Native American Liaison
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Chief Arvol Looking Horse visits Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Chief Arvol Looking Horse visited Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge on Friday June 17, 2011 as part of a group riding on horseback from South Dakota to participate in World Peace and Prayer Day 2011 at Bdote or Mendota, Minn. The area near where the Mississippi and the Minnesota Rivers come together is an important place for many Native Americans.
"The Fish and Wildlife Service is honored that Chief Looking Horse decided to visit the Refuge," said Refuge Manager Charlie Blair. "We were happy to welcome him and others traveling with him to the area," Blair continues.
Chief Looking Horse is the 19th generation keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle and holds the responsibility of spiritual leader among the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota People. He holds an honorary Doctorate from the University of South Dakota, and travels and speaks extensively on peace, environmental and native rights issues. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Wolf Award of Canada and the Juliet Hollister Award for his dedicated work for peace.