Arnold W. Thomas, MSW, Ordained Holy One, Clinical Chaplain, Pastoral Counselor, Motivational Speaker

Listen to KUER radio interview of Arnold Thomas Radio Interview on teen suidie.

Listen to NPR story "In Sweat Lodge, Vets Find 'Down to the Core'

The Western Folklife Center's Media Producer Taki Telonidis recently returned from a two-week shoot on the Blackfeet reservation in northern Montana for the documentary, Healing the Warrior's Heart. This public television special presents a Native American perspective on military service, and sheds new light on PTSD by examining the emotional trauma of war through the prism of Native American tradition and ceremony. Tribal cultures have long understood that helping warriors heal emotionally is key to maintaining a healthy community, and for centuries they have used healing songs and ceremonies to cleanse them of war.
Click here to watch the 56-minute film or watch the extended trailer below.

Below are clips from a 2009 event in which ceremonial elders from Utah--including Arnold Thomas--and California join Mohawks and Chippewa of Ontario to unite in defence of the Sacred Alliston Aquifer and Sacred Surface Springs of Tiny Township, in Ontario. This press conference happened just days after the Council of Canadians' national chairperson Maude Barlow led a march of hundreds of people against proposed Dump Site 41. Arnold Thomas from Utah, as well as elders Robertjohn Knapp from California, and Jimelda Johnston and Wilmer Nadjiwon of Cape Croker, Ontario demand that Premier Dalton McGuinty immediately rescind his governments approval to create a garbage dump at the Sacred Surface Springs of the Alliston Aquifer, near Georgian Bay. Ironically, Premier McGuinty's Ministry of the Environment itself has given approval to commercial activity that could see the pristine waters of the Aquifer drained this very spring.

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