On Defending Sacred Sites

by September 27, 2010

Cihuapilli Rose Amador talks with activist Wounded Knee De Ocampo and Native Voice TV, still photographer,Cipactzin David Romero about the desecration of sacred sites on Turtle Island and the importance of standing up to defend them.

There is an alarming number of sacred sites in danger of being desecrated or destroyed throughout the United States and Canada today. Among them:

As long as corporations and governments are allowed to violate our basic rights and do whatever they want on our lands without our consent, this list of sacred sites can only grow longer. And then it's only a matter of time before they're simply gone. One by one, they will be desecrated, plowed over, dumped on, blown out and converted into picnic areas and other useless things that nobody cares about.

We have to protect these sacred sites. And, as Wounded Knee says in this video, we have to come together to do it. Even if we believe in all these paper-thin jurisdictions; because, in the end, we are all Onkwehonwe, the Original Peoples of Turtle Island.

  • Thunderbeing
    September 27, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Time and time again i as well as you all have been a witness to the desecration of our sacred sites,such disrespect these people have.I have foreseen that the more and more the sites get desecrated the more and more turtle island will be collectively punished by the living planet and her ancient and most powerful allies.It hurts me to see all the storms pounding the populations around turtle island for so many get hurt when the wrath of the great spirits and our beloved living planet strike back.For many moons now i have been speaking of an impending war between nature against man but now i cannot say anymore that it is impending but that it is here and the war is here between nature and man and man does not hold a candle to natures wrath and natures fury.batten down the hatches my people this winter for it will be a doozy stock up and prepare they have created an imbalance with this ongoing attack of our sacred sites that i absolutely agree with.That too i have been speaking of for years now please heed this warning my people for the winds of war are here on Turtle island and we must prepare.The rich white man and that one black man would not heed the warnings which means they planned it knowing that mankind will be collectively punished for their insolence.I feel that they know exactly what they are doing they want mankind to be wiped out they want to see man kinds numbers dwindle to fit their agenda but what they too must understand is that they will lose billions in infrastructure damage their beloved money will be at a lose for they will be paying threw the teeth to fix up the states and provinces that will be affected from the coming winds of war.We tried as a collective my people they would not heed now watch what happens.I am a shaman creator and i ask you my people to spread the word to the tribes and the clans to stock up and batten down the hatches for they chose to go to war against a titan of a planet and now she and her allies are striking back.


  • Stephanie Poole
    September 28, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I would like to add to your list of sacred sites in danger of being desecrated or destroyed: Tsankui Theda at Kache/Desnedthche, sacred to the Denesoline of Lutsel K'e/Kache Dene First Nation, and many other tribes. This area is also known as "Parry Falls on the Lockhart River in Fort Reliance" and is currently being threatened by Deze Energy's proposed Taltson Hydro Expansion project.


  • aztatl tlaquetzqui
    October 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Bueno~ In Ecorse, Michigan between Detroit, MI and Windsor Canada (across the Detroit River) as youth we "explored" Ecorse Creek, a small tributary south of Detroit that emptied into the Detroit River. We ran across a plaque inland, near the old iron black bridge seperating Ecorse, MI from Lincoln Park, MI. The plaque marked the landing and encampment of the Wyandotte Indigenous Nation, led by Chief Pontiac in preparation for the assault on Fort Wayne (once named Fort Detroit before the americans chased the French out of Michigan). Fort Wayne north of Ecorse Creek was named after mad man General Anthony Wayne who was a "famous Indian fighter". The fort became a U.S. Army depot/fort/induction center. It is still there but it is abandoned. The plaque lay northwest of the now closed old iron black bridge covered by dumped rubbish last time I remember.


  • October 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Stephanie: Thanks again for bringing this to my attention. Do you have any more info? There doesn't seem to be anything online other than a couple paragraphs. I would like to learn more about this and possibly do a write up.

    aztatl: there are so many other sites like this, it's hard to even think about. Hundreds have already been destroyed or simply forgotten. I pray that we don't lose any more. And that we cherish and defend what we have left.


  • Shokoda
    November 8, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Native Americans have fought in Wars to defend this country. The people and land they lost their lives for includes their ancestoral and scared sites....honor them. Respect the lands for all peoples.


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