"Wakan Gli" meaning Sacred Return or Comes Holy 

For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2024


Mike Mease, Campaign Coordinator 
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James Holt, Executive Director 
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West Yellowstone, MT – Today, June 26th, there was a gathering of Nations to honor and name the White Buffalo Calf born on June 4, 2024 to the wild Yellowstone herds. The birth of the White Buffalo Calf fulfills an ancient Native American prophecy that is a blessing and a warning. Over 500 people attended the event that was held at Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) headquarters on the territory of the Shoshone-Bannock. An altar was created with three buffalo robes and three buffalo skulls. A fourth buffalo skull hung on the peace pole representing World Peace and Prayer Day held June 21st every year. 

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Chief Arvol Looking Horse,19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and Bundle presided over the ceremony and named the White Buffalo Calf, Wakan Gli, Sacred Return or Comes Holy. 

“The prophecy of the White Buffalo Calf Woman says we are at the crossroads and it’s up to each and every one of us to make it happen. For the future of our children, we must come together and bring that good energy back.” - Chief Arvol Looking Horse 

There were numerous tribes in attendance. Many spoke in terms of their cultural, spiritual, historic relationship with pte' Oyate or Buffalo Nation. Tribes, tribal representatives, council members, and tribal chairman all honored the sacred White Buffalo Calf and their own traditional buffalo lifeways. The late Rosalie Little Thunder, co-founder of BFC, was honored by Mike Mease also a co-founder of BFC.  

James Holt, BFC executive director said, "This day is about the White Buffalo Calf, the wild Yellowstone herds and the Tribal Nations who have the longest reciprocal relationship with their four-legged relatives." 

Buffalo Field Campaign works to save the last wild bison of Yellowstone and is based in West Yellowstone, Montana. 

World Peace and Prayer Day was started by Chief Arvol Looking Horse and is held each year on June 21. 


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