Monday

I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, ask you to understand an Indigenous perspective on what has happened in America, what we call "Turtle Island.

" My words seek to unite the global community through a message from our sacred ceremonies to unite spiritually, each in our own ways of beliefs in the Creator.

We have been warned from ancient prophecies of these times we live in today, but have also been given a very important message about a solution to turn these terrible times.

To understand the depth of this message you must recognize the importance of Sacred Sites and realize the interconnectedness of what is happening today, in reflection of the continued injustices that are occurring on other lands and our own Americas.

I have been learning about these important issues since the age of 12 when I received the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle and its teachings. Our people have strived to protect Sacred Sites from the beginning of time. These places have been violated for centuries and have brought us to the predicament that we are in at the global level.


Look around you. Our Mother Earth is very ill, and we are on the brink of destroying the possibility of a healthy and nurturing survival for generations to come, our children's children.

Our ancestors have been trying to protect our Sacred Site called the Sacred Black Hills in South Dakota, "Heart of Everything That Is," from continued violations. Our ancestors never saw a satellite view of this site, but now that those pictures are available, we see that it is in the shape of a heart and, when fast-forwarded, it looks like a heart pumping.


The Diné have been protecting Big Mountain, calling it the liver of the earth, and we are suffering and going to suffer more from the extraction of the coal there and the poisoning processes used in doing so.

The Aborigines have warned of the contaminating effects of global warming on the Coral Reefs, which they see as Mother Earth's blood purifier.

The indigenous people of the rainforest say that the rainforests are the lungs of the planet and need protection.


The Gwich'in Nation in Alaska has had to face oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain, also known to the Gwich'in as "Where life begins."

The coastal plain is the birthplace of many life forms of the animal nations. The death of these animal nations will destroy indigenous nations in this territory.

As these destructive ways continue all over the world, we will witness many more extinct animal, plant, and human nations, because of mankind's misuse of power and their lack of understanding of the "balance of life."


The Indigenous people warn that these destructive developments will cause havoc globally. There are many, many more indigenous teachings and knowledge about Mother Earth's Sacred Sites, her chakras, and connections to our spirit that will surely affect our future generations.

There needs to be a fast move toward other forms of energy that are safe for all nations upon Mother Earth. We need to understand the types of minds that are continuing to destroy the spirit of our whole global community.

Our Ancestors foretold that water would someday be for sale. Back then this was hard to believe, since the water was so plentiful, so pure, and so full of energy, nutrition and spirit. Today we have to buy pure water, and even then the nutritional minerals have been taken out; it's just empty liquid. Someday water will be like gold, too expensive to afford.



In our prophecies it is told that we are now at the crossroads: Either unite spiritually as a global nation.

We are the only species that is destroying the source of life, meaning Mother Earth.

I ask you to join me on this endeavor. Our vision is for the peoples of all continents, regardless of their beliefs in the Creator, to come together as one at their Sacred Sites to pray and meditate and commune with one another, thus promoting an energy shift to heal our Mother Earth and achieve a universal consciousness toward attaining Peace.


As each day passes, I ask all nations to begin a global effort, and remember to give thanks for the sacred food that has been gifted to us by our Mother Earth, so the nutritional energy of medicine can be guided to heal our minds and spirits.

To us, as caretakers of the heart of Mother Earth.


On your decision depends the fate of the entire World.

Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind.

Know that you yourself are essential to this world. Understand both the blessing and the burden of that. You yourself are desperately needed to save the soul of this world. Did you think you were put here for something less? In a Sacred Hoop of Life, there is no beginning and no ending.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the author of White Buffalo Teachings. A tireless advocate of maintaining traditional spiritual practices, Chief Looking Horse is a member of Big Foot Riders.

Written By Chief Arvol Looking Horse
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Sunday

The possible construction of a pipeline may threaten a North Dakota Native-American tribe's water. Members from Crow Agency are heading to North Dakota to help protest.

This morning, Crow Nation Native-Americans say they believe history is repeating itself. They say treaty rights are being violated by Congress in North Dakota.

"Learn from your grandfather's and your great-grandfather's mistakes. Don't do what they did to my grandfathers and my great-grandfathers. Lets not repeat what was done in the 1800's, lets not repeat what was done in the early 1900's," Wade Driftwood said.

Driftwood is half Crow, half Hunkpapa Lakota Iwata. His family is from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota.

"Lets figure out another way, lets work together and figure something else out," he said.

Making the Dakota Access Pipeline threat, become a personal matter for him.

Crow Nation Chairman, Darrin Old Coyote says they want to stand with Sioux tribe.


The pipeline would run through the Missouri River, violating treaty rights according to Old Coyote, causing possible contamination to the tribe's water.

"We're standing in solidarity, standing in support of them by donating items," Old Coyote said.

Old Coyote says they're going to North Dakota with buffalo meat, water, firewood and camping gear for Sioux.


"People say "you guys are suppose to be enemies," but that's not the case. We're one race of people, we're Native-Americans, we're indigenous, we're from this land and for another tribe to be treated this way, it's only right to stand beside them," Old Coyote said.

According to Old Coyote, there are over 2,000 people protesting. There's also dozens of tribes uniting for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
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A picture of canine devotion, a Cocker Spaniel stands loyally by the coffin of his owner, one of the 290 people killed in Italy’s earthquake.

The dog, called Flash, refused to leave the spot, repeatedly pawing at the casket that held the body of his master. It was yet another touching image to emerge from a natural disaster that has left so much heartache and grief.

Flash’s owner was Andrea Cossu, 45, who was on holiday in the village of Pescara del Tronto when he was killed by a collapsing building.

“The two of them were inseparable,” relatives told the Italian media.

The picture was a striking reminder of the bonds between man’s best friend and their owners – a connection epitomised by the story of Greyfriars Bobby, the Victorian dog that held a 14-year vigil at the grave of his master in Edinburgh. The Skye terrier could not bear to leave his master's body and remained by his grave from 1858 to 1872. His owner was said to be John Gray, a local policeman.

The dog is commemorated in Edinburgh with a life-size statue.

Flash will now be looked after by Mr Cossu’s wife, who survived the quake.


Dozens of survivors owe their lives to the police and fire service sniffer dogs who were deployed within hours of the quake striking on Wednesday.


The dogs, among them Labradors and Alsatians, scoured the piles of rubble in search of signs of life underneath, closely watched by their handlers.
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Meet fifth Miss Native American USA, Ashley Susan from Whiteriver, Arizona representing the White Mountain Apache and Walker River Paiute Tribes.

Susan is a full-time student at Glendale Community College and is planning on transferring to Arizona State University to pursue an Engineering degree.

Susan's platform is to spread the message of the importance of physical health among the Native American communities.

The annual pageant recognizes and supports Native American women in the United States by helping them to "develop leadership skills alongside giving back to their Native communities through volunteering."

Community involvement is key to the program. Hyatt, who won last year's pageant, is a dental hygienist of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and works for Cherokee, North Carolina's Indian Health Services. She spent her reign promoting oral health on reservations and in other Native communities across the country.

The majority of the eight contestants who've made it this far in the competition are from Arizona, including Whiteriver's Ashley Susan (White Mountain Apache, Walker River Paiute)-WINNER, Fort Apache Indian Reservation's Danya Sancia Carroll (White Mountain Apache, Navajo), Coal Mine Canyon's Lyla Hatathlie (Navajo), and Flagstaff's Taylor Adriana Harvey (Navajo).

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Saturday

The world's oldest man has been named as an Indonesian who is believed to be a staggering 145-years-old – but who wants to die.

 Mbah Gotho has emerged from obscurity with documentation recognised by Indonesian officials revealing he was born on December 31, 1870.

He has outlived all 10 of his siblings as well as his four wives, the last of whom died in 1988.

All of his children have also died, and now he is survived by his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

If correct, that makes him significantly older than the verified oldest person in the world ever, a title that belongs to French woman Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122. The super-senior citizen from Sragen, Central Java, was recently interviewed by regional reporters, and he said he has been through it all and would not mind passing on.

"What I want is to die," he said. "My grandchildren are all independent." Suryanto, Mbah’s grandson, said his grandfather has been preparing for his death ever since he was 122, but it never seemed to come.


He said: "The gravestone there was made in 1992. That was 24 years ago." Staff at the Indonesian records office say they have confirmed Mbah’s birthdate, which is specified on his Indonesian ID card as December 31, 1870.


Whether or not he will ever be listed as the world's oldest man however is open to question, as the paperwork has so far not been independently verified. When asked what his secret to longevity is, Mbah replied: "The recipe is just patience."
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