Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Prayer
Sacred land, Sacred Lives:
Prayer for Indigenous Peoples’ Day
God, the Holy
Spirit, we come to you:
strengthen us as we journey through
We of the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes
have, through time,
acknowledged the sacredness of the
We acknowledge the
earth in prayer in all the directions of the earth:
To the north. To the south. To the
east. To the west.
The sacredness of
all the plants and those we harvest
are treated as living beings.
river is sacred to us
and we benefit from and respect our
taught us to respect the earth
and use its gifts with care.
We are saddened by
those who exploit
the resources of the earth only for
Our river was
destroyed, our land was stolen
and we know the promise that our
would leave us on the land we loved
“as long as the grass shall grow”
was a lie,
were the government’s promises to all native people.
Although we seem
helpless as this exploitation continues
we continue to use our influence
to protect the small portion of the
which has been our home for
We ask that the
Spirit give us the strength and grace
to continue to protect our land and
Sacred Land, Sacred Lives: Prayer for Indigenous Peoples’
Day was written by Reba Walker of the Mandan and Hidatsa Tribe. Ms. Walker is a member of Independence
Congregational Church located on the Fort Berthold Reservation; Northern Plains Conference, UCC.
Local Church Ministries, Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry
Team, United Church
of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this
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