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A meeting was convened by the Sicangu Lakota Grass Roots Oyate on October 21st, 2006, at the Rosebud Casino Conference Room located on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Central South Dakota. Approximately 100 people were in attendance from the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Oyate which included Naca Itahcan Ominiciye, Traditional Chiefs and Headsmen, Treaty councils, Tetuwan Sioux Nation Treaty Council, Spiritual leaders and other organizations and lineal descendants of our chiefs, elders and First Ladies of our Nation.
The highlight of discussion included: Exploitation of Sacred Ceremonies with Wolakota Foundations' overall coordinator and promoter, Paula Horn-Mullen and her questionable activities. Speakers on this issue were:
Vivian High Elk; lineal descendant of the pipe keepers, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
Stacey Low Dog, former volunteer for Wolakota Foundations' World Peace and Prayer Day activities, and an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
Martina Looking Horse, eldest female sibling to the Keeper of the pipe, and an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
Francis Zephier; a concerned member of exploitation issues and an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.
Vivian stated the issue being presented is an internal issue for our people and needs to be addressed by our concerned Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nation. She expressed concern that the Protection of Sacred Ceremonies Proclamation wasn't being adhered to by Wolakota Foundations' overall coordinator Paula Horn as the Sacred Pipe is the center of their fund raising activities, and that Wolakota Foundation is a non-profit, 501©(3) and is a United States sanctioned corporation, which is a blatant violation of our Traditional Law, which many of our ancestors fought and died for. It is the most Precious and Sacred of all things that is for our Nation and our Way of Life. It has been observed that the administration of this has been for the benefit of a few individuals that surround Paula Horn. Exploitation of the Canunnpa has been going on for years and must be stopped.
Stacey Low Dog offered documents as evidence of the amount of monies Paula solicited in the name of Arvol and our Sacred Bundle. She raised the question: is the Keeper a Spiritual Leader or a Corporate Leader? As he's being manipulated to allow this activity of exploiting the Bundle and himself by his partner and the monies that only benefit Paula and her family. That if anyone questions her activities she labels them trouble makers and enemies of Arvols' and uses character assassinations to deter them. Wolakota Foundation, under the guidance of Paula Horn has used the Cannunpa as a marketing tool, and money making scheme that benefits none of our people, or the youth she proposes to work with, and it is only benefiting her and her family, as she is operating this foundation as it is a personal bank account to do as she sees fits. She writes fraudulent proposals and acts like a telemarketer as she is on the phone 24/7 soliciting donations for Arvol and the foundation, and shields all the calls coming in. The financial records show Paula as the main beneficiary of these activities.
Martina Looking Horse presented the dissension Paula has created among her family and the accusations she has made against Martina. She has been aware of Paula's' activities for a long time. Support was offered against the exploitation against the bundle.
Francis Zephier stated the exploitation is not isolated to only Wolakota Foundation and talked of ceremonies including white people. She has been waiting for exploiting of our ceremonies to be stopped for years and that the Cannunpa belongs to all of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nation. She stated that people with money should not be the only ones allowed to have access to the ways of our Cannunpa. She read a written Petition being offered to the people in attendance which was read and accepted to be put into action immediately. She offered support against exploitation.
The Petition will be shared with the Ikce Wicasa/Win for signatures to be collected. Further discussion will take place in another scheduled meeting to be held November 18th, 2006 on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation in St. Francis, South Dakota where it was decided upon that Arvol and his partner will be invited to attend to answer the allegations in question.
Alfred Bone Shirt who moderated the meeting states, "She manipulated the Keeper to engulf the Cannunpa in the laws of the United States government as it is the basis of their 501©(3) corporation which is signed by the Keeper and promoted by Paula Horne in a despicable, money making, marketing scheme to raise money that only benefits her and her family, and to further her own personal agenda. The Cannunpa is subject to the U.S. government laws as their corporation is based on it, as well as Arvol being subjected to these laws as well."
Even though he is a recipient of a United Nations Peace award the people presenting the award did hot do any investigations or talk to our people to see if he is living his work among his people. The people have been living a life of duress and poverty and there has been no easement of it through his organization. By Paula remaining in that Sacred Area, she continues to bring Wa'asbya to our Bundle with all of her negative attitudes and energies' she displays. The Cannunpa is a spirit and you can't have negative thoughts, feelings and energies' around it. The emails she puts out is record of these energies as she's less than a 100 feet away from the pipe house.
Whereas, on October 21st 2006, a meeting was held on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Indian Reservation, against the exploitation of our Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe located on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in a community called Green Grass, South Dakota and,
Whereas, on March 8th & 9th, 2003, a meeting was held on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Indian Reservation to protect our sacred ceremonies, due to the different types of abuse held in our ceremonies and,
Whereas, by the imposition of Paula Horne, this meeting was hosted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in support of the proposal drafted by Paula Horne for her partner, Arvol Looking Horse, to call upon all spiritual leaders on these issues of abuse and,
Whereas, a Protection of Ceremonies Proclamation was readily drafted and adopted on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation without a consensus and,
Whereas, Arvol Looking Horse took it upon himself to end this meeting on his own consensus and,
Whereas, Paula Horne, the partner of Arvol Looking Horse has well exploited the Cannunpa by using it as a marketing tool to capitalize for her own personal wealth and gain, as well as for her children and,
Whereas, Paula Horne has been known by personal knowledge of family members, relatives, Tribal and Community members of her manipulation, lies, distortion, her negative personal traits ( arguing, condemning people, condoning to alcoholism and drugs around the Sacred area.) and also not respecting the laws by her keeping negativity around the sacred area and remaining next to the Sacred Cannunpa while is in her menstrual state and,
Whereas, Paula Horne is not any person with respect toward the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe that belongs to we/all the people as a whole and,
Whereas, by the consensus of the People at this meeting, October 21, 2006 to hold Paula as a perpetrator of abuse of our ceremonies and,
Therefore, by consensus of this docket, we demand that any official by law protect our Sacred Cannunpa and prevent Paula Horne be held accountable to the exploitation of our Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and that she banned from all attendance and connections to our sacred ceremonies that lie on the LAWS and basis of our Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and,
Therefore, be it that all signatures below agree to this petition and shall be laid as an IKCE Wicasa/Win law to uphold this docket on this 21st day of October, 2006.
For more information
Alfred Bone Shirt 605-208-4955
Vivian HIgh Elk 605-856-4858
Stacey Low Dog 605-415-2721
At the Lakota Summit V, an international gathering of US and Canadian Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations, about 500 representatives from 40 different tribes and bands of the Lakota unanimously passed a "Declaration of War Against Exploiters of Lakota Spirituality." The following declaration was unanimously passed on June 10, 1993.
Whereas we are the conveners of an ongoing series of comprehensive forums on the abuse and exploitation of Lakota spirituality; and whereas we represent the recognized traditional spiritual leaders, traditional elders, and grassroots advocates of the Lakota people; and whereas for too long we have suffered the unspeakable indignity of having our most precious Lakota ceremonies and spiritual practices desecrated, mocked and abused by non-Indian 'wannabes', hucksters, cultists, commercial profiteers and self-styled 'New Age shaman' and their followers; and whereas with horror and outrage we see this disgraceful expropriation of our sacred Lakota traditions has reached epidemic proportions; and whereas our precious Sacred Pipe is being desecrated through the sale of pipestone pipes at flea markets, powwows, and 'New Age' retail stores; and whereas pseudo-religious corporations have been formed to charge people money for admission into phoney 'sweatlodges' and 'vision quest' programmes; and whereas sacrilegious 'sundances' for non-Indians and cult leaders who promote abominable and obscene imitations of our sacred Lakota sundance rites; and whereas non-Indians have organised themselves into imitation tribes, assigning themselves make-believe Indian names to facilitate their wholesale expropriation and commercialisation of our Lakota traditions; and whereas academic disciples have sprung up at colleges and universities, institutionalizing the sacrilegious imitation of our spiritual practices by students and instructors under the guise of educational programs in 'shamanism'; and whereas non-Indian charlatans and 'wannabes' are selling books that promote the systematic colonization of our Lakota spirituality; and whereas the television and film industry continues to saturate the entertainment media with vulgar, sensationalist and grossly distorted representations of Lakota spirituality and culture which reinforce the public's negative stereotyping of Indian people and which gravely impair the self-esteem of our children; and whereas the absurd public posturing of this scandalous assortment of pseudo-Indian charlatans, cultists, 'wannabes', commercial profiteers, and 'New Age' shamans comprises a momentous obstacle in the struggle of traditional Lakota people for an adequate public appraisal of the legitimate political, legal and spiritual needs of real Lakota people; and whereas this exponential exploitation of our Lakota spiritual traditions requires we take immediate action to defend our most precious Lakota spirituality from further contamination, desecration and abuse; Therefore we resolve as follow:
1. We hereby and henceforth declare war against all persons who persist in exploiting, abusing and misrepresenting the sacred traditions and spiritual practices of our Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people.
2. We call upon all our Lakota, Dakota and Nakota brothers and sisters to actively and vocally oppose this alarming take over and systematic destruction of our sacred traditions.
3. We urge our people to coordinate with tribal members everywhere to identify instances in which our sacred traditions are being abused, and then to resist this abuse, utilizing whatever specific tactics are necessary; demonstrations, boycotts, press conferences etc.
4. We especially urge all our Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people to take action to prevent our own people from contributing to, and enabling, the abuse of our sacred ceremonies and spiritual practices by outsiders. As we all know, there are ones among our own people who are prostituting our spiritual ways for their own selfish gain.
5. We assert a posture of zero-tolerance for any 'white man's shaman' who rises from within our own communities to 'authorize' the expropriation of our ceremonial ways by non-Indians. All such 'plastic medicine men' are our enemies.
6. We urge traditional people, tribal leaders, and governing councils of all other Indian nations, to join us in calling for an immediate end to this rampant exploitation of our respective American Indian sacred traditions by issuing statements denouncing such abuse. It is not only the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people whose spiritual practices are being violated by non-Indians.
7. We urge all our Indian brothers and sisters to act decisively and boldly in our present campaign to end the destruction of our sacred traditions, keeping in mind our highest duty as Indian people; to preserve the purity of our precious traditions for our children and the future generations so that they will survive and prosper in the sacred manner intended for each of our respective peoples by our Creator.
Wilmer Stampede Mesteth; (Oglala Lakota);
Traditional Spiritual Leader & Lakota Culture Instructor;
Oglala Lakota College, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Darrell Standing Elk; (Sicangu Lakota);
President, Center for the SPIRIT, San Fancisco, California,
& Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Phyllis Swift Hawk; (Kul Wicasa Lakota);
Tiospaye Wounspe Waokiye; Wanblee, South Dakota
Disclaimer: News items will not always reflect the views and opinions of the DLN Human Rights Advocacy Coalition.
Statement by Marie Fiddler, Frank Eagle Tail and Shirley Fiddler
2007 July, The White Buffalo Calf Pipe Commercialized
2006 Feb Missive from Arvol Looking Horse on Eagle Hunter
Arvol Looking Horse Answers the Questions, Frank J. King III at The Native Voice
From ALH, To Indigenous Nations of the world, response to Arvol Looking Horse, 7 July 2003
Unity of Indigenous Nations protection of ceremonial ways of life from Arvol Looking Horse
To the Leaders of a nationwide coalition of June 20, National Day of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
2003 June 6 Protection of Ceremonies Meeting at St. Francis SD
Wambli Ho News: Special Report:
Interview with Northern Cheyenne Chief Bernard Red Cherries
Following the Bear Butte Protection of Ceremonies Meeting
on May 10, 2003
Wambli Ho News: Special Report:
Interview with Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse
Following the Bear Butte Protection of Ceremonies Meeting
on May 10, 2003
A Closer Look at Treadmill Spirituality PR Gregg-Bear
The Cheyenne Declaration regarding the Protection of Sacred Ceremonies (6 May 2003)
Important announcement of the:
CEREMONIAL SUNDANCE, SWEAT LODGE, AND TRADITIONAL HEALING CEREMONIALS PROTECTION MEETING. MAY 10TH, 11TH, 2003. BEARBUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA CEREMONIAL HOME OF THE CHEYENNE. Bernard Red Cherries
Chief Arvol Looking Horse Response to Responses (26 April 2003)
JR American Horse Statement
Leonard Alden Crow Dog Statement
Protection of Ceremonies O-mini-c'i-ya-pi Chief Arvol Looking Horse (2003 March)
On March 8th and 9th, Spiritual Leaders and Bundle Keepers of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nation, Cheyenne Nation and Arapahoe Nation were called together to discuss the protection from the abuse and exploitation of our ceremonies.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse on Eagle Butte Meeting (2003 March 6)
Protection of Sacred Cetermonies
This is the accurate notice of the meeting set for March 8 & 9, 2003
Edd Changing Elk Sr. Ghost Dance. 2005. The Ghost dance came out of wewoka and a different tribe, and more or less is associated with the peyote ceremonies in the Native American church. Our People frown on the mixing of peyote and the use of the sacred cannupa (pipe)
Dave Gonzales-Pasqua Commentary on Protection of Ceremonies 2005
Larry and Steve Willis' letter on the Ina Maka Sun Dance.
United Tribal Effort on Protection of Sacred Ceremonies October 22, 2002.
Reconciliation with Crazy Horse Family Article from BP magazine "Horizon", Sept 2002 issue
Selling Indian Culture Article from the Lakota Journal, June 21-28, 2002 issue, by Dottie Potter
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