Chief Arvol Looking Horse Calls for collective prayer ahead of Standing Rock Camp removals

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, and 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, is calling on religious leaders from all traditions to pray together at 1 pm PST (4 pm EST) on Wednesday, February 22 — at the time law enforcement is set to move in and clear the camps at Standing Rock.

“My heart is heavy today, for what we are all facing together with tomorrow’s deadline in the removal of the Standing Rock’s Camps,” he wrote on Facebook Tuesday morning. 

On December 4, Chief Looking Horse gathered hundreds of people from all different faith traditions for the Interfaith Day of Prayer at Standing Rock. Several URI members were at Oceti Sakowin for the day of prayer and over 1,000 people sent written prayers to be given to the tribal council.

Today, Chief Looking Horse is calling us to pray again. 

“Because of the seriousness of this situation, I humbly would like to once again call upon all the Religious/Spiritual Leaders, URI and the People who traveled to Standing Rock’s sacred fire on December 4th. Pray with us at your Own sacred places for Mother Earth, her Mni wic’oni (water of life) and the protection of our People who are still at the Standing Rock Camps,” 

You can read his full call to prayer here: