As the Nawtsamaat Alliance begins its historic journey in the important days ahead, the Prophecy of Crazy Horse - as said smoking the Sacred Pipe with "Touch the Clouds" four days before he was killed by the U.S. Army as they attempted to imprison him - could not be more powerfully relevant.
Crazy Horse to Touch the Clouds, 1877:
"Upon suffering beyond suffering:
The Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world; a world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations; a world longing for light again.
I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again.
In that day, there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom.
I salute the light within your eyes where the whole Universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be one."
My dearest relatives, this time is now. As Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. - our dear Dakota elder, leader, humanitarian and friend - says: "We live not now in the day of prophecies, but in the day of the fulfillment of the prophecies!”
Our first Call to Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea that took place on Tuesday 7/29 far exceeded our expectations. Thank you! We are deeply inspired by the brilliance, courage, strength, and desire for “unprecedented, unified action” that exists in our communities across the Salish Sea. With the leadership of Indigenous Peoples we are working together in growing our core group into a powerful force for Protecting the Sacredness of the Salish Sea.
We invite you to help us deepen and expand our circle of involvement with the 4 Days of Action (9/20 - 9/23), the signing of the International Treaty to Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea, and the birth of the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance: One House. One Heart. One Prayer. United in Power to Protect the Sacred.
Calls to Action
We are committed to support you and the work of your group, organization, or coalition
If you haven’t already, please sign up at the Protect the Sacred website www.protectthesacred.org. This Nation Builder site will be the primary “community operating system” for organizing the work of the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance. You’ll be able to add events and blog posts, as well as stay informed and up-to-date on all inter-related activities.
If you are already planning events and activities during the 4 Days of Action (9/20 - 9/23) please let us know by emailing email@example.com and we will help get the word out.
If you want to organize an event that features the work of your group or organization during the 4 Days of Action, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help make it happen.
If you use Facebook, please join the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance open Facebook group. Events will also be posted here, where you will be able to extend invitations to others in your group or organization:https://www.facebook.com/groups/nawtsamaat/
If you want to get involved in the Alliance’s Leadership Team and the 4 Days of Action, let us know! We use Trello, an online collaboration and organizing platform. Send us your email and we will invite you onto the Trello Boards we are using to organize and coordinate the work!
We invite you to join with us on a historic journey to Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea. There are significant increasing risks and threats to our beautiful region as well as inspiring solutions for how we can respond as a community.
There is powerful and unparalleled leadership coming from the First Nations in British Columbia and Native Americans in Washington state. Now is the time to come together and we invite all of us who live in this region to unite in “unprecedented unified action” to Protect and Restore the Salish Sea.
In September there will be 4 Days of Action from September 20th through September 23rd culminating in a signing of the International Treaty to Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea.
We invite you to the "Call to Protect the Salish Sea", a 90 minute tele-conferene that will take place on July 29th at 12:00 PM. The call will be hosted by Sundance Chief Rueben George from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr.
There is a story of "unprecedented unified action" unfolding as unlikely parties have come together to protect and restore our sacred Mother Earth. First Nations, Native Americans, and their allies, in the form of ranchers, farmers, landowners, lawyers, educators, activists, environmentalists, faith and spiritual leaders and others are teaming up to stop all tar sands projects; to challenge us to confront our dependency on fossil fuels, demand that we accelerate the shift to renewable energy, and stop destroying our planet.
The recent delay by President Obama on the Keystone XL pipeline is not just connected to the courts in Nebraska; the actions in the Dakotas and Nebraska come as the most unlikely of parties are joining forces. There are international treaties being signed between sovereign nations to stop the tar sands projects from all directions. There are prayer and spiritual camps being set up along the KXL pipeline route. First Nations, Native Americans and their allies have come together to form the Cowboy Indian Alliance (CIA). This new CIA is engaged and working cooperatively like never before to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.
A video message – “Obama's 50 Wounded Knees????” has been prepared for President Obama reminding him of the names he was given and the promises he has made. This video message is a call to remember and awaken to our common home and shared destiny.
There is a story unfolding today of "unprecedented unified action". Some of the most unlikely parties are coming together to protect and restore our sacred Mother Earth. First Nations, Native Americans, and their Allies in the form of ranchers, farmers, lawyers, educators, activists, environmentalists, faith and spiritual leaders and others are teaming up to stop all tar sands projects; to call us to confront our dependency on fossil fuels, and to demand that we start the shift to renewable energy sources and stop destroying the earth.
The motivation to come together is not driven by the insatiable desire to grow without limits, consume more precious resources, and produce more profits for a few. The motivation is a sacred promise to our ancestors and our future generations to act as stewards of our precious planet and to summon the courage to "Warrior-Up" and stand up to these threats and just say no!
Pipeline Fighters Unite to Protect Future Generation’s Water and Land
Message to Obama – Reject and Protect.
Oceti Sakowin Territory – Just three days before the U.S. Department of State’s public comment period ended on the TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline Project (KXL), Pipeline Fighters and Water Protectors from across South Dakota and Nebraska gathered for a meeting in Winner, SD, hosted by the Ihanktonwan Treaty Council and the Brave Heart Society to discuss direct-action campaign strategies that will include grassroots spiritual camps along the Keystone XL corridor, as well as a National event to be held the third week of April, 2014, with the message to President Obama - “Reject and Protect”.
“After hundreds of years of on-going violations of Nation to Nation Treaties by the Governments of Canada and the US, supported by Multinational Natural Resource Extraction Industry, here and globally, it is clear that closing down the ever-increasing destruction of the Alberta Tar Sands and related Pipe Lines and Tankers, or ending other environmental destruction occurring on Indigenous Territories everywhere on Mother Earth, will take culturally- spiritually based, principle-centered, and unprecedented, unified action of Indigenous North Americans, Indigenous Communities globally, and their Allies, including, supportive NGO's, Citizens of Canada, the US, and other related International Support, never before seen or actualized.
This unprecedented unified action will only be achieved by fully revitalizing our spiritually based, cultural traditions, values and guiding principles and standing together and acting from within our own inherent, Indigenous Legal Orders, as reflected by Treaties and Declarations like, the International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects, the Save the Frazier Declaration, the Yinka-Dene Alliance and the Rights of Mother Earth, The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other related Treaties and Declarations, in coordination with supportive and unbiased dimensions of the International Legal Order.
It has been demonstrated, time after time, that this needed unity and unprecedented, principle-centered action for social and environmental justice will not be able to be realized through the Canadian, US or other Legal Orders of Nation States that continue to destroy Mother Earth, disrespect Human Rights and violate their own Treaties In fact, from my perspective, if you polled most Indigenous communities in Canada and the US, they would agree that most of our Treaties have long since been violated and broken and therefore are null and void. And in all justice, whatever we gave up, in spirit and intent, when these Treaties were made with Canada and the US should be justly returned. In the case of British Columbia First Nations territories were simply illegally and unjustly seized and their inherent Aboriginal Legal has never ceded or surrendered.
Unless this Unity in Diversity, based in the full consciousness of the Oneness of the Human Family and all Life, is achieved, all that is envisioned in regard to the full development of the Tar Sands, including Pipe Lines and Oil Tankers, by the Governments of Canada and the US, the Multinational Oil Companies they serve and other related supporters, will be actualized in short order. Only a level of unity, never before achieved or, in some cases, even imagined, will be able to stop these unsustainable, environmentally destructive, corrupt and devastating forces, centered in an ideology of privilege, elitism, unbridled materialism, greed and economic gain, at whatever the cost.
If allowed to continue, these unsustainable, environmentally destructive and devastating global forces will very negatively and profoundly impact our Human Family and Mother Earth for many, many generations to come. It is more than time for unified, principle-centered, global action to Protect and Restore the Sacred by Indigenous Peoples and our dedicated allies of the Human Family!
In summary, It is crystal clear, there will be no just and ultimate resolution to the broken treaties between Indigenous Sovereign Nations across Canada and the US, and the illegal seizure and confiscation of never surrendered and unceded territories (British Columbia) within the Canadian and US Legal Orders that broke their own treaties and illegally seized the lands of other Sovereign Nations! Canada and the US broke their promises, Indigenous Peoples didn’t.
In response to the rising tide of tribal opposition to the KXL Pipeline, slated to destructively cut through numerous sacred sites and to compromise the safety of land and water for all citizens; several tribes and allies of the Ponca, are participating in a Spiritual Camp on the Ponca Trail of Tears, near Neeligh Nebraska, on November 8-13, 2013.
The KXL Pipeline cuts a swatch through the historic Ponca Trail of Tears, the forced migration route for the Southern Ponca who were exiled from their homelands in Northern Nebraska, during the 1800’s. The famous Ponca leader who challenged the government and eventually returned to his homelands was Chief Standing Bear, now buried near Niobrara, NE.
With this new erosion of tribal rights, now with a foreign company, tribal families are saying “enough.” The entire area of the KXL Pipeline cuts through Treaty and aboriginal lands without respect to water rights, sacred sites and threats to the environment.
The SPIRITUAL CAMP ON THE PONCA TRAIL OF TEARS is the first of FOUR TRIBAL SPIRITUAL CAMPS that will be slated to take place this fall and winter of 2013. The other three will take place in South Dakota which is 1851 and 1868 Treaty Territory. The four camps are scheduled to send a strong message to President Obama, Congress and Transcanada, that this Pipeline will not be allowed. The other participating tribes are in South Dakota, in the area of the Seven Council Fires or “OCETI SAKOWIN”. These groups see this as necessary to protect the “rights of Mother Earth or Ina Maka.
Entities that are supporting this effort are the Protect the Sacred Campaign, Southern Ponca families; other Dakota/Lakota/Nakota bands of the Oceti Sakowin and the Cowboy and Indian Alliance. The CIA or Cowboy and Indian Alliance is a historic unification of ranchers/farmers and Native peoples who are creating a powerful coalition against Tar Sands and pipeline development. Media are invited to record this historic event. For more information contact Faith Spotted Eagle, 605 481 0416(email@example.com) or Jane Kleeb at 402 705 3622.
On January 23rd through 25th 2013 we co-hosted the Gathering to Protect the Sacred from the Tar Sands and Keystone XL Pipeline. Here are two remarkable videos.
The first video is the Grand Council Signing Ceremony that took place on Friday, January 25th with assembled Elected Leadership, Treaty Council Members, Traditional Leaders, Societies, and their Allies signing the International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects. The video features Tantoo Cardinal, Chief Rueben George, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Faith Spotted Eagle, Chief Phil Lane Jr., and others.
The second video is an overview and background on how the Gathering and this new International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects came into form as told by Faith Spotted Eagle, Brave Heart Society member and First Native American woman to sign such a treaty! This video was recorded and produced by Ashley Young from the Feather Project:
We invite you to engage and be a part of the campaign to Protect the Sacred. You can volunteer here.