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Mitakuye Oyasin - All Are Related
As we journey inward towards our hearts, we realize we are not identified by our skin color but by our sacred spirit. We begin to view ourselves, others, and all of nature as sacred. When we know we are connected to others there is no “Us” versus “Them” mentality.

Sacred Child, Blessed Elder
“Indian people loved their children above all else. They were a special gift from the Creator. They were the promise of a bright and happy future.” - Mourning Dove, Salish. 1884-1936

Rain Sticks - Soothing Summer Craft for All Ages
The Rain Stick is like a tubular rattle. Traditionally made from cactus, the hollow tube was dried in the hot sun then partially filled with small pebbles, beans, seeds, and small pieces of lava rock. The Rain Stick differs from other ceremonial rattles due to its unique spiral interior.

Sage - Earth's Healing Gifts
Mother Earth was seen as nurturing and healing and the People believed in her Medicine and were led to it. Native healers used plants and herbs to aid in the healing of mind, body, and spirit. Sage is one example.

Cheyenne Legend - Origin of the Buffalo
In ancient times, a tribe of Tsitsitas (Cheyenne) hunters lived at the head of a rushing stream. The stream eventually emptied into a mysterious, large cave. Because of the great need for a new food supply for his people, the Chief called a council meeting to explore the cave. What did they find?

Cherokee Proverb on Inner Turmoil
“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” - Cherokee Proverb. The same can be said about tomorrow. Keeping our thoughts tied up regretting what happened yesterday or worrying about what might happen tomorrow does indeed use up too much of today.

Sioux Proverb on Reality
The sacred wisdom of our Ancestors is full of guidance that can be applied to our lives today. The study of ancient proverbs can provide insight and enlightenment that holds the power to bring us back to ourselves. We often search outside of ourselves for happiness and knowledge.

Apsaalooke Flag
Flags symbolize a nation or country and can be inspirational in design. The official flag of the Crow Tribal Nation is a fine example. The Apsaalooke flag has a sky blue background with the official Tribal seal in the center. The flag bears much symbolism and reveals a proud history.

Elk Medicine
Our Ancestors realized the wonder and value of nature. They looked to nature as a great teacher. We are taught that nature speaks to us if we listen. The secrets of life are revealed among the behavior of animals, the creativity in flower blossoms, and in the whisperings of the trees.

Words from the Spirit
“It does not require many words to speak the truth.” Chief Joseph, Nez Perce (1840-1904) Natives have experienced first-hand the nearly irrevocable damage that hateful words can cause. There is hope that we can turn this around by joining together and healing our souls.

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