By Brenda Norrell
WELLKNOWN BUFFALO, Montana -- Outside Crow Voices Radio station today, at Wellknown Buffalo on the Crow Nation, Trunson Big Hair prepares teepee pole stakes, in preparation for the Crow Fair, coming up during the third week in August.
Here at the non-profit Center Pole there's a new espresso coffee shop, with fresh roasted coffee, along with a new radio station. The program for Crow children was held this summer, while a Thrift Store meets many needs.
Crow Voices Radio was created with the help of Govinda at Earthcycles, with support from the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development.
During August, Crow Voices is rebroadcasting talks and interviews from the 16th Annual Protecting Mother Earth Gathering of the Indigenous Environmental Network, held on the land of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, July 28-31, 2011.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota, joined Wixirika from northern Mexico fighting the First Majestic Silver Corp. of Canada targeting their sacred lands.
Scott Baker, Hidatsa, accepted the Fire from the 15th Gathering from Chet Stevens, Western Shoshone. Baker lit the Sacred Fire for the 16th IEN Protecting Mother Earth Gathering.
Mayan Tata Cecilio Tuyuc Sucuc from Guatemala was among those gathered for prayer. The Mayan Keeper of the Calendar spoke of ceremonies in preparation for the year 2012 and the need to plant traditional seeds and avoid genetically modified seeds.
As heavy trucks clogged the highways, and dust and gas flaring clogged the air, Kandi Mossett of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara urged those gathered to call the BIA and speak out against the planned 3,000 oil and gas wells.
Clayton Thomas Muller, Cree, pressed for a halt to the Alberta tar sands and the pipeline planned for the US. Faith Gemmill, Gwich'in, joined Houma Chief Brenda Dardar Robichaux of Louisiana to expose the long lasting damages of oil drilling and oil spills for Native people.
Navajos exposed the loss of aquifer water from Peabody Coal's mining on Black Mesa and new uranium mining targeting Navajolands.
Among the hundreds gathered was Anishinabe Water Walker and Elder Josephine Mandamin who spoke on the sacred nature of water and her walks around the Great Lakes.
The Gathering revealed destructive energy scams of Greenwashing, such as carbon credits. Bradley Angel of Greenaction revealed false solutions targeting Indian country, including waste incinerators.
Meanwhile, at Wellknown Buffalo, on the land where her grandmother shared camping space with travelers, Center Pole founder Peggy White Wellknown Buffalo says, "Just as the center pol of the Sun Dance is the place where prayers are answered, the Center Pole is a place for Native American youths to find help, hope, guidance and new possibilities."
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