2005 National Prayer Date for Native Sacred Places - 21 June
Washington DC - Observances and ceremonies will be held across the country on June 21
to mark the 2004 National Days of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places.

Tennessee Prayer Day for Native Sacred Places

Sunday, 19 June 2005
two gatherings ...   sunrise at 6:27 am, and
high south at 1:42 pm

an interfaith gathering of Native American, Pagan, African, Buddhist,
Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Baha'i, and other faiths
to pray/meditate for the preservation and protection
of Native American Sacred Places

gatherings at ...
  1. Chucalissa, Memphis
  2. Pinson Mounds, Pinson
  3. Mound Bottom, Harpeth River
  4. Old Stone Fort, Manchester
  5. Chickamauga Mound, Chattanooga
  6. Little Cedar Mountain, Nickajack Dam
  7. Tanasi-Two Rivers, Sevierville

Endorsed and supported by the Advisory Council on Tennessee Indian Affairs.

World Peace Prayer Day 2005 June 21 - Paha Sapa / Black Hills

All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer!

Following the birth of a White Buffalo Calf in 1994, the Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe for the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nations, Arvol Looking Horse, was directed to honor the Four Directions with ceremony on June 21st. According to Lakota Star Knowledge, the birth of Miracle, a female white buffalo, signaled a time of earth changes and the coming of the mending of the Hoop of All Nations. The Summer Solstice is said to be a powerful time to pray for peace and harmony among all Living Beings. Mother Earth's gifts, the air, water plant, animal and rock nations must be allowed to heal
if we are to live in harmony with Her.

All Nations recognize Sacred Sites as Places to gather or perform private ceremony. For countless generations these Sites were honored, cherished and strengthened through ceremony and Our Mother remained healthy. To ensure the lives of future generations for all our relations, we must begin again to honor, cherish and renew Our Mother.

For four years, beginning in 1996, Chief Looking Horse honored June 21st by offering ceremony in the Four Directions. He traveled to Gray Horn Butte in Wyoming (aka Devils Tower), the Cree Nation in Canada, Pipestone Quarry in Minnesota and to Costa Rica. People of all the Nations of the globe were invited to offer ceremony at Sacred Sites. Thousands around the world have responded and began honoring their local Sites. Following the Wopila (Thank-you ceremony) in the "Heart of Everything That Is," the Sacred Black Hills in 2000, it was decided that Chief Looking Horse must once again offer ceremony to the Four Directions of the globe. He began in Ireland in 2001, South Africa 2002, Australia 2003, and Japan in 2004. In 2005 the ceremony returns to the Black Hills to offer another Wopila on Turtle Island (North America) to complete his commitment to bring about awareness.

For several years Chief Orville Looking Horse and the Wolakota Foundation has helped lead a World Peace and Prayer Day around the dates of June 21st. It is the view of many of us involved in the sacred places protection effort that the National Day of Prayer for Native Sacred Places is best scheduled at a time complimentary to the efforts of the World Peace and Prayer Day organizers. We never wanted the two dates to conflict in any way and so we defer to the Wolakota Foundation and their already ongoing efforts that have been traditionally scheduled around the time of the Summer Solstice. Their event has always included an emphasis on the need for prayer at sacred places around the world and so there may not be a need for anything separate unless it is planned at a completely different time of the year. Please refer to the Wolakota Foundation website for more details and planning information.

Also, the Sacred Places Protection Coalition which originally organized the National Day of Prayer for Native Sacred Places has been for all intents and purposes been disbanded due to lack of a productive working consensus and other concerns with the DC- Indian political environment. While the "Coalition" might revive itself it doesn't appear to have the leading role that we all hoped it would have. Why is this so?

In my opinion I think our effort was distracted by focusing too much on appeasing Republicans and their apologists in Indian country. Sen. Campbell didn't actually deliver for us, unfortunately, and now he's gone. I'm not really into partisan politics or the DC game, I just have this belief based on my experience with the DC-Indian political scene that our Coalition took some bad advice. We might have gotten further had we worked more closely with the Democrats. It seems like we had a better shot at legislation from the Democrats. Our bill with them failed by six votes last spring but that effort got much further than Campbells' folks even attempted.