Charging for Ceremony

LOOKING BACK WOMAN SPEAKS
"Part of the protocols of the true Lakota religion is to not lie (embellish), cheat or steal. When someone was found to be embellishing for recognition or power, they were cast out from the tribe by the Council of Chiefs governing that band.
If someone did any of these offences, they were not allowed to conduct ceremony.
Above all, there was no charge for participating in the Sun Dance or any ceremony… it was by donation only.
Invitation was by word of mouth. This is the “Old Way” and is still practiced by true Lakota spiritualists, like Peter V. Catches Jr.
It is not traditional Lakota ceremony if there is a set fee for ceremony. Like Fools Crow taught, everyone is welcomed as long as they adhere to the rules of protocol.

I do not discount the good works Looking Horse has done, but we must keep our spiritual history true to it’s past. I understand what has happened and why it has happened.

Poverty or greed are not reasons to charge for ceremony -- as if it were as business though a lot of so-called medicine people are doing this. I speak from personal knowledge about this.

For example, after my Yuwipi Ceremony in Kaslo in 1997, a well-known Lakota leader and one of the so-called Twelve Good Men who signed the infamous Green Grass Proclamation telephoned me.
He demanded that I use him instead of Dustin Jaymes Shot With Two Arrows because Dustin was half Mexican and half Lakota and I should not use him because of this.

In order to perform ceremony for me, this so-called spiritual leader demanded a ten thousand dollar speaking fee, $150 per person with a 100 person minimum, plus expenses for himself and three helpers.

A Ceremonial leader may accept money only for transportation, related travel expense and food. The same thing holds true for dancers, singers and others who are part of the ceremonies.
Any other amount of money or gifts from the host must be given from the heart for the general assistance of the ceremonial leader and participants and may not be requested or demanded by them.

Sometime after this incident, another so-called medicine man came to my home. As he sat holding the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe in his arms, he related how he was given permission by the same well-known Lakota leader to conduct and charge for ceremonies -- as long as some of the money found its way back into his [the Lakota leader's] pockets. This man since died an anguishing death.

Who told these people they have the right to charge for ceremonies? They appear to be giving each other the right to conduct ceremonies for money.
Embellishments to our sacred ways have gotten away on these people and an unknowing public.

We must rebuild the Hoop of Life with all living things on Mother Earth. We must have a firm foundation of truth to stand on.
We do not need the face-saving stories of misguided people.
Our children need to know the truth.
We must tell the truth and not make up things to suit our needs."