2015 Northern Cheyenne Blessing Stop

Saturday, 30 August – NORTHERN CHEYENNE NATION:  
Final destination and totem pole raising ceremony in honor of the Northern Cheyenne Nation at Lame Deer, Montana.

We’ve reached our destination . . .

We’ve reached our destination here in Northern Cheyenne country and had a powerful day stopping by Lame Deer, MT and resting/preparing for tomorrow, when we will hand the totem pole over for its next journey. (Community members will be touring the totem around the area for a couple weeks before raising it here in SE Montana, home of the Tongue River, Otter Creek and the proposed new coal strip mine).

As Freddy, Paul and I sort and edit through our pictures, video and audio, I wanted to remind you that Freddy has been posting a lot of short videos of moments and reflections of the journey on his personal facebook. Here are a few of my favorites he has shot but please do head over to his facebook for much more. The first video below is one I shot after Freddy and I recorded a passing 1.5 mile coal train outside of Livingston, Montana. We have seen countless coal and oil trains along this journey and can only hope that our efforts will ripple out and help our broader communities put an end to the proposals for these fossil fuel megaprojects in the region.

Videos by Freddy Lane

FRI Aug 28, 2015 * Livingston, MT * Freddy Lane filming a coal train

 

SAT Aug 29, 2015 • Ashland MT • Doug James retouches up the totem pole while the Seahawks are playing.

Photos By Paul Anderson

Photos by Alaina Buffalo Spirit

 

On Our Way Home

Yesterday was another powerful and moving day, as we held a Blessing Ceremony and handed the totem pole off at an ancient gathering site alongside the Tongue River on rancher Clint McRae’s property. Lots of passionate words and there was a tremendous amount of solidarity across the local “divides” of ranchers and indigenous communities. We have not had great internet connectivity for video and audio the last couple days, but please stay tuned for a lot of new material to be posted in soon. I think you will find a lot of it really inspiring and hopeful it will move you and motivate you the way it has for so many people we have met along this journey. Don’t forget that Freddy Lane has been posting a lot on his personal facebook and that you can find a lot of video from this journey over at this youtube channel.

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