeping of the
    Ceremony), should be only handled by legitimate Lakota, Dakota, Nakota
    · It was also decided only legitimate Lakota, Dakota, Nakota
    Medicine Bundle Keepers should handle any other ceremonies that are
    connected to our Ho-co-ka, such as the Lo-wa-pi and U-wi-pi ceremonies.

    · There should be no price tag allowed to participate in any of
    Sacred Ceremonies. The only protocol needed for a ceremony is to
    meaning to offer your C'anupa or offer tobacco that has been prayed
    with, in
    which the Medicine Person accepts or not accept if he is not able to
    Medicine People do need to survive, and if people wish to give a
    monetary or
    any other gifts after they receive their help from ceremony, giving it
    their hearts, I see no problem with that. We have to have faith that
    Grandfathers will provide for our needs to survive in this modern
    whether the gift is money, blankets, food or anything that represents
    much they appreciate the help. Some people can afford big gifts, some
    people cannot. It all balances out.

    · My position is only for the Seven Sacred Rites. I cannot
    to our Medicine People who they allow to attend and support these
    Rites, in
    reference to non-Native People. I cannot dictate who they choose to
    in their ceremonies. I cannot dictate where they travel to doctor.

    · I have my own personal feelings on who should be Keepers of
    Sacred C'anupa (Pipe). The C'anupa is very sacred and the Keeper
    first be given a dream and be of Native decent. This issue should be
    further discussed in our future meetings. The reason for my feelings
    that I am aware the C'anupa has gone out to the International community
    has been for sale. I know that most non-Native People do not
    understand the
    important protocols or have had the Traditional background to carry
    sacred item properly. I am aware of women in their moon and men with
    on their hands (to take ones life intentionally) have been allowed to
    and carry the C'anupa. These serious situations were never to be
    I offer thanks to the non-Native People that have returned the C'anupa
    our People, after I privately shared my concerns with them. I
    their true sincerity in assisting our Nation to protect the survival of
    Traditional way of life on behalf of our future generations. They have
    helped us bring back honor and respect to our sacred Ho-co-ka and

    · There was also discussion of only the Plains Tribal members to
    participate in the Ho-co-ka of the Wi-wanyang wa-c'i-pi and the Han-ble
    c'i-ya Ceremonies. In the early 70's, Chief Fools Crow and my father
    Stanley Looking Horse decided to allow other Native Nations to
    in these Rites. Their reasons were based on the fact that most Nations
    lost their ways through assimilation or lack of Teachers to teach their
    Indigenous ways. They honored and understood the unity of the First
    People when different Tribes came to the aid of the Wounded Knee
    I cannot undo their decision out of respect for our Chief and Elder.
    It has
    also been in our history that our Ancestors have respectfully shared
    ceremonies with other Indigenous Nations.

    · The original teachings were that the Pipe Carrier should make
    own C'anupa. There was an understanding of the sincere spiritual
    energy and
    the traditional values passed down through our bloodlines. All the
    values of
    compassion, love, honor, respect and truth are molded into the
    life they are creating. I hope that one day the future generations
    again pick up this important protocol.

    I would like to invite all our Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nations to the
    ceremony when I bring out the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Bundle. The
    in the fall will be announced. During this time we will place the 12
    honorable compassionate men to assist in taking care of the concerns of
    Sacred C'anupa. We will also discuss the protocols of the need to have
    good mind and good heart to be a member of the Societies that will
    carry out
    these decisions in a respectful manner.

    There will be another Protection of Ceremonies meeting to further
    and address these serious issues in the future. This meeting will be
    sponsored by the Cheyenne Nation.

    Once again, I thank all those that have offered prayers for these very
    serious issues to be discussed and handled in a good way.

    In the Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning!

    Mitakuye Oyasin,

    Arvol Looking Horse,

    19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe
    "We see it as a desecration not only of a mountain but of our way of life. This is a genocidal issue to us. If they kill this mountain, they kill our way of life." ~Debra White Plume

  • #2
    Well, there it is. I am grateful that our elders and leaders have taken the opportunity to settle these important issues.
    "Friends don't let friends drink decaf..."
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    • #3
      Aho To-gway-yok

      I totally agree. There is a reason the creator gave these ceremonies to us native people. If everyone was to have them, he would have given these ways to all people.

      Hopefully everyone can respect their decision.


      • #4
        Great! About time. Now, how are they going to enforce this? Can't something be done like an ammendment to the feedom of religious act to state that the breakers of this are not protected?

        Never go commando in another man's fatigues!!!


        • #5
          The Spirits do not need wasicu's laws in order to act in defense of their teachings, or to do anything else for that matter.

          Last edited by Wakalapi; 03-19-2003, 12:53 AM.
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          • #6
            yeah, ok. :coffee!:

            Now what can we do to stop this travesity while coffee dude is waiting on the spirits?
            Never go commando in another man's fatigues!!!


            • #7
              I'm sorry that you don't take my waiting on the Spirits seriously.
              "Friends don't let friends drink decaf..."
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              • #8
                J~Dawg - the one and only!!!
                In NDN Paradise!!!


                • #9
                  Protection of Ceremonies, Statement by Chief Arvol Looking Horse

                  I got this through email from my friends and family back home in SD just thought i would pass it along to all you.

                  Thank you for bringing this to us... but this was already posted .. I agree it is important and we all need to be sharing this with others..
                  Last edited by Mato Winyan; 03-25-2003, 02:35 AM.
                  Grant me the senility to forget the people i never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones i do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.


                  • #10
                    This is such good news! Perhaps now more non-native people will do the correct thing and return those sacred items that belong to the Native people.

                    Thanks for posting this for all of us to read.

                    Kauai Powwow Dancin' in Paradise


                    • #11
                      Now i might piss a lot of people off with my post but here it goes:

                      When you want to stop prostitution,you dont invite the pimps!!

                      Some of the so called Bundle keepers on that list are themselves making a buck or 2 selling lakota spirituality.Ever been to Prayer day?No? "DON"T!!!!" unless you want to see the biggest reunion of spiritually challenged retarded people that i have ever seen!!!!

                      Who is keeping the sacred white buffalo pipe of the lakota people?

                      Most of the time? a padlock!!!!So much for facing the bundle towards the sun during its everyday journey! And why are non Lakota allowed to approach the sacred bundle?

                      No sweat?No hanbleceya?
                      Who said that the Lakota were the only one using these rites?
                      It is all over the world!!!!!!!!!!!
                      No Sundancing for non indians?I wonder if they are going to enforce this at Crow dogs??? Or at many others......
                      How about the sacred ceremonial songs put on the world market for everyone to buy and play with?

                      I believe like wakalapi ,that the spirits are big enough to take care of business,Plains indians do not need a POPE
                      Hate is for FOOLS!And fools like m&ms come in all colors

                      I am ready to tell you my secret now,I see dumb people,.I see them everywhere.They dont know they're dumb,they only see what they want to see.That weird feeling which make the hair on your neck stand up....thats them!


                      • #12
                        Could not say it any better, Jacques....

                        I have seen "Show-Dogs" operation there on Rosebud and all I see are back east and California plates, 300 sundancers, and a production that rivals anything by Cecil B. DeMille!!!

                        Most of those guys that "supposedly" are bundle keepers (another creation in Lakota country since everyman is to have the chanupa to walk a good life) and never heard of such things.

                        The white buffalo calf pipe is in a shed in Green Grass and the protect, Arvol, should be there to watch over it instead of going to Tutu, Dalai Lama or traveling the planet (and where do you suppose he get the money to do ain't growing on Cheyenne River Rez. for land sake....must be from those wasichus again)...

                        This is made me sick of all religion and do as course now refrain from any is all for show or sport like whiteman's religion...

                        Spirits and tunkashila must be laughing their butts off after this pronouncement.

                        My two cents,



                        • #13
                          well, regardless of the politics surrounding this issue, I think it's the proper approach to our ceremonies and rites. There is no way in heck would my Nation allow suyapis (whites) in our Winter Dancing. I am so sick of seeing non-natives exploit our cultures time and time again. Take your crystals, roadkill headresses and chicken feathers somewhere else!! Or better yet, take some pride in your own cultures and learn about it!!



                          • #14
                            "We see it as a desecration not only of a mountain but of our way of life. This is a genocidal issue to us. If they kill this mountain, they kill our way of life." ~Debra White Plume


                            • #15
                              The only right way is the red way.


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