Bringing the Sacred Back

A group of Lakota, friends and supporters from around the world, are dedicated to buying a piece of land in the Black Hills to be used for traditional, educational, and ceremonial use. Time is of the essence! There is a 1,000 acre piece of land near the sacred Bear Butte Mountain.The landowner has met with Izzy Zephier, Founder of Bringing the Sacred Back, and has decided to refuse a current offer and to HOLD the land for Izzy’s nonprofit, giving us some time to raise the funds!


The owners are some of the Good Hearts that Crazy Horse told us to look for, to help bring the vision into being. We are working in all directions to raise the $4.5 million for this as soon as possible.We are working in all directions to raise the funds for this as soon as possible. During prayer, the ancestors have identified this piece of land, it is an old camp to be re-established, the ancestors are waiting there.The purpose is to establish a place for all people to come and pray, to learn and relearn to walk the spiritual path in life, from indigenous wisdom of elders from around the world. This Black Hills land was stolen 140 years ago. We are “reclaiming” a piece of it to bring to the world the knowledge that the world left behind, what the elders and wisdom keepers still possess, and very important things during these changing times on Mother Earth.



The ultimate goal of our project, Bringing The Sacred Back, is to unite mankind through the process of unification of all indigenous ceremonies. The indigenous being from Canada down to the tip of South America. To bring about the traditional teachings of the natural laws of the universe. These are the main teachings that mankind left behind. Through this process, we hope to bring change, we hope to bring love, we hope to bring understanding, we hope to bring respect between all nations. Many, many elders of all the indigenous carry the knowledge that the world is looking for today. They preserved all the ancient teachings and kept from losing them and being destroyed under the persecution from other nations. Today we are fortunate to be given a chance to finally bring this effort into one place, the sacred Black Hills to the “Heart of everything that is.” We say thank you to all friends who have the good hearts, who want to help and assist for this vision to become real. Always in love and prayer, we say pidamaya, thank you.

– Chief Black Spotted Horse

Our Goals

To return land to Native American Management and use 140 years after it was illegally taken.

Acquiring land of unique, plentiful resources for year-round quality water, rich in trees and wildlife, level land suitable for tee pees and tents, remote from development.

Land for unrestricted ceremonial and traditional use, education of cultural lifeways with adults and youth for preserving cultural teachings, knowledge, and preservation from development.

Establish a place open to all people, for learning the indigenous teachings that will help to bring individuals, families, and communities back to the guidance that is needed today.

Izzy Zephier, Yankton Sioux, is Founder of Bringing the Sacred Back to the Black Hills, Paha Sapa.

“I’ve carried this vision for over 40 years, to find a piece of land and prepare it for the people. I have never given up on what Tunkasila, Grandfather has asked me to do. Visions are very, very sacred and you have to do it. Now it is time to retrieve a piece of land in our sacred Black Hills.”

Chief Black Spotted Horse, Izzy Zephier

Teaching on the Spiritual Path


Izzy Zephier, a Dacotah/Lakota, has spent the last 40 years teaching and helping people, and sharing his traditional knowledge. He is descended from Black Elk (of “Black Elk Speaks”) and Chief Iron Wing, who rode with Crazy Horse, one of the greatest Lakota warriors. Izzy works with spiritual leaders from around the world and those looking for guidance.

Izzy began his spiritual path in 1967; many extraordinary experiences have guided him to find his destiny. As a spiritual leader he has led many ceremonies, including sweat lodge which is used for purification. Izzy ran Sun Dance at Green Grass, South Dakota, a powerful tradition for finding one’s purpose.

Izzy teaches about The Three Roads in life, and the time when he had no choice but to choose the Good Road, starting his spiritual journey literally from the bottom. Izzy’s spiritual journey is the traditional Lakota way of life. His stories and teachings come from his commitment to live according to how our Creator has guided us to live. As we call the Original Instruction.

He explains, “The whole point of this is to share some very important things that will help you during these changing times on Mother Earth.” Izzy shares many of his own spiritual experiences as an example of the path that awaits all of us – if we would embark on the spiritual journey.

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