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Prayer for First Nations and the Church
26 Feb 2014

Forty Day Prayer Vigil:

Beginning With Ash Wednesday for the Land of  America and for the Federally Recognized Nations Within Our Nation

Focusing on Our Great Intercessor  - Isaiah 59 – As We begin our Prayer Vigil:

Prayer Plan:

We are dividing the Indian tribes into 8 Language Groups according to their bloodline.  The bloodline/linguistic grouping ensures ALL the tribes will be covered. 

1. Algic Language Groups (8 days)

Cheyenne, Shawnee, Ojibwe, Deleware, Illinois, Potawatomi, Blackfoot, Arapaho

One of the many atrocities committed against this language group:

The Sand Creek Massacre- Col. John Chivington, a former Methodist preacher and 700 volunteers attacked a Cheyenne village at Sand Creek in Colorado Territory known to be at peace with the whites, (and living under an American flag of truce) Slaughtered more than 100 women and children and 28 men. The soldiers scalped and mutilated the corpses, hacking off body parts that included male and female genitals, and then returned to Denver where they displayed the scalps to approving crowds during intermission at a downtown theatre.

Day 1:  Our Covenant- Keeping God:  Genesis 3: Because of man’s fallen condition God promised one who would crush the head of Satan.  He provided the first sacrifice by covering our shame with animal skins.   Prayer Item:  Pray for the Cheyenne Nation

Day 2:Our Covenant-Keeping God:  Genesis 8:20-22: Through Noah’s sacrificial worship, the Lord made covenant that He would never again destroy the earth by water.  There would always be seasons and climates.  Prayer Item:  Pray for the Shawnee Nation

Day 3:God Makes Covenant with Abraham: Genesis 17:1-9Prayer Item:  Pray for the Ojibwe Nation

Day 4:God Makes Covenant with Abraham:  Genesis 22:1-24  He will provide the lamb for the sacrifice.  Prayer Item:  Pray for the Deleware Nation

Day 5:God Makes Covenant with Abraham’s Descendants:  Exodus 12:1-3 He establishes the Passover while in Egypt and the Passover Lamb Feast Day. Prayer Item: Pray for the Illinois Nation

Day 6:The descendants of Abraham make covenant with God:  Exodus 19:1-8  They will become known as the people He dwells with.Prayer Item: Pray for the Potowatome Nation


Day 7:The Covenant was sealed by the Blood of a LambExodus 24: 1-12              Prayer Item: Pray for the Blackfoot Nation

Day 8:The Lord instructs Moses to build an Ark to place the covenant in:Exodus 25:1-22           And a Sanctuary where He will dwell with them.    Prayer Item: Pray for the Arapaho Nation


2. Iroquoian Language Group (6 days)

The Five Iroquois Nations: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca; and the Cherokee Nation

Example of broken treaties and atrocities:

Sullivan’s Scorched Earth Policy-After the Oneida saved Washington during the Battle at Valley Forge, which broke the back of the British and won the war, he turned around and ordered Gen. Sullivan to use a scorched earth policy across, Iroquoia, in New York State, burning all the fruit bearing trees and destroying Iroquois food supplies for miles.  Hundreds died in the dead of a bitter winter.  Washington wanted to make an example of ALL the Iroquois because some had sided with the British.  Not only was this a bitter betrayal, God’s Law forbids what is called a “scorched earth policy” used in warfare.  

(Deut.20. 19-20.  “When you besiege a city for a long time, while making war against it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against them; if you can eat of them do not cut them down to use in the siege, for the tree of the field is man’s food.  20 Only trees which you know are not trees for food you may destroy and cut down, to build siege works against the city that makes war with you…”

Day 9:God reminds His people of the seriousness of this covenant even for the future generations. Deuteronomy 29:14-29        Prayer Item:       Pray for the Mohawk Nation

Day 10: The Ark Of the Covenant leads the people into the Promised Land.  Joshua 3:8 – 4:7                                                        Prayer Item:  Pray for the Oneida Nation  

Day 11:Israelis taught the significance of their treaty (covenant making) with other nations.    Joshua 9:1-20                              Prayer Item:  Pray for the Onondaga Nation

Day 12:God speaks in the presence of the Ark of the Covenant.  1 Samuel 3:1-18       Prayer Item:  Pray for the Cayuga Nation

Day 13:The fallen priesthood causes the nation to lose the Ark of the Covenant in war.   1 Samuel 4:1-22                                Prayer Item: Pray for the Seneca Nation

Day 14: But the Philistines return the Ark of the Covenant because of the havoc it creates among them.  1 Samuel 6:1-15         Prayer Item:  Pray for the Cherokee Nation


3. Muskogean Language Group (4 days)

Seminole, Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw

Example of broken treaties, bloodshed, idolatry of mammon:

Trail of Tears--Pres. Andrew Jackson violated Chief Justice John Marshal’s ruling and forced the Indian   Removal Act through Congress—there by violating all the treaties made.   Thousands died on the forced marches to Oklahoma Territory, known as the Trail of Tears, which occurred in the winter under horrific circumstances. (This group known as the Five Civilized Tribes included the Cherokee on the infamous march.)

Day 15:King David brings the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem and renews the Covenant with burnt offerings and peace offerings.  2Samuel 6:1-17   Prayer Item:  Pray for the Seminole Nation

Day 16:A three year famine reveals how the earth responds to broken covenants.  2Samuel 21:1-14                                         Prayer Item:  Pray for the Creek Nation

Day 17: King Solomon, David’s Son builds the Temple to house the Ark of the Covenant.    1 Kings 6:1-14                            Prayer Item:  Pray for the Chickasaw Nation

Day 18: God accepts the place of habitation for His Presence and renews the Covenant with His people.  2 Chronicles 6:40 – 7:4           Prayer Item:  Pray for the Choctaw Nation


4. Siouan Language Group  (7 days)

      Crow, Osage, Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Ponca, Oto

                        Example of innocent bloodshed and broken treaties:

Wounded Knee Massacre- 150 unarmed women, children and elderly sick of the Lakota Nation were killed, and 51 wounded (4 men, 47 women and children, some of whom died later); some estimates placed the number of dead at 300.  At least twenty soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor.

Day 19:The remaining years before Judah was exiled from the land is full of faithlessness in keeping the covenant with God, although some of the kings attempted to reestablish it during their individual reign.  2 Chronicles 34:1-25                                     Prayer Item:  Pray for the Crow Nation

Day 20:  The prophets began to offer hope and to declare the Promised One was coming to establish the covenant eternally for the people.  Isaiah 52:1-12      Prayer Item: Pray for the Osage Nation

Day 21:The One promised would not only be for Israel but for the nations.  All kings would see the righteousness, vindication, glory and the beauty of this one.  Isaiah 62:1-12        Prayer Item:  Pray for the Lakota Nation

Day 22: But the prophets also knew that the people would not recognize Him and He would not come as they expected.  Isaiah 52:13-53:3               Prayer Item: Pray for the Dakota Nation

Day 23:He would come as the Servant, the Sacrificial Lamb, to be offered up for the sins of mankind.  Isaiah 53:4-12                 Prayer Item:  Pray for the Nakota Nation

Day 24:  No longer would there be a daily sacrifice required to renew the covenant, but it would be written on the hearts of men. Jeremiah 31:23-34         Prayer Item:  Pray for the Ponca Nation

Day 25:  And so, in the fullness of time, John the Baptist came declaring and announcing the fulfillment of the covenant and the one whom God had prepared for the sacrifice.  John 1:15-27  Prayer Item:  Pray for the Oto Nation


5.  Uto-Aztecan Language Group (7 days)

      Shoshoni, Comanche, Hopi, Ute(s), Pai (Havasupai, Hualapai, Yavapai), Pima

            Example of broken covenants and innocent bloodshed with the Pai tribes:

The Long Walk--In 1873, troops forced 1400 Yavapai people to walk 180 miles to the San Carlos reservation. More than 100 people died on "The Long Walk."

Day 26:John the Baptist declared the proper name for the sacrifice, The Lamb of God.  John 1:28-36                                          Prayer Item: Pray for the Shoshoni Nation


Day 27:And thinking of His followers, in preparation for His sacrifice, He proved He was also the resurrection and life from death.  John 11:1-45        Prayer Item: Pray for the Comanche Nation

Day 28:And in preparation for His sacrifice, Mary anoints His body and then enters Jerusalem as the people’s king, riding on a donkey six days before the Passover Event which was foretold by Zechariah 9:9.     John 12:1-26                                                  Prayer Item: Pray for the Hopi Nation

Day 29:And in keeping with Moses’ instruction that the lamb must be selected to stay with the family for four days to be inspected for any defects (Exodus 12:3-6), Jesus would enter the temple, first to cleanse it, then to dialogue with the priesthood and people for four days.   Mark 11:10-33           Prayer Item:  Pray for the Ute(s) Nations

Day 30:As the time approached for the Passover, Jesus celebrated it with His disciples declaring His blood would be the new covenant.  Luke 22:7-27         Prayer Item: Pray for the Hasupai Nation

Day 31:And so they sang a hymn and He went out to the garden to pray for strength to endure and submitting to the Father’s pleasure and will.   Luke 22:33-46   Prayer Item:  Pray for the Hualapai Nation

Day 32:And He entered into prayer for not only Himself, but also for His followers, and for those who would believe by their testimony. “Father, make them One, even as You and I are One.” John 17Prayer Item:  Pray for the Pima Nation


6.  Athabascan (2 days)

      Apache, Navajo

            Example of broken treaty and innocent bloodshed:

Camp Grant Massacre--In 1871 the bands of Chief Ezkiminzin and Chief Capitan Chiquito came into Camp Grant on Aravaipa Creek. They turned in their guns and were told they could live there and grow crops.  In the early morning hours of April 30, 1871, Tucson vigilantes came upon the slumbering Apache camp and began their systematic slaughter. They used war clubs to kill those asleep in their wikiups, and rifle fire from the hills above to shoot down those trying to flee the camp below.  Among the few survivors were 26 children, who were captured and sold into slavery in Mexico. 

The following day the soldiers from Camp Grant buried approximately one hundred and twenty woman and children in two trenches on one of the nearby hilltops.

Day 33:   And so they came for Him, betrayed by a kiss and deserted by his followers and

Abandoned. He was brought for judgment to the religious leaders to find his worthy for the sacrifice.  Luke 22: 47-71                Prayer Item: Pray for the Apache Nation

Day  34: “ My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?”  Psalm 22   Prayer Item: Pray for the Navajo Nation


7. Salishan, Klaymath, Nez Perse, and California’s tribes (4 days)

    Salish tribes of the NW, the Nez Perce, and California tribes

            Example of innocent bloodshed statewide:

California has more bloodshed than any state in the nation.  Once gold was discovered, the native population in California was reduced from over 350,000 to about 30, 000 in less than 90 years.  The State of California paid bounty hunters for the “heads and scalps” of native people regardless of sex or age.

Day 35:Then He was taken to be judged, ridiculed, humiliated, beaten and to be judged and condemned by the Civil Court. (Herod and Pilate)  Luke 23:1-27        Prayer Item: Pray for the Salishan Nations

Day 36:And so He was brought to the place called The Skull, Golgotha in Hebrew, crucified, being pierced several times with the shedding of His blood, wearing a crown of thorns, nailed to the cross and pierced in the side.  His blood sealed the covenant for all mankind.   Luke 23:33-49   Prayer Item: Pray for the Klaymath Nation

Day 37: Paul warned the Church in taking the Covenant, the Lord’s Supper, in an unworthy manner.   1 Corinthians 11: 23-34           Prayer Item: Pray for the Nez Perse Nation

Day 38: He has once and for all paid through His blood paid the needed sacrifice in order to restore mankind to a rightful position with their God.  Hebrews 9:1-28  Prayer Item:     Pray for California’s Tribes


8.  Inuit/Eskimo and Aleut (2 days)

            Example of innocent bloodshed of the Aleut:

The Awa'uq Massacre, or Refuge Rock Massacre,or the Wounded Kneeof Alaskawas an attack by Russian fur traderGrigory Shelikhovand Russian armed men and cannoneersagainst the Alutiiq people(own name Qik’rtarmiut Sugpiat) in 1784 in Russian-controlledAlaska. It occurred on Sitkalidak Island, near and across Old Harboron Refuge Rock (Awa'uq in Alutiiq language), in Kodiak, Alaska. The Russian promyshlennikisslaughtered 500 men, women and children on Refuge Rock, though some sources state the number was 2000, or between 2,500–3,000.  Following the attack of Awa'uq, Shelikhov claims to have captured over 1000 people, detaining 400 as hostages.  (Although this was not on the church shoulders it is horrific shedding of innocent blood.)

Day 39: For the promised day is to come when all nations, all tribes, will be worshiping the Lamb before the throne of God.  Revelation 5         Prayer Item:  Pray for the Inuit/Eskimo Nation

Day 40:  It is the word of the prophet, Zechariah that declares one-day Israel will look upon the One who was pierced and will recognize Him.  Zechariah 13:6 declares they will note the wounds on His breast and in His hands.  He will answer that He received the wounding’s in the house of His friends.  Not only are we beginning the Holy Week of the Passion, but also the Feast of Passover today.  Hebrews 6:17-19a  declares “to those who were to receive what He promised, God wanted to make it very clear that He would never change His purpose; so He added His Vow to His Promise. There are these two things, then, that cannot change and about which God cannot lie.  So we who have found safety with Him are greatly encouraged to hold firmly to the hope placed before us.”  And the Apostle Paul warned the church of being self-opinionated in that they have had faith to receive the blood sacrifice of the Lord. “I do not want you to miss this hidden truth and mystery, brethren: a hardening has befallen a part of Israel until the full number of the ingathering of the Gentiles has come in.  And so all Israel will be saved.  As it is written, The Deliverer will come from Zion. He will banish ungodliness from Jacob.  And this will be My covenant – My Agreement – with them when I shall take away their sins.”   Romans 11:25-27 Prayer Item:  Pray for the Aleut Nation and for the Nation of Israel






Shirley Crowel