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Pilot Knob “the hill of all the relatives,”

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“Sites” by Bruce White
Sacred sites are the “power points, the grid,” for Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota peoples, said Chief Arvol Looking Horse (in the center of the picture) at Wotakuye Paha, “the hill of all the relatives,” otherwise known as Pilot Knob or Oheyawhi, on Sunday, October 4, just before he gave a pipe ceremony. Joining Chief Looking Horse were Dakota elders (left to right) Sheldon Wolfchild from Lower Sioux, Chris Leith from Prairie Island, Melvin Grey Owl from Crow Creek, and Melvin Lee from Santee, who all spoke about the importance of preserving sacred sites. When I took this picture Melvin Lee, at far right, was speaking eloquently about the effort that it had taken to prevent development on Pilot Knob and the need to do the same for other sacred places. I did not take any pictures during the pipe ceremony. It was a cloudy day, but at various times the sun shone brightly on those gathered and two eagles flew overhead.