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Raised by 14 people in 35 months
Oyate in Unity standing up against injustices this government has done towards us stealing our land and natural resources and against our Sacred Mother Earth Unci Maka. The Native Indigenous women of all Nations of this continent never signed Treaty. We are calling Counsel and Activation of all Tiospaye winyan. Catka winyan (Grandma Dorothy Sun Bear) This is a traveling council until we call the Tiospaye together. Lakota Winyan wanna engipe hel ogna

IMMEDIATE NEED: October 2nd, 2017

We’re trying to make a trip up North to visit with some Elder Lakota people but we need funds because we need to take gifts and we need at least $200 that would be gas to get there to visit one Elder and come home. If there is more money we can visit more Elders, but this one Elder specifically we need to go see. Right now we have like $50 and some beadwork and we’re going to make the trip and cruise on a prayer as we’ve always done. Your help would be the wind beneath our wings. We appreciate all the assistance.

-- Catka Winyan (Grandmother Dorothy Sun Bear)
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Currently, it is estimated that there are over 80 native women missing in South Dakota alone. Many are unreported due to lack of family or kinship ties. There isn’t a timeline or history to these cases. The number may be higher for North Dakota.

A lot of media and social media focus on the missing and murdered women of Canada, but there seems to be no difference or borders when it comes to missing and murdered women and men in the Dakotas either.

The Law enforcement agencies are not equipped or trained to deal with cases of the disappeared or the murdered. As it is, they are overwhelmed with all the meth and other drug activity and the homicides connected to these activities.

Most reservations are short-handed and under-funded.

There will be a Buffalo ceremony on April 11th at Green Grass, South Dakota starting at 10:00 am. This ceremony is symbolic of protecting women and children and remembering loved ones.

Buffalo heart and tongue will be served for lunch.

The afternoon is dedicated to speakers who wish to share their stories of remembrance for missing or murdered family members. There will be drums present for those who want to hold a memorial or honor song for loved ones.

Elders from the Oceti Sakowin will be present to bear witness to what happened to our people who are no longer here.

The next day, April 12th will be a traditional meeting to be held at the community hall.

The following day, Friday the 13th, there will be a ceremony for the Riders who are leaving for Ft. Laramie, Wyoming to bring awareness to the Treaties of the Lakota.

The riders will be leaving Saturday morning to ride the trail Big Foot took to Pine Ridge and will meet with other riders from other reservations and tribes at Ft. Robinson, Nebraska. From there they will travel to Ft. Laramie, Wyoming, arriving there April 28th with a meeting on the 29th, the 150th anniversary of the signing of the April 29th, 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty between the Lakota Nation (aka the Great Sioux Nation) and the United States Government.

Sweats are planned in Green Grass for four days before the riders leave. Food will be served from the 11th to the 13th.

We need prayers, support and donations for these events.

A block of rooms reserved for elders and dignitaries: $2000.00

Gas monies estimated for elders and dignitaries: $2000.00

Drum groups: (5×$200) five drum groups for day $1000.00

Food: (To feed five hundred) $1500.00

Paper products: $500.00

Pay cooks for three days: $1000.00

Giveaways for elders and dignitaries: $1000.00

Port potties: $800.00

Miscellaneous: $1000.00

Total: $10,800.00


Martina Looking Horse
421 3rd Avenue W.,
Mobridge, SD 57601

Martina said the Elders asked to add that the public is invited and are requested to bring their own chairs.

Ivan Looking Horse is the contact person for the ride (605-407-6266) and Vivian High Elk (605-964-6880) is the contact person for the Treaty Meeting; and Martina Looking Horse is contact person for the Buffalo Ceremony.

Green Grass is an international place of worship and neutral ground.

Dress code is in effect for the ceremonies and meeting.

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Dear Relatives, I am writing from South Dakota. Hope everyone is keeping warm. My name is Martina Looking Horse and I have been a writer and an activist for native rights for most of my life. Today I am asking for help with my living expenses, mostly my rent. It is difficult to get help for natives in this part of the country. Most of us live ten times or more below poverty level. We have to face stereotypes, racism, racial profiling and other debilitating factors on a daily basis. We depend on our spiritual strength to keep us going in face of adversity. I met many good people at the Water Protectors’ camp and realized warriors come from many different cultures and races and touched our lives in many different ways. I almost died from respiratory infection because of the chemicals that were sprayed on us with crop dusters. I have lifelong asthma and respiratory problems now. I hope someone can find it in their hearts to help me with my ongoing expenses, medical and living expenses.

There is a prophecy that says a single ray of light will emanate from the plains and illuminate the world. I believe that to be true when all races came together to pray for our Grandmother Earth and the future generations at the Standing Rock Water Protector Camps. Sure maybe they were razed down but our spirit and our prayers live on. Pilamiyapi

Martina Looking Horse


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Read what was happening; but the water is getting turned back on!!!! Yeah!!!


This Holiday Season, right now, we have an emergency funding request for one of our Elder Grandmothers who has had her water shut off today, December 27th, and needs $159 to get it turned back on.

To help this Lakota grandmother, please phone the Mobridge Water Company at 605-845-2102 and pay what you can towards the $159 for the account of Lois Looking Horse, 421 3rd Avenue W., Mobridge, SD 57601. Wopila
Not a very Merry Holiday notice...
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This Lakota Women Standing Up work has Catka Winyan/Dorothy Sun Bear and Justin and I with Martina Looking Horse and her husband, Del. Thanks to those whose donations have gone in the gas tank thus far to move this journey forward. Now that we are in consensus on the imperative need for the Lakota Women to Stand Up for the Healing of the Nation and the Mending of the Sacred Hoop we are journeying to Green Grass to go in to Sweat Lodge so that our steps and words are in harmony with the will of Creator as these Lakota Women stand up for All.

As this Journey is funded by your support we would appreciate your contribution. "We're cruising on a prayer. We have no money in our pockets," says Catka Winyan and we hope you all can help us with raising the $200 for that which we need to go into lodge plus $100 for gas. Wopila
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Raised by 14 people in 35 months
Created January 27, 2016
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Deanna Rhoades
19 months ago

Helping the elder needing labor for pump installation. Wish it could be more.

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