Reclaim land for buffalo and Lakota lifeways

 
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Sep 22, 2014

Fall Project Report from Knife Chief Buffalo Natio

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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May 23, 2014

Spring Update from Knife Chief Buffalo Nation

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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Jan 22, 2014

Knife Chief Buffalo Nation January 2014 Report

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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Oct 8, 2013

Report from the Knife Chief Buffalo Nation

MILA YATAN PIKA PTE OYATE OKOLAKICIYE

 (KNIFE CHIEF BUFFALO NATION ORGANIZATION)

Project Report

October 2013

This report covers June 2013 through September 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. TwoWakanyeja

Two Wakanyeja (sacred beings – children) at the Children’s Camp 2013

            June 2013 – we implemented a partnership with the Students Shoulder to Shoulder organization which is described as an “international school of global citizenship”, 13 students and 2 chaperones came and assisted Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization with scraping tipi poles that are used for the ceremonies including the Sundance ceremony and the children/youth camps.  Did you know the Lakota word for “tipi pole” is “tushu”?  Did you know that each pole represents a Lakota value, e.g., the first pole at the door of the tipi represents “Waunsila”, the Lakota term for “compassion”.  This value is a reminder to have compassion for all who enter your home, feed them, clothe them if needed and be kind to them. tipiPoles

Students Shoulder to Shoulder participants in Tipi Pole Scraping Project

 

Tony and Lew showed the students how to scrape the Tipi Poles

The students also assisted with the fencing project for the buffalo pasture.  They were exposed to cultural speakers and activities throughout the week.  This international organization sends teams of youth to various communities around the globe to assist with community development and as a cultural exchange.  Their assistance to the Knife Chief Buffalo Nation community was greatly appreciated and their respectfulness was also appreciated.

 tipis

Mila Yatan Pika Ti Okiju Wakan Ceremonial Grounds Sunset First Day

June 2013 – Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization helped with sponsoring the annual Mila Yatan Pika Tiokiju Wakan Wi Wayang Wacipi, a very important ceremony where people make offerings and sacrifice for the future generations.  Above is photo of the tipis at the ceremony (the youth from the Students Shoulder to Shoulder camp contributed to us being able to use the poles for the tipis you see in the photo). August 31- September 2, 2013:  A children’s healing camp was held on these dates on the grounds of the Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society) in Porcupine, SD.  Approximately 30 children participated with their adult relatives and guardians.  Many of them received a Lakota spirit name, Lakota traditional healing, Lakota equine assisted activities, a swimming trip and a huge birthday party for all of them.  The children’s ages ranged from 2 years to 12 years of age.  When asked what they liked the most about the camp, they drew pictures or related that they liked sleeping in the tipis, the Inipi (purification lodge ceremony) and the swimming.  We were blessed with many volunteer relatives that assisted with setting up the tipis, chaperoning the children, providing activities, cooking/food preparation, taking down the tipis and assisting with the traditional healing ceremonies.  We say a special Wopila (a big thank you) to the Tunkasila (grandfathers) and Uncis (grandmothers) of the spirit world for blessing this camp and the children and to their Interpreters Ohitiya Najin (Stands Brave – Roy Dennis Stone), Hmuya Mani (Walks with a Roaring – Richard Two Dogs) and Wicahpi Koyag Mani (Wears the Star Walking – Richard Moves Camp) and to all the volunteers and donors to the camp.  Without all of your help, this camp would not have been possible. children's healing camp

Wakanyeja Woapiye Wicoti (Children’s Healing Camp) 2013

 

Children and Mentors at Healing Camp with the sacred Horse Relatives, Porcupine, SD 2013

Future Events and Plans

We plan on assisting with a Koskalaka Wicayuwita Pi (Young Men’s Gathering) camp in which boys and young men, ages 11-18, will gather to learn Lakota traditional teachings about becoming or being a man from their older male relatives and mentors.  Some of the activities include Lakota values teachings, honoring relationships, greeting the Morning Star, Lakota traditional healing and receiving a Lakota spirit name if they don’t have one and would like one.  This camp will be held on October 31-November 2, 2013. We continue to observe the spiritual calendar, the next sacred site visit is on October 15, 2013 to 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 also plan to sponsor a Historical Trauma and Healing conference on October 11-12, 2013 (see www.knifebuffalonation.org for conference information).  Our fencing project will continue as the weather permits.  We continue to work toward maintaining the pasture for our relatives the buffalo and honoring the relationship we have with them.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information, contact us at: Email:  knifechiefbuffalonation@gmail.com Telephone:  605-441-2914 or 605-407-0091 Website:  www.knifechiefbuffalonation.org or www.villageearth.org look for Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization under Global Affiliates

Closing/Question

We extend a heartfelt appreciation to the people who have supported our efforts whether 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 their teachings – 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). We ask you the general public, our friends and relatives, what you think we should do to expand our work so that others can learn from the teachings of the buffalo nation?  We are very interested in hearing from you!

tatanka

Knife Chief Buffalo Pasture, February 2013

 

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Jul 2, 2013

May 2013 Project Report

Pte Oyate in Knife Chief Buffalo Pasture
Pte Oyate in Knife Chief Buffalo Pasture

 -Project Report with photos for May 2013 is attached, could not input all of text and photos due to web page technical difficulties.

MILA YATAN PIKA PTE OYATE

OKOLAKICIYE

 (KNIFE CHIEF BUFFALO
NATION ORGANIZATION)


Project Report May 2013

 

This report covers the end of February 1st through
May 31, 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.

 

            February
2013 – a partnership with Students Shoulder to Shoulder organization was formed.  This international organization send teams of
youth to various communities around the globe to assist with community development
and as a cultural exchange.  This organization
will send youth to the Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization in Porcupine to
assist with preparation for the summer ceremonies and the fencing of the buffalo
pasture.

 

March 2013 – Welcoming new babies ceremony:  In this ceremony the babies born within the
past year are blessed on a buffalo robe and a positive prediction and prayer is
made for their lives.



March 2013 – Welcoming back the Thunder Nation
ceremony was held at Hinhan Kaga Paha (Imitates Owl Mountain) in the sacred Black
Hills of South Dakota.

 



March 2013 – a collaborative partnership was formed
with the Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society) and Tatanka Hoksila
Okolakiciye (Buffalo Boy Society), an organization whose goal is to provide affordable
housing to the reservation community; the members of these organizations traveled
to the sacred Black Hills on a wood cutting and wood hauling project so there
will be wood for the sacred Inipi (purification) ceremony.

 

 

April 2013 – the Istamni Wicakicipakintapi (wiping of
tears) ceremony was held on April 27, 2013 for all of creation to acknowledge the
losses experienced throughout the year by our relatives – the four legged, the
winged and the plant/tree nations.  This
was held at Pe Sla in the sacred Black Hills.

 

May 2013 – Wanasa (community travels for sacred
buffalo hunt) ceremony was held on May 4th.  A young Lakota man prepared for the hunt four
days in a row in the sacred manner and made a buffalo kill so that there would
be meat for the people to be fed in preparation for and during the sacred MilaYatan
Pika (Knife Chief) Sundance ceremony in June.         

 

Future
Events and Plans

 We plan on sponsoring a rite of passage for a young boy who will prepare in the sacred
manner for a buffalo hunt which will be used for the Tasunke Wakan Wi Wayang Wacipi
(Medicine Horse Sundance Ceremony) in July.

 

We are also planning to make a journey to the sacred mountain, Inyan Kaga Paha (where
stones are gathered mountain) located in the sacred Black Hills.  This journey is in observance of the
spiritual calendar when offerings are made in preparation for the Summer
ceremonies.  All of the spiritual offerings made at different times throughout the year according to the
spiritual calendar were taught to us as Lakota people by the Pte Oyate (buffalo
nation) and to whom we continue to honor and care for. 

 

 Our fencing project will continue this summer with the help of the international organization, Students Shoulder to Shoulder. 

 

We are also planning for the Children’s Healing Camp on July 12-16, 2013 for children,
ages 7-12, who have experienced trauma, grief and loss. This is a grass roots community
based camp in response to the violence, abuse and trauma the children suffer.  This will be held in Porcupine, SD in partnership with Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society).  See attached brochure for more information. 

 

CONTACT

INFORMATION

For
more information, contact us at:

Email:  knifechiefbuffalonation@gmail.com

Telephone:  605-209-8777 or 605-407-0091

Website:  www.knifechiefbuffalonation.org

Closing/Question

We extend a heartfelt appreciation to the people who have supported our efforts
whether 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 their teachings – 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). We ask you the general public, our friends and
relatives, what you think we should do to expand our work so that others can
learn from the teachings of the buffalo nation? 
We are very interested in hearing from you!

 

Knife
Chief Buffalo Nation Organization, Buffalo Pasture, February 2013



 



Waiting for the Welcoming the Babies Ceremony
Waiting for the Welcoming the Babies Ceremony
Buffalo Robe Buffalo Skull Preparing
Buffalo Robe Buffalo Skull Preparing
Welcoming Back Thunder Ceremony, Hinhan Kaga Paha
Welcoming Back Thunder Ceremony, Hinhan Kaga Paha
Welcome Back Thunder Ceremony, Harney Peak
Welcome Back Thunder Ceremony, Harney Peak
Wood Cutting Project for Sacred Ceremonies
Wood Cutting Project for Sacred Ceremonies
Mahpiya Maza (Iron Cloud),Ed Iron Cloud III, KCBNO
Mahpiya Maza (Iron Cloud),Ed Iron Cloud III, KCBNO

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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