Reclaim land for buffalo and Lakota lifeways

 
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Young Lakota Man Completing his Right of Passage
Young Lakota Man Completing his Right of Passage

MILA YATAN PIKA PTE OYATE OKOLAKICIYE (KNIFE CHIEF BUFFALO NATION ORGANIZATION)

PROJECT REPORT

This report covers  the period of October – December, 2014.  Mila Yatan Pika Pte Oyate Okolakiciye (Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization) continues to provide a home/pasture for members of the Pte Oyate (buffalo nation) and the community continues to reap the benefits in terms of spiritual and physical nourishment from them.

Below is a summary of our activities for this period.

October 2014

  • October 14 – Young community member participated in the sacred Manhood Ceremony, a rite of passageinto manhood.  Preparation and teachings are held four nights prior to the day of the buffalo kill.  This is one of the seven sacred ceremonies held as a rite of passage into manhood. (See photo)
  • October 30 – November 02 -  Collaborated with Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society) to organize and host the “Koskalaka Yuwita Pi (Gathering of Young Men) Camp.  Eleven (11) young boys and young men, ages 11 – 17 years, participated in this gathering.  Although the weather was cold, tipis (lodges) were set up for the mentors and young men to sleep  in.  This was an all-volunteer effort of the Wakan Iyeska (interpreter of the sacred), the mentors and food providers.  In addition to the various activities, cultural and Lakota traditional healing was offered to the participants.   For more information and photographs, go to www.Koskalaka Yuwita Pi. 

November 2014

A challenging month of rain, sleet, ice and  deep snow which melted and turned to mud.  Many people were “ snowed in” which means  their roads were closed due to the wet and heavy snowdrifts. 

December 2014

  • December 18 – 20 – Support given to the Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society in conference held in Rapid City, SD entitled, “Wakanyeja Ta Nagi Asniya Pi (Healing the Spirit of the Child, Youth and Family
  • December 21 – At the time of the Winter Solstice, offerings of wocekiye (prayers) and food were made and taken into the purification lodge as one of the sacred ceremonies – the Wanicokan Ceremony.
  • December 28 – the riders and supporters of the Chief Big Foot Memorial Ride were provided a meal which included our donation of buffalo meat.  The event was held at Pahin Sinte Owayawa (Porcupine School).  The Big Foot Memorial Riders  make their annual ride on horses from eastern South Dakota to the Wounded Knee Massacre site in Wounded Knee, SD, eight miles from Porcupine.  Over 150 riders, including children, make this journey in memory of Chief Big Foot and  our relatives - the 300+ men, women and children who were massacred in December1890 by the U.S. 7th Calvary and placed in a mass grave.  Providing a meal is one way to support  the riders in what they do.  The Ride is now called the Future Generations Ride. 

Future Events and Plans 

  1.  Fencing Project -  This project is on-going.  Again, the early  winter storms and the severity of the cold weather was a challenge to the work. 

2.“Spiritual Rights of Children”  - A one-day planning session involving children will be held in the Spring.  The  activity is a result of discussions regarding the high number of neglect and abuse cases within our community,  and the need to protect our children and to provide teachings  on how children can protect themselves.  

  1. Youth Healing Camp - A camp will be held on April 02 - 06, 2015 in Porcupine, SD for twenty-four (24) youth ages 11 - 18 years.  The camp's priority is for  12 females and 12 males who have experienced trauma.  The camp is a collaboration of three traditional Lakota societies.   

Conclusion

We are deeply saddened  due to the recent suicides on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  During a recent six-week period (January - February) four young people between the ages of 11 - 17 years completed suicide.  Following the suicides, many young people attempted suicide.  We continue to make our spiritual offerings and will work to assist the young people and their families by continuing to offer the healing camps for the children, the young women and the young boys and young men. 

  Oglala Sioux Tribal President John Yellow Bird-Steele has declared a state of emergency on the Pine Ridge Reservation due to the number of suicides.  Many federal agencies have been apprised of this and some agencies have detailed employees to the Reservation to assist. President Yellow Bird-Steele and the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council are committed to support the work of developing a strategic plan to help the people, especially the youth.  

Again, we extend a heartfelt appreciation to the people who support our efforts whether it be financially, physically or spiritually.  Your support is truly appreciated and we especially appreciate the Tunkasila (spiritual entities) for their continued support and guidance.  We also acknowledge the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation) for what they inspire in us and for their teachings, i.e., protection of the young, conservation of the land and the strength and fortitude to endure whatever is placed in our path.  Lila wopila tanka! (We thank you all very much).

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email:  knifechiefbuffalonation@gmail.com

Telephone:  605-441-2914, 605-407-0091

Website:  www.knifechiefbuffalonation.org

or www.villageearth.org look for Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization under Global Affiliate.

Future Generations Ride
Future Generations Ride

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This report covers July – September, 2014.  Mila Yatan Pika Pte Oyate Okolakiciye (Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization) continues to provide a home/pasture for members of the Pte Oyate (buffalo nation) and the community continues to reap the benefits in terms of spiritual and physical nourishment from them.

Below is a summary of our activities for this period.

July 2014

June 30 – July 7 – We hosted three instructors and twelve students from the Students Shoulder to Shoulder organization in their second visit to Porcupine.   “Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder, an international organization founded on the premise of service learning and engaging students in responsible and global citizenship. Over the years, more than 20 ESD students have traveled to New Orleans and South Dakota, as well as Bolivia, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, and Tibet.”  (Source:  Students Shoulder to Shoulder website) 

The students, ages 14 – 17 years, received teachings on how to set up the tipis (lodges) where they would stay during the camp.  Other education and teachings included:  Lakota beliefs and ceremonies, a hands-on lesson in how to put up a fence in the exterior boundaries of the buffalo pasture, presentations made by local people.   The students went on a field trip through the Black Hills and attended a pow-wow in the district of Wakpamni which is located on the Pine Ridge Reservation. 

July 01 – 05 –  Wakanyeja Woapiye Wicoti (Children’s Healing Camp)  was held in Porcupine for nineteen young boys and girls.  All mentors, counselors, therapists, and the traditional healer volunteered to assist.  In addition, other volunteers included cooks and those who brought supplies and food to the camp.   One requirement is that each child must be accompanied by a parent/guardian  throughout the camp period. 

 Too many of our children have experienced trauma and we offer traditional healing ceremonies and  western types of therapy during this camp.   A number of children received Lakota spirit names and all the children participated in a  Wopakinte  ceremony.  This traditional ceremony symbolizes the wiping off of the body, mind and spirit to help strengthen them after participating in the purification lodge ceremony. 

This camp was co-sponsored by the Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society) and are very grateful for their assistance. 

August

  • Wikoskalaka  Wicayuwita Pi (Young Women’s ) Camp – July 31 – August 07  .  Co-sponsored this camp with Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society)  for young girls and young women.  They received teachings on how to set up a tipi and other cultural and spiritual teachings.  Traditional healing ceremonies and western healing therapies were offered to participants.  A number competed the Womanhood Ceremony marking their  journey into womanhood. 

September

  • Sacred site visit was made to Mato Tipila (Bear Butte) was made.  This site is located in the Black Hills near Sturgis, SD.  Spiritual offerings were made and taken to the top of Bear Butte. 
  • Hosted a Camp Volunteer Brunch for those volunteers/families who participated in the three camps this year – Young Boys/Men’s Camp, Young Women’s Camp and the Children’s Healing Camp.

Future Events and Plans

  1. Fencing Project -  This project is on-going.  Again, the early and late winter storms and the severity of the cold weather continue to be challenges to the work.  The project leases two pastures of which one (1,200 acres) is fenced.  We plan to complete the fencing of 1,500 acres which is approximately seven (7) miles. .  We have purchased 400 steel posts and will continue fencing when weather permits
  2. Wiping of Tears Ceremony - will organize and host this ceremony in October for our relatives who have experienced  a loss of some type. 
  3. “Spiritual Rights of Children”  - A one-day planning session involving children will be held in December.  The  activity is a result of discussions regarding the high number of neglect and abuse cases within our community,  and the need to protect our children and to provide teachings  on how children can protect themselves.  
  4. A presentation on “Teachings From the Buffalo” will be made to students at Porcupine School (K-8 grade) in December.
  5. A meal will be provided to the Big Foot Memorial Riders in December as they make their annual ride on horses from eastern South Dakota to the Wounded Knee Massacre site in Wounded Knee, SD, eight miles from Porcupine.  Over 150 riders, including children, make this journey in memory of Chief Big Foot and  those 300+ men, women and children who were massacred in December1890 by the U.S. 7th Calvary and placed in a mass grave.  Providing a meal is one way to support  the riders in what they do.  The Ride is now called the Future Generations Ride. 
  6. A celebration will be held in December in recognition of the Winter Solstice.  Prayers will be offered and a meal will be provided to the people. 
  7. Will co-sponsor the “Wakanyeja Ta Nagi Asniye Pi (Healing the Spirit of the Child, Youth and Family)”Conference  in December, Rapid City, SD

Conclusion

Again, we extend a heartfelt appreciation to the people who support our efforts whether it be financially, physically or spiritually.  Your support is truly appreciated and we especially appreciate the Tunkasila (spiritual entities) for their continued support and guidance.  We also acknowledge the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation) for what they inspire in us and for their teachings, i.e., protection of the young, conservation of the land and the strength and fortitude to endure whatever is placed in our path.  Lila wopila tanka! (We thank you all very much).

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information, contact us at:

Email:  knifechiefbuffalonation@gmail.com

Telephone:  605-441-2914, 605-407-0091

Website:  www.knifechiefbuffalonation.org

or www.villageearth.org look for Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization under Global Affiliates

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MILA YATAN PIKA PTE OYATE OKOLAKICIYE (KNIFE CHIEF BUFFALO NATION ORGANIZATION)

Project Report

Mila Yatan Pika Pte Oyate Okolakiciye (Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization) continues to provide a pasture/home for members of the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation) and the community continues to reap the benefits in terms of spiritual and physical nourishment from them.  Below is a summary of our activities for this period.

April  -  Work on the fencing of the buffalo pasture was minimal due to the snow and rainy weather during this month.  The caretaker continued to do weekly checks on the buffalo weather and roads permitting.  The road to the pasture is approximately five (5) miles off the paved highway which is a challenge at times, especially in the spring and winter months.

May 17 - Spiritual offerings were made and placed at the sacred site we call Pe Sla (Peh Shla), which we consider the center of the world.  This site is located within the Black Hills near Rapid City, SD.  Offerings and prayers were made to the bird nation and to the animal nation in thanksgiving. 

June 5 –8– We (Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Society and the Medicine Horse Society) co-sponsored a Koskalaka Wicayuwita pi (Young Men’s Camp) in Porcupine.  This camp included fifteen (15) young men with a number being in foster care and some who lived with single mothers/guardians/grandmother. 

This was an “opportunity for the young men to learn traditional teachings and to experience healing and gain knowledge to strengthen the path toward manhood.”  Activities included the teachings of how to set up and take down a tipi where they lived  during the four days;  how to hunt;  how to work together as a team; how to set up the sacred fire for the purification lodge; and the spiritual and cultural ways to be a strong Lakota male.  These activities were a part of the healing experience for the young men and also for the mentors who provided guidance and leadership during this time. 

While the mentors organized and worked with the young men, others supported by providing resources, helping with the meals, etc.  on a volunteer basis.   The mentors did fundraising to help offset the expenses but more resources were needed.  We give thanks that all went well and humbly say wopila (a big thank you) to the spiritual entities for their help and protection.  For more information and photos, please check out Lakota Young Men’s Gathering on Facebook. 

June 30 – July 7 – We hosted three instructors and twelve students from the Students Shoulder to Shoulder organization in their second visit to Porcupine.   “Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder, an international organization founded on the premise of service learning and engaging students in responsible and global citizenship. Over the years, more than 20 ESD students have traveled to New Orleans and South Dakota, as well as Bolivia, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, and Tibet.”  (Source:  Students Shoulder to Shoulder website)

The group participated in a number of activities during their visit.  More information and photos will be provided in the next quarterly report due in October, 2014.

Photo – 2. Hunka ceremony -  

Future Events and Plans 

  1. Fencing Project -  This project is on-going and, hopefully, will be completed in the fall of 2014.  The early and late winter storms and the severity of the cold weather continue to be challenges to the work.  The project leases two pastures of which one (1,200 acres) is fenced.  We plan to complete the fencing of 1,500 acres which is approximately seven (7) miles.  One mile of steel posts have been set up and holes are dug for wood posts to be put in the ground.  We have purchased 400 steel posts and will continue fencing when weather permits.

b. Wiping of Tears Ceremony - will organize and host this ceremony in September  for our relatives who have experienced  a loss of some type. 

  1.  Wikoskalaka  Wicayuwita pi (Young Women’s ) Camp – July 31 – August 07 –will co-sponsor this activity as in previous years.
  2. “Spiritual Rights of Children”  - A one-day session involving children and community members will be held in September.  The planned activity is a result of discussions regarding the high number of neglect and abuse cases within our community,  and the need to protect our children and to provide teachings  on how children can protect themselves.   
  3.  Sacred site visit to Mato Tipila (Bear Butte) will be made in September.  This site is located near in the Black Hills near Sturgis, SD. 

Conclusion

Again, we extend a heartfelt appreciation to the people who support our efforts whether it be financially, physically or spiritually.  Your support is truly appreciated and we especially appreciate the Tunkasila (spiritual entities) for their continued support and guidance.  We also acknowledge the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation) for what they inspire in us and for their teachings, i.e., protection of the young, conservation of the land and the strength and fortitude to endure whatever is placed in our path.  Lila wopila tanka! (We thank you all very much).

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information, contact us at:

Email:  knifechiefbuffalonation@gmail.com

Telephone:  605-441-2914, 605-407-0091

Website:  www.knifechiefbuffalonation.org

or www.villageearth.org look for Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization under Global Affiliates

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Knife Chief Buffalo Herd
Knife Chief Buffalo Herd

MILA YATAN PIKA PTE OYATE OKOLAKICIYE

(KNIFE CHIEF BUFFALO NATION ORGANIZATION)

Project Report

This report covers January – March, 2014.  Mila Yatan Pika Pte Oyate Okolakiciye (Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization) continues to provide a pasture/home for members of the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation) and the community continues to reap the benefits in terms of spiritual and physical nourishment from them.  Below is a summary of our activities for this period.

January 19 – The organization organized and provided support to five families and community members in a Welcoming the Baby ceremony.  The Welcoming signifies acceptance by the parents and tiospaye (extended family) of the gift of life from the Creator and the sacred vow to honor, protect and love the child.  

January 24 - 26 -  TaCanunpa Sapa coordinated this very successful, alcohol/drug free event with the help of many male and female relatives. There were 18 basketball teams participating with team Shadow Wolf winning the championship game.  It was one of the biggest independent basketball tournaments held on the Pine Ridge Reservation and one of the few that had certified referees.  This event was held to raise funds for the upcoming Koskalaka Wicoti - Young Men's Camp - where Lakota traditional teachings are provided by the older men.  It will be held on June 5-8, 2014.

February 02 - This cultural teaching was on the origin of the sacred tobacco plant - CanSaSa, pronounced chunh-shah-shah, with the literal translation being "red willow bark".  The story was shared by Hmuya Mani with emphasis on the fact that there is an origin or root behind every sacred song and ceremony and that the origins or roots should never be forgotten.  The preparing of the CanSaSa was demonstrated by Wakinyan He Gleska, a young man who grew up learning the Lakota ways. He talked about how his mother often shared in the task of preparing the CanSaSa and that she observed respect for her sacred womanhood in the manner she prepared it.  This storytelling and demonstration was attended by 15 people.  It was told in the Lakota language with English translation by Sina Ikikcu Win.

February 9 - Hmuya Mani provided an Ohunkankan, story from the ancestors. He shared how it is taught that these stories are told only at night and only during the winter.  This story focused on how the Lakota people came to have the bow and arrow.  He told it in Lakota and Sina Ikikcu Win translated (to the best of her ability) into English.  He also shared a story of Iktomi (the legendary trickster spider) and how we have to watch out for those that would fool us. There were approximately 20 men, women, youth and children at this event. 

March 01 – In December donations of clothing, winter gear/boots, quilts and stuffed animals from organizers in Alabama and Minnesota were sent to Porcupine, SD for children and families.   In January, winter gear and quilts were given to children placed with foster care families and to pre-school children and families enrolled in a home-based early childhood education program.  They were all very appreciative of these much needed gifts.  This winter was especially difficult for everyone.

There were clothing and other items that were still available so on March 01, a free clothing give-away was held.  Many families from various districts on the Pine Ridge Reservation participated in the free clothing giveaway.  The buffalo project also sponsored a chili, frybread and baked goods fundraiser during this time.  Again, we say wopila (a big thank you) to the donors, the families who attended and those who volunteered their resources and time to help with the event.  

March 21 – Spiritual offerings were made and placed at the top of the sacred site, Hinhan Kaga Paha (Imitates Owl Mountain) aka Harney Peak, in the Black Hills.  This annual spiritual event requires a seven (7) mile round-trip climb to the top of the mountain and back down. This is a sacred ceremony to Welcome Back the Thunder Beings on the first day of the spring season.

 March 22 - Eleven young men and other men shared the task of cutting the wood in the sacred Black Hills, loading the wood and unloading the wood in Porcupine, SD.  In use were one big trailer, a small trailer and about three trucks. This event is very important in that the wood is used for the sacred Inipi (purification lodge ceremony) in which countless Lakota people seek and receive help.

Future Events and Plans 

 

  • Community buffalo soup feed at the end of May, date to be confirmed.
  • Sacred site visit where offerings will be made to the animal nation and to the bird nation at Pe Sla (Old Baldy) in the sacred Black Hills – May 17th.
  • Horse Healing Event - Bamm Brewer will bring his horses out on May 18th.
  •  Three instructors accompanying twelve students from the Students Shoulder to Shoulder organization will participate in a second visit from June 30 – July 07th.   “Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder, an international organization founded on the premise of service learning and engaging students in responsible and global citizenship. Over the years, more than 20 ESD students have traveled to New Orleans and South Dakota, as well as Bolivia, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, and Tibet.”  (Source:  Students Shoulder to Shoulder website)
  •  Fencing Project -  This project is projected to be completed in the fall of 2014.  The early and late winter storms and the severity of the cold weather were challenges to the project. As planned, we are working to establish work camps beginning May 2014 for native and non-native youth and adults to assist with the fencing project. The project leases two pastures of which one (1,200 acres is fenced).  We plan to complete the fencing of 1,500 acres which is approximately seven (7) miles.  One mile of steel posts are set up now and holes are dug for wood posts to be put in the ground.  We have purchased 400 steel posts and will continue fencing when weather permits.

Other Sponsorship or Co-sponsorship of Future Events:

  •  Young Men's Healing Camp - June 5 – 8, 2014
  • Children's Healing Camp - July 1 –5, 2014
  • Young Women's Healing Camp - August 7 – 10, 2014

Conclusion

Again, we extend a heartfelt appreciation to the people who support our efforts whether it be financially, physically or spiritually.  Your support is truly appreciated and we especially appreciate the Tunkasila (spiritual entities) for their continued support and guidance.  We also acknowledge the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation) for what they inspire in us and for their teachings, i.e., protection of the young, conservation of the land and the strength and fortitude to endure whatever comes  Lila wopila tanka! (We thank you all very much).

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information, contact us at:

Email:  knifechiefbuffalonation@gmail.com

Telephone:  605-441-2914, 605-407-0091

Website:  www.knifechiefbuffalonation.org

or www.villageearth.org look for Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization under Global Affiliates

Buffalo Hides
Buffalo Hides

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Bison on the Knife Chief Pasture
Bison on the Knife Chief Pasture

This report covers October 2013 through December 2013.

Mila Yatan Pika Pte Oyate Okolakiciye (Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization) continues to provide a pasture/home for members of the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation) and the community continues to reap the benefits in terms of spiritual and physical nourishment from them. Below is a summary of our activities for this period.

October 2013 –  In observance of the spiritual calendar, spiritual offerings were made and taken to the Purification Lodge on October 15 for the sacred site of Pte Ta Tiopa (Doorway of the Buffalo) near Buffalo Gap, SD in the sacred Black Hills. This is the time when the buffalo return to the sacred Black Hills and when we (humans) know to make spiritual offerings. The spiritual calendar was taught to us (Lakota people) by the Pte Oyate (buffalo nation) and to whom we continue to honor and care for.We sponsored a benefit conference for the pte oyate (buffalo nation) on

October 11 & 12 in Rapid City, SD.  Twenty-five (25) participants attended the conference on “Historical Trauma:  Impact and Healing.”  This two day workshop addressed how historical trauma has impacted Lakota and indigenous peoples and how we can integrate healing from historical trauma into our families, schools, programs and communities.  Presenters were Richard Two Dogs, Richard Moves Camp, Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart and Josie Chase .  We were honored to have three well-respected Wakan Iyeska in the group for both days.  A basic explanation of the term “Wakan Iyeska” is that these persons are interpreters between the physical and the spirit world.  Their roles and responsibilities are based on their individual dreams.  The three men are Ohitiya Mani (Roy Dennis Stone), Hmuya Mani (Richard Two Dogs) and Wicahpi Koyag Mani (Richard Moves Camp).  Conference participants visiting during a break(L to R Presenter Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, Participant Marcella LeBeau, Presenter Josie Chase

November 2013  -  On November 01 we received a loan of $18,275.00 from the First National Bank of Gordon, Nebraska to pay for two annual pasture leases, home to the pte oyate (buffalo nation).  Payment was made to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.   We began our sixth year of this relationship with the First National Bank of Gordon.  We assisted with a Koskalaka Wicayuwita Pi (Young Men’s Gathering) camp on November 01 – 03 in which eighteen (18) boys and young men, ages 9 – 17.  Lakota Oyate Wakanyeja Okiciyapi (Lakota People Caring for Children), the Pine Ridge Reservation’s tribal welfare agency, were given the opportunity to send young men who were currently in the foster care system. The agency sent nine (9) young men and one parent brought his son from a neighboring reservation in South Dakota, the remaining participants were residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation.  The group came together to learn Lakota traditional teachings about becoming or being a man from their older male relatives and mentors, blessing the food, raising the tipi; bow making, singing and drum, preparing a spiritual kit, and Horse Nation teachings.  Other activities and teachings included honoring relationships, purification lodge preparation, spiritual cleansing, greeting the Morning Star and sun prayer and song, and gun safety and hunting, Lakota traditional healing. Twelve (12) participants received a Lakota spirit name at a ceremony.  The volunteer mentors included seven (7) men and a Wakan Iyeska (interpreter of the sacred) or “medicine man” as he is sometimes referred to.  The participants and mentors slept in five tipis which were raised by the young men as part of the teachings. Three mentors guided the participants in an early morning hunt and two deer were taken.  Talking Circles were held on the first and final day.  Camp participants learning to raise the tipiRaising the tipi: home for 2 nights and 3 days Learning to skin a deer after the early morning hunt Developing a relationship with our relatives, the horse nation Receiving teachings about the drum and songs. On November 04, the buffalo caretaker gave a tour of the buffalo pasture to staff of Gunderson Lutheran Hospital from Minnesota.  Staff provide medical services on a monthly basis in Porcupine.  They are provided with information about the Lakota culture and the Pine Ridge Reservation.  

December 2013  - We participated in a debriefing session on December 13 with the Lakota Oyate Wakanyeja Okiciyapi (LOWO) staff at their office building in Pine Ridge, SD.  The session centered on the Children’s Camp held in September and the Young Boys/Men Camp held in November.  A number of children and youth in the foster care system participated in both camps.  We sponsored a conference entitled "Woakipa Etan Woasniye" (Healing From Trauma) on December 17 & 18 in Rapid City, SD with thirty (30) participants.  Topic and presenters included: Lakol Wicohan Un Woakipa Api Iciya Pi (Healing from Trauma Using Lakota Culture), Richard Two Dogs; Addressing High Rates of Traumatic Stress Among American Indian/Alaska Nation Children, Marilyn Brugier Zimmerman; Discovering Healing Pathways:  Arts Informed Counseling for American Indian Youth, Elizabeth Warson; Trauma in the Womb, Barbara Vancil; Tewicahila Pi Ogna Unspewicakiyapi (Teaching/Educating with Love, Ethleen Iron Cloud- Two Dogs.Presenter Barbara Vancil sharing information about trauma in the wombGroup working session at the December conferenceIn observance of the spiritual calendar, spiritual offerings were taken to the Purification Lodge (Inipi) on December 21, the Winter Solstice.

Donations – We collaborated with Ken Lundsford, Barbara Keel and Rick Hagens of Fairburn, AL and with Terri Yellow Hammer, Minneapolis, MN on a winter gear drive for children (infants to 10 years).  Other items received  included  toys, blankets, shoes and coats for adults.  Due to the frigid weather and the lack of heat and the lack of water in the building we planned  to use, distribution  has been  set for the week of January 20.  We greatly appreciate the organizing efforts of Ken, Barbara, Rick, Terri and her husband, and we are  also very thankful to the donors.  Future Events and Plans  ·

January 24 – 26, 2014 – We will help to sponsor a Men’s Basketball Tourney to raise funds for a Boys/Young Men Camp in May, 2014.  ·

February 02, 2014 – We will sponsor a workshop on “Preparation of Can Sasa (red willow bark), a cultural and spiritual teaching.   ·

March 2014 - Will assist with the planning of a proposed conference for alcohol and drug prevention counselors.  One person volunteered  to do a presentation at this conference.·

May 2014 -  (a)  will have work camps to continue fencing project; (b)  will help sponsor the Boys/Young Men Camp on May 24 - 26·

June 2014 - Will sponsor the Students Shoulder to Shoulder Camp on June 02 - 08·

August 2014 - Will sponsor a Children's Healing Camp from August 05 - 08

Fencing Project
Our fencing project will continue as the weather permits. One pasture of 1200 acres is fenced.  We plan to complete the fencing of 1500 acres which is approximately seven (7) miles.  One mile of steel posts are set up now and  holes are dug for wood posts to be put in the ground.  We are working to purchase 400 steel posts and will continue fencing when weather permits.  We are working on a plan to establish work camps in May 2014 for native and non-native youth and adults to assist with the fencing project.. Our relatives, the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation) within the fenced pasture

Conclusion

Again, we extend a heartfelt appreciation to the people who support our efforts whether it be financially, physically or spiritually.  Your support is truly appreciated and we especially appreciate the Tunkasila (spiritual entities) for their continued support and guidance.  We also acknowledge the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation) for what they inspire in us and for their teachings, i.e., protection of the young, conservation of the land and the strength and fortitude to endure whatever comes  Lila wopila tanka! (We thank you all very much). 

CONTACT INFORMATIONFor more information, contact us at: Email: knifechiefbuffalonation@gmail.com Telephone: 605 -407 -0091 Website: www.knifechiefbuffalonation.org or www.villageearth.org look for Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization under Global Affiliates

Conference Participants During Break
Conference Participants During Break
Camp participants learning to raise tipi
Camp participants learning to raise tipi
Raising Tipi: home for 2 nights and 3 days
Raising Tipi: home for 2 nights and 3 days
Learning to skin a dear after the early hunt
Learning to skin a dear after the early hunt
Developing a relationship with the horse nation.
Developing a relationship with the horse nation.
Receiving teachings about the drum and song
Receiving teachings about the drum and song

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Organization

Village Earth

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
http://villageearth.org/

Project Leader

Ethleen Iron Cloud

Board Member
Fort Collins, Colorado United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Reclaim land for buffalo and Lakota lifeways