Lakota Nation: Grandmothers For Peace
The 13 members of the Council of Indigenous Grandmothers met in Pine Ridge this summer to pray for peace and to discuss solutions to the problems faced by their communities.
Below is an article published by KX Bismarck /
Several times a day over three days, 13 native women, several in their 80s, gathered around an open fire as each led prayer ceremonies unique to their native tribes.
They came from Africa, Asia and the
The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers first met in October 2004 in
The indigenous grandmothers say they hope to ease war, pollution and social ills by teaching traditional ways that served their people long before modern peace and environmental movements.
Two of the 13 are from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation: sisters Rita and Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance.
The women exchanged ideas and learned about problems that plague the Oglala Lakota who live on the Pine Ridge: high unemployment, suicide, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, Diabetes and other maladies.