Indians' Sacred White Buffalo Calf Murdered
The White Buffalo Woman
There are times a writer has to get past his/her own emotions to write a story such as this one and that’s been this author’s problem this last week. I’ve started and stopped and rewritten…but the emotions are strong and the writing remains weak. Some things are too horrendous to commit to words and absolute unbelief looms heavy in this old heart – but the story is true and must be told again and again so man’s inhumanity to man – and animals – is never far from the heart and mind of us all…
Many Indian tribes, including the Lakota Sioux, hold the legend of The White Buffalo Woman close to their hearts and their beliefs. For those not familiar with the legend – many, many years ago the Indians were starving and near death and two of their number were out on the plains. They were visited by a White Buffalo Woman, a spirit, and one of the pair attempted to touch her and died immediately. The man remaining listened as the White Buffalo Woman told him she would visit his village as she had news and prophecy for his people. He returned to his village and announced the coming of the White Buffalo Woman.
She came to the village with the news that the people would henceforth have good hunting and not go hungry. She gave them a pipe which was to be honored and held in great respect. She forecast the birth of four white buffalo calves – each bringing a message of peace to the people. The story is quite long, detailed and beautiful – a message of hope to the tribes. The legend is well presented all over the internet if one wants in depth information – we’ve just presented a capsule view here as it’s important to this story.
Thousands celebrated birth of White Buffalo Calf...
Thousands of people came together and celebrated a year ago at the birth of a White Buffalo Calf on Arby and Pat Little Soldier’s ranch near Greenville, Texas. Arby Little Soldier is the great, great grandson of Tananka Iyotanka the famous Indian most of the world knows as Sitting Bull. Sitting Bull was not an Indian Chief, as believed by many, but a Spiritual Man held in the highest regard and whose opinions were valued. Lightening Medicine Cloud was the first White Buffalo Calf born to an Indian family on property owned by them which is the Lakota Ranch.
The calf, named Lightning Medicine Cloud by elders of the tribes who gathered at the Lakota Ranch, was a time of joy and celebration for the Indian Nation. It was a jubilant day and the calf was named and dedicated to a coming together of all nations and peace. The calf was of such importance to Native American Tribes and of such significance that Homeland Security was present and overseeing all that went on in connection with the calf that day and thereafter. The White Buffalo Calf represented an icon of Indian spirituality that was openly shared with all peoples and all nations and symbolized hope for all.
The birth of a true White Buffalo Calf is deemed to be one chance in 10 million (as ascertained by scientists and those who study animal genetics).There are albino buffalo calves born but they are not true White Buffalo Calves. The true White Buffalo Calf will have brown around it’s eyes, nose and the tip of it’s tail and Lightening Medicine Cloud, from birth, was a true white buffalo. Also, the true white buffalo changes color four times so it’s not always white although it is born white.
My information indicates the first White Buffalo was born in the early 1900’s and a second in 1933 named “Big Medicine.” A white buffalo was born to a couple in Wisconsin and named “Marvel” in 1994. The couple generously shared the white buffalo with the Indian Nations and the public. Named “Marvel,” the female calf lived 10 years and died a natural death.
Little Lightening Medicine Cloud (named in honor of the thunderstorm in which he was born and also for his predecessor “Big Medicine”) is considered by the Lakota Sioux as the third of the four white buffaloes forecast by the White Buffalo Woman. Some research suggests he may well be the fourth. His birth is viewed as a blessing by Native Americans living today. Pat and Arby Little Soldier generously share the calf with their fellow Native Americans and all persons interested in the calf and their website keeps everyone posted on the calf’s progress and any events held at the ranch.
Beginning of new age...
This author was blessed to have actually seen the White Buffalo Calf at a Pow Wow held at the Lakota Ranch last year. Not only the calf’s mother but the entire buffalo herd was protective of this small white calf and would circle around it as if to shield it from anything that might hurt it. Even the other buffalo sensed this calf was special.
“It’s the beginning of a new age, new times,” said Samuel Joseph Lone Wolf, a Native American elder from Palestine, Texas, who played an important role in the calf’s naming ceremony. “The birth of the white buffalo calf, it tells us we need to get right, not just with Mother Nature but with all nations and with the Creator, which is God.”
“The arrival of the white buffalo is like the second coming of Christ," says Floyd Hand Looks For Buffalo, Ogalala Medicine Man from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. "It will bring about purity of mind, body, and spirit and unify all nations--black, red, yellow, and white." He sees the birth of a white calf as an omen because they happen in the most unexpected places and often among the poorest people in the nation. The birth of the sacred white buffalo provides those within the Native American community with a sense of hope and an indication that good times are to come.
A huge celebration has been planned for a long time to honor the White Buffalo Calf’s first birthday, May 13, 2012 at the Little Soldiers’ Lakota Ranch on this Mother’s Day weekend in spite of the calf’s father, Gentle Ben, being struck and killed by lightening in early April, 2012. The White Buffalo Calf was not to be (and has not been) touched by human hands until after it’s first birthday.
Sadly, the birthday celebration for Lightening Medicine Cloud, the third White Buffalo Calf forecast by White Buffalo Woman will be a memorial celebration in remembrance of the calf and his mother. Lightening Medicine Cloud and his mother were heinously murdered last week. Why? By whom? Local law enforcement, the Texas Rangers and The Department of Homeland Security are all seeking answers to these questions and have vowed to find the evil perpetrators.
Information is sketchy but it seems Pat and Arby Little Soldier had been away from the Lakota Ranch on business for a few days and came home to find the White Buffalo Calf and his mother dead. The calf had been skinned. For obvious reasons the deaths were kept out of the press under a gag order, but only briefly before an unscrupulous reporter broke the gag order imposed by a judge. Little information is known pertaining to the crime other than that it happened. Arby Little Soldier has announced a reward in the amount of $45,000.00 for the apprehension and conviction of the perpetrators of this heinous crime and we suspect the reward is still growing as we speak.
Legacy will carry on...
Little Soldier said Lightning Medicine Cloud's legacy will carry on and that the powwow scheduled for May 12-13 will go on as planned -- only now, they will memorialize the White Buffalo Calf.
"The powwow will continue on. I welcome you all to come grieve with us, mourn with us and celebrate with us," Little Soldier said. "Ecclesiastes said, 'There is a time for life and a time for death.' My little boy went on home. His mother went on home. His dad went on home. They're all together, and God bless them. This legend will go on forever."
So many questions: Who could be cruel enough to kill an animal(s) held in such spiritual esteem by a whole tribal nation? What would be the purpose? What ends could it serve? What was someone/anyone trying to prove or what statement were they trying to make? What kind of mind could dream up and carry out such a dastardly thing? One can only ascertain that man’s inhumanity to man – and animals – has reached a new pinnacle of evil and terrorism is alive and well.
This author, having an Indian heritage, has grieved intensely for our loss as have my Indian friends and relatives. Indian losses through the years have been tremendous and ongoing so, like many, we accept sorrow as another part of living. The old ways are rapidly disappearing. Fortunately, there are now a few schools that teach the old ways and the languages but it’s estimated that less than 20% of Native Americans can now speak their original language. The old people that handed down the stories, legends and customs are passing on.
An enormous heart blow to Native Americans was struck with the murder of Lightening Medicine Cloud and his mother – and it was murder. The calf was a sign of hope, peace and continuance for the Native American People and a gift from the Great Creator. They desperately and sincerely tried to share their blessing with the world as is their way.
As I write this the Elders from many tribes are gathering. What will they discuss? Will they discuss revenge? Will they discuss defeat? Will they discuss the future and the past? In my heart of Indian hearts I think they are gathering as a show of support not only for the spirits of the White Buffalo Calf and it’s mother and father but for Pat and Arby Little Soldier and their family.
Arby Little Soldier has said “the calf was the hope of all nations.”
The Elders are gathering to make sure the world knows Native Americans stand in proud support of other Native Americans, their beliefs and The United States of America itself – no matter the cause or consequences.
Perhaps within that last statement lies the real definition of “Homeland Security.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Hunt County, Texas Sheriff's Department at 903-453-6800 and ask for either Sheriff Randy Meeks or Lt. Tommy Grandfield.
Author's Note - July 12, 2012 -- The Hunt County, Texas Grand Jury has been selected for their six-months sojourn. Subpoenas have been issued for suspects in this case and those persons will appear before the Grand Jury on July 27, 2012. To date, no suspect names have been released. Law enforcement of Hunt County, Texas and Homeland Security has deligently pursued this case and it appears those indicted will stand trial for a hate crime which bears very strong penalties within the U.S. Judicial System. Updates will appear here as the case progresses.