Chairman Hopkins declared February 9th, "Smudge and Reflection Day"
Last updated 2/15/2022 at 4:16pm
On Wednesday, February 9th, 2022, Chairman Hopkins declared a "Smudge and Reflection Day", inviting all singers and community members to participate in this time of reflection as our community has suffered so much sickness and loss. Thoughts and prayers were said throughout the day as the fire was started in the tipi in east of the SWO Administration building. Tobacco, food, coffee were available during the day as community members stopped by to offer tobacco and prayers. Stories of ehanna were told and laughter were heard around the fire. The community was asked via social media and on KXSW 89.9 fm to join in with prayers at noon. Prayers from local spiritual leaders, Arvol Looking Horse, Rev. Vern Donnell, Mikey Peters were said before the Pipe ceremony. Chairman Hopkins, Tribal Secretary Thompson and members spoke positive words after the ceremony. Council members Bissonette, Crawford, and Amos were in attendance. The all day event ended at sunset around 6pm. Arvol Looking Horse thanked the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate for having the "fire" and expressed we need more in the future.
Special Thanks to the Chairman's office staff, Dawn Eagle, Lynn Halbert, and also to Delray German, Breon Lake and all the singers for all your help. Gina Motah from the Vice Chairman's office served wasna, corn wasna and chokecherry juice.
Masks and social distancing were followed.