Our Yellowstone and Grand Teton national
parks are calling for our prayers. Many of you understand the relationship of
the energy gridlines of heaven and earth and its relationship with the eclipse
(that occurred in November). They are like the nervous system of your bodies
and its wiring system. Earth Mother is being stressed out by bad vibrations
and some of us as well. With this increasing solar activity, so it is with
Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks’ sacred sites that are asking for
We have come together because our hearts are responding for a change. This
change is necessary for the survival of our home planet Earth, our Mother. It
is time to forgive and forget and move forward into sacredness. The words that
have been given in prophecy by the Hopi, they have said, "We are the people we
have been waiting for."
I am Bennie
LeBeau from the Eastern Shoshone Nation in Wyoming. I am also a member of the
Council of The Spiritual Elders of Mother Earth. I believe many of you may
remember what we are representing as Eastern Shoshone peoples in the Grand
Teton and the Yellowstone national parks. This is part of our original
homelands written in our treaty as a sovereign country and that our cultural
traditions would not be forgotten in order to utilize these sacred site areas.
Since September of 1999, we have been
attempting to gain permission for our most sacred ceremony, the Sun dance, and
other ceremonies to be allowed in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Park, along
with many other Indigenous Nations of this country. The park officials and the
general public are beginning to see the significance of why it is needed. Now
it is most evident because of the seismic volcanic activity in and around the
Grand Teton and the Yellowstone national parks.
What we have helped escalate as humans is the disturbance to the web
of life on earth in these sacred site areas. Remembering the words from the
past by a powerful messenger, Chief Seattle stated, “Whatever befalls the
earth, befalls the sons of earth... the earth does not belong to man, man
belongs to the earth... all things are connected... man did not weave the web
of life; he is merely a strand in it... whatever he does to the web, he does
Oct. 22, 2003 a message stated in July that the Yellowstone Park rangers
closed the entire Norris Geyser Basin because of the deformation of the land
and the excess temperature. There is an area there that is 28 miles long and
seven miles wide that has bulged upward over 5 inches since 1996. This year
the ground temperature on that bulge has reached over 200 degrees. There was
no choice but to close off the whole area. Everything in that area is dying.
The trees, flowers, and grasses resemble a dead zone and are spreading
outward. The animals are literally migrating out of the park. This isn’t
hearsay. It is coming from people who have actually visited the park in the
last few weeks.
latter part of July, one of the park geologists discovered a huge bulge at the
bottom of Yellowstone Lake. The bulge has already risen over 100 feet from the
bottom of the lake. The water temperature at the surface of the bulge has
reached 88 degrees and is still rising. Keep in mind that Yellowstone Lake is
a high mountain lake with a very cold-water temperature. The lake is now
closed to the public. It is filled with dead fish floating everywhere. The
same is true of the Yellowstone River and most of the streams in the park.
Dead and dying fish are filling the water everywhere.
Many picnic areas in the park have been closed and people visiting the
park don’t stay but a few hours or a day or two and leave. The stench of
sulfur is so strong that they literally can’t stand the smell.
Yellowstone is what geologists call a “super volcano.” There are massive
calderas of molten fire beneath Yellowstone National Park. Geologists are
saying that every living thing within 600 miles could be affected in
devastation. It could produce an ash cloud that will cover the entire Western
U.S. clear to the Pacific on the west, British Columbia on the north, the
Mexican border on the south, and then out into the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas,
Oklahoma, and Texas on the east. Then the cloud could blow east because of the
prevailing winds, literally covering the entire nation with volcanic ash.
I believe this to be of great importance to us at this time. The vision is
to pray for balance in this area. With our prayers, songs, drums and the ways
that we have been instructed in our spiritual teachings, no matter what
culture you/we are, our hearts make the difference. If Yellowstone National
Park seismic activity continues, then we could all be affected around the
The reports on the seismic activities speak for themselves. The 100 years
of government management in the Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons have
disallowed our most important prayers and ceremonies to exist as all
indigenous tribes in this country. It is now time for us to act as a
nation/world within all countries to allow these sacred prayers and ceremonies
into the national parks of Wyoming.
Joseph (Hinmaton Yalatkit) 1830-1904, Nez Perce Chief, said, "Whenever the
white man treats the Indian as they treat each other, then we will have no
more wars. We shall all be alike - brothers of one father and one mother, with
one sky above us and one country around us, and one government for all."
Uniting our tribes of all cultures from the peaks in the Grand Tetons and
Yellowstone, I send a strong-hearted message to you to awaken and respond now.
These sacred site areas are calling out to her caretakers all over the world.
Now is the time for uniting together and working in harmony. Together our
songs, our drums and our prayers speak the ancient language that exists and
are remembered in the sacred pictures written on the rocks, in the sacred
heartbeat of the land and in the sacred songs heard in the wind. We can bring
balance and harmony back to the land remembered by our ancestors of the past,
present and future generations. Our Mother is calling out to her caretakers.
This is a great opportunity for prayer work in our councils and other groups
helping to bring the indigenous nations together and with all nations as well.
Yellowstone National Park representative Rosemary Sucec has received this
message. She is one of the liaison officers that relay messages to the
superintendents and other agencies in the parks. She is very interested in
bringing indigenous nations and others to do our work there. This Native
American perspective has been explained to groups that were from many
indigenous nations and other cultures that attended the Lewis and Clark
Celebration for Sacagawea’s leadership role last May 2003, by others and
myself. Because of the reports of Yellowstone’s disturbances at this time and
its significance they are now considering the outcome of our ancestral lands
and usage in a decision by the Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks
Today the spirits are calling for good medicine, for us all to awaken;
with many blessings for all the things we are related to in harmony and
balance. We are returning to the sacredness for all living things, for the
future of our Mother Earth as part of Creator’s creation and within the
heavens’ sacredness, she is helping to bless us all. This is a very important
time in our Mother Earth’s history for humanity’s sake.
Everything is related within and upon, what is above is below, heaven upon
earth. Chief Seattle’s words, "When the last Redman has vanished from the
earth and the memory is only a shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie,
these shores and forests will still hold the spirits of my people." We have
not vanished but have been reborn to do the work our ancestors did; it is time
to step into the moccasins of our ancestors with the wisdom, strength and
knowledge at hand.
Thank you for your attention and prayers. Please respond to: Bennie E.
LeBeau, Eastern Shoshone Wind River Indian Reservation, Fort Washakie, Wyo.
2331 Oak Lane, Riverton, Wyo., 307/857-6856. (e-mail: