For 6 months, Rose “Red Day Woman” gave her heart, energy and prayer to the mission at Oceti Sakowin camp, trying to protect the water at Standing Rock. She has said that December and January were the hardest to bear. When one thinks about the brutal conditions they must have endured during that time, no one doubts this. However, they withstood more than physical grief. They also felt a sense of abandonment and betrayal, even by some they trusted most.
However, Rose is deeply grateful for the spiritual satisfaction she gained during that long, cold season. She has experienced the highs and the lows this life can offer, and she is so thankful for the circumstances that brought her into this new chapter in her life. She has witnessed miracles and felt the presence of spirit. She has learned patience, and earned strength.
Still unraveling the lessons from camp, Rose is writing an account of what she experienced there. She has also been using her spiritual gifts, and her skill in mental wellness, to help those she meets. Many who were there are deeply familiar with old historical wounds inflicted on their people. Now, some of them have their own post-traumatic stress to deal with, as a result of overzealous security forces. And yet the colonization continues.
Rose has been meeting with council members on her own Assiniboine & Sioux reservation in Montana. Ironically, a pipeline has been proposed to go through their land, as well. If she does have to face another situation there, at least she will bring with her the patience, strength, and forgiveness necessary for the job. Through the adversity, she knows how to be deeply thankful for all that comes her way, and see the good in every situation.
We are glad that you have been drawn here, and you have shared in Rose’s journey. We are all new to our roles these days, be they spiritual, inspirational, learning to be an active part of society, or creating fundraisers for those who are! This is a first for all of us! Please, only give if you feel inwardly compelled to do so. We’re all just following our paths, trying to be present and engaged. It’s one of Rose’s gifts to educate about the sacred Earth that God has entrusted to our care. If you would like to help her on this new phase of her journey, we certainly appreciate it.