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A message of great urgency

The time has come to speak to the hearts of our nations and their leaders. I ask you from the bottom of my heart to come together from the spirit of your nations in prayer.

The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit. The catastrophe that has happened with the oil spill – which looks like the bleeding of Grandmother Earth – was made by human mistakes that we cannot afford to continue to make.

We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the world. We are guided to speak from all the white animals showing their sacred color, which is a sign for us to pray for the sacred life of all things. As I send this message, many animal nations are being threatened – those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, and the plant nations – and eventually, all will be affected by the oil disaster in the Gulf.

I ask, as spiritual leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with the whole of our global communities. My concern is that these serious issues we face will continue to worsen, creating a domino effect that our ancestors warned of in their prophecies.

I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue. I believe we as spiritual people must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to allow the healing of the many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth.

As we honor the cycle of life, let us call for Prayer Circles globally to assist in healing Grandmother Earth, our Unci’ Maka.

We ask for prayers that the oil spill, this bleeding, will stop and that the winds stay calm to assist in the work. Pray for the people to be guided and protected in repairing this mistake, and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.

As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected, and that what we create can have lasting effects on all life. So let us unite spiritually, all nations, all faiths, one prayer.

I also ask everyone to please remember that June 21 is World Peace and Prayer Day and Honoring Sacred Sites Day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our nations, for our children’s future and well-being, and the generations to come.

Onipikte (that we shall live),

– Chief Arvol Looking Horse

19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

Green Grass, S.D.