The Sacred Horses from the Pine Ridge Reservation
that have been confiscated by the Tribal government will be sold at the slaughter house on Mothers Day
Following is the slaughter house info:
Statement by David Swallow, Jr., (Wowitan Yuha Mani)
Teton Lakota Spiritual Leader, Sun dance Chief of the
Medicine Wheel Sun dance, and a Headman of the
Lakota Nation Band of Wana Way Gu (Broken Bow)
Statement Date; May 3rd 2010
Transcribed To and edited by Keith Rabin and Allison
Hau, Mitakuyepi na Mita Kola. [ Hello. Greetings my
relatives and my friends. ]
My name is Dave Swallow Jr. My Lakota name is Wowitan
Uha Mani, Walks With Pride. I'm a Lakota. I live on the
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation [South Dakota]. I was born
and raised there. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is The
United States Prisoner of War Camp Number 344. That's
where I was born and raised.
We are the People of the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota
People. We have adopted the Sacred Horse, [ Sunka
Wakan ] into our nation and into our families. It is part of
who we are. It is hard in our ways to remember our lives
with out our Horses. They are part of our family. We give
them names and honor them. They take part in our
ceremonies. They are part of our lives, not only for
transportation but also the Sunka Wakan help heal our
minds, bodies and spirits.
Sunka is the Lakota word for "dog". Before the horse,
Sunka helped us with our transportation. They also are
our family members. When Sunka Wakan, the "Sacred
Horse" came, it became a blessing a gift from our
Creator to be forever in our lives.
Today, our grandchildren and children still need the
Sunka Wakan for our healings of body, mind and spirit.
Some of the grandparents and parents save their money
for months just to buy a colt, a Sunka Wakan for their
children and grandchildren. This keeps our children and
grandchildren away from alcohol, drugs and gang
activities. This why we need our Sunka Wanka is part of
But today, in 2010, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council at the
Pine Ridge Agency created their own laws against the
People of the Reservations and one of these new laws is
against our Sacred Horse [ Sunka Wakan ]. Two
Councilmen from the Porcupine District of the Pine Ridge
have spear headed this law. The whole Tribal Council
supports it. Without asking the People on the Pine Ridge
Reservation to whom they are to represent, they created
new Park Ranger positions on the Reservation to
confiscate the People's horses, impound the Sacred
Horses of the People and then charge the owners an
outrageous amount of money to get their horses back.
It seems they have no intent to return the Horses to the
Every other foreign nation conquered by the United
States has received huge efforts towards rehabilitation
and rebuilding. Yet, while the U.S. cries about 20%
unemployment, we have 80% unemployment. We
remain isolated and have living conditions which are as
bad as or worse than any third world country. Our life
expectancy is only 48 years old for men and 52 years
old for women.
On March 2, 1889, the Senate and House of
Representatives of the United States of America
established the Reservations. They said we are to live
here on the Reservations, hunt and fish without any
permits and the Reservations were established as "Open
Range" without any fences. It seems to the " The
People" [ The Lakota Oyate ] that the Oglala Sioux Tribal
Council has forgotten these rules set by the Senate of
the United States of America and has taken upon itself
some goal of not only hurting the Horse itself but the
People and the families of the Lakota People .
This is a Reservation. We are NOT living in a park or a
National park. It is the land of the People. We already
have the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Police, the Oglala
Sioux Tribal (OST) Public Safety Law Enforcement, the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S.
Marshals watching over us. I believe we Lakota Oyate
have enough jurisdiction watching over us . Now come
the Oglala Sioux Park Rangers, confiscating our Sacred
Horses and arresting us if we don't cooperate. The
Oglala Sioux Park Rangers are selling our horses to local
ranchers (who then sell them to slaughter houses for
slaughter) or the OST Rangers sell our horses directly to
slaughter houses. THIS NEEDS TO BE STOPPED AND
RETURN OUR Sacred Horses returned back to the
We are the People of the Sacred Horse. It is as much to
our lives as your cars and trucks are to yours.
We have a treaty council, a council of elders, all kinds of
councils but none of them are effective. The government
and state have kept us hungry and distracted with their
projects which accomplish very little. But they need to
know. If we are to survive, people need to understand.
When were talking about the Black Hills, its not just the
land that was lost but our way of life. Its not just money.
Money is the least important thing. We have lost our
way of life.
When we talk about the Sacred Horses, It is not about
only Horses it is about everything.
Ho hecetu yelo, I have spoken these words.
David Swallow, Wowitan Yuha Mani
Porcupine, South Dakota - Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
WAYS THAT YOU MIGHT HELP:
Forward to others on your email list(s)
Post on social networking sites
If you have National Media contacts please contact them
If you know prominent people please contact them.
Your help is urgently needed to get the word out. If you
like horses (or any animals) people all over Turtle Island
need to know what is happening and the tribal council
needs to know that the world is watching. To date 2800
horses have been confiscated and 1,000 sold off to
If you are able to help please contact me via email at:
Contact Governor Rounds
Office of the Governor
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Now that the horses are off the Reservation we can ask
the Governor to intervene.
to email you must go to this url and click contact.
*This was first seen by me on FaceBook. I called my neice who lives in Wanblee and owns many horses and she tells me this is not a widespread, wholesale rounding up of horses, but it is done in cases where it is evident that the horses are being abused or neglected. We'll wait and see what comes of this and if it does indeed continue.
Goose Creek Indian Reserve
Saturday, May 8, 2010
The Sacred Horses from the Pine Ridge Reservation
Posted by Goose Creek Indian Reserve at 9:58 AM
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Filed Under: Opinion
The old saying that one should never discuss politics or religion may have made sense 50 years ago, but in the year 2010 politics and religion are in the forefront of every conversation.
The 24/7 news channels and blogs are filled with stories highlighting the religious differences of Muslims and Christians and the two political parties in Washington, D. C. have become so partisan that a Democrat or a Republican would be humiliated to even be seen having lunch together. Muslims are killing Americans and vice versa.
The venomous hatred of politicians and religious zealots has become so acrid that it will certainly lead to violence and even death. Stop for a minute and ask yourself this question: What will happen in America if some fanatic embraces the hysterical rants of far left or far right groups and assassinates President Barack Obama?
How many of us recall the riots that rocked America after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.? If President Obama is killed because of the fanaticism that seems to be embracing the radical movement, I dread the consequences.
In order to stop a political movement assassination is the tool of record. Where would America be today if assassination had not claimed John and Robert Kennedy, or of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.? We’ll never know the answer to that question and the big losers are Americans from all walks of life. Generations of Americans have been deprived of their leadership and their visions of a better America.
More than 3,000 Americans died on September 11, 2001 because of the religious fanaticism of Jihadists who fervently believe that America is on a mission to destroy Muslims. Each month a near disaster is uncovered or prevented involving the religious zealot’s intent on punishing America. And so far America has been lucky, but how long will that luck hold?
There are ears and minds picking up on all of the racist and political jargon of hatred clogging our news networks and blogs and one day a misguided individual will act in a bad way to fulfill his or her fantasies. The hatred wasn’t nearly as acrid as it is today when John Hinckley. Jr., nearly assassinated President Ronald Reagan. You can bet your bottom dollar that somewhere in the land of the free and the home of the brave, a dark and sick mind is plotting to assassinate our president even now.
The assassination of political or tribal leaders goes back even beyond Julius Caesar. In America the assassination of American Indian leaders has a long history and sadly their deaths, in most cases, were brought upon them by their own people and happened because of jealousy or of fear that this leader would take the people in a direction other than the one envisioned by the assassin.
The fearful and legendary Sitting Bull, a Hunkpapa Lakota, was assassinated by tribal police when he resisted arrest on trumped up charges. The great warrior and leader Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota, was assassinated after surrendering and bringing his followers to Fort Robinson in Nebraska Territory.
Sitting Bull was living peacefully on his own land when he was shot to death. His words still had the power to motivate his people and with the Ghost Dance, a religious movement raging across the Plains, there was great fear that Sitting Bull would choose the side of the Dancers.
Crazy Horse brought his followers to Fort Robinson because he had been promised he would be given a reservation for his people. The buffalo herds had been demolished and his people were starving and saving them was the reason he surrendered only to be bayoneted to death because he did not want to be pushed into a jail cell.
And so through the centuries, even in a new and growing America, religion and politics have played an important factor in creating laws and of bringing change. The perceived loss of religious freedom or the fear of political change can be powerful motivators for determined and fanatical zealots.
The assassinations of Benazir Bhutto, Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, and Anwar El Sadat happened because of political and religious fervor gone mad. Every American should understand that this Nation is beginning to reek of political and religious fanaticism that can surely lead to an attempt upon the life of President Obama and it has got to stop.
I stand in fear of watching this great Nation ripped apart should such a heinous act take place. And I repeat, this madness needs to come to an end.
Wopila Tanka to Mr. Giaco for having written this.
Posted by Goose Creek Indian Reserve at 1:38 PM
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
This was a good man, husband, father and a relative and he will be missed.
Toksa Akhe, Kola....
I would ask that anyone who knew Gern to please make a contribution here by posting a comment.
Posted by Goose Creek Indian Reserve at 8:20 AM
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Something has happened recently that has given me a renewed outlook on these pages. I will go further into that on March 7th. That will allow an appropriate length of time to adjust to some new if unwanted changes that have found their way to the people of Goose Creek. Until then, Toksa Akhe MitakuyeOyapi.
Posted by Goose Creek Indian Reserve at 1:44 PM
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
At this point I believe it is appropriate to talk about our most Holy Instrument. Our Sacred Pipe....or Canunpa(cha-nun-pa) To be very blunt, to us the Pipe is as Jesus Christ to a christian. It is the most Holy of Holies. It is our direct connection to Wakan Tanka....The Great Mystery....The Creator of all things. It is truly wakan.
The Pipe is at the center of all things ceremonial as was taught to the people by the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman, many, many winters before the horse came to the Lakotah. It is the center of our spiritual lives. Every ceremony or gathering is centered around the Pipe and the teachings that accompany it.
It is not everyone that carries a canunpa. It is an obligation to which you are called,and not an easy one to carry out. As a Pipe Carrier, a higher level of conduct is expected of such a one. A Pipe Carrier must be a strong heart, and a man/woman of the people. Acting for the best interest of the people or community. A person of respect who can be counted on to do whatever is required in furthering the peoples well being.
We must be very careful in the handling of our canunpa,as well as its storage. We must never take up our Pipe with a bad heart. Being angry, jealous or with malicious thoughts. We must be clean in body, heart and mind . The Canunpa is also not for show or display, so as to say "look at me, Im a Pipe Carrier. The Pipe gives to us, yes, but we also must give to it. We give the Pipe honor and respect....using it in a good and holy manner and it gives us the comfort of knowing it is there for us in times of need. It will protect us as it protects itself from misuse. Have pity on the one who misuses the Pipe for it will turn on you and all those nearest to you as sure as the sun will rise in the morning. I know of such a one who has chosen to corrupt the use of the pipe for his own benefit,to make him look like a bigshot, the center of attention....and friends....his life is miserable. Oh, not for him, but the people around him all suffer illnesses of one sort or another....always sick and ailing. Thats how it works. You misuse the Sacred Canunpa and you get to see all the ones dearest to you suffer....and if in the end, you still dont get it....well, then its your turn. The Pipe will not be abused. It will protect itself....always.
When we pray, we pray with the Pipe in our hands....loaded. We load the pipe in a prayerful, solemn way by honoring the six directions. By doing this....everything in creation is included in the pipe. We then offer our prayers or have our ceremony and afterward or at some predetermined point during the ceremony, we light and smoke the pipe. By doing this....we release the prayers that are now in the pipe and we also make our breath....our prayers visible to Wakan Tanka,our mother the Earth and the four cardinal directions and the spirits who dwell there. The smoking actually sends up the prayers and needs to be heard and fulfilled. If we are acting alone we smoke the pipe till it is empty or in a group we will send it around the circle. It is right to allow all in attendance to have a chance to pray with the pipe. This is the way of it....the way I was taught.
Posted by Goose Creek Indian Reserve at 9:01 PM
Links You Should Visit
- Goose Creek Indian Reserve
- Georgetown, Delaware, United States
- This is a place where good , likeminded people gather so as to carry on in the traditions of our ancestors. To keep the old ways and customs alive....both social and spiritual. We gather regularly for ceremony, feasting and learning. I hope someday you'll join us. Mitakuye Oyasin.