(Editor’s Note: Rev. Antal has answered “the call to Standing Rock” and will be joining other faith leaders this Sunday, Dec. 4, for an Interfaith Day of Prayer at the Oceti Sakowin Camp.)
From Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle,
Spiritual Leader of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations
Pray with Us, Oceti Sakowin Camp
Sunday, December 4, 2016
“The hearts of all people’s faiths must now unite in believing we can change the path we are now on. We, from heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the world to unite for our children’s future. Already we have witnessed many nations of life are now dying because of contamination: those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, the plant nation, the four legged, and now the two legged.
We are asking the religious people to come and support our youth, to stand side by side with them, because they are standing in prayer. If you can find it in your heart, pray with them and stand beside them. The police department and National Guard would listen to each and every one of you.
This is a very serious time we are in. I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel this is long overdue. It is time that all of us become leaders to help protect the sacred upon Mother Earth. She is the source of life and not a resource.
In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning.”
In response to Chief Arvol Looking Horse’s invitation, local faith leaders have been working closely with organizers of the Oceti Sakowin Camp to welcome all people of faith and conviction to join in this important day of prayer and solidarity.