Ghost Dance – A Healing Event for All, 6/24/17

June 24, Chandler, Minnesota
Native American Ceremony and International Event
Begins at 5AM on June 24 and goes until…


We have reached critical timing with all of the environmental concerns that affect our planet: the effect of global warming, the lack of water, the pollution of our water resources, our food, which affects our health, and the disregard for our brothers and sisters of all Kingdoms. With the sickness and dis-ease of so many people, NOW is the time to restore our earth, honor our ancestral lineage and bring harmony back to the land.

You may ask why now? Why the Ghost Dance? Because there are those of us around that knew the Earth Mother as she was with clean water, air, and soil before commercialized farming and the unsustainable practices of today.  It is time to call upon those people and the memory of our ancestors to support our efforts and counsel our ways. It is time to dance to clean the waters, and return the forests and prairie grasses to the sacred ground so that we and our descendants may walk in beauty.

The Ghost Dance is an early Native American tradition and is performed to regenerate, revive, restore, redevelop, stimulate and reinforce healing and well-being in all life forms. As in all ceremonies, the Ghost Dance is done to honor our Sacred People – our ancestors and to restore our Earth Mother and all her inhabitants.

The Ghost Dance was once called the Spirit Dance or Ghost Council, where the dancer connected to these Spirits … the Sacred People of the Elemental Kingdom (Air, Water, etc.), the Plant Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom, the Ancestors, our Earth Mother and the Creator.  This connection honored them and they in turn imparted many gifts, including spiritual and healing gifts, upon the participants. The effort each individual devoted into the preparation and execution of their dance was returned to them… as all spirits see our true heart and our intentions!

Like many Native American ceremonies, this dance had long gone underground in the cloak of darkness, as many of these ceremonies had been forbidden. That time is gone; now, it will be held in the daylight – transporting it out from the darkness into the light.


Location and Date

The ceremony will be held at 242 – 61st Street, Chandler, MN 56122 on Sacred Native American Ceremonial land. (From I-90 to Exit 26 to I-91 North to Chandler). We will begin at 5:00 AM on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 (pre-sunrise) and it will last until…

If you want to be present for the opening of the event, we suggest you arrive on Friday to set up and begin with the opening ceremonies.
Preparations and ceremonies will begin midweek prior to the 24th.

Opening Prayer Susan Stanton, UN Delegate to the World Indigenous Conference.

Opening SongWhite Buffalo Cow Society Members led by Karen Sparrow – Karen began this journey in the 1940s when her Cherokee uncle led her to a circle of women and told them to teach her to dance. She is one of the Founders of the Thunderbird Society (a Native American Culture Group) – Native American Delegate to Japan to represent an American City.

Opening RemarksLeon Carney – Ghost Dance Ceremonial Medicine Man.
The “dance” is performed in a circle with mostly slow, walk-like, movements. Though this is a traditional ceremony, fasting is a private choice and not necessary.  For those that have physical restrictions for any reason, there are always multiple ways of participating in this event whether you are able to be active or not.  All are welcome as this is an important healing ceremony.

Prior Midweek Preparations and Events:
For those of you who wish to arrive earlier around midweek (Wednesday – Friday), there will be healers, storytelling, campfires, talking circles, possible lodge, and set up occurring during this time. More details on days before this event as the information become available.
This is a sacred ceremony and shall be treated as such.

What You May Need to know

  • Because it is a traditional ceremony there are plans to have food available on the day of the event only.  However we ask that you bring for yourself, foods for any other day that you plan to be with us as well as supplemental food, snacks and water for your needs.
  • Picnics are welcome – food, water, snacks
  • You will need chairs and/or blankets
  • If you use insect repellents (however this area is NOT prone to mosquitos) please use a natural/organic product if possible
  • Sunscreen
  • Clothing to layer, hat
  • Canopies/umbrellas are welcome for shade
  • Drums and rattles
  • Your personal staff (see below)
  • Propane stoves for cooking only (there will be some fire available for cooking from the organizers)
  • We will have open fires with talking circles and/or storytelling in the evenings and daytime
  • We prefer no pets – if there is a need to have a pet with you, please contact one of the organizers.
  • A willingness and openness to participate in the mystery of connecting with the earth.
  • Tolerance of everyone’s medicine.
  • A full tank of gas as it is a very rural setting
  • No controlled substances, alcohol or firearms

Your attire:
This Dance is to heal the past and therefore the only requirement is to be respectful above all things. The pageantry of regalia is a beautiful thing to see at a Native Ceremony; however it is not required.

  • Regalia – traditional Native American clothing embellished with beads and could be make of buckskin or broadcloth.
  • Dresses, long skirts and shawls are more traditional, but not necessary.
  • Moccasins or bare feet are more traditional, but not necessary.
  • Staff – our staffs are the “calling card” for the Spirits to recognize who we are and that we are participating in the Dance. They are used to create the arbor for the dance circle and all are welcome.  They will be placed in the ground to create the circle that we will dance in. However, if you don’t have one, it isn’t necessary. If you choose to make one, the following items are typically what and how they are represented:
    • The staff is usually wooden and is approximately your height.
    • It traditionally has a crooked top.
    • Each are represented, something that walks on the ground, something that lives underground and something that flies in the air (a rock, a feather, fur).  These staffs are embellished with items that represent YOU and your personal journey.
About Leon Carney and the Location of the Ghost Dance

Mr. Leon Carney is our ceremonial Medicine Man for the Ghost Dance.  The event will be held on his private land in Chandler, Minnesota which is near Pipestone, Minnesota – where the sacred stone is quarried for Native American pipes.  This land has been used for many sacred ceremonies such as Sun Dances and Vision Quests as well as many others.  The location of the Dance is a place that mystical things are experienced in the benign. It is important that he and his land are honored and respected at all times.

Leon is Vice President of the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers (an international Tribal non-profit organization). He was Medicine Man for the Okipa Ceremony in North Dakota and is the Medicine Man for the Ghost Dance.  As a member of the Nature Conservancy, Leon’s 300 acres with the Chanarambie Creek running through it, is noted to be one of the most pristine places in Southwest Minnesota. Leon set legal precedence against the Minnesota Court systems to protect the Native Prairies.  His property is a registered archeological site and is sacred ground.


In Gratitude

The organizers of this event are in deep gratitude for:

The generous financial gift from the Thunderbird Society (a Native American Culture Group) of Keokuk, Iowa which made available the food for the day of the Dance.
The support of the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers (an international Tribal non-profit organization).
To Ritchie and Becky Petersen of Liberty Septic, Tyler, Minnesota 507.247.5163 for their generous discounts on our port-a-potties.
To Janelle Kaye for her research and editorial contributions
To Kimi and Garry Jones of O’Fallon, Missouri for their generous donation.


 Lodging near Chandler, MN


For those of you who are unfamiliar with the area around Chandler, MN, be prepared for limited accommodations.  Pipestone is a small town is located about 20 minutes west of Chandler.  Slayton is smaller and located about 20 minutes east of Chandler. There are numerous smaller towns in the area with very limited-to-no tourist accommodations. We also recommend that if need accommodations, you plan early! It would be a good idea to check online, as well as call ahead in order to check out current details.  You may also want to do further searching on your own as this list is only some recommendations and may not be completely accurate. Please contact the event organizers if you need help in locating information.

Ceremonial Site Camping:

We recommend that you camp on the property where the event is taking place if possible. Camping will be free of charge.  There will be limited driving onto the property. Please treat the land respectfully and be responsible for your own waste.   Leave the land and creek as pristine as you found it. If you do camp, here are a few suggestions:

  • We ask as a courtesy to call Leon to make your reservation:  P: 507-227-2123.
  • Bring all of your camping gear that would be needed in a remote camping area without nearby modern conveniences.
  • The property has a well for drinking water.
  • Bring propane stoves to lessen the chance of a wildfire.
  • There is a creek available for water resources and replenishment. There are no showers or running water.
  • RVs are welcome however there are no hookups available.

Other Camping: 

Rock River Camp at Edgerton, MN.  (About 10 miles from Leon’s property)
Check out  for details.

This campground offers restrooms and shower facilities, a picnic shelter, and a free sewer dump site.  Electric/water sites are $20.00 a day; non-electric/non-water sites are $15.00/day. 
The electric sites each have access to 30amp and 110 volt.  Four of our 16 electric sites also have 50 amp.  The 8 sites in the center of the park also have sewer hook-ups.  The city council is considering raising the fees so check the website for fee updates, if interested.  Fees are for the overnight stay.  Can arrive anytime during the day and leave by midday.  Check map on the website to see where buildings and payment centers are located.

Campsites are available on a first-come, first serve basis; no reservations for individuals or groups are accepted. If you want to reserve a site, you can park a car on a site and pay for the time it is there.  Call City Hall for more information:  507-442-7891.

Pipestone RV Campground:   919 N Hiawatha Ave., Pipestone, MN 56164    P: 507-825-2455

Split Rock Creek State Park:  336 50th Ave., Jasper, MN   56144            P: 507-348-7908

Located 7 miles southwest of Pipestone off State Highway 23.

Hotel, Motel, and B & B Lodging 

Pipestone:  5 Lodging Accommodations
Check out for further details.

Crossings by Grandstay:   915 7th Street SE, Pipestone, MN 56164   P:  855-455-7829

Historic Calumet Inn: 104 West Main, Pipestone, MN 56164      P:  507- 825-5871

America’s Best Value Inn:   605 – 8th Avenue SE, Pipestone, MN 56164
For Reservations call: P: 888.315.2378

Arrow Motel:    620 8th Ave.  NE, Pipestone, MN 56164      P:   507-825-3331

Hill Top Inn:   2436 Highway 59, Slayton, MN 56172   P:  507- 836-8511

Riverside Acres:  1353 41st St., MN 56128   P:  507-442-4114    (B & B with 7 bedrooms) – 4 miles from the event site.

Lost Timber Bible Camp:  466 Valley Road, Chandler, MN 56122   P:  507-677-2555
(Space available only on the night of the 24th).Just 4 miles from the event site!
The bunkbeds in a group setting are $20.00 for the night with a shower. You bring your own bedding, pillow, and towels. Call for a reservation.

Nearby Locations:
The bunkbeds in a group setting are $20.00 for the night with a shower. You bring your own bedding, pillow, and towels. Call for a reservation.

PLEASE NOTE: The Cenex gas station at Lake Wilson not only has gas, but also great broasted chicken and pizza. It is located at the intersection of Highway 91 and Highway 30.



Pipestone: 13 restaurants
(Go to the site above to see list of 13 restaurants, their menus, locations, reviews, & prices.)

Some of the basic information as is available is included here.

Lange’s Café:   110 8th Ave. SE, Rt. 23, Pipestone, MN 56164-2119    P: 507-825-4488
Hours:   Sun – Sat 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Menu:  American
Price:  Abt. $11

Historic Calumet:   104 West Main Street, Pipestone, MN 56164   P: 507-825-5871
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Menu:  American
Price:  Abt. $6 – $21

Dar’s Pizza:  607 8th Ave SW, Pipestone, MN 56164-1127      P:  507-825-4261
Hours:  Sun – Thu 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Fri – Sat 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
Menu:  Good basic pizza in a sprawling dining room/bar

Pipestone Pizza Ranch:  108 West Main Street, Pipestone, MN 56164    P:  507-562-2222
Hours:  Sun – Thu 9:00 am – 9:00 pm,   Fri – Sat 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Menu:  Buffet, soups, ice cream, custom made pizza

Kelly’s Koffee and Grill:   101 8th Ave NE, Pipestone, MN 56164    P: 507- 562-5282
Hours:  Sun 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Mon – Fri 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sat 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Menu:  coffees, smoothies, sandwiches, soups

New Country of Pipestone:  211 2nd St NW, Pipestone, MN 56164-1635    P:  507-825-0088
Hours: Sun – Thu 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Fri – Sat 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Menu:  Chinese buffet

Smoking Guns BBQ:   614 5th St. SW, Pipestone, MN 56164       P: 507-215-1284
Menu:  BBQ

Los Tulipanes Mexican Restaurant:  607 8th Ave., NE, Pipestone, MN 56164       P: 507-825-5599

Subway:  520 8th Ave SE, Pipestone, MN 56164-2050     P:  507-825-5951
Hours:  Sun 9:00 am – 10:00 pm,  Mon – Fri 7:00 am – 10:00 pm,  Sat 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

 McDonalds:   609 8th Ave SE, Pipestone, MN 56164      P: 507- 825-3222
Hours:  Sun – Sat 8:00 am – 11:00 pm

Casey’s General Store (for pizza):   711 8th Ave SE, Pipestone, MN 56164    P:  507-825-4182
Hours:  Sun – Sat 5:30 am – 11:00 pm

Dairy Queen:     301 8th Ave SE, Pipestone, MN 56164        P:  507-825-3655
Hours:  Sun 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm,   Mon – Sat 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Dairy King:     605 7th Street SW, Pipestone, MN 56164       P:  507-825-2755
Hours: Sun – Sat 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Menu:  fast food with some fried food selections and ice cream, shakes & frozen goodies

Pizza Hut:    413 8th Ave SE, Pipestone, MN 56164        P:  507-825-5886
Hours:  Sun – Thu 11:00 am – 9:00 pm,  Fri – Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Hank’s Foods: (delicatessen)    504 7th St. SW, Pipestone, MN 56164     P:  507-825-365
Menu: 10 different choices of hot food.  Eat there, or takeout.

Slayton:  5 restaurants
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Left Bank Café:  2600 Broadway Ave, “# 2699″, Slayton, MN 56172-1312    P:  507-836-6008

Hub Drive Inn:  2006 20th St, Slayton, MN 56172    P:  507-836-6016

Pizza Ranch:  2306 Broadway Ave, Slayton, MN 56172      P: 507-836-8856
Hours:  Sun – Thu 11:00 am – 9:00 pm      Fri – Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Slayton Bakery2613 Broadway Ave, Slayton, MN 56172      P:  507-836-8211
Hours:  Mon – Fri 5:00 am – 5:00 pm     Sat 5:00 am – 12:00 pm

Key Largo:  29 Valhalla Dr., Slayton, MN  56172-1921     P: 507-763-3400     (by Lake Shetek)
Hours: Sun – Sat 11:00 am – 2:00 am

Subway:    2441 20th St., (Hwy. 30), Slayton, MN 56172   P:   507-836-8989

Ihlen:  1 Restaurant
Glass House Restaurant:    800 Holman St., Ihlen, MN 56140      P:  507-348-7561
Menu:  American

Edgerton:  1 Restaurant
End Zone Restaurant:  1000 S. Main St., Edgerton, MN 56128     P:  507-630-0090

More information to follow and I hope to see all of you there!!

Legal Disclaimer: Though this is a spiritual event we cannot control the actions of others Therefore, Leon Carney and his property, nor the organizers of this event are not responsible for any property damage, theft, loss or stolen items and/or personal bodily injury.

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