P. O. Box 2003, Rapid City, SD 57709 Phone: (605) 399 -1868
Oct. 30, 2008
“Prayer Gatherings to Protect Sacred Places and Children”
Two (2) Prayer Gatherings are scheduled for Nov. 7th & 8th to protect sacred sites and burial places, and a third on Nov. 9th for the good health of the children on the Standing Rock Reservation.
On Friday, Nov. 7th, a Prayer Gathering will be held at approximately 2:30 PM at the sacred site at the base of the Riley Pass Mine in the north Cave Hills area. The turnoff to the mine is a mile north of Ludlow, SD. Young people are asked NOT to attend as this sacred place and burial site is polluted with radioactivity. The prayers are for the healing and protection of this place that was used for thousands of years by the Sioux, Mandan, Hidatsa, Cheyenne, and Crow to name a few of the nations that came here for vision quests and burials. The area was destroyed in the 1950-60s for open-pit uranium mining.
On Saturday, Nov. 8th, another Prayer Gathering will be conducted at approximately 10:30 AM at the Turtle Effigy in the West Mine Area located about a quarter of a mile west of the administrative offices of Coteau Property Inc. coal fired power plant. The power plant is located a few miles north of Beulah, ND. More than 1500 cultural sites are located in this area slated for strip mining of coal. The prayers are for the healing and protection of this place as well as for all the sites that were destroyed in the past across the highway to the east where the power plant is currently located. Many burials of Lakota Sioux people are located in this area from the Battle at the Killdeer Mountains. This place is also sacred to the Mandan, Hidatsa, Crow, and Yanktonai Dakota.
Sunday, Nov. 9th, in McLaughlin, SD, another Prayer Gathering will be held about 10:00 AM to pray for the health of the children of the Standing Rock Reservation. Cell phone towers are being planned near areas with large numbers of children and are detrimental to their health.
All of these events are open to the public.
For more information call Charmaine White Face, Coordinator at 605-399-1868.