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Published September 19, 2011, 09:05 AM

Standing Rock blesses totem for DC-area exhibit

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Monday was holding a blessing ceremony for a totem that will be part of an exhibit near the nation's capital.

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Monday was holding a blessing ceremony for a totem that will be part of an exhibit near the nation's capital.

The 20-foot "healing" totem is on a 5,000-mile journey to the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. It will be the central piece of the exhibit "Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness."

The totem was carved by Jewell Praying Wolf James of the Lummi Nation in Washington state. The blessing ceremony on the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota was being held at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, on the North Dakota side of the border.

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