Chief Arvol Looking Horse’s Statement on Walker’s “Scaffold”: Walk Towards Peace … Take Down the Sculpture


Han Mitakuyape, I am Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle for the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Oyate.

It has been brought to my attention concerning the Walker Art Center displaying the structure of the Dakota 38 hanging “Scaffold.” We as the Great Sioux Nation, which is known as the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Oyate, are greatly concerned. This is a genocide view of what has happened to our Nation, which is still happening as we speak, because any kind of creations carry energy, and in this case; can carry division and death energy.

For many years we have been riding horseback, walking and running to carry a message of healing to the site of the 38 Dakota plus two, where our relatives hung in Mankato, Minnesota. We are still healing from this tragedy, which was the largest execution in the United States of America. What we create now is a focus of Unity and healing the Sacred Hoop of who we are as a Nation.

Today across America there is a lot of racism building, in which we are trying to still maintain Peace. After great thought of this issue, I know that this man who created this structure has a good heart, but does not know any better. I am aware his understanding is different than our own culture, and in his view was trying to bring awareness. So now we have become aware of one another’s boundaries in what we create to memorialize our loved ones.

As Keeper of the Sacred Pipe, we have always known to walk toward Peace and harmony in recognizing who we are as Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Oyate. We know that this is the only way to stop those that choose to walk in that negative energy; they don’t know better in how our traditional way of life is maintained and have not had the privilege of learning our protocols. Don’t allow this structure to bring negative to our communities — we are already facing a lot together. When these issues happen, we must always remember to represent our relatives, those who hung onto one another’s hands to sing and to pray for us all, and for even those that were hanging them.

So, I would like to add my voice to take the death scaffold down as soon as possible, so we may live in Peace.
In the Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning…

Ana-h’opta po Hear my words!

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
May 29, 2017

Here is Chief Arvol Looking Horse’s statement as a PDF.

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