Wednesday, March 09, 2005

history of pipestone

The Great Pipestone Quarries are under attack again
We the people of many different Tribal Nations around the city of Pipestone, Mn. have come together.
We a Traditional group of pipe carvers have come under threat from mainly a small group of Lakota, Nakota (friendly allies) nation peoples. They believe that the Pipestone Quarries should be under the Nakota nation’s control. There is Historical documentation that can be obtained by the public. These documents are proof that all land rights were sold to the Government, if one chooses to look.
Through research we have found, the raw Pipestone and Pipestone pipes were bartered (as payment) between many different tribal nations. All these Nations came to this special, sacred, or neutral grounds seeking a piece of stone for many different reasons such as ceremonial, personal or just the pleasure of a private house pipe.
The Omaha, Iowa, Ponca and Otto were just a few of the tribal peoples that have had control of these quarries. The Dakota nation came here around 1700, creating a dictatorship after taking the quarries from the Otto tribe through possible blood shed.
Today our " Friendly Allies", the Lakota, are trying to pass through our government system a Bill to obtain total control over something that was never ours or any one Tribal Nation’s through the Traditional Law of our Creator.
We the Traditional Pipe Carvers oppose any Bill that gives control of the quarries to any one group or groups.
We the Traditional Pipe Carvers support and understand the Law that allows any Tribal Nation to quarry their own stone according to the By-laws of the Pipestone National Monument.

Open view of prairie entrance to monument grounds
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RESOLUTION
Whereas, the joining of the bowl and stem of the Pipe are a symbol or pathway to the center of our Precious Mother Earth where truth lies waiting. Where all things come together and through it. Truth, honesty, humbleness, and the glow of mankind for soul and heart, to the center of our Creator.
When man smokes, the pipe becomes a sacred thing.
When man speaks truth with the pipe, so the smoke becomes sacred.
The stem will carry the truth, honesty, and humbleness, so the stem will become sacred.
But the bowl and stem, without mankind is nothing.
Mankind, truly the sacred thing.
The pipe, an image of truly sacred things.


WHEREAS, there have been many attempts over the years by different Tribal and other individual groups to get control of the Great Pipestone Quarries of Minnesota; and

WHEREAS, the Pipestone Indian Community is comprised of Indian people enrolled in various tribes in and out of the state of Minnesota; and

WHEREAS, the right to petition the Creator is a fundamental human right that most Americans take for granted; and

WHEREAS, the Great Pipestone Quarries of Minnesota have been historically utilized by and continue to be utilized by all tribal nations; and

WHEREAS, the pipes and pipestone have been used by most Tribes for Sacred pipes and articles for ceremony; and

WHEREAS, no single tribe or coalition of tribal nations may assert entitlement or domain over the Great Pipestone Quarries of Minnesota; and
WHEREAS, such proposed control may restrict the historical access and use of the Great Pipestone Quarries by all tribes; and
WHEREAS, such restrictions may no longer accommodate the diversity of indigenous religious practices of all tribes and tribal members seeking access to the Great Pipestone Quarries; and
WHEREAS, given that historical custom affords unrestricted access to the Great Pipestone Quarries by all tribes; and


WHEREAS, The sale and trade of Pipes and Pipestone has been carried out thru all North America for all of recorded history
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Pipestone Indian and non-Indian Communities of Pipestone, Minnesota request that NO LEGISLATION BE CONSIDERED THAT WOULD CHANGE THIS CUSTOM AND TRADITION OF MAKING AND SELLING PIPES AND PIPESTONE WHICH DATES BACK AT LEAST 5 GENERATIONS.



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