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Message from Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Mitakuye (my relative),

I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nation,
ask
you to understand an Indigenous perspective on what has happened in
America,
what we call "Turtle Island." My words seek to unite the global
community
through a message from our sacred ceremonies to unite spiritually, each
in our
own ways of beliefs in the Creator.
Message from Chief Arvol Looking Horse.

Mitakuye (my relative),

I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nation,
ask you to understand an Indigenous perspective on what has happened in
America, what we call "Turtle Island."
My words seek to unite the global community through a message from our sacred ceremonies to unite spiritually, each in our own ways of beliefs in the Creator.

We have been warned from Ancient Prophecies of these times we live in
today, but have also been given a very important message about a solution to
turn these terrible times around.

To understand the depth of this message you must recognize the
importance of Sacred Sites and realize the interconnectedness of what
is happening today, in reflection of the continued massacres that are occurring on other
lands and our own Americas.

I have been learning about these important issues since the age of 12,
upon receiving the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle and its teachings.
Our people have striven to protect Sacred Sites from the beginning of time.
These places have been violated for centuries and have brought us to the
predicament that we are in at the global level.

Look around you. Our Mother Earth is very ill from these violations, and
we are on the brink of destroying the possibility of a healthy and
nurturing survival for generations to come, our children's children.

Our ancestors have been trying to protect our Sacred Site called the
Sacred Black Hills in South Dakota, "Heart of Everything That Is," from
continued violations. Our ancestors never saw a satellite view of this site, but
now that those pictures are available, we see that it is in the shape of a heart
and, when fast-forwarded, it looks like a heart pumping.

The Dine have been protecting Big Mountain, calling it the liver, and we
are suffering and going to suffer more from the extraction of the coal from
there and the poison processes used in doing so.

The Aborigines have warned of the contaminating effects of global
warming on the Coral Reefs, which they see as Mother Earth's blood purifier.

The Indigenous people of the rainforest relay that the rainforest are
the lungs of the planet and need protection.

The Gwich'in Nation has had to face oil drilling in the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge coastal plain, also known to the Gwich'in as "Where life
begins!"

The coastal plain is the birthplace of many life forms of the Animal
Nations. The death of these Animal Nations will destroy Indigenous
Nations in this territory.

As these destructive developments continue all over the world, we will
witness many more extinct Animal, Plant, and Human Nations, because of
mankind's misuse of power and their lack of understanding of the "balance of
life."

The Indigenous people warn that these destructive developments will
cause havoc globally. There are many, many more Indigenous awarenesses and
knowledge about Mother Earth's Sacred Sites, her Chakras, connections to our
spirit that will surely affect our future generations.

There needs to be a fast move toward other forms of energy that are safe
for all Nations upon Mother Earth. We need to understand the types of minds
that are continuing to destroy the spirit of our whole global community.
Unless we do this, the powers of destruction will overwhelm us. Our Ancestors
foretold that water would someday be for sale. Back then, this was hard to
believe, since the water was so plentiful, so pure, and so full of energy,
nutrition, and spirit.

Today we have to buy pure water, and even then the nutritional minerals
have been taken out; it's just empty liquid. Someday water will be like gold,
too expensive to afford.

Not everyone will have the right to drink safe water. We fail to
appreciate and honor our Sacred Sites, ripping out the minerals and gifts that lay
underneath them as if Mother Earth were simply a resource, instead of
the Source of Life itself.

Attacking Nations and having to utilize more resources to carry out
destruction in the name of peace is not the answer! We need to
understand how all these decisions affect the Global Nation; we will not be immune to its
repercussions. Allowing continual contamination of our food and land is
affecting the way we think.

A "disease of the mind" has set in world leaders and many members of our
global community, with their belief that a solution of retaliation and
destruction of peoples will bring Peace.

In our Prophecies it is told that we are now at the crossroads: Either
unite spiritually as a Global Nation, or be faced with chaos, disasters,
diseases, and tears from our relatives' eyes.

We are the only species that is destroying the Source of Life, meaning
Mother Earth, in the name of power, mineral resources, and ownership of
land, using chemicals and methods of warfare that are doing irreversible
damage, as Mother Earth is becoming tired and cannot sustain any more impacts of
war.

I ask you to join me on this endeavor. Our vision is for the Peoples of
all continents, regardless of their beliefs in the Creator, to come together
as one at their Sacred Sites to pray and meditate and commune with one
another, thus promoting an energy shift to heal our Mother Earth and achieve a
universal consciousness toward attaining Peace.

As each day passes, I ask all Nations to begin a global effort, and
remember to give thanks for the Sacred Food that has been gifted to us by our
Mother Earth, so the nutritional energy of medicine can be guided to heal our
minds and spirits.

This new millennium will usher in an age of harmony or it will bring the
end of life as we know it. Starvation, war, and toxic waste have been the
hallmark of the Great Myth of Progress and Development that ruled the
last millennium.

To us, as caretakers of the heart of Mother Earth, falls the
responsibility of turning back the powers of destruction. You yourself are the one who
must decide.

You alone - and only you - can make this crucial choice, to walk in
honor or to dishonor your relatives. On your decision depends the fate of the
entire World.

Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide
the future of humankind.

Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of
such terrible danger?

Know that you yourself are essential to this World. Believe that!
Understand both the blessing and the burden of that. You yourself are desperately
needed to save the soul of this World. Did you think you were put here
for something less? In a Sacred Hoop of Life, there is no beginning and no
ending!

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