Some of the 2,000 veterans who traveled to Standing Rock this weekend asked Native Americans to forgive past war crimes committed by the U.S. government.
On Monday afternoon, Jon Eagle, who is the tribal historic preservation officer for the Standing Rock Sioux, posted several photos to his personal Facebook page of veterans kneeling before indigenous activists, acknowledging the long history of atrocities committed against Native Americans, and asking for the forgiveness of the tribes in attendance.
To their surprise, Leksi Leonard Crow Dog, a Sioux spokesman, forgave the veteran military members present for the past actions of their government, and in turn asked for forgiveness for the Battle of Big Horn, also known as Custer’s Last Stand, when Sioux warriors killed approximately 268 U.S. soldiers affiliated with the 7th Cavalry.
Eagle said the two groups made a unified call for world peace following the moving ceremony.
“The last thing he said to the veterans was, ‘… and today we forgive and ask for world peace,'” Eagle wrote. “All the veterans replied in a single unified voice, ‘WORLD PEACE!!!!'”
Read the full account of events below:
I witnessed something powerful and profound today. Wes Clark Jr and the assembled veterans took a knee and collectively asked for forgiveness for the genocide and war crimes committed by the United States Military against tribal nations in this country. Leksi Leonard Crow Dog on behalf of the tribes in attendance accepted and asked for forgiveness for any hurt that might have been caused June 25, 1876 when the Great Sioux Nation defeated the 7th Cavalry. The last thing he said to the veterans was, “… and today we forgive and ask for world peace.” All the veterans replied in a single unified voice, “WORLD PEACE!!!!”
The Native Veterans filed through the ranks, shaking hands and giving each other hugs. There were alot of warriors with tears in their eyes.
View the photos on Eagle’s page, shown below:
I witnessed something powerful and profound today. Wes Clark Jr and the assembled veterans took a knee and collectively…
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