Starting at 9:30 AM, a tipi liner will be laid out at the camp for everyone to add their thumbprints, with music starting at 10 AM. Our message to the President is that he should leave his mark on history, and so we are leaving our own marks on the tipi, which we hope will become a part of the historical record.
At 11 AM, we will gather at the camp’s stage to begin the event. We will have speakers from the Cowboy Indian Alliance, First Nations in Alberta Canada, and other folks on the front lines of this project, as well as speakers who will explain the symbolism of the tipi and our gift.
At around 12 Noon, we will offer a final prayer, and then begin our march together to deliver the tipi.
Because the White House does not accept gifts and President Obama will be in Asia on the 26th, and because the tipi is a spiritual object of historical importance, we will be gifting it in his name it to the Museum of the American Indian. We’ll walk together to the museum, and the tipi will be accepted by curators and kept for the historical record.