2010 National Sacred Places Prayer Days
“Honoring our Water” Sunrise Ceremony
June 19, 2010
Little Presque Isle Point Near Marquette, MI
About 50 people gathered on Saturday, June 19, 2010 for a day of prayer to protect Native American sacred places.
The sunrise ceremony was held at Little Presque Isle Point on the shores of Lake Superior to pray for threatened sacred places and to honor the sacredness of the water and Mother Earth.
Eagle Rock, a sacred place to Anishinaabe people, is currently threatened as the proposed mine portal for the Rio Tinto/Kennecott Eagle Mine on the Yellow Dog Plains.
Our fresh groundwater, waterways and Lake Superior are threatened by the Eagle Mine and increasing sulfide and uranium mining interests throughout the Great Lakes region.
Sunrise Ceremony Photos by Greg Peterson
Charlotte Loonsfoot, left above, arrives at the ceremony.
Loons foot was one of the three brave American Indian women who started the original camp at Sacred Eagle Rock on April 23, 2010.
She was one of two Ojibwa arrested when police raided the camp on May 27 by orders from Kennecott eagle Minerals.
The day after this sunrise ceremony, Loonsfoot, her family and a friend started another camp on the Yellow Dog Plains on public land near the mine and about a half mile from the original camp at Eagle Rock.
Native and non-Native people nationwide gathered for Solstice ceremonies and to honor sacred places, with a special emphasis on the need for Congress to build a door to the courts for Native nations to protect our traditional churches.
The women dressed in traditional skirts to honor Mother nature and brought blue prayer ties and blue shawls for the water.
A community potluck picnic and gathering in honor of National Sacred Places Prayer Day followed at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Powwow Grounds Pavilion in Baraga, MI.
The ceremony was hosted by the Stand for the Land and Oshkinawe-Ogichidaag Akiing (New Warriors for the Earth or NWE) which is a new Native/non-Native environmental organization grounded in Anishinaabe traditions with a mission to educate and empower our communities to take action on mining and other social-ecological issues facing our communities.
Ojibwa Men’s Drum in the dunes as the women held the water ceremony on the shores of Lake Superior
email for more information about Oshkinawe-Ogichidaag Akiing (New Warriors for the Earth)
The following Eagle Rock T-shirt logo aka Migi Zii Wa Sin (Eagle Rock) was created by Dave Knapp of Lucky Raven Tattoo in Wausau, Wisconsin
This is why American Indians, environment groups and many citizens are fighting the nickel and copper mine that has already desecrated Sacred Eagle Rock:
Below before and after photo:
The top photo is front view of Sacred Eagle Rock in May 2010 before the mine-ordered police raid with the encampment tents, lots of trees and other green plants.
The bottom photos shows Eagle Rock side view with most of the trees and wildlife around the rock destroyed by Kennecott bulldozers.
Above, before and after photos by Chauncey Moran
Above, Sacred Eagle Rock desecrated photo by Chauncey Moran
Kennecott Eagle Minerals desecrated sacred Eagle Rock and the Yellow Dog Plains in the summer of 2010 so they could make billions by removing nickel and copper from Mother Earth, in a process that leaves a sulfuric acid byproduct.
Kennecott, and its parent company Rio Tinto, is one of the world’s biggest polluters.
Among those fighting the mine on the Yellow Dog Plains:
Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve:
Save the Wild U.P. (SWUP):
SWUP Facebook Page:
National Wildlife Federation:
Stand for the Land blog:
Stand for the Land flickr photos: