|This is my personal statement
which I have come to after a period of reflection.
I am John "Grey Wolf" Wilde. I led the Sweat Lodges which were non-tribal specific, and were traditional in nature in rounds done and prayers said. Each person was told to pray to their deity and not my own. I was guided by Spirit to do so. So many people of many races gripe and complain about those people who have been selling our religion. So I did the Lodges to enlighten the few who wanted the knowledge. I was guided to act instead of complain.
Our People were Pagans and Heathens 100 to 200 years ago. Anything out of the main stream is Pagan or Heathen. I have prayed much about this situation, and my Guides have told me to speak. I speak, act, and believe the old ways of this land's people. I am not trying to portray myself as an Elder, just an Indian with old ways and beliefs.
I have spoken with different Tribal Elders and they all said to do as Great Spirit and The Old Ones tell me to. I have even been asked "why" I want to believe the old ways in today's technological ways. My response is, I have more faith in the old ways. I believe in the Creator, my Ancestors, and the Spirits of the Earth as my Pagan siblings do.
I do support Betsy Ashby in
her fight. She knows I would not fight because that is who I am and
that my ways are spiritual not political. But it is not right that
people get angry with her. I and my family were the ones being ostracized
and threatened. Because of this situation, I may never be recognized
by my blood line Tribe - but I will continue to live and die with the old
ways and beliefs.
If I can and do help one person no matter what color, religion, sex, I will have done as Grandfather instructed me to do. So I will continue to pray for all. Is that not what the Medicine Wheel represents??!! Black, White, Red, and Yellow - all the Peoples, the Creatures, and the Standing Ones from Mother Earth.
Sincerely and with many Blessings,