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Dec 29, 2010- Remembering Chanke Opi Wakpala, (Wounded Knee) and Tasunka Witko, (CrazyHorse)

Beloved Relatives,

Lest we forget all our relatives of the Human Family who have suffered grave injustice...Today, December 29,2010, has been a great day of prayer, reflection, remembrance and heartfelt tears. 120 years ago on December 29, 2010 an estimated 500 members of the US 7th Calvary surrounded an estimated 350 defenceless members of the Oyate (Band) of Chief Spotted Elk(Big Foot) at Chanke Opi Wakpala (Wounded Knee Creek) and indiscriminately begin firing their weapons,including four Hotchkiss Guns, at our Lakota relatives children, women, men and elders. Before they were finished, as recounted to me by my Unchi Martina Sherwood, the US 7th Calvary massacred 313  children, women men and elders of our Human Family. For this act of butchery more Congressional  Medals Of Honour were awarded to members of the US 7th Calvary for this mass extermination than any prior or following battle in US Military History.

Ninety years following the Wounded Knee Massacre,December 29, 1980, the Chanupa Wakan (Sacred Pipe) of Tasunka Witko, ( Crazy Horse) was ceremonially returned to the People. The following words of Tasunka Witko speaking from the depths of heart breaking, human suffering, pain, and despair, are not meant to evoke feelings of guilt or victimization. Rather they are shared that we might remember, during these Sacred Ceremonial  Days of many Cultures and Spiritual Traditions, every where on Mother Earth, that the `Hurt of One is the Hurt and the Honour of One is the Honour of All`and, especially, that the Promised Day is now arising, long foretold by the Ancient of Days, when this fruitless strife, these ruinous wars, unneeded blood shed and discord will cease and the Most Great Peace will come! A Day that will not be followed by night!

“What treaty have the Sioux made with the white man that we have broken? Not one. What treaty have the white man ever made with us that they have kept? Not one. When I was
a boy the Sioux owned the world; the sun rose and set on their land;
they sent ten thousand men to battle. Where are the warriors today? Who
slew them? Where are our lands? Who owns them?....What law have I
broken? Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because
my skin is red? Because I am a Sioux; because I was born where my father
lived; because I would die for my people and my country?”

With Warm and Loving Greetings,

Brother Phil

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Comment by Billy Howell-Sinnard on January 1, 2011 at 12:42am
Thanks, Phil, for this post. We long for the Most Great Peace under the Sacred Tree of LIfe.
Comment by Chuck Fraser on December 30, 2010 at 2:17pm
Thank you for this reminder brother, for an injustice to one is an injustice to all our relations.  I give my heart felt thanks to those who have stood up to the oppressor and to those who continue to do so, for peace is something the oppressor does not want.  Mother Earth lies sick and disrespected because of greed from the ruling 10% of Earth, while the 90% wonder how did things get to be the way they are.  Apathy is pathetic my friends.  We must take a stand where ever the Creator has put us, a non-violent one.  We are right where we are suppose to be, this is it, make the most of it, do not long to be somewhere else, it is all the same, really, when you think of about it. Be prideful of who you are on this planet, except nothing else. Avoid the divide and conquor techniqes of the oppressor: racism, discrimination, put-downs, hate stares, you have a right to be here...stand together in this new year and do what you can, with what you have got, come together, beat the drums, light the sacred hairs of mother earth, allies hand in hand through-out the planet and universe. Let Sitting Bull, Crazy Hose, Leonard, Standing Bear, Gandhi, King, Lennon, and the many other elders and sacred others that gave their lives so we may, today, be on this good road.  By working and loving together we can revive  our mother earth and live together in peace and harmony....the war mongers need to be it's collar. Peace and Love always.  MUssi Cho!!
Comment by Cynthia Connell on December 30, 2010 at 10:53am
Thanks for the message.  I was especially touched by the idea of a day coming without a night.  When I was a girl, I went through times when I promised myself that the night would come and people would go to sleep and problems would end, for a time.  Today, I look forward to a time when I don't need to hide for safety's sake, in the darkness.  Choosing to be in a place of light means we can honestly deal with problems, but still have peace.  We need our people to shine a light where there was none, and turn from darkness as a way to hide our hurt. 
Comment by Michelle Morning Star Doherty on December 30, 2010 at 10:13am

Robbie Robertson's "It is a good day to die" celebrates our proud history - our Spirit lives!  Mx

Comment by Michelle Morning Star Doherty on December 30, 2010 at 10:09am

Dearest Chief Phil  and all at Four Worlds

The words of Chief Crazy Horse are imprinted upon my soul.  This is the time - may we all become one!

"Upon suffering beyond suffering, the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world.  
A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations.  A world longing for light again!  I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole earth will become one circle again . . .  I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells,
for when you are at that centre within you and I am at that place within me, we shall be one.”
Chief Crazy Horse, Oglala Sioux 1877

All my Relations! 

Michelle x

Comment by White-Bear on December 30, 2010 at 9:48am

Ich'-hi-yeah sik'-iz'u' Phil.


Comment by Stephen Bamford on December 30, 2010 at 9:25am
Thank you for this deep and profound reminder.  It is essential to remember these sad events with the mindset that says "Never again."  Many blessings -
Comment by Lulu Sliker on December 30, 2010 at 9:04am
It is in the remembering that we can walk forward with courage and be the change that we want to be. We do this that the children might live. Thanks again to you Phil.
Comment by Joanne on December 30, 2010 at 8:51am

Blessings to the men and women who fulfilled their destiny and completed their purpose.  I would like to remember them in their fullness of ascension to greatness upon reaching the Spirit world, knowing they did what they came to do. 

Peace, Love, Light


Comment by Judiann on December 30, 2010 at 2:32am
...Blessed are the peacemakers...  Thank you Brother Phil.
“...Today there is no greater glory for man than that of service in the cause of the Most Great Peace.  Peace is light, whereas war is darkness.  Peace is life; war is death. Peace is guidance; war is
error.  Peace is the foundation of God;  war is a satanic institution.  Peace is
the illumination of the world of humanity;  war is the destroyer of human
foundations.  When we consider outcomes in the world of existence, we find that
peace and fellowship are factors of upbuilding and betterment, whereas war and
strife are the causes of destruction and disintegration....”  ~ Sacred Writings

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