Although the date has passed for the group prayer this listing shows us many Sacred Sites that need our protection and prayer. It may be good to send prayer to the site closest to you and focus on that area. Then send your prayers to all the other locations. United we are strong……… united we are true…. united we create balance …… thank you, Miriam
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JUNE 16-24 SET FOR 2012 NATIONAL SACRED PLACES PRAYER DAYS
Washington, DC (6/15/12)—Observances and ceremonies will be held across the land from June 16 through June 24 to mark the 2012 National Days of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places. The observance in Washington, DC will be held on Wednesday, June 20 at 8:30 am, on the United States Capitol Grounds, West Front Grassy Area (see details under the Washington, DC listing in the alphabetical list by state on the following pages).
某些神聖的地方和他們所面臨的威脅，以及為公眾紀念活動的時間和地點的描述如下表所示。 一些在此版本中強調了聚會的都是教育論壇，沒有宗教儀式，並開放給公眾。 另一些儀式，並可能在私下進行。 除了下面列出的，將會有其他神聖的地方都受到威脅，那些不危及在這個時候提供紀念活動和祈禱。
“原生和非原生全國民眾聚集在這個時候冬至儀式，並履行神聖的地方，但每個人都可以通過簡單地尊重他們和他們所支持的生活，而不是讓他們受到傷害兌現這些珍貴的土地和水域的時候，說：“蘇珊所示Harjo（夏延及Hodulgee MUSCOGEE）。 她是晨星學院，舉辦全國聖地祈禱日的總統。 “太多的美國本地人人民所從事的法律鬥爭與聯邦機構的一側有危害或破壞原生聖地開發商儀式也在進行中，據”Harjo女士說。
“自從美國最高法院的裁決在1988年，有行動捍衛土著聖地沒有憲法或法律原因，土著美國人是在美國唯一的人民誰沒有一扇門到法院來保護聖地或網站特定的儀式，“Harjo女士說。 “那只是必須改變，因為公平和公正的問題。 原生國已補鞋基於防禦作其他用途的保護起來。 有些機構可能允許在該表中的地方，當發展被考慮，但大多不和本地人沒有得到重視，因為該機構和開發人員都知道，最高法院不會出現傾向於聽到它缺乏一個特製的訴訟權利行動。“
“總統已經直接要求國會呼籲建立訴訟的權利，所以我們可以捍衛我們神聖的地方，以提高行政命令印度聖地，並繼續其長達數十年的突擊停止林務局和其他機構對原生聖地，“Harjo女士說。 “我仍然樂觀地認為，總統可以和會做這些事情，即使國會無法使這一進展或任何地區。 再次，我們祈禱，這將是我們的行政，立法和司法部門否認正義的最後一年。“
2012年的紀念活動是全國祈禱日的第十保護美洲原住民的聖地。 第一次全國祈禱日進行2003年6月20日，在美國國會的理由，並在全國范圍內強調需要國會通過訴訟因由，以保護土著聖地。 這種需求仍然存在。
羚羊山。 Apache的飛躍。 獾兩個醫學。 荒蕪之地。 熊小山。 大熊湖。 熊醫學小屋。 黑山。 黑山基地。 藍湖。 Boboquivari山。 叢生禾草山。 洞岩。 首席崖。 沿海丘馬什聖域的海鷗海岸。 Cocopah埋葬和禮儀的理由。 冷水泉。 科羅拉多河。 哥倫比亞河。 鹿胎入藥岩石。 Dzil Nchaa姒廠（Graham山上）。 鷹岩。 大沼澤地。
Fajada小山。 Ganondagan。 大塚（塚底）。 墨西哥灣。 哈雷阿卡拉火山口。 斧頭山。 山核桃地面。 聖山。 華拉派國家地貌在如織和克羅澤峽谷。 印度的通行證。 Kaho'olawe。 卡莎-Katuwe。 Katuktu。 Kituwah。 克拉馬斯河。 Kumeyaay埋葬樂隊和禮儀的理由。 蘇必利爾湖。 Luiseno祖地景觀。 莫納克亞山。 迷宮。 醫學忽悠人。 藥孔。 藥湖高地。 醫學車輪。 Migi籽億WA罪（鷹岩）。 Mokuhinia。 Moku'ula。 沙斯塔山。 摩泰勒。 安裝Tenabo。 九裡峽谷。
奧克馬爾基老油田和國家紀念碑。 奧農達加湖。 帕洛阿杜羅峽谷。 岩畫國家紀念碑。 派普斯國家紀念碑。 普吉特海灣。 Puvungna。 金字塔湖石的母親。 Quechan埋葬和禮儀的理由。 彩虹橋。 響尾蛇島。 格蘭德河。 舊金山峰。 蛇塚。 斯諾誇爾米瀑布。 香草山。 薩特巴茨。 謝白衣禪村。 TSI-荔Semiahmah村。 酋長谷。 維蒙特小山。 Wakarusa濕地。 走女人廣場。 伍德拉夫小山。 沃爾夫河。 尤卡山。 進念鹽湖。 的全部去掉原生國聖地。 所有的水域和濕地。
格雷厄姆山是神聖的西方Apache的人，是已知的聖卡洛斯Apache作為Dzil Nchaa姒廠。 這是一個神聖的景觀，其中夾岸或山靈居住和祖先的Apache休息。 這是一個地方的儀式和醫藥植物，家裡的瀕危格雷厄姆山紅松鼠。 該Pinaleño山或山格雷厄姆是一個獨特的生態寶地。 這是最高的山在亞利桑那州南部，涵蓋從谷底六種不同的生活區，以它在10720英尺稱為“天空之島”的生態系統，在格雷厄姆山的山頂的原始森林峰是亞利桑那相當於雨林。 豐富的彈簧和高海拔草地已經提供的寄託和安慰的來源，誰住在沙漠中的Apache人。 山的清涼濕潤的特徵，孕育18種不同的植物和動物在世界上獨一無二。
在20世紀80年代，美國亞利桑那州大學和其合作夥伴的時候，包括梵蒂岡和史密森學會，選擇了格雷厄姆山作為點，構建一個天文台與被稱為哥倫布項目七大望遠鏡。 從1988年開始，亞利桑那州國會代表團成功獲得豁免從瀕危物種，環境，歷史保護等法律項目。 1989年，美國亞利桑那大學獲授20年的特殊用途許可證的科羅納多國家森林公園和美國森林服務，並撥款車手保持與公眾利益的項目齊平，而無需通過聯邦法律或法規，包括聯邦印第安遵守法律旨在保護宗教自由，墓地和文化財產。 梵蒂岡發言人說，格雷厄姆山不是一個宗教或神聖的地方。 大學的員工和說客試圖破壞Apache的宗教領袖和從業者的聲譽，並保持至少一個聖卡洛斯部落官員作證，山不神聖的或顯著到Apache人民。
幾十年來，Apache的人民，科學家，環保主義者和大學生抵制亞利桑那州的決定建立在山的山頂望遠鏡大學。 儘管經常雲層密布，使望遠鏡觀察天文網站在美國的研究邊際和格雷厄姆山名列第38，亞利桑那州國會代表團和大學堅持與項目。 如今，望遠鏡和山的頂部造成聯邦封閉的建設是侮辱山及其與Apache人民不可替代的關係。
亞利桑那大學現經營的天文台沒有一個有效的特殊使用許可證。 其20年的聯邦許可證到期2009年4月19日。 大學已經要求科羅拉多國家森林的一個新的許可證，但截至2012年6月，對是否給予許可的決定尚未作出。 林務局已經確定，它需要編制環境影響報告（EIS）來收集信息，以發放新的許可證的利弊。 大學已經極力反對到一個新的EIS。 從一點點信息的格雷厄姆山聯盟和聖卡洛斯阿帕奇部落已經學會，林務局及大學的律師是“討論”確定的許可證更新過程的最終形式。
有許多的原因，森林服務拒絕新的許可證。 該許可證失效了一些條款，並由該大學被違反的條件。 許多這些條件應導致吊銷許可證，但沒有。 所有這些違法行為需要進行研究，以確定本校是否有可以遵循的新的許可規則。
格雷厄姆山的狀況大為改變，因為該許可證的授予和天文台更是與格雷厄姆山的宗教和生態的重要性不太兼容。 由於該許可證的授予，摩格雷厄姆的“形”已被認為配售資格的歷史的地方國家名單上。 此外，林務局現在承認，格雷厄姆山是一個傳統文化物產西方Apache的人，並已採取步驟，以諮詢（雖然它有很長的路要走），與傳統的Apache對山的神聖性，以及如何保護它。 大學可去國會又豁免宗教自由和環境法律，並迫使林務局發出新的許可證。 格雷厄姆山的支持者將是最後聽到沿著這些線路的任何遊說，並且必須時刻保持警惕，以阻止這種情況發生。
經過20多年的建設，大射電望遠鏡項目仍然沒有完成，非常嚴肅的問題依然是關於它的重要性，從天文角度效用和功能。 什麼是完全沒問題的是持續的罪行西方Apache的人民。 同樣明顯的是原生的格雷厄姆山紅松鼠的危險狀態。 由生物學家進行的最新調查估計，只有這種獨特的物種約214，現在有什麼地方，仍然發現。 它已被確定生物學家最有可能走向滅亡美國在可預見的將來的哺乳動物之一。
數次大火摧毀格雷厄姆山的頂部在過去幾年。 他們戰鬥，以保護望遠鏡超過生態系統，並作為結果，多大的傷害是為了那本來是可以避免的山。 林務局決定將薄森林和以其他方式操縱的生態系統，以盡量保護那剩下來恢復一下已經損壞。 目前大火燃燒在東部和南部亞利桑那州的加強進一步的行動將採取保護結構的野生動物和精神價值的危險。
祈禱和勤奮是必要的，現在比以往任何時候都多為山格雷厄姆。 生態系統正受到氣候變化和破壞等圖案的嚴重威脅;有一個機會，讓林務局否認新許可證的望遠鏡，並要求他們拆除，並有保護現有生態系統，並恢復了一些機會什麼已丟失。 而且，格雷厄姆山的神聖性不斷受到挑戰，雖然山是能夠保護自己，支持者可以幫助保護它。
舊金山峰是神聖到Apache，霍皮族，華拉派，納瓦霍，亞瓦派和其他原生國。 舊金山峰是許多神聖的生命，醫藥地方和來源網站。 無數的儀式是為醫治在那裡進行的，福祉，平衡，紀念，通道和世界上的水和生命週期。
儘管如此，森林服務和私人擁有的雪碗滑雪場的滑雪度假勝地，位於舊金山峰，計劃擴建的滑雪區，並使用再生污水進行人工造雪。 擴建和污水對雪的計劃可能對本土宗教和人民，對整個區域的水和健康的災難性的影響。 爬行康樂發展十分關注本土精神領袖和部落官員幾十年，但目前的計劃遠遠超過以往活動的度假勝地。
納瓦霍族人權委員會主席杜安H. YAZZIE參議院委員會在印第安人事務“2011訊美國實施聯合國土著人民權利的作證：”整合宣言到現有的法律將實質專注於價值聖地，而不是放置一個不應有的負擔的程序。 此外，該宣言將強調國際政策，而不是僅僅依賴國內政策。 立法上解決印度法律的判例將修復的美洲原住民權利聖地的剝奪。“
“特別報告員強調，必須確保由政府機構行動或決定是符合，不只是國內法，而且還保護美國本土的實踐和維護他們的宗教傳統權的國際標準。 特別報告員意識到現有的政府計劃和政策與土著人民協商，並考慮到他們的宗教傳統，在政府決策方面聖地。 特別報告員敦促政府建立在這些方案和政策，以符合國際標準，並由此建立了良好的實踐，成為世界的領導者，它可以在保護土著人民的權利。“
土著國家和環保組織都試圖保護舊金山峰在法庭上。 區法院在2006年裁定的發展。 上訴法院第九巡迴審判庭推翻了下級法院的判決於2007年，統治了霍皮部落，納瓦霍部落及其他。 第九巡迴法院的一個三人法官小組裁定，林務局違反了宗教自由恢復法案和國家環境政策法案中允許雪碗滑雪場度假村，擴大面積逾100畝罕見的高山生態系統，這是神聖的原生區域的一部分人民。
聯邦政府質疑這一決定，並奏請第九巡迴法院重審全體法官。 這樣的請願書很少理所當然，但法院同意這一點。 該案被認為在11名法官恩第九巡迴法院在帕薩迪納的全體法官小組面前2007年12月。 第九巡迴法院發出的全體法官小組決定於2008年8月8日判決有利於發展。 原住民國提出移審令狀為美國最高法院。 6月8日，最高法院拒絕審查決定。
該部落試圖達成某種與新政府的行政住宿的，但這樣的努力沒有取得成果。 保存諸峰聯盟隨後提起訴訟，控告聯邦政府對國家環境政策法的問題，是林務局沒有充分考慮污水再生水的攝入。 這些都是同一法律和事實的過去三個法官組成的小組中發現，林務局未能遵守國家環保局考慮。 事先裁定是，然而，由全體法官在法庭納瓦霍情況下呈現非先例。 儘管第九巡迴法院的推理之前，美國地方法院法官月穆爾吉亞否決了拯救峰聯盟對所有罪狀。 此後不久，她被任命為奧巴馬第九巡迴證實。 保存諸峰聯盟提出上訴的裁決。
第九巡迴法院的公開敵對的三人法官小組不僅否決了聯盟，但表示，拯救峰聯盟和他們的律師曾濫用司法程序 - 沒有依據他們的指責支持。 雪碗滑雪場是原告和他們的公益律師，個人，賠償損失的大約$ 280,000金額後，目前正在進行。 上述三名法官聽到雪碗滑雪場的議案。
在此期間，雪碗滑雪場是追求和平示威者的起訴，並尋求他們“報復”。 弗拉格斯塔夫社區的一些成員已經開始絕食。 作為一個法律和實際問題，但是，雪碗滑雪場現在是免費的褻瀆神聖的舊金山峰而不受懲罰。
美國加州：麥克勞德河 - Winnemem溫圖語族準備的巴拉斯科諾斯
北加州的Winnemem溫圖語族準備巴拉斯科諾斯，年齡典禮的到來，儘管美國林務局的反對。 該部落曾要求林務局收400米麥克勞德河康樂划船運動為4天的儀式，6月30日至7月3日的。 林務局聲稱，它是由印第安人事務“聯邦確認政策局受阻，不能關閉的河，因為部落沒有聯邦政府認可。
部落說，聯邦政府承認只與部落民族的聯邦關係之一。 在加州，90％的部落並沒有包括在一個很短的認可名單，這是在裡根政府沒有發出警告。 即使是那些有著悠久歷史的記錄關係，部落與美國政府 - 那些已簽署了尚未批准條約和那些在加州判決卷，例如 - 被排除在認定名單。 一些傳統的300,000人和他們的人權儀式是因為這一政策的影響。 根據美洲印第安人宗教自由法，所有的聯邦機構必須保護和保存美洲土著聖地和儀式，並與傳統土著宗教領袖進行協商的義務，而不論他們的聯邦或非聯邦公認的地位。
該Winnemem溫圖語族聲稱其儀式根據第11條，12和聯合國宣言的土著人民權利25土著婦女的權利。 Winnemem首席Caleen西斯克是要求有麥克勞德河的年齡典禮瑪麗莎·西斯克，誰將會成為下一個Winnemem首席來臨的強制關閉。 雖然Winnemem溫圖語寧願把重點放在監禮人，部落說，“必須繼續在漫漫長路繩之以法，教育世界的什麼它是要在傳統的美國。”
後不滿意的會議，與林務局的官員，首席西斯克呼籲戰舞，或H'up科諾斯，當沒有什麼可以做，除了進行祈禱儀式。 超過200人來自遠在北方的奧林匹亞，華盛頓和南至洛杉磯，支持Winnemem用非暴力封閉，與有關的事實划船通信有一個儀式，並要求他們尊重這一點。 康樂划船百分之百恭恭敬敬地轉過身來。
該Winnemem說，林務局否認倒閉，即使它具有：1）清晰的種族騷擾，干擾，以及健康和安全危害被醉酒，超速划船誰忽視了森林服務的“自願關閉”的證據; 2）農業法案，讓權力來關閉區域和河流的儀式; 3）土著人民權利的聯合國宣言; 4）加州AJR 39聯合決議，其中聲稱，加利福尼亞州承認Winnemem溫圖語，並敦促美國國會承認部落; 5）的非正式調查由當地雷丁報紙，這說明了公眾支持履行的權利，儀式，以及鋪天蓋地的網絡支持，並從土著領袖的支持6）對決議在2012年聯合國常設論壇土著人民的權利。
部落呼籲武力和聯邦承認的問題“霧裡看花春晚，當硝煙散盡，部落懷疑印第安人事務局的影響下，美國林務局可代表的特殊利益 - 的填海區及惠安水，最大的水公司，在全球擁有那就是神聖的Winnemem該地區的局。“華蘭想要的沙斯塔湖大壩工程，這將提高大壩幾英尺。 部落說，該項目“將淹沒一切神聖的地方，目前出來的水的幾個星期每一年，如婦女的治療地點和青春期搖滾，他們將永遠失去。”
Chief Sisk says the Winnemem plan to “go forward with a dignified Ceremony, shored up by the War Dance prayers and backed by the promise of 300 – 400 supporters returning June 29 to close the 400 yards of the McCloud for four days for Marisa's Coming of Age. It is important for Marisa to know what she needs to do in these difficult times as a leader. The times are not peaceful, so a peaceful and dignified ceremony cannot be a lost goal. The goal is to do the best one can and never give up being Winnemem.
“The Winnemem Wintu ask for the prayers of all the good people gathered for National Prayers for Sacred Lands for the human right to ceremony without distinction between federally recognized and unrecognized, and specifically for the right for tribal women to ceremony. Women are the sacred center of life. We ask for prayers that the Shasta Lake Dam will not be further raised and for protection of our sacred Winnemem River, the sacred women's doctoring places, the Puberty Rock and the Children's Rock, as well as the safe return of the Tribe's salmon from New Zealand to their home waters above the dam. We ask for prayers that the Winnemem way of life will continue on. Hee Chala Bes-ken!”
Contact: Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk at email@example.com or Misa Joo at firstname.lastname@example.org
California: Medicine Lake Highlands and Hatchet and Bunchgrass Mountains
Medicine Lake Highlands is a critically important tribal region located northeast of Mount Shasta in the mountains of northern California. The Pit River, Modoc, Shasta, Karuk, Wintu and other Tribes revere the area for its natural healing powers and for its connections to their Tribes' longstanding histories. For example, the Pit River Tribe believes that the Creator and his son bathed in Medicine Lake after they created the earth, and the Creator imparted his spirit to the waters. Because of the Lake's sacredness, Tribes from the coast of California to the Rocky Mountains use the surrounding area as a training ground for medicine people. The Highlands is also sought after by geothermal energy companies that have applied for development permits from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service (USFS), which manage the area.
Since the 1990s, the Pit River Tribe, Stanford Environmental Law Clinic and other supporters of the protection of the sacred Medicine Lake Highlands in northeastern California have been challenging the BLM and USFS failure to undertake adequate environmental review and tribal consultation for industrial-scale energy development in the Highlands. On November 6, 2006, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the BLM and USFS original extension of Calpine Corporation's geothermal leases in the Highlands violated both the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). The agencies should have prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) before renewing the leases and should have included a “no action” alternative. Because the agencies violated NEPA and NHPA, both the five-year lease extensions and the subsequent 40-year extensions were undone. The Court also said that BLM and USFS violated their fiduciary duty to the Pit River Tribe by failing to complete an EIS before extending the Calpine leases.
When the case was sent back to the trial court to implement the Ninth Circuit's decision, the trial judge ruled that, notwithstanding the invalidation of the lease extensions, the 1988 leases were still intact. In response, Stanford Environmental Law Clinic (SELC) filed an appeal challenging the lower court's interpretation, which went directly against the original Ninth Circuit ruling. At the new hearing on March 10, 2010, the SELC attorneys maintained that the leases, originally issued in 1988 for a duration of five years, and renewed once, expired by their own terms when the 1998 renewals for 40 years were declared null and void by the Ninth Circuit judges.
In August 2010, the Ninth Circuit Court Order indicated that while the Fourmile Hill lease extensions and the project decision remain unacceptable, the underlying leases themselves, granted to Calpine in 1988, continue to be in force. The Federal Agencies (Forest Service and BLM) will need to do a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) involving more environmental review and consultations with the Tribe in order to evaluate whether or not these leases should be extended.
The court ruled that the agencies retain full discretion regarding the Fourmile Hill lease extensions. Therefore, all parties, the Pit River Tribe, BLM, United States Department of Justice and Cal Pine Energy Corporation continue negotiations on how a new EIS will look.
The culturally-important Hatchet and Bunchgrass Mountains and the surrounding lands in Traditional Pit River Indian Territory are in jeopardy of being destroyed, due to a plan to build 49 monolithic windmill energy turbines and related roads and ancillary, interconnections, operations and maintenance facilities in the heart of this region. Hatchet Ridge Wind Company, an affiliate of RES America Developments and Renewable Resources, is initiating its windmill construction project. The project would significantly and negatively alter over 100 acres of this natural region and include up to 49 turbines on steel towers with a height of up to 503 feet. Ancillary facilities would include a substation, an overhead transmission circuit, a switching/interconnection facility and a control room/operations and maintenance building. Access roads would be built, including 6.5 miles of 20-foot-wide permanent roads, and one mile of additional roads.
The project would have severe negative impact on sacred and cultural places, as well as on the winged and four-legged beings. Native people could no longer access particular ceremonial plants on Hatchet Mountain as part of their cultural practices and they do not support the project. The visual impact of the towers on the ridge destroys the integrity of the setting of this sacred area. Birds traditionally important to the local tribal culture, such as eagles, ospreys, ducks and geese, cross the ridge and would be shredded by the blades. Migration routes of deer across the ridge could be disrupted. Sound quality issues would also affect the serenity and isolation of the ridge, disrupting human experiences in the area.
Bunchgrass Mountain is just north of the area impacted by the project. An ancient trail runs along the top of the ridge top, connecting the Pit River to Goose Valley and sites downriver; in addition to regular travel, this trail is used to reach remote areas during vision quests and such quests continue among some young men. Clearly, the proposed windmill project will have severe negative impacts on the natural world, as well as the well being and cultural rights of Native peoples. Although these turbines have been built and are up and running, we are firm that this project is in violation of federal law and the Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites and their allies have protested against the project, will continue to do so and will not sit idly by and allow the destruction of important sacred and cultural regions to take place.
For more information on the efforts to protect the sacred Medicine Lake Highlands and Hatchet and Bunchgrass Mountains from the building of massive energy power facilities, contact the Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites: Radley Davis, Pit River Nation, 530-917-6064; Mark LeBeau, Pit River Nation, 916-801-4422; and James Hayward, Sr., Redding Rancheria, 530-410-2875
California: Needles – Ft. Mojave Indian Tribe, at the Topock Maze area
Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 6:00 am
The Ft. Mojave Indian Tribe remains in urgent need of prayer to protect the Maze and surrounding sacred areas along the Lower Colorado River. The Maze is both a physical manifestation and a spiritual pathway for the afterlife. It has always been, and will always be, an integral and significant part of the Mojave way of life, beliefs, traditions, culture and religion. The Mojave will observe the Prayer Day at the Topock Maze site.
Pacific Gas & Electric, by its ownership and operation of the Topock Natural Gas Compressor Station near Needles, California over the last 50 years, has polluted the groundwater under and around the Maze with hexavalent chromium, a toxic chemical that can cause numerous human and ecological health problems. PG&E, BLM and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control proceeded with Interim Measures to contain and investigate the contamination, which included the construction of a new Treatment Plant within the Maze area and the drilling of about 150 wells in California and Arizona, on either side of the Colorado River.
These, taken together, create continuing cumulative adverse impacts to the Mojave people, its sacred landscape and tribal religious beliefs.
In 2005, Ft. Mojave filed a state lawsuit seeking the removal of the plant, total restoration of the sacred area, an environmental baseline of prior to the plant's construction and any other actions that could serve to remedy the desecration. Settlement negotiations concluded in November 2006 aimed to achieve each of these goals and secure other remedies including repatriation of portions of the sacred area to tribal ownership, sensitivity training for PG&E employees and contractors, a written public apology and reimbursement of past and future Tribal costs.
In 2011, during selection of the Final Groundwater Remedy, DTSC made a finding that the Topock Cultural Area is an historic resource under state law and the BLM determined that a Traditional Cultural Property (TCP) or property of traditional religious and cultural significance within a 1,600 acre Area of Potential Effect is eligible for listing on the National Register under Criterion A, as part of what tribes have identified as a larger area of traditional and cultural importance.
Yet, DTSC and BLM failed to consult with the Tribe on the final mitigation measures, assuming they knew what was best for all the Tribal Governments along the Lower Colorado River and how the sacred area could be best protected. DTSC's failure to complete a legally adequate environment document, and failure to live up to certain terms in its settlement agreement with the Tribe, is the subject of a second lawsuit brought by the Tribe under state environmental laws. In its approval of the Final Groundwater Remedy, BLM has continued to put off dealing with mitigation for the continued impacts of up to 170 new wells and related infrastructure into the Tribe's sacred area, putting the sustainability of the Tribe's cultural and spiritual practices of the Tribe at further risk for decades to come.
Prayer is needed:
1) for DTSC and PG&E to swiftly bring to conclusion their settlements with the Tribe, and recognize the sovereignty of the tribal government and the agency's public policy goals of truly inclusive and transparent decision making,
2) for BLM and DOI to follow through on promises to require meaningful mitigation for tribal cultural concerns during groundwater and soils remedy design and to improve its management of the area,
3) for additional sacred land in this area to be repatriated to the Tribe and
4) to ask for forgiveness for any continuing desecration that may occur until the offending facilities, including the interim measure treatment plant, are finally removed and until other required restoration of the landscape occurs.
This issue is national in scope: the Maze has been officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978 and is formally recognized as nationally significant. Moreover, the failure of state and federal agencies to fully consider direct, indirect and cumulative impacts to Native Sacred Places during pollution remediation activities remains a national problem requiring Congressional Oversight. Pray that this oversight occurs at the highest levels.
Contact: Nora McDowell-Antone, Tribal Topock Project Manager, at (928) 768-4475, NoraMcDowell-Antone@fortmojave.com, or Courtney Ann Coyle, Tribal Attorney, at (858) 454-8687, CourtCoyle@aol.com
California: Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, Luiseño Ancestral Origin Landscape
Pechanga is in need of urgent prayer to continue to assist it in protecting the Luiseño Ancestral Origin Landscape from the Granite Construction Company's proposed Liberty Quarry. The proposed quarry would be located on a sacred mountain within the Luiseño People's sacred place of origin. Parts of this Origin Landscape have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973 as the Murrieta Creek Archaeological Area (exva Temeeku) and are also listed in the state's Sacred Lands File Inventory.
After many public hearings before the Riverside County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, the quarry was DENIED this year! However, the Board on a 3:2 margin voted to APPROVE the inadequate environmental document under CEQA, potentially laying the groundwork for Granite to come back in the near future with a revised application to mine. This unusual turn of events means that the Origin Area is still at risk.
Granite wants to blast out the mountain, home to the Kammalam (ancestors in the form of rocks), so that it can produce aggregate. The quarry could operate for 75 years and, even after reclamation, would remain a permanent scar within the sacred landscape. It would also be located at the headwaters of the Santa Margarita River, the last remaining free flowing river to reach the Pacific Ocean in southern California, and be adjacent to the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve, which also includes part of the Origin Landscape.
The quarry would kill the mountain and forever disturb the sanctity of this incredibly beautiful and scenic area, located next to the reservation and at the doorstep of the City of Temecula.
In addition, the quarry would also pose environmental hazards to the Pechanga Community: air and water quality, visual and noise impacts, fire and emergency response, as well as sever a key wildlife linkage to and from the reservation. The Tribe was not consulted by the County of Riverside on these impacts during environmental review.
Pechanga respectfully requests prayer that:
1) Efforts to permanently prevent mining in any form at this location are successful and that
2) Tribal efforts to have this Origin Landscape formally recognized and protected will be successful.
For more information on the efforts to protect the Luiseño Ancestral Origin Landscape from the Liberty Quarry, contact Paul Macarro, Pechanga Cultural Coordinator at: email@example.com or (951) 770.8102 or Jacob Mejia at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (951) 770.2595.
California: Redlands – California-Pacific Committee on Native American Ministries of The United Methodist Church at the University of Redlands, Saturday, June 16, at 7:15 am
The California-Pacific Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) of The United Methodist Church will have prayer for sacred places on the Quad at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. The public is welcome to join on Saturday, June 16, at 7:15 am
Contact: Suanne Ware-Diaz at email@example.com or (571) 236-7274 for more information.
California: Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians – Burial & Ceremonial Grounds –
Traditional Mourning Ceremony, Saturday, June 23, Ocotillo Area, 7:00 pm
For over two years, the Viejas Band has been waging legal, political and public relations battles to save tribal burial grounds and ceremonial sites from destruction by local and federal agencies. Viejas has positive news to report one on front and heartbreaking news to report on another.
Padre Dam Site:
Over this last year, with your help, we made much progress towards protection and repatriation of a burial ground and ceremonial site on Padre Dam Municipal Water District property, which sought to develop a reservoir and pumping station on the site.
Settlement of the litigation is close at hand in which the site would be restored, protected in perpetuity and the land repatriated to the Tribe. Viejas is deeply grateful for the support it has received from the local community, Governor of California, Native American Heritage Commission and the Courts, which have sided with the Band on many different levels.
Viejas respectfully requests prayer for:
1) An appropriate alternative location for the project to be secured by the District,
2) The soils previously taken off site by the District to be returned to the property in as gentle a manner as possible and as quickly as possible, and
3) Forgiveness that the impacts occurred and that they will never happen again.
Ocotillo Express Wind Farm:
Meanwhile, Viejas and other tribes have been forced to defend our ancestors from further attacks and potential destruction of tribal cultural resources, sacred places and burial grounds by a number of major renewable energy and other utility projects in the local mountains and deserts that would forever alter the Cultural Landscape of the Kumeyaay Nation. These include: the Sunrise Powerlink Project, Tule Wind Project, Ocotillo Wind Express Project, Eco Station Project, Imperial Solar Project and others.
Just last month, over the strong objections of Kumeyaay Bands and the Quechan and Cocopah Peoples, local community members, environmental groups, unions, recreationists and state park supporters, the massively destructive Ocotillo Wind Express Facility was approved by the County of Imperial and the BLM. Ocotillo Express (Pattern Energy) wasted no time and immediately began clearing, scraping and destroying the area and would not agree to hold off on construction until a TRO could be heard.
The so called “Refined” Project would include 112 industrial-sized wind towers up to 460 feet high, 42 miles of new roads, 81 miles of undergrounded fiber optic cable, a 31-acre substation and switchyard, operation and maintenance building and other infrastructure such as parking, ponds and laydown areas that were not part of the NEPA and CEQA documents. The project Right of Way is across about 12,000 acres of federal public land and is surrounded by designated wilderness, Cultural Preserves, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern and shares a 5-mile border with Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
The project is within a valley that slopes from the mountains to the desert, and is mostly undeveloped Class L (Limited Use) lands. One ceremonial site, the Spoked Wheel Geoglyph, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2003, long before any wind project was proposed, and includes the whole viewscape from the site. The valley is ringed with sacred mountains — Coyote, Signal, Sombrero and Pinyon — and is used as a teaching area for tribal youth. Over 35,000 person hours were spent surveying and recording the massive amount of physical archaeology present at the site. The BLM relied solely on archeological values during the survey and only at the end of the NHPA Section 106 process acknowledged that the project area is a TCP within a larger TCP. Tribal Values considerations were an afterthought in the environmental documents and consultation was severely rushed due to arbitrary deadlines set by BLM to meet federal wind subsidy deadlines currently set for the end of 2012.
On June 23, Viejas and other Kumeyaay Bands will be holding a traditional Mourning Ceremony in the Ocotillo Area. The ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm and continue through the morning. The tribes will grieve for what has been lost and bring attention to efforts to save what is left of the area where the ancestors are laid to rest.
Viejas respectfully requests prayer that:
1) Preliminary Injunctions will issue to halt the destruction,
2) The BLM accepts historic human remains detection dog teams as a legitimate tool for identifying and avoiding ancestral cremation areas,
3) Subsidies and loans from federal and other entities are NOT granted for the project,
4) The Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) is NOT extended by Congress, and
5) That something good for the Tribal Peoples of our region comes out of this experience in the form of UNITY, DOCUMENTATION and RESPECT for traditional religious practices.
For more information, please contact: Robert Scheid, Viejas Public Relations Director, at (619) 659-2316 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado: Boulder – Native American Rights Fund – Sunrise Ceremony, Wednesday, June 20
Please join us for a Sunrise Ceremony beginning at 7:00 am, on Wednesday, June 20, on the front lawn of the Native American Rights Fund, 1506 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado. The program and prayer service will last about one hour, followed by a potluck breakfast. Community members have been invited to speak, as well as other NARF staff. Speakers will be followed by a moment of silence to show concern for the sacred places that are being damaged and destroyed today.
In the United States, Native Americans are more closely tied to the land than any other group, yet the increasing exploitation of natural resources and population expansion has caused previously undisturbed tribal sacred places to become vulnerable to destruction. As part of its mission, the Native American Rights Fund has long advocated for sacred site protection, religious freedom efforts and cultural rights. Recently, NARF's Board of Directors has asked us to expand our efforts to protect lands that are sacred and precious to Native Americans.
Please show your solidarity for the protection of sacred places by joining us for the June 20 program. We ask you to bring food and/or beverages to share at the completion of the program.
Please join us! If you have any questions please contact Rose Cuny at 303-447-8760.
Kansas: Lawrence – Wakarusa Wetlands, Haskell Medicine Wheel – Open to the Public
Wednesday, June 20, at SUNRISE
Haskell Wetland Preservation Organization (WPO) and Save the Wakarusa Wetlands will observe National Prayer Day at SUNRISE, June 20th, beside the Wakarusa Wetlands at the Haskell Medicine Wheel, south of Lawrence, Kansas. Haskell WPO is a Native student organization. Save the Wakarusa Wetlands, Inc., is an association of local supporters, including Haskell Indian Nations University, Washburn University and Baker University alumni, students and supporters from all parts of the Lawrence community.
The ceremony will be held at the medicine wheel, where participants will erect a lodge pole at sunrise to mark the exact position of the Summer Solstice.
The event is open to all who wish to add their prayers to save this sacred place from the highway builders. Participants will ask for the protection of the Wakarusa Wetlands (aka, Haskell-Baker Wetlands), threatened by an eight-to-ten lane highway project approved by the Army Corps of Engineers, but delayed by a federal law suit filed by WPO and a consortium of supporter groups, including Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Jayhawk Audubon, Kansas University Environs, Save the Wakarusa Wetlands, Kansas Sierra Club and KU EcoJustice.
On January 20, 2012 a panel of federal appeals court judges heard oral arguments challenging the state's efforts to construct 8-10 lanes of traffic across wetlands that once served as the primary refuge for Native children resisting cultural genocide. The written opinion could come at any time, but may not be released before mid-summer. For more than two decades, Haskell students and their allies have managed to block efforts to pave this sacred place, which was “surplussed” away from Haskell during the Eisenhower termination era. More than two thirds of Haskell's campus was “given away” by BIA officials at the time.
Last year, Republican Governor Sam Brownback announced that $192 million in Kansas taxpayer funds was being allocated for completion of the South Lawrence Trafficway. The SLT began as a scheme to help local developers turn the southern edge of Lawrence into a regional shopping mecca. In recent years, the SLT project has been hijacked by trucking interests that dream of turning two nearby closed military bases into national hubs for NAFTA product distribution. Thus, the SLT has mushroomed into an eight-to-ten lane behemoth promoted as key infrastructure. This latest version of the old frontier booster fable that the metro area is destined to be “the next Chicago” has all the officials of nearby towns clamoring for completion of the SLT.
Ironically, while in Congress, then-Senator Brownback sponsored a US apology to Native Americans for past egregious actions, but it specifically prohibited Native Peoples from taking any legal action that would provide redress or remedy for any of the actions, causing many Native people to call it a “hollow apology.”
About 600 acres of the Wakarusa Wetlands were located directly south of the dorms at Haskell Institute, the nation's largest and most tribally diverse federal off-reservation boarding school. This last major remnant of the wetlands was a crucial refuge where Native children from all across the country survived sustained government efforts to exterminate their cultures. Indian students took refuge in the Wakarusa Wetlands refuge — where they could speak their languages, sing their sacred songs and conduct ceremonies and dances that were federally punishable with starvation and jail time — and refused to let school authorities “kill the Indian” in them.
Parents and other tribal leaders camped, sometimes for weeks or months, beside these wetlands on the north bank of the Wakarusa. They were awaiting permission from school officials to let them reclaim or at least visit their children. These elders used the Wakarusa Wetlands as an outdoor classroom to pass on final lessons about healing and other traditional knowledge.
The wetlands quickly became the most essential place where Haskell students could get news about family and friends. The wetlands was where they heard about what was happening back home in the crucial era of allotments and the “surplussing” of their homelands. The wetlands also provided the least censored opportunity to send messages home whenever someone speaking a related language arrived in camp. Otherwise, the children had to learn enough English to send a letter home by way of school censors, and then further screened by the Indian agent when it reached their reservation, and again modified when the interpreter read their message to parents who often could neither read nor speak English. This place is soaked in Indian history, layered with the stories of Native elders and is the last resting place of some who came to Haskell in its darkest days. Spirit release ceremonies and clandestine burials took place in these wetlands. The disappeared and runaways are remembered here.
This sacred wetland, a place between land and water, is the largest intact trace of the original Wakarusa Bottoms, an 18,000-acre prairie wetland environment. It existed for thousands of years before white school officials obtained federal funds to drain it. Before Haskell opened, this place supplied Native Peoples of the region with valuable medicinal plants, important ceremonial items, waterfowl, furbearers and other relatives central to their ways of life.
Elders have said the Creator caused the course of the Wakarusa River to go directly east toward the rising sun, in sharp contrast to the other rivers in the region, as a sign of the abundant gifts to be found there.
Despite massive efforts to drain the wetlands in the early twentieth century — and Haskell's loss of all but a few acres of this property during the termination era — the Wakarusa Wetlands, like Haskell Indian Nations University itself, has survived and flourished. The entire historic Haskell campus, including the Wetlands, is being considered for designation as a National Historic Heritage area, but should have been declared a Traditional Cultural Property long ago.
Contact: Cleta Labrie email@example.com President of Haskell Wetlands Preservation Organization (WPO); Dr. Dan Wildcat (WPO faculty adviser) at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Michael Caron at (785) 842-6293 or by email at email@example.com with Save the Wakarusa Wetlands, Inc. Friend the Wetlands Preservation Organization on FACEBOOK.
Nebraska: Lincoln – National Congress of American Indians, Mid-Year Session
Nebraska State Capitol Grounds, North Plaza
Tuesday, June 19, Sunrise Ceremony
The National Congress of American Indians will sponsor a Sunrise Ceremony on Tuesday morning, June 19, at the Nebraska State Capitol grounds on the North Plaza. The NCAI is conducting its 2012 Mid-Year Session in Lincoln, Nebraska, June 17-20.
The NCAI Sunrise Ceremony will be held as a part of the observances and ceremonies during the National Days of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places, from June 16 through June 24.
The public is invited to attend NCAI's respectful observance to honor sacred places, sacred beings and sacred waters, and all those who care for them and protect them from harm. Participants are asked to arrive no later than 7:00 am
For information about NCAI's Sunrise Ceremony, contact NCAI Deputy Director Robert Holden, 202.466.7767, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New York: Ganondagan State Historic Site, at the Great White Pine Tree of Peace
Wednesday, June 20, at Noon
At Ganondagan State Historic Site in New York, there will be a Gahnonyoh (Thanksgiving), starting at Noon, on Wednesday, June 20, to protect sacred places and to promote world peace. “We invite spiritual leaders and the general public to join us on that day as we offer words of Thanksgiving or Gahnonyoh in Seneca,” says G. Peter Jemison (Seneca), who is the Caretaker of Ganondagan.
“We will gather before noon near the Great White Pine at the head of the Trail of Peace to offer words of Thanksgiving to the Creator,” says Jemison. “The event is open to the general public and all are welcome, but no photography, please.”
Ganondagan is the site of the seventeenth century town, once the capitol of the Seneca Nation, which was destroyed by the French in 1687. Today, it is the only historic site in New York dedicated to a Native American theme. Ganondagan is sacred to the Seneca People because nearby are the remains of Jikonhsaseh the Mother of Nations, who was the first person to accept the message of Peace brought by the Peacemaker, who united the Haudenosaunee or Five Nations: Seneca Nation, Cayuga Nation, Onondaga Nation, Oneida Nation and Mohawk Nation.
Contact: G. Peter Jemison at (585) 924-5848 or by e-mail at mailto:email@example.com
New York: New York City – Prayer of Remembrance for Sacred Places
Thursday, June 21, 1:00 pm
Hudson River at Bethune & West Streets
A Prayer of Remembrance for Sacred Places will take place on Thursday, June 21, at 1:00 pm The group will gather at the Hudson River in New York City at Bethune and West Streets.
The event is sponsored by Spiderwoman Theater, The Silvercloud Singers and the American Indian Community House.
Contact: Murial Borst-Tarrant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 551-208-3536.
Ohio: Peebles – Serpent Mound, Wednesday, June 20, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Newark – Newark Earthworks, Great Circle entryway, Thursday, June 21, 6:00 am/8:00 pm
Chillicothe – Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Mound City
Thursday, June 21, 7:00 pm
Oregonia – Fort Ancient Earthworks, Saturday, June 23, 5:30 am
In Ohio, there will be gatherings at the four major remaining earthworks sites to honor the brilliant achievements of the Indigenous Peoples who lived in the Ohio Valley 2,000 years ago and built enormous earthen architecture. Gatherings will occur near Peebles, in Newark, near Chillicothe and near Oregonia to acknowledge the original landscape, what has been lost and all that continues into the future. The public is invited to observe the National Day of Prayer to Protect Sacred Places at these places.
Two thousand years ago, Indigenous Peoples built more than 600 groups of earthworks, each group consisting of several large earthen geometric shapes with specific purposes. The earthworks were built by design, near creeks and rivers. Many of the earthworks are enormous, measuring from 20 to more than 50 acres in area, with walls varying from 3 to 30 feet tall and connected by walled earthen roadways; the design guided the Peoples through the earthworks along a ceremonial road. Large circles with entryways facing the east, squares with rounded corners and entryways, octagons with eight entryways, huge rectangular flat-topped or oval mounds, tall conical mounds and ceremonial roadways mark the Ohio Valley as a sacred landscape. In addition to using geometric forms to convey meaning and purpose, the builders used a standard unit of measure and other mathematical consistencies in the spacing of the earthworks. Distances between earthworks at Newark can be measured in multiples of 1,054 feet.
The Newark Earthworks consisted of four large earthworks built 2,000 years ago over a four-square mile area by the Peoples of the Hopewell Culture. Two remain preserved. The Octagon Earthworks is an astronomical calendar tracking the 18.6-year lunar cycle, marking the lunar standstills in spectacular moonrises. It was built in the shape of a circle and an octagon connected by a walled ceremonial road. The nearby Great Circle is itself nearly 1,200 feet in diameter and possibly had many uses, as a ceremonial center, for formal games such as stickball and as places of gathering. The Ellipse was a walled cemetery with many burial mounds and contained a number of earthen circles open to the east before it was excavated to clear the land for canals, railroads and heavy industry. The Wright Square stood between the Great Circle and the Ellipse cemetery, but has been destroyed by development.
Of the four major remaining sections of the Newark Earthworks, all but one have been acknowledged as sacred places and have become state parks/monuments. However, the Octagon Earthworks are leased to a private country club and open to the public only four days per year. The Ellipse cemetery is owned privately and currently being prepared for sale as an industrial park.
Serpent Mound is one of two effigy mounds in Ohio, and one of the largest anywhere in the world. Its iconic aerial outline is known far beyond the borders of this state. Nearly a quarter of a mile long, the undulating coils made of three foot tall earthen walls curve from a spiral tail to a head pointing across the Brush Creek valley at the point on the southwestern horizon where the sun sets on the summer solstice. Recent scholarly work points to a construction of this unique mound at about 1070 CE, later than many of the more geometric enclosures around Ohio. The landscape is also marked by geological interest. A “crypto-explosion” crater cradles the arc of the valley where Serpent Mound lays on a bluff; the result of a meteorite that folded the crust of the earth when it struck 250 million years ago. This bluff of sandstone also has interest, as a visitor may walk down to creek side and look back up at the point where the “serpent's head” ends, and see a snake headed prow of stone poke out over the water below.
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is made up of five sites in and around the city of Chillicothe, Ohio, where once could be seen the largest concentration of earthworks complexes anywhere in the world. Mound City is the name for the central enclosure, a rounded-cornered square that was one of the ancient cemeteries alongside the Scioto River where the National Park Service has its visitor center. Almost entirely destroyed during World War I by the construction of training camps and industry to support the war effort, it was rebuilt from the original foundations and above surviving parts of mounds during the 1930s and in another major effort during the 1960s and 1970s. An alignment along three of these reconstructed mounds, pointing towards a southwestern corner gateway of Mound City, is a dramatic view, and casts the entire complex into vivid contrast. The possible astronomical alignments for this and other units, such as the Hopewell Mound Group west of the city, are still being studied, using both old maps and surveys, and non-intrusive studies that can trace where walls and their associated clays still can be seen.
Fort Ancient is a vast, irregular enclosure with three miles of wall atop a pair of plateaus next to the Little Miami River valley. Military language was attributed to this location by early European occupants, who named features “North Fort” and “South Fort,” but later studies show that combat and conflict seem to have been entirely absent from this sacred site. Fort Ancient is the archaeological label used for a later cultural phase in Ohio, but much of the site was built around the same time as Newark and Chillicothe. Reflecting pools of water were built into the site to create a sense of place – world above, world below. More recent surveys have shown that four compass aligned stone mounds in the “North Fort,” were built alongside the traces of a circle, perhaps a “woodhenge” where posts in a circle aided in astronomical calculation and prediction. Fires were built on top of stone mounds into the historic era. From one of those stone mounds, on mornings near the summer solstice, a particular entryway to the northeast pours a path of light across the leveled plaza, until it paints the surface of the mound.
Many of the major earthworks in Ohio are now under consideration for designation as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and a proposal is being prepared. For additional information about the Earthworks, see: http://whc.unesco. org/en/tentative lists/5243/. For more information about Solstice events see: www.AncientOhioTrail.org
Tennessee: Muscogee “Creek” Citizens Gathering, The Great Mound of Mound Bottom, Saturday, June 23, 10:00 am
Sellars Farm State Archaeological Area, Lebanon, Wilson County
Sunday, June 24, 2:00 pm
A Muscogee “Creek” Citizens Gathering will take place on Saturday, June 23, at 10:00 am, at The Great Mound, Mound Bottom archaeological site, in observance of the National Sacred Places Prayer Days. “This gathering will be ceremonial to honor and lift up the Mound,” said Melba Checote-Eads (Muscogee), who is organizing the gathering. “We will observe a day of prayer, singing, gifting and feasting at Mound Bottom, as is Muscogee tradition. Water will be furnished by Muscogee Citizens.”
Ms. Checote-Eads asks people to reserve a space by calling her at 615-765-5854, to bring a bag lunch and beverage, to wear hiking boots and to meet in the picnic area: “We will meet at the picnic area near the Harpeth River beside the Mound. We will walk one mile to the Mound and transportation will be provided for those unable to make the walk.” The group will tour the Mound at 10:00 am with Ranger Gary Patterson.
Mound Bottom is located in Cheatham County along the horseshoe bend of the Harpeth River. Mound Bottom is approximately one mile north of the point where US Route 70 crosses the Harpeth River, on the outskirts of Kingston Springs, Tennessee. The site is managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation as part of Harpeth River State Park. The Great Mound of Mound Bottom dates to the Mississippian era (900 AD-1300). Mound Bottom is about 100 acres and is nearly surrounded by the Harpeth River.
The flat-topped embankment that dominates the view from Mace Bluff is the largest of at least 14 Mounds that remain. The Great Mound stands 25 feet tall and 47 square feet in area; the remains of an earthen ramp leading from the plaza to the top of this Mound can still be seen. The entire complex, which is believed to have included hundreds of houses, was surrounded by an earthen wall topped with a palisade of upright logs. Mound Bottom likely began as a ceremonial meeting place around 950 AD and grew to become a fortified city with a population numbering in the thousands. Mound Bottom was part of a vast trade network that extended to Native Peoples in the Great Lakes area, Gulf Coast region and the Appalachian Mountains.
There also will be a gathering at the Sellars Farm on the following day, Sunday, June 24, at 2:00 pm The Sellars Farm State Archaeological Area is located in Wilson County: off Hwy-70 left at Poplar Rd., in Lebanon, Tennessee. The group will tour the Mound area and walk the path around the Mound, which is near Spring Creek, a tributary of the Cumberland River. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch.
Ms. Checote-Eads describes the Mound site as covered with trees, grasses and wild flowers. It was a large village and trade area during the Mississippian Period. In 1939, a farmer dug up four statues, which were made between 600 and 800 years ago. Two of the statues are in the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and have been featured on a US postage stamp.
For additional information, contact: Melba Checote Eads at email@example.com or 615 765-5854.
Washington, DC: United States Capitol, West Front Grassy Area
June 20, Wednesday, at 8:30 am
The observance in Washington, DC, will take place at the US Capitol on the West Front Grassy Area on Wednesday, June 20, at 8:30 am The public is invited to attend this respectful observance to honor sacred places, sacred beings and sacred waters, and all those who care for them and protect them from harm. The observance will take the form of a talking circle.
All are welcome to offer good words, songs or a moment of silence for all sacred places, beings and waters, especially for those that are being threatened, desecrated or damaged at this time.
This observance is organized by The Morning Star Institute, a national Native rights organization founded in 1984 and dedicated to Native Peoples' cultural and traditional rights, including religious freedom and sacred places protection. The observance will be conducted by Mary Phillips (Omaha & Laguna Pueblo).
Contact: The Morning Star Institute at (202) 547-5531, Suzan Shown Harjo at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Phillips at email@example.com or 510-205-4501.
Washington: Snoqualmie Falls, at the Cedar Tree, Friday, June 22, 11:30 am
Water is universally a Sacred Being, part of sacred ceremonies in all faiths and religions.
Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State is a place recognized as Sacred for thousands of years. For the Snoqualmie and other Tribes of the Puget Sound region, this is the Transformer's gift to the People.
It is a 268-foot waterfall listed on the Register of Historic Places as a Traditional Cultural Property. Over two million people come from all over the world to visit Snoqualmie Falls annually. Puget Sound Energy owns and operates a hydroelectric facility there. Snoqualmie Falls is impacted and desecrated by diversion of a significant portion of the water from the river by a hydroelectric facility before it can complete the Sacred Cycle of reaching the base of the falls and creating a healing connection by its transformation to legendary mists that connect worlds, carry prayers, and deliver blessings.
Puget Sound Energy, a public utility, owns and operates a public park located there. A popular hiking trail down to the viewing area near the base of the falls continues to be closed to visitors until sometime in 2013. Access to the base of the Falls, specifically a spiritually powerful location, is blocked.
On Friday, June 22nd, at 11:30 am, there will be a gathering, rain or shine, at Snoqualmie Falls.
We welcome anyone who would like to respectfully join together in Spirit for observance of our Sacred Places across the globe that are in need. Join us and others that are gathering to pray, each in our own way for their protection.
“When one is uplifted, we all are uplifted”.
“We give thanks for the teachings of the Sacred. We give thanks that we are still here. We give thanks for the breath of the Spirit”.
We pray for one another.
In the Spirit of Snoqualmie Falls, Lois Sweet Dorman.
Contact: Lois Sweet Dorman, Snoqualmie, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Peace & Prayer Days – Gray Horn Butte (Devil's Tower), June 16
Medicine Wheel, June 17
Grand Tetons, June 18 – 21
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 21
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe: “Once again I am sending my voice to all Nations upon Mother Earth, those who can hear my sincerity with their hearts – - unite together at our Sacred Sites creating an energy shift of a great healing on this June 21st. We need to see and listen to the wamakas'ka (the animals) who are more than ever now showing their sacred color of white, there are so many. This color represents the direction of when physical life now goes into the spirit journey. They are trying to warn us to pay attention to our responsibilities as a Global Nation. In order to protect the remaining sacredness that is trying to survive upon Mother Earth, which includes even our own children, we now have no choice but to unify and make positive decisions together.
“To honor the birthplace of World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites where it all began in 1996, we will gather at Gray Horn Butte, aka “Devils Tower” on June 16th. Peace Riders who made the '96 journey from Canada to
Gray Horn on horse back, will join us and offer prayers as well and plant a Peace Pole reading “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in 4 different languages. We will do the same offering on June 17th at Medicine Wheel. On June 18th we will gather at the Grand Tetons to begin one of the many events of WPPD throughout the world. The Grand Tetons will be the beginning of a four day event to bring attention for the need to protect the last of the true wild Buffalo (bison) that exist in Yellow Stone National Park, they are in constant danger of being massacred when caught off park property.
“On June 21st I will pray with thousands of People at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As part of the various gatherings and celebrations that will be held as part of the Sacred Earth Gathering in Aldeia Nova Terra during the month of June parallel to the conference, there will be a very special ceremony to celebrate World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites along with various representatives of the Brazilian indigenous tribes and spiritual leaders from different nations. The intent is to honor this day not only in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but to also invite the participation of other WPPD activities worldwide to join though simultaneous acts of prayer and song so as to be united spiritually on this June 21st to celebrate the 2012 World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites. Onipiktec'a (that we shall live).”
Contact: Paula Horne-Mullen, Wolakota.org http://wppd2012.com/
The Morning Star Institute, 611 Pennsylvania Ave., SE #377, Washington, DC 20003 (202) 547-5531