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National Sacred Places Prayer Days Are Upon Us

National Sacred Places Prayer Days are here—celebrations are being held across Turtle Island to honor sacred sites and those who protect them.
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As previously mentioned, The Morning Star Institute will hold a respectful observance to honor sacred places, sacred beings, and all who care for them, and protect them from harm, on June 19.

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But that event, being held in Washington, D.C., is not the only one taking place. There are events being held around the country for Turtle Island’s sacred places.

New York City

On June 24, at Bethune and West streets in New York City, a prayer of remembrance for sacred places will be held. The group will gather along the Hudson River near Bethune Street. For more information contact Kevin Tarrant, American Indian Community House executive director, at 212-598-0100 or ktarrant@aich.org.

Ohio

There will be a few events to celebrate sacred places in Ohio. From June 19-21 the Friends of Serpent Mound will hold its annual festival to celebrate the first day of summer with a viewing of the setting sun aligning with the effigy mound. It will be held at the Soaring Eagle Resort, next to Serpent Mound. There will be guided hikes, vendors, educational booths, and lectures. For more information, call Delsey Wilson at 937-205-0094.

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Prayer Days celebrations will be held at Serpent Mound from June 19-21.

Celebrate Summer Solstice at Mound City on June 20 at 8 p.m. The event is free and for all ages. There will be a large area to put a blanket, and an Indian flutist. For more information call Mound City at 740-774-1126.

Celebrate the longest day of summer at Fort Ancient on June 21 at 5:30 a.m. View the astronomical alignment of the earthworks with the sunrise, and learn its importance to the Fort Ancient and Hopewell cultures. For more information, contact Fort Ancient at 800-752-2757.

South Dakota

World Peace & Prayer Day will be held at Si’ca Hollow State Park in South Dakota on June 21 at 1 p.m. Prayer will be offered by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, with a potluck meal following the ceremony. For more information call Dawn Eagle at 605-927-9009.

Tennessee

“The Sulfur Dale is a sacred place that was dug up for the Nashville Sounds Baseball Stadium. The Native American coalition tried to work with Nashville Mayor Dean up until the last minute last year, but they went ahead with construction,” said Melba Checote Eads, Sulfur Dale Prayer Day organizer. “These Mounds are not being saved and have suffered from years of abuse and building. Last year we worked hard to get more study on the ball field, but they wanted to get it underway and did not agree with us. But we are still here and want to bring up the amazing town Nashville once was: Salt Town.”

The observance will be held June 20 in front of Nashville Sounds Baseball Stadium at 1 p.m. For more information call Eads at 615-210-7276.

Washington

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe observes a National Day of Prayer to protect sacred places every year at Snoqualmie Falls. This year it will take place on June 19 beginning at 6 a.m.

“At the ceremony, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe will add its prayers, songs and energy to those people around the globe gathering to prayer for the protection of Native Sacred Places, many of which are in danger,” said the tribe in a press release about the event.

“Snoqualmie Falls is a place revered as sacred for thousands of years,” said Lois Sweet Dorman, Snoqualmie Tribal Council member. “Water is universally a Sacred Being, part of sacred ceremonies in faiths and religions across the world. For the Snoqualmie and other Indian tribes of the Salish Sea region, this is the Transformer’s gift to the People—a place of healing and transformation. As Snoqualmie, it is our sacred duty and responsibility to be the Spiritual Stewards of Snoqualmie Falls.”

More than two million people visit Snoqualmie Falls, with its 268-foot waterfall, every year. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Traditional Cultural Property.