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  • The Cheyenne Declaration regarding the Protection of Sacred Ceremonies

    The Cheyenne Nation will seek support of the Plains Sundance Nations
    for the following Declaration on May 10, 2003 at Bear Butte, South
    Dakota. This Declaration was authored by the Cheyenne Nation through
    its Elk Society's Headsman, Bernard Red Cherries, Jr.

    __________________________________________________ ___________________

    UNIFIED DECLARATION REQUESTING CEREMONIAL AND CULTURAL INTEGRITIES
    PROTECTION AND REQUEST CHANGES TO THE AMERICAN INDIAN RELIGIOUS
    FREEDOM ACT, RELEVANT FOR THE PROTECTION OF OUR CEREMONIAL SUNDANCE,
    SWEAT-LODGE AND SACRED HEALING CEREMONIALS.

    October 9, 2002

    PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    VICE-PRESIDENT RICHARD CHENEY - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF SENATE AND CONGRESS

    COMMITTEE ON
    INDIAN AFFAIRS-UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:

    WE hereby state and declare that we were given the Sacred Sundance as
    a way of offering and sacrifice by the Creator through his Prophets
    and spirits, and that the Sacred Sundance Ceremony is exclusive of the
    Plains tribes of which we descend. Our aforementioned Tribes practice
    and maintain the Sacred Sundance, sweat lodge and continue to heal our
    people in our ceremonial traditional Native healing ways. And that we
    reserve the right to protect, and ensure its preservation of these
    very sacred ceremonials for our People and our future generations.
    These aforementioned ceremonials are exclusive of our native peoples
    in our inherent right to offer sacrifice and worship not always
    understood by society at large. We the aforementioned Nations have
    come together in an unprecedented unified effort to seek remedy to
    protect and to preserve for our future generations our sacred
    Sundance, sweat lodge, and related Native American Indian healing
    ceremonials. We move and state that the following be considered:

    1. THAT RELEVANT CHANGES BE MADE IN THE AMERICAN INDIAN RELIGIOUS
    FREEDOM ACT. We understand that this law was created for the purpose
    of ensuring the Preservation of our Ceremonial and Cultural
    integrities of our most sacred ceremonial prayer ways. These ways have
    been left for us as a way of life and prayer _expression by our
    Grandfathers, since time immemorial. We were born into this way of
    life and ceremonial prayer way and do not practice any other Nations
    ways of prayer or _expression, choosing to respect their ways that was
    left for them by their Grandfathers, be it Christian, Muslim,
    Hinduism, etc.,..

    2. WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR INHERANT RIGHT TO WORSHIP AS
    OUR GRANDFATHERS BEFORE US IN THE WAYS OF THIER GRANDFATHERS AND TO
    KEEP THESE WAYS SACRED AS IT WAS IN THE TIME OF OUR GRANDFATHERS, FOR
    OUR GRANDCHILDREN AND FUTURE GENERATIONS:


    As the UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT has recognized this ever important
    factor in the Creation of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act in
    its induction into our system of laws, that was provided for the
    benefit of our people, Native Americans. This law however has been, we
    feel, manipulated and protected non-natives and those who have no
    Traditional or biological connection to the peoples it was intended to
    benefit, NATIVE AMERICANS. These very people are the very ones who
    continue to sell and profit from our Sacred Ceremonials and ways of
    life, and do not represent us but for their own motives and interests.
    We the undersigned Traditional, Validated, Legitimate Spiritual
    Leadership of our respective Tribes do come together in unison to
    request for these relevant changes after consulting with each other
    and respecting each others customs, and more importantly understanding
    together the abuses, and exploitation of our most Sacred Ceremonials,
    and its already devastating impacts on our Native American Peoples.
    And requesting this help as it was this UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    through their Representatives in SENATE and CONGRESS assembled, that
    under sec.2. of the American Indian Religious Freedom act states, THE
    PRESIDENT SHALL DIRECT THE VARIOUS FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS, AGENCIES, AND
    OTHER INSTRUMENTALITIES RESPONSIBLE FOR ADMINISTERING RELEVANT LAWS TO
    EVALUATE THEIR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN CONSULTATION WITH NATIVE
    AMERICAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN ORDER TO DETERMINE APPROPRIATE CHANGES
    NECESSARY TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE NATIVE AMERICAN RELIGIOUS CULTURAL
    RIGHTS AND PRACTICES.
    We as Traditional Spiritual Leaders and Keepers of our Traditional and
    Ceremonial ways of life humbly come before you now in a unified Tribal
    effort.
    We feel that because of the blatant abuse of our Sacred prayer ways by
    those who don't know better, nor are neither Ceremonially qualified
    to give guidance continue to bring harm physically, spiritually and
    emotionally to those who innocently seek their guidance for spiritual
    enlightenment, sometimes resulting in grave danger or even death, as
    was the case in a "Solstice sweat lodge ritual", which is not of our
    culture, but imitated as such. This supposed "Native ceremony" neither
    was under the guidance of a Traditionally recognized spiritual leader
    or "Medicineman". And as a result two (2) people of non-native descent
    died in El Dorado County, California., as was reported in the
    Sacramento Bee Journal, dated June 22nd, 2002. The following
    unfortunate incident is a direct result of what happens because of the
    illusion of seeking "Native American ceremonial experiences" without
    the proper guidance of QUALIFIED Spiritual Leaders, and combination of
    Laws protecting the innocent, and the Intended protectee, The Native
    Americans and their cultural & ceremonial integrities. We hope that
    these unfortunate incidents can altogether be avoided with the proper
    relevant changes to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, making
    it impossible for those non-natives to lead these sacred ceremonials,
    taking into account the element of our "Native language" which is our
    key component in summoning the Powers and Sacred Elements in prayer
    and song and which is exclusive of the Native Americans in our
    Inherent right to worship in the ways of our Grandfathers and theirs
    before them. Each Tribe has their own Traditional laws that govern
    their ways of life and ceremonials, each provides for the traditional
    laws relevant for our protection and safety and guidance. These laws
    cannot exist and do the most benefit for the preservation of our
    sacred ways and for the protection of those non-natives who seek
    native traditional spirituality without the coordination of the UNITED
    STATES SENATE AND CONGRESS, through their representatives. All across
    this land and overseas as well, our Native Traditional ceremonials are
    being exploited in a fad like fashion, without regard to the impact
    it's effects will have on our Children and future generations, already
    we hold on desperately to what we have left, we are the Leadership
    entrusted by our customary traditional laws to uphold and to preserve
    our most Sacred Ways. We also feel that because of the blatant abuses
    and exploitations of our most Sacred Ceremonials, that this Earth and
    its inhabitants are out of balance and would rather resist this
    endeavor than to favor a stand on preserving our most Sacred Ways. We
    also at this time humbly and respectfully request of our white
    brothers and sisters to cease leadership, authoritarian and
    interpretive roles in our traditional ceremonies. We request this as
    we need to restore balance and harmony to our traditional ceremonies
    and spiritual ways of life. Moreover this document does not address
    the participation of non-natives in these ceremonies as actual
    participants, this is at the discretion of each tribe who have in
    place already existing traditional laws that address this issue. Each
    tribe since time immemorial have customary laws that address concerns
    relevant to this protection endeavor, and respects these traditional
    laws of each Nation as it pertains to their tribal customs. Our
    foremost concern is for the leadership and interpretations of our
    Sacred ceremonials and to maintain and stabilize our ceremonial and
    cultural integrities of the aforementioned spiritual ways. We also
    have made it very clear that this is not a document of hatred or
    dissention of which its contents efforts have been mistakenly
    identified, but a very simple plea for the preservation of our most
    Sacred Ceremonial integrities, which are priceless and irreplaceable.
    We also understand that some Tribes make concessions allowing for the
    participation of other Tribes and non natives into their sacred
    ceremonials, however keeping for their own the cultural and ceremonial
    integrities, preserved in song and language. We have also identified
    and all agreed that our key component in communicating with the
    Creator, Earth, Sacred beings, Stars, Moons, Seasons, Animals, Sacred
    Grandfathers and Grandmothers is our Native Language and songs which
    are priceless and irreplaceable and cannot be duplicated or fully
    rationalized by non natives. We believe that the guidance and
    interpretations of our Sacred Ceremonials belongs to the Traditional
    Leadership, made possible because of their Spiritual and physical
    participation in their Tribes Sacred Ceremonials earning this right
    and having been customarily taught the contents of these
    aforementioned Ceremonials, thus making it possible to offer the
    Sacred Ceremonials at the customary required and much needed times. We
    come to you seeking remedy and consultation as it is this UNITED
    STATES OF AMERICA IN SENATE AND CONGRESS ASSEMBLED that guaranteed the
    protection through it's creation of the AMERICAN INDIAN RELIGIOUS
    FREEDOM ACT.

    "WE HAVE MET IN TRADITIONAL COUNCIL AND UNANIMOUSLY CONCUR THAT THE
    EXISTANCE OF OUR PEOPLE AND SACRED WAYS DEPENDS ON THE DEPTH OF OUR
    AWARENESS ABOUT THE EXPLOITATION OF OUR CULTURE. OUR CONCERN FOR THE
    FUTURE GENERATIONS AND OUR SUPPORT FOR ONE ANOTHER CAN BE BENIFICIAL
    TO ALL OUR PEOPLES BY HOW WELL WE SUPPORT ONE OTHER"


    WE CONCUR ON THIS ENDEAVER TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE OUR CEREMONIAL AND
    CULTURAL INTEGRETIES AND THE WAYS OF OUR GRANDFATHERS FOR OUR
    GRANDCHILDREN AND FUTURE GENERATIONS.
    "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

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    "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

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    • #3
      Hi
      I bump for too good article.:clap: :clap:
      Asema Is Sacred
      Traditional Use, Not Misuse
      Wakan Tanka please have compassion on me.
      OK Niji we are running a train with red over yellow at this powwow.

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      • #4
        :Thumbs :Thumbs
        Good to see that there are still elders out there who want to save what is ours. I pray to tunkasila they are sucessful. Its high time someone took action to stop washcu's from stealing what little is left of our cultural indentity. 500 years of this is quite enough.
        Heard the inipi that was put up by those washicu's resulting in the death of two of them was due to the fact they covered he inipi with blue plastic tarp. Hot air released poisonous fumes. Unfortunate it was, but that is what happens whenyou aren't qualified to do ceremony. Spirits have a way of showing their displeasure.

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