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A Prayer At the U.S. Senate

Frank Fools Crow

In the presence of this house, Grandfather, Wakan-Tanka, and from
the directions where the sun sets,

and from the direction of cleansing power,

and from the direction of the rising un,

and from the direction of the middle of the day.

Grandfather, Wakan-Tanka,

Grandmother, the Earth who hears everything,

Grandmother, because you are woman, for this reason you are kind,

I come to you this day.

To tell you to love the red men, and watch over them,
and give these young men the understanding

because, Grandmother, from you comes the good things, good things

that are beyond our eyes to see have been blessed in our midst

for this reason I make my supplication known to you again.

Give us a blessing so that our words and actions be one in unity,
and that we be able to listen to each other, in so doing,

we shall with good heart walk hand in hand to face the future.

In the presence of the outside, we are thankful for many blessings.
I make my prayer for all people, the children, the women and the men.

I pray that no harm will come to them,
and that on the great island, there be no war,

that there be no ill feelings among us

From this day on may we walk hand in hand

So be it.

Frank Fools Crow, Old Lord of the Holy Men
Ceremonial Chief and Medicine Man of the Lakota Nation

Prayer before the U.S. Senate, 1975

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  • October 20, 2007, 5:17 am Stan

    So mote it be.

  • October 20, 2007, 9:43 am Morninghawk Apollo

    This is a beautiful prayer. Do you know of any other Native Americans giving the Senate or House prayer?

  • October 21, 2007, 7:44 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Thanks you two. I loved it also.

    Morninghawk –
    Not right off-hand. I just happened across this by coincidence/magic. It would be interesting to look for.

    I do remember several occasions when the First Nations leaders have addressed the United Nations. Maybe I can find them sometime.
    Thanks again for commenting!
    — Beth