The Water Protectors at Standing Rock have called for a day of prayer today. The Governor of North Dakota and the Army Corps of Engineers have given an eviction notice to the Oceti Sakowin camp that takes effect 2 p.m. today (Mountain Time). They have said that everyone remaining in the camps will be arrested. You can call the Army Corps at 202-761-8700 and demand an extension. But also–Pray! The people in the camps have been cleaning up the camps from the aftermath of the blizzards in December and in preparation for spring flooding. In a video released Monday, women said
“After the deadline for February 22 at 2pm, we are all at risk of facing arrest, police brutality, federal charges and prison time.” “In the history of colonization, they’ve always given us two options. Give up our land or go to jail, give up our rights or go to jail. And now, give up our water, or go to jail. We are not criminals.”
From Arvol Looking Horse, last night:
Right away I woke remembering our history of abuses we have suffered from the continued need from Mother Earth’s Resources. My heart is heavy today, for what we are all facing together with tomorrow’s deadline in the removal of the Standing Rock’s Camps…
Because of the seriousness of this situation, I humbly would like to once again call upon all the Religious/Spiritual Leaders, URI and the People who traveled to Standing Rock’s sacred fire on December 4th. (Sari At Uri) Pray with us at your own sacred places for Mother Earth, her Mni wic’oni (water of life) and the protection of our People who are still at the Standing Rock Camps.
We also need to remember healing for those who are making these dangerous decisions that have only ended up abusing all life.
I too will stand in the sacred place with our Sacred Bundle to offer prayers – if anyone would like to join me by bringing offerings to the Bundle, they are welcome – @ 2:00pm mountain time on Wednesday February 22, 2017.
Please pray with us where ever you are upon Mother Earth.
Mother Earth is a Source of Life – Not a Resource.
Onipikte (that we shall live) ,
Nac’a Arvol Looking Horse C’anupa Awiyanka (Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe)
When I walk in my own neighborhood at dawn, I pray, and I come to this sacred place, the small brook that feeds into Capisic Brook. On the walk, I hear and see the cardinals singing. They are praying. Back in my yard, I pray there, because this too is a sacred place. The crows are shouting to each other. They are praying. Let us all join in this sacred work, from wherever we are. Water is life. The Earth is our mother. We are all one.