|Photo by: Gifford Pinchot Task Force|
For example, right here in Yellowstone in 2008, Arvol Looking Horse performed the "Releasing of the Spirits" ceremony for all the slaughtered buffalo. Also, helping with the ceremony was Rosalie Little Thunder.
Rosalie says that in Lakota tradition, when buffalo die, we must honor them with songs so they can come back again. When the Park Service and DOL kill them so disrespectfully, they sing no songs and the buffalo's spirits can't be let go. So the Ceremony was necessary to help the buffalo move on. Songs were given to the buffalo. They will come back.