You can call it coincidence, or even “spooky” but the fact that a huge herd of Buffalo showed up at the Dakota Pipeline Protest when the Native Americans had been praying for “Tatanka Oyate” to help them in their fight against the pipeline… that’s pretty amazing. Tatanka Oyate is the Lakota Sioux name for buffalo (American Bison) or “Buffalo Nation.”
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The Standing Rock Sioux, as we have reported, have been locked in a battle against the Energy Transfer Company- owners of the Dakota Access pipeline. With the presence of police in riot gear, batons, armored vehicles and weapons, the Natives stepped back from the front line to preserve their lives after police forcibly pushed them back on October 27. Some have been arrested in the months long protest.
As one of the protesters spoke to a reporter about their love of the land and the water, a herd of buffalo came thundering over the horizon, seemingly out of nowhere. The crowd immediately erupted in loud cries of joy as what they viewed as ‘Buffalo Nation’ came to stand with them.
“Okay here you go… it is a beautiful thing… WATCH. The Tatanka (Pte) Oyate Buffalo Nation stands with Standing Rock and the Water Protectors in North Dakota today… HOKA!” Walt Pourier
According to whitewolfpack.com, a Native American website,
“The great bison or buffalo of North America is a very powerful symbol to American Indians. Though best suited to cooler climates, bison roamed virtually in entire continent.
The smaller woodlands bison and its bigger cousin, the plains bison were revered and honored in ceremony and every day life. To the plains Indian, our Bison Brother meant sacred life and the abundance of the Creator’s blessing on Mother Earth.
The bison is powerful medicine that is a symbol of sacrifice and service to the community. The bison people agreed to give their lives so the American Indian could have food, shelter and clothing.
The bison is also a symbol of gratitude and honor as it is happy to accept its meager existence as it stands proud against the winds of adversity.
The bison represents abundance of the Creator’s bounty and respect for all creation knowing that all things are sacred.”
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Now that they’ve seen what they believe to be a sign from Nature that their fight is just, they aren’t leaving. The Buffalo are the “givers of courage” and they will continue their fight.
“We call on the state of North Dakota to oversee the actions of local law enforcement to, first and foremost, ensure everyone’s safety. The Department of Justice must send overseers immediately to ensure the protection of First Amendment rights and the safety of thousands here at Standing Rock. DOJ can no longer ignore our requests.” David Archambault II, leader of the SRST