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Help us make November 26th a meaningful day all around the globe !

To support the work of these elders, but also take advantage of thanksgiving week-end to thank planet Earth and wisdom traditions all over the world, we are asking the whole world to join in a global meditation on November 26 2017.

To explain our initiative and help people spread the message we have shot a video and set up a map on which everybody can pin and describe what they will do that day, share it with the world and invite people to join them.

Please follow this link to read all about this initiative and mark your event on the map :

Please copy and paste this link to send by mail or use the page’s share buttons for facebook and twitter.

We would be so grateful if you would help us spread the word throughout your various networks so that numerous people can engage in a personal or collective way to make this event global and meaningful !


Message from Jyoti and Darlene – October 18, 2017!!

Dear Relatives and Community,

We wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the calls, emails, texts and prayers many have sent during this critical time. As you have heard, a fire storm hit near us and it is still raging. 4500 homes and businesses gone. Over 180,000 acres of land burnt and still it rages. 40 lives lost and up to 200 still missing. We lost internet and phone and are now online in our area. Our community center and community members  and their homes are all safe! Some have had to be evacuated, but are safe. We stood ready to leave should the winds shift the direction, and the fires come closer. And now, the winds are slowing and those on the ground putting out the fire say they are beginning to contain it. And for this, we give thanks! That rain is on the forecast, we give thanks! Your prayers are very powerful!! And when we join those prayers, healing happens and miracles make themselves visible. And for this, we give thanks.

Please join your prayers and light your candles, so that we can focus Creator’s Grace on the first responders in the north bay area who are in full service helping in so many ways:  fighting fires, feeding and housing those who lost their homes and businesses, getting electricity and water to whole communities, attending the elderly and ill and so much more. Our communities are in shock and still the fire is not contained. So we need your focused prayers. And as the fires are contained, then our communities will be starting the work of rebuilding. And as we have seen in other communities that have survived a catastrophe, we pray for our consciousness to awaken and bring us solutions that will help us rebuild in ways that are more sustainable, eco friendly, and give thought to the next generations to come.

As Mahatma Gandhi said:
Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.

What we have seen through this moment of crisis, is the humanity and heart that lives in us all. And that humanity knew no false boundary of age, race, culture or economic class. We have been responding as a family saving lives, opening homes, volunteering and helping to hold those who have lost so much.
As one elder said, “ It is only material things lost. We have our lives. We can rebuild.”

And as Mother Teresa said:

None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.

Let us walk on this good road together carried by our prayers and driven by our vision. As we light our candles, let us ignite the fires within. And let us feed those fires within through global and personal prayer. For the world can be what we dream it! That is when this moment of tragedy is transformed into possibility!! This is how we have begun to birth a new world.

With great humility and love,
Jyoti and Darlene
Community of Kayumari
Center for Sacred Studies




“In order to establish peace and equilibrium on the Earth,

we must all recover, nourish and heal our holy places and ancestral lands”

Please join us as we open the Equinox season by welcoming Arhuaco elder Calixto Suarez to the Bay Area from the Sierra Nevada mountains of Colombia!

This special series is an extraordinary opportunity to hold council with Calixto as he shares teachings and live transmissions about how to spiritually nourish and restore balance to our sacred lands, the Earth, and ourselves. These healing and transformative gatherings will draw upon the Autumnal Equinox energy as we collectively plant seeds of restoration and remembrance, balance and peace.

Details below. We invite you participate in as many of the councils as you can!

Calixto will also be offering a very limited number of Private Healing Sessions during his time here. If you are interested in scheduling one for yourself, emaileva@landofthelovely.com for more information.


Saturday September 23 & Sunday September 24, 1-6pm:


Tara Firma Farms

3796 I St, Petaluma, CA 94952


1-1:30 Opening Ceremony w/ Ernesto Olmos

Ernesto shares sacred music for the soul from the Shuar and Ñushabi, Ecuadorian Amazon and Oaxaca.

1:30-3 Teachings, Transmissions, Q&A

3-3:30 Tea & Snack Break

3:30-5 Arhuaco Restoration Ceremony & Closing Prayers

Restoring Balance through Feeding the Spirits of the Land

5-6 Potluck Dinner


Sliding Scale: $25-$100 Per Day

Minimum donation for both days: $45

You may attend either gathering, or dive deep and join us for both. This is an intuitive, organic experience. Calixto will be working with the collective energy of the participants and the land to build Sunday’s teachings upon the foundation we lay together on Saturday.

Seats are limited, reserve your spot now!

Paypal your registration directly to asher@medicinetheater.com

IMPORTANT: Please select the friends and family option, and write a note with your full name.

And as there are multiple events, please note which day(s) you’ll be attending. Thank you!

To stay connected on our Facebook Event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1971122173156636/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&pnref=story


* Tara Firma offers a farm tour from 12-12:30, so you are welcome to come at noon and join in!

* Teachings will be offered outside (hay bale seats) so please bring what you need to feel comfortable

* Stay tuned for what-to-bring Potluck information

* You are invited to share this event and the fundraising campaign below with your communities


Tuesday September 26, 6-9pm:


First Congregational Church of Oakland (United Church of Christ)

2501 Harrison St, Oakland, California 94612


6-7:30 Transmissions, Teachings, Q&A

7:30-7:45 Tea break

7:45-9 Arhuaco Restoration Ceremony & Closing Prayers


Sliding Scale: $15-$75

Seats are limited, reserve your spot now!

Paypal your registration directly to asher@medicinetheater.com

IMPORTANT: Please select the friends and family option, and write a note with your full name.

And as there are multiple events, please note which day(s) you’ll be attending. Thank you!

To stay connected on our Facebook Event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1896224707298467/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&pnref=story


Bringing Calixto here is a true community effort…please support his journey by making an offering on the following link.

Your donations will go towards his travel costs, housing and food. Thank you!

Click here to make your donation: https://www.youcaring.com/internationalcenterforspiritualandancestralwisdom-830546

Calixto is here representing his Arhuaco people, along with their sister tribes the Kogui, Wiwa and Kankuamo, on a vital mission to recover the holy lands of their ancestral territory in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Santa Marta, which are so important for mankind. Western occupation of the territory has forced the Arhuaco to relocate to the higher lands of the Sierras. This displacement has brought imbalance and disharmonies to their communities, the earth, and the planets. As the human family becomes increasingly disconnected from our ancestral lands, this state of planetary discord is worsening. It is because of this that Calixto is on a mission to help us reconnect to and spiritually nourish our ancestral lands and holy places. The people of the Sierra Nevada believe the health and future of our Mother Earth depends upon us ALL reclaiming our connection to our ancestral lands.

Click here to learn more about the mission of Calixto and the Arhuaco people: http://www.calixtosuarez.com/language/en/home-en/

Black Hills Unity Concert honors #NoDAPL participants

Unity Concert attendees honor the brave men and women from the Standing Rock movement. Photo by Richie Richards

Native Sun News Today: Black Hills Unity Concert honors #NoDAPL participants
Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017  

Festival honors Standing Rock water protectors

By Richie Richards
Native Sun News Today Correspondent
nativesunnews.today PIEDMONT –– The Black Hills Unity Concert honored several invited guests for their various contributions to tribal nations, community leadership and environmental activism. Among those being honored were the Water Protectors of Standing Rock; who played many roles from security to cooks, entertainment to educators, throughout the movement.

Melaine Stoneman spoke prior to the honoring ceremony held for the Water Protectors on Saturday of the three-day event which was held Sept. 8-10 in Piedmont at the Elk Creek Resort campgrounds. During her presentation, Stoneman discussed the effects of the NODAPL (No Dakota Access Pipe Line) protest which ran from spring 2016 to late winter 2017; depending on the time frame when the camps were closed and water protectors were made to leave. According to Stoneman, the men and women who come from all walks of life and age ranges, suffer from PTSD from the traumatic experiences of the NODAPL protest movement.

“They are hurting. Many of them (water protectors) suffer from PTSD,” Stoneman told the crowd of nearly 200 in attendance. As the many agencies sought to remove the water protectors from the camps and surrounding fields and roadways, they were doused by tear gas, water cannons, pepper spray and other chemicals. Many were attacked by security dogs and those who were not directly hit, were witness to their fellow-brethren being attacked.

Over 50 water protectors lined the front of the stage to be honored, as the festival attendees lined up to shake their hands, provide comforting hugs and gratitude. The water protectors present were Native and non-Native, old and young, and many were in tears as they accepted their honoring of gratitude. This year’s event was the last of a four-year run for the Black Hills Unity Concert to be held locally.

For more news visit the Native Sun News Today website: Festival honors Standing Rock water protectors (Contact Native Sun News Today Correspondent Richie Richards at richie4175@gmail.com) Copyright permission Native Sun News Today

Elders sign proclamation for indigenous rights!

Time expires on Black Hills payment to tribes: Legislation needed
Indigenous rights leaders proclaim: U.N. declaration guides sacred land security
By Talli Nauman
Native Sun News Today
Health & Environment Editor

Elders sign proclamation for indigenous rights, closing the fourth annual Unity Concert to support the Black Hills Initiative.Photo by Talli Nauman Elders sign proclamation for indigenous rights, closing the fourth annual Unity Concert to support the Black Hills Initiative.Photo by Talli Nauman PIEDMONT ––The Sept 10 signing here of an elders’ proclamation for indigenous rights culminated the fourth annual Unity Concert to support the Black Hills Initiative.

“By this proclamation we agree to share wisdom and build alliances to ensure the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) within our communities and members states,” the document affirms.

Black Hills Initiative member and former Oglala Sioux Tribal President Theresa Two Bulls hailed the signing as an accomplishment of negotiations held each year at the event to raise awareness about repatriation of the Black Hills to the Pte Oyate (Great Sioux Nation) in accord with the 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty.

“We finally got a document,” Two Bulls pronounced. “Every year we had the right people there and we didn’t force it down anybody’s throat,” she told the Native Sun News Today. “This year we got a proclamation. It’s not to harm anybody. It’s to help everybody,” she said.

The proclamation holds: “All governments need to honor and live up to their responsibilities regarding recognized treaties and agreements, and be held accountable if they fail to do so.”

Two Bulls sees it as a “tool” encouraging elders to share their knowledge with up-and-coming generations about “what the Black Hills means.” For too long, the elders have been oppressed and holding back, she said. “The Black Hills are sacred.”

Education about that can unite adults and youth in finding innovative remedies to redress the treaty violations in Lakota Territory, she hopes.

The proclamation now will go to indigenous leadership worldwide to forge a united front promoting national government implementation of UNDRIP, not only to protect the Black Hills, but also sacred sites around the globe, according to Yvette Running Horse Collin, executive director of the Sacred Healing Circle and administrator for the Black Hills Sioux Nation Council of Elders.

Black Hills Initiative members aim to ask federally-recognized tribal governments formed under the Indian Reorganization Act to approve ordinances containing language similar to the proclamation, as a means of bolstering the U.S. government’s existing subscription to the UNDRIP.

Initiative co-founder Milo Yellow Hair admonished concert-goers: “The United States is beautiful; pray with it.” Yellow Hair is the “grandfather” of the U.N. declaration, International Indian Treaty Council board member Bill Means said.

The U.N. characterizes the declaration as “the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of indigenous peoples,” saying that “it establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world and it elaborates on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms as they apply to the specific situation of indigenous peoples.”

In pushing that envelope, the Black Hills Initiative is a role model, according to Two Bulls. Its members insist that “the Black Hills are not for sale.” They have advanced numerous alternatives to the monetary settlement that the U.S. Supreme Court offered in compensation for the theft of the Black Hills.

In 1980, the court awarded $105 million in redress to the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation, with Justice Harry Blackmun stating in his court opinion that “a more ripe and rank case of dishonest dealing may never be found in our history.”’

Some 35 years later, the interest on the money in the U.S. Treasury has boosted the offer to more than $1.4 billion. However, the Black Hills Sioux Nation Council refuses to accept the funds.

According to the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Black Hills claim attorney Mario Gonzalez, advisors are seeking a legislative resolution. “The only viable solution is to settle it legislatively,” he said.

Under the tribe’s 1980 claim, as BIA research has established, the time limit to distribute the money has expired, so now an act of Congress is required to provide redress, Gonzalez told the Native Sun News Today.

A bill should be “approved by all the tribes so they can have an opportunity to develop their own legislation,” he said. “It would return federal land to the Sioux tribes and resolve the claim in a more fair and equitable manner.”

He said, “We have been working on innovative solutions to maybe resolving the claim without having to put ‘sale’ language into the legislation and reaching an accommodation with the non-Indians, because they are here to stay.”

For starters, roads could be marked like those in Oklahoma with signs that designate the boundaries of tribal territory. “Once you recognize those boundaries, it’s easier to figure out the rights within them,” he said. For example, mandatory consultation with tribes on oil pipeline construction would be understood more clearly, he noted.

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act sets a precedent that could be expanded to hunting, fishing and timber rights in Lakota Territory, in lieu of payment: A council of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota tribes could oversee the rights, he said. “All the tribes met in Rosebud a few days ago and agree that legislation is the solution,” he added.

The money should be available to the Sioux tribes in exchange for denial of treaty-land use during the last 100 years; and in Gonzalez’ opinion, it should go to a permanent fund for interest-only use. He cautioned that the proposals are not set in stone, rather ideas to be explored.

“In exchange, we will agree we won’t file a suit in any U.S. court and ask for any more of the land back,” he said. However, he proposed, additional land that the tribes buy, should be afforded trust status, which means it would be under the jurisdiction of tribal government.

At the proclamation signing, Means labelled Gonzalez “the foremost authority” on the Black Hills claim. He advocated, “It’s one thing to say, ‘The Black Hills are not for sale.’ You gotta organize, organize, organize.”

He noted that descendants of the treaty makers are among the original 29 signers of the 2017 Unity Concert proclamation. “The Black Hills means as much to us as Jerusalem to the Jews, Christians and Muslims, as much as the Vatican means to the Roman Catholic Church,” he said.

In addition to representatives of the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation (Oceti Sakowin), indigenous leaders from Tibet, Colombia, Mexico and Australia signed the proclamation. It states:

“Whereas, we have gathered as indigenous elders from the Americas, Asia and Australia in good faith and in prayer to build alliances and strengthen each other in our mutual paths to self- reliance, the revitalization of our unique cultures and peoples, and the protection of our sacred sites:

“Recognizing the urgent need to work together to engender global respect and promote our inherent rights as indigenous peoples, which derive from our unique societal structures and from our traditional cultures, spiritual traditions, histories, and lifeways, especially our rights to protect and govern our sacred places and safeguard and practice our traditional knowledge; and

“Acknowledging that respect for, and the practice of, our peoples’ traditional knowledge, cultures and spiritual practices contributes to sustainable and equitable development and proper management and balance of the environment and the physical and spiritual world; and

“Recognizing that we must work together as indigenous peoples globally to ensure that our voices are heard in a secular and capitalistically driven world, which is not of our creation … “Now therefore we declare and proclaim:

“Our peoples each hold a portion of the gifts of Creator for the world, and as such have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination in the exercise of our gifts, in particular based on our unique indigenous origin, cultural foundation, homelands, sacred sites, spiritual practices, identities, and sovereignty in the education of our youth.

“Our peoples understand that there is a direct correlation between mineral development, the fossil fuel industry and climate change. These practices violate Grandmother Earth and global warming is a direct result of these practices that we recommend stop immediately.

“Our peoples have the right to clean water for our families and communities, and the right to utilize our traditional knowledge systems regarding the management of Grandmother Earth to protect these waters.

“We offer our collaboration to restore sacred sites whenever possible and we demand that spiritual ancestral authorities be acknowledged and respected.”

The Unity Concert for the Black Hills, carried out with fundraising by the Center for Sacred Studies, has run its course. However, its organizers announced, the Pte Oyate will carry on the tradition under the leadership of Jack Red Cloud, “dreaming in the next concert.”

(Contact Talli Nauman at talli.nauman@gmail.com)


International Indigenous Peoples Proclamation


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