August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Sunday, June 20, 2010

IEN: Demand Environmental & Climate Justice Now!

Naomi Klein: Gulf oil spill: A hole in the world

Gulf oil spill: A hole in the world
The Deepwater Horizon disaster is not just an industrial accident – it is a violent wound inflicted on the Earth itself. In this special report from the Gulf coast, a leading author and activist shows how it lays bare the hubris at the heart of capitalism
Naomi Klein The Guardian, Saturday 19 June 2010

Chief Arvol Looking Horse: The Oil Spill and Bleeding of Grandmother Earth

Chief Arvol Looking Horse: A Great Urgency

To All World Religious and Spiritual Leaders

My Relatives,

Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders. I

ask you this from the bottom of my heart, to come together from the Spirit

of your Nations in prayer.

We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World; we

are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color,

which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things. As

I am sending this message to you, many Animal Nations are being threatened,

those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, and the plant Nations,

eventually all will be affect from the oil disaster in the Gulf.

The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit. The

catastrophe that has happened with the oil spill which looks like the

bleeding of Grandmother Earth, is made by human mistakes, mistakes that we

cannot afford to continue to make.

I asked, as Spiritual Leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with

the whole of our Global Communities. My concern is these serious issues will

continue to worsen, as a domino effect that our Ancestors have warned us of

in their Prophecies.

I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers

for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue. I believe we as

Spiritual people must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to

allow the healing of the many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth.

As we honor the Cycle of Life, let us call for Prayer circles globally to

assist in healing Grandmother Earth (our Unc'I Maka).

We ask for prayers that the oil spill, this bleeding, will stop. That the

winds stay calm to assist in the work. Pray for the people to be guided in

repairing this mistake, and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we

make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.

As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected. And that

what we create can have lasting effects on all life.

So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer. Along

with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember June 21st, World

Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural

site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us

make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our

children¹s future and well-being, and the generations to come.

Onipikte (that we shall live),

Chief Arvol Looking Horse

19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe