An Important Message From Chief Arvol Looking Horse

By Chief Arvol Looking Horse on Monday September 5th, 2016

A Call for United Prayer at Sacred Sites to Heal Mother Earth

This article is directly related to an unfolding battle taking place right now, with Native Americans in North Dakota gathered together to protect their sacred sites from an impending oil pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Nation has been joined by thousands of people making this protest the largest gathering of Native Americans in over 100 years. The contentious oil pipeline is a 4 billion dollar project that would disrupt a sacred burial ground and threaten water supplies. Thousands of people from across the U.S. and Canada have set up camp on the site and the cause has brought over 60 tribes together, reuniting the Great Sioux Nation. Chief Arvol Looking Horse, a spiritual leader of the Sioux Nation, is involved in the protection action.

I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, ask you to understand an Indigenous perspective on what has happened in America, what we call “Turtle Island.” My words seek to unite the global community through a message from our sacred ceremonies to unite spiritually, each in our own way.

We have been warned from ancient prophecies of these times we live in today, but have also been given a very important message about a solution to turn these terrible times.

To understand the depth of this message, you must recognize the importance of Sacred Sites and realize the interconnectedness of what is happening today, in reflection of the continued massacres that are occurring on other lands and our own Americas.

Recognizing the importance of Sacred Sites.

Since the Beginning of Time…

I have been learning about these important issues since the age of 12 when I received the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle and its teachings. Our people have strived to protect Sacred Sites from the beginning of time. These places have been violated for centuries and have brought us to the predicament that we are in at the global level.

Look around you. Our Mother Earth is very ill from these violations, and we are on the brink of destroying the possibility of a healthy and nurturing survival for generations to come, our children’s children.

Our ancestors have been trying to protect our Sacred Site called the Sacred Black Hills in South Dakota (“Heart of Everything That Is”) from continued violations. Our ancestors never saw a satellite view of this site, but now that those pictures are available, we see that it is in the shape of a heart and, when fast-forwarded, it looks like a heart pumping.

Our ancestors have been trying to protect our Sacred Sites.Our ancestors have been trying to protect our Sacred Sites.

The Balance of Life

The Diné have been protecting Big Mountain, calling it the liver of the earth. We are suffering, and going to suffer more, from the extraction of the coal there and the poisoning processes used in doing so.

The Aborigines have warned of the contaminating effects of global warming on the Coral Reefs, which they see as Mother Earth’s blood purifier.

The indigenous people of the rainforest say that the rainforests are the lungs of the planet and need protection.

The Gwich’in Nation in Alaska has had to face oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain, also known to the Gwich’in as “Where life begins.”

The coastal plain is the birthplace of many life forms of the animal nations. The death of these animal nations will destroy indigenous nations in this territory.

As these destructive developments continue all over the world, we will witness many more extinct animal, plant, and human nations, because of mankind’s misuse of power and their lack of understanding of the “balance of life.”

The Indigenous people warn that these destructive developments will cause havoc globally. There are many, many more indigenous teachings and knowledge about Mother Earth’s Sacred Sites, her chakras, and connections to our spirit, that will surely affect our future generations.

The Indigenous people warn that these developments will cause havoc globally.The Indigenous people warn that these developments will cause havoc globally.

Respecting the Source of Life

There needs to be a fast move toward other forms of energy that are safe for all nations upon Mother Earth (read more here). We need to understand the types of minds that are continuing to destroy the spirit of our whole global community. Unless we do this, the powers of destruction will overwhelm us.

Our Ancestors foretold that water would someday be for sale. Back then this was hard to believe, since the water was so plentiful, so pure, and so full of energy, nutrition and spirit. Today we have to buy pure water, and even then the nutritional minerals have been taken out; it’s just empty liquid. Someday water will be like gold, too expensive to afford.

Not everyone will have the right to drink safe water. We fail to appreciate and honor our Sacred Sites, ripping out the minerals and gifts that lay underneath them as if Mother Earth were simply a resource, instead of the source of life itself.

Attacking nations and using more resources to carry out destruction in the name of peace is not the answer! We need to understand how all these decisions affect the global nation; we will not be immune to its repercussions. Allowing continual contamination of our food and land is affecting the way we think.

Someday water will be like gold, too expensive to afford.Someday water will be like gold, too expensive to afford.

All in the Name of Power

A “disease of the mind” has affected world leaders and many members of our global community, with a belief that a solution of retaliation and destruction of peoples will bring peace.

In our prophecies, it is told that we are now at the crossroads: either we unite spiritually as a global nation, or we will be faced with chaos, disasters, diseases, and tears from our relatives’ eyes.

We are the only species that is destroying the source of life, meaning Mother Earth, in the name of power, mineral resources, and ownership of land. Using chemicals and methods of warfare that are doing irreversible damage, as Mother Earth is becoming tired and cannot sustain any more impacts of war.

I ask you to join me on this endeavor. Our vision is for the peoples of all continents, regardless of their beliefs in the Creator, to come together as one at their Sacred Sites to pray and meditate and commune with one another, thus promoting an energy shift to heal our Mother Earth and achieve a universal consciousness toward attaining Peace.

I ask you to join me on this endeavor.I ask you to join me on this endeavor.

The Crucial Choice

As each day passes, I ask all nations to begin a global effort, and remember to give thanks for the sacred food that has been gifted to us by our Mother Earth, so the nutritional energy of medicine can be guided to heal our minds and spirits.

This new millennium will usher in an age of harmony or it will bring the end of life as we know it. Starvation, war, and toxic waste have been the hallmark of the great myth of progress and development that ruled the last millennium.

To us, as caretakers of the heart of Mother Earth, falls the responsibility of turning back the powers of destruction. You yourself are the one who must decide.

You alone – and only you – can make this crucial choice, to walk in honor or to dishonor your relatives. On your decision depends the fate of the entire World.

You alone – and only you – can make this crucial choice, to walk in honor or to dishonor your relatives.You alone can choose to walk in honor or to dishonor your relatives.

You Are Needed

Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind.

Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of such terrible danger?

Know that you yourself are essential to this world. Understand both the blessing and the burden of that. You yourself are desperately needed to save the soul of this world. Did you think you were put here for something less? In a Sacred Hoop of Life, there is no beginning and no ending.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the author of White Buffalo Teachings. A tireless advocate of maintaining traditional spiritual practices, Chief Looking Horse is a member of Big Foot Riders, which memorializes the massacre of Big Foot’s band at Wounded Knee and the leader of an initiative to protect sacred sites

Read Next: Chief Arvol Looking Horse’s Message on Water and Prophecy Keeper calls to Protect Sacred Sites.

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Fran Thorburn
Fran Thorburn
I really connected to your article, thanks for sharing. I am on my own mission to help bring our diverse societies together in peace and hope by developing what I am calling “Weaving Cultural Ways – Sharing Cultural Tales”. The idea is, through social interaction with diverse cultures, to learn about and from each others traditions and customs. The idea of this is to break down misunderstandings and mistrust and hopefully build new friendships and allowing new business opportunities to evolve. I believe this idea can only work if important values of acceptance, respect, trust and a sense of equality… Read more »

IF people stop fearing the ultimate change THEN they will sign….


See – aActive Remedy they are working to raise awarebness and get the high mountain forests replanted. If this does not happen the whole water cycle will be impacted we have less than 40 years. All the corporates are seeing is water as a resource they can commodify, they as usual are not seing the whole picture http://www.activeremedy.org/about-us/


there is always such beauty in wisdom . I sought to learn the ways of this nations people when I was a late teen because my heart could feel their wisdom . I was out hiking around one spring in the mountains , with its crisp flowing waters and not knowing my mum really I felt the overwhelming beauty of the sacred and new my umbilical cord was connected to the mother , this earth .We all have the deed of wisdom with in us and this article reminds those listening of there seed that needs nourishment threw community .


Feeling sick with the truth of it! So overwhelming – trying to stay positive and grateful – but feeling defeated more and more each day!!

Marion Johnson

I just joined the worldwide peacemeditation and feel so connected to this words i am reading here now. it is not WE, destroying, it is WE, getting blind for what happens with us, blind to the brainwashing medias from rothschild and company. wake up, it is YOUR life. get informed, forget the TV and the newspaper, use your heart and intuition and start to LIVE…..

Dean Billett
Dean Billett

Water has memory and consciousness like us. Our thoughts effect water. We can make it happy or sad, just like the rocks and the trees and the animals and all life forms.
We must as a people rise now. This is it!!

If our thoughts and feelings can change the water, trust me we are very powerful beings, and they will be scared when we come for them. Our thoughts can and will destroy this evil presence.