Chief Arvol Looking Horse blesses new tarsands resistance camp

Chief Arvol Looking Horse blesses new tarsands resistance camp

By Brenda Norrell

Top photo Shielding the People Spiritual Camp at Rosebud, South Dakota, by Paula Antoine 

BRIDGER, South Dakota -- Chief Arvol Looking Horse blessed the Pte Ospiye Spiritual Camp in Bridger, South Dakota on Saturday, which is the second Lakota Spiritual Camp established to fight the threat of the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline. Lakotas are ready to put their lives on the line to protect the massive Ogallala Aquifer, the source of water for future generations.

Joye Braun, Cheynne River Lakota, said campers and organizers of the camp started the journey of the camp in Green Grass, South Dakota, with prayers and then traveled by caravan to Bridger for the blessing of the grounds by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe.

Braun, who made headlines recently when she halted an oil field megaload truck alone on Cheyenne River land, said tipis will be set up Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Bridger camp. Grounds will be worked on while the camp progresses.

Braun told Censored News, “The campers were told by elders to camp, just camp, and pray everything will work out in the end. So that is what they are doing. The camp is awaiting promised funds to be deposited into their account with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. In the meantime, they are in desperate need of support from the outside community who are also worried about the Black Snake Crossing ancestral lands and treaty land.”

A second Spiritual Camp resisting the threat of Keystone XL pipeline was set up by Lakotas in Ideal, South Dakota, by Rosebud Lakotas two weeks ago. The Oyate Wahacanka Woecun project is sanctioned by the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council.

The Cowboy Indian Alliance, which includes the Lakotas, will carry out an action to demand a halt to the Keystone XL pipeline, with a tipi camp in Washington DC April 22 -- 27, 2014.

On Pine Ridge, Lakotas Debra and Alex White Plume, at Owe Aku International Justice Project are among the Lakotas leading the fight to halt the tarsands pipeline. Tarsands mining has already poisoned the homelands of Cree and other First Nation in Alberta, Canada.

Owe Aku said, "Lakota are united with our relatives and allies up north. We must stop this kxl from entering the territory our ancestors loved, lived on for thousands of generations, and gave their greatest gift of all to defend, their lives. Our Creation stories teach us that this is our Home on Unci Maka, our homeland is part of our identity, we have our inherent birth right as Lakota Oyate. Our inherent birth right is a spiritual and human right, and we have treaty rights.

"We do not want kxl, we do not want tarsands in our lands, the tarsands must stay in the ground, the extraction and its aftermath is killing humans and all of life up there, and wasting precious water. The leaders of the world are looking at this, we need them to be good leaders and stand in the way of something bad coming toward us, all over the world, and here, in the big land, it is time for people to be clear to their leader. Now is a time when he can be a green revolutionary, and make decisions that can change the world.”

Lakota Spiritual Camps and organizing efforts are seeking support and supplies. Read more at Censored News http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/04/pte-ospiye-spiritual-camp-at-bridger.html

Photo 2 courtesy of Joye Braun.

Photos copyright Paula Antoine and Joye Braun.

Article by Brenda Norrell brendanorrell@gmail.com

About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.