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Sacred Sites: Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State

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On Tuesday, June 21, at 7:00 a.m., a gathering will be held at the base of Snoqualmie Falls, a sacred place of creation for the Snoqualmie and other tribes of the Puget Sound region. It is a 268-foot waterfall listed on the Register of Historic Places as a Traditional Cultural Property. Lois Sweet Dorman, Snoqualmie Falls Ambassador said, “Through the work of a diverse group of people, our pre-contact history and the Falls were honored by being recognized as a Traditional Cultural Property on the National Register of Historic Places. The great Indian Peace Councils held on the prairie above the Falls, brought Tribes from the North, South, East and West together.”

The falls have been impacted and desecrated by a hydroelectric facility, which diverts the river before it can complete the Sacred Cycle of reaching the base of the falls and creating the connection by its transformation to the mists that connect worlds and carry prayers and deliver healing and blessings.

“Our Snoqualmie People hold a distinct honor and responsibility as spiritual caretakers of the Falls. It is a place of power, beauty and grandeur that has for over 100 years been strangled to provide a relatively small amount of electricity. The electricity produced was originally for the still new, City of Seattle. We have for over two decades been public in our efforts to stop the destruction and desecration and to protect, preserve and celebrate Snoqualmie Falls for the Sacred Place of Creation that it is,” Dorman said.

“We welcome anyone who would like to respectfully join together in Spirit for observance of the urgent call, placed years ago by Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and The Morning Star Institute, to gather on the same day and pray for our Sacred Places,” Dorman said.

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Contact: Lois Sweet Dorman, Snoqualmie Falls Ambassador, at