-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
Project Report May 2013
This report covers the end of February 1st throughMay 31, 2013. Mila Yatan Pika Pte OyateOkolakiciye (Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization) continues to provide apasture/home for members of the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation) and the communitycontinues to reap the benefits in terms of spiritual and physical nourishmentfrom them. Below is a summary of ouractivities for this period.
February2013 – a partnership with Students Shoulder to Shoulder organization was formed. This international organization send teams ofyouth to various communities around the globe to assist with community developmentand as a cultural exchange. This organizationwill send youth to the Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization in Porcupine toassist with preparation for the summer ceremonies and the fencing of the buffalopasture.
March 2013 – Welcoming new babies ceremony: In this ceremony the babies born within thepast year are blessed on a buffalo robe and a positive prediction and prayer ismade for their lives.
March 2013 – Welcoming back the Thunder Nationceremony was held at Hinhan Kaga Paha (Imitates Owl Mountain) in the sacred BlackHills of South Dakota.
March 2013 – a collaborative partnership was formedwith the Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society) and Tatanka HoksilaOkolakiciye (Buffalo Boy Society), an organization whose goal is to provide affordablehousing to the reservation community; the members of these organizations traveledto the sacred Black Hills on a wood cutting and wood hauling project so therewill be wood for the sacred Inipi (purification) ceremony.
April 2013 – the Istamni Wicakicipakintapi (wiping oftears) ceremony was held on April 27, 2013 for all of creation to acknowledge thelosses experienced throughout the year by our relatives – the four legged, thewinged and the plant/tree nations. Thiswas held at Pe Sla in the sacred Black Hills.
May 2013 – Wanasa (community travels for sacredbuffalo hunt) ceremony was held on May 4th. A young Lakota man prepared for the hunt fourdays in a row in the sacred manner and made a buffalo kill so that there wouldbe meat for the people to be fed in preparation for and during the sacred MilaYatanPika (Knife Chief) Sundance ceremony in June.
We plan on sponsoring a rite of passage for a young boy who will prepare in the sacredmanner 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 (wherestones are gathered mountain) located in the sacred Black Hills. This journey is in observance of thespiritual calendar when offerings are made in preparation for the Summerceremonies. All of the spiritual offerings made at different times throughout the year according to thespiritual calendar were taught to us as Lakota people by the Pte Oyate (buffalonation) 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 communitybased 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.
Formore information, contact us at:
Telephone: 605-209-8777 or 605-407-0091
We extend a heartfelt appreciation to the people who have supported our effortswhether financially, physically or spiritually. Your support is truly appreciated and we especially appreciate theTunkasila (spiritual entities) for their continued support and guidance. We also acknowledge the Pte Oyate (BuffaloNation) for what they inspire in us and their teachings – protection of theyoung, conservation of the land and the strength and fortitude to endurewhatever comes. Lila Wopila Tanka!! (Wethank you all very much). We ask you the general public, our friends andrelatives, what you think we should do to expand our work so that others canlearn from the teachings of the buffalo nation? We are very interested in hearing from you!
KnifeChief Buffalo Nation Organization, Buffalo Pasture, February 2013
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