Kunsi Keya ​​

​​Kunsi Keya was incorporated in 2005, achieved 501c3 status in 2008, and in 2013 was recognized by the United Nations as an Indigenous People's Organization.

​Grandmother Turtle Land

​Blessings from Kunsi Keya

There is an ancient Lakota chant:

Sacred Stones...
He wami yank, auwe, They come to see you,
Tunka kin sitomniya, All the sacred stones,
Wani yank, auwe. They come to see you.

It’s been a momentous year as many Nations have gathered at Standing Rock to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Many of us have felt called to contribute our time and resources to support that gathering. And it is an awakening that draws us to remember that despite all that seems to the contrary that we are called to protect. Barking dogs tearing at us. Tractors ripping at our sacred Mother. Rubber bullets and mace is in our eyes. And still we gather, a strong circle of Nations to pray, to do ceremony, and to protect the living waters.

Kunsi Keya is connected to the circle that gathers at Standing Rock. It is the place we gather in the breath of the sacred stones to build sacred community, to pray, to hope, and dream of healing our planet. It is a circle we also feel called to contribute our time and resources to support – it is our circle.

And Kunsi Keya’s work continues year around, so do the bills and expenses of maintaining and holding this place for us all to return. Last year we undertook significant improvements to the land. We widened the arbor, reinforced the hill below the West gate to make the dancer’s area in the arbor safer. We also worked with the land to improve many of our drainages so that water flowed in better ways. These costly improvements were very important to complete
During this time of giving, please consider a donation to Kunsi Keya to support the care and maintenance of our sacred land and the circle it supports. We are a non-profit organization so all gifts are tax deductible. You can mail a check to the Kunsi Keya Tamakoce address at the end of this post or

We say the words “Mitakuye Oyasin” to each other many times during Sundance. We say them as we enter and leave the Lodge, as we pass sage, and some of us even say it when we pass the salt and pepper. In this time of deepening, when the sacred stones come to see us, please remember the 

   power and joy of being on the mountain.
   the gathering of the Ancestors for our sacred fires,
   the life giving water as it meets the
   Ancestors creating the steam that cleanses our minds, bodies and souls.

   We are all related

Our traditions teach us to think about the impact of our actions seven generations into the future. Please contribute what you can to preserve this space where women gather to heal the planet and to honor our traditions.

Mitakuye Oyasin & Happy Holidays

Beverly and Pam

Board of Directors:

Ann Benedetto
Dr. Sayra Pinto
Kevyn Radcliffe
Dr. Wren Walker-Robbins
Kristin Wilson