Defenders of the Sacred: Through the years, defenders of the sacred, on the frontline, have shared their stories with us. Here are a few of them. James Main, Chief Johnny Jackson, and Thomas Banyacya gathered on the Navajo Nation in Dilkon and gave birth to a new movement upholding inherent rights and defending the sacred. Robert Free, shown on horseback on left at Wounded Knee, brought heating oil to Indian country from Venezuela. It was Robert's tipi on Alcatraz. Red Warrior Debra White Plume, Lakota, gave the Lewis and Clark Expedition a symbolic blanket of smallpox in South Dakota, as the American Indian Movement told the pretenders to leave. Carter Camp, Ponca, at Wounded Knee. Kahentinetha, publisher of Mohawk Nation News, and Thomas Square, Mohawk Warriors on the southern border.
In Memory of Thomas Banyacya, Hopi spiritual leader; Chief Johnny Jackson, Yakama Nation in Washington, fishing rights champion; James Main, defender, Gros Ventre in Montana; Debra White Plume, Lakota from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Red Warrior fighting for the people; Carter Camp, Ponca, American Indian Movement, Wounded Knee; Yaqui Ceremonial Leader Jose Matus, who joined delegations to Chiapas and Bolivia; Tomas Rojo, Yoeme Water Protector (Yaqui spokesman for Vicam Traditional Authority in Sonora, Mexico) brutally assassinated; Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone fighting for the land, fighting for the people; Lakota Floyd Westerman, singer, American Indian Movement, and Native rights champion; and Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Lakota in South Dakota, Water Protector, pipeline fighter and defender of the land and people.