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Words of Arvol Looking Horse

From the book, White Buffalo Teachings, “WE NEED A GREAT HEALING. AND WE NEED A GREAT FORGIVING. BUT, HEALING CAN’T BEGIN WITHOUT FORGIVENESS. WE MUST FORGIVE EACH OTHER, FORGIVE OUR LOVED ONES, FORGIVE OUR FRIENDS, FORGIVE OUR ENEMIES, FORGIVE OURSELVES. WE NEED TO PRAY EVEN FOR A PERSON WHO HAS DONE US WRONG! IN OUR TIOSPAYE, OUR FAMILY, WHEN TWO PEOPLE FIGHT, THEY ARE MADE BROTHERS OR SISTERS. FORGIVENESS ITSELF IS A POWERFUL MEDICINE. WE NEED FORGIVENESS TO CREATE PEACE! MITAKUYE OYASIN! (ALL OUR RELATIONS!) IN THE GREAT CIRCLE OF LIFE, WHERE THERE IS NO BEGINNING AND NO ENDING! HE-C’-TU-YELO! (SO BE IT!) CHIEF ARVOL LOOKING HORSE

By Strong Buffalo

Tatanka Ohitika (Strong Buffalo) is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate, AIM member and a decorated Vietnam Veteran (US Marine Corps). He has been writing and performing his original poetry around the world since 1970.