2020 Sundance

2020 Sundance

The last time I spoke to Danny John was about mid April I can’t remember the exact date. I suggested that we should let people know if the Sundance would be happening or not.  Chief Danny John said that the prayer would continue one way or another either by us gathering at the Little Big Medicine Sundance  grounds perhaps just a  few sundancers or in our homes with our families.

Since then I have not been able to contact Danny John or Laurene. For myself Atl Gonzales and my family we will not be attending this year for the safety of our children, grandchildren and elders. I tried calling this morning June 6th again but got no answer.   Your support is always needed. Those of us who support the John’s financially should continue to show our support. If I reach them and get more information I will post it here.

We carry our Chanunpa’s and prayers in our hearts please continue to pray for guidance, health and happiness in your homes and with your community.

Tiahui Atl

Corona Virus on Dine Reservation

Corona Virus on Dine Reservation

My relatives I pray you and your families are staying safe and healthy as this Pandemic reaches our communities.  We now need  to cover up and avoid public gatherings. As some of you know we were preparing the Peace and Dignity Runners up on the Cahuilla Reservation for 4 days, March 17-20 and in those 4 days the world had changed. We knew that there was a question about how this Virus would affect everyone but we did not did not how much could change in 4 days.  We had taken food from our cupboards and what we could from our freezer to feed the runners. When we got back home and went to the market the shelves were empty and when Danny called to let me know they got home they said the New mexico border was blocked and people were camping out everywhere and that the market shelves were also empty.  I talked to Danny and Laurene today they said they were running sweats and working on the grounds and need to go out and gather wood.  If you can check in on them, keep them in your prayers. If you can send them a little funds it would help. For now they are still planning on holding the Sundance even if only a few show up. 

Health and Happiness to All My Relations,

Chief Atl Gonzales 

A recent news article about Life on the Rez

Spring Chanupa Will be taken Care of by The John Family

Spring Chanupa Will be taken Care of by The John Family

My relatives in these times of confusion, we realize how precious and delicate life is and especially how precious our elders and teachers are. Chief Danny John and First Lady Laurene John along with their grandson Jaynos and Summer came and helped us with the Peace and Dignity Preparation Ceremony. During this time it seems that the world had changed while we were in the 4 day Ceremony March 16-20, 2020 on the Cahuilla Reservation. Thank you all who helped and participated. Because of the current situation, Chief Danny John and family will be taking care of the Chanupa Ceremony on April 4,2020 for all of us. Keep them in your prayers, fill your Chanupa and send a prayer of unity, health and guidance for the world. If you can help they will have to travel and get supply’s for who knows how long.

Love, Health and Happiness, to All Our Relations,

Cheif Atl “Atlachinolli” Gonzales First Lady Cristina Gonzales

Little Big Medicine Fall  Feels like Winter 2020

Little Big Medicine Fall Feels like Winter 2020

Aho my relatives,

Prayers for health and happiness to all my sundance relatives. As we get closer to winter it is already  very cold in Wheatfields

Please check in with Danny and Laurene its cold and isolated in Wheatfields especially in the right now. -14 degrees tonight

Wheatfields, AZ 10-Day Weather Forecast – The Weather Channel _ Weather.com  

Mom and Dad can  always use donations in the Winter to get firewood and supplies.

The truck needs fixing if you can Help  — Zelle (928)349-7723 or Bank Transfer – Walmart

Stay safe and warm.

Sending our love,

Atl and Cristina



NOV 29

Snow/Wind Early
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Snow and windy conditions this evening giving way to some clearing late. Low 14F. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 70%. About one inch of snow expected. Winds could occasionally gust over


Winter at Little Big Medicine

All my Relations,

Chief Danny and Laurene are still having to look in the snow for wood to keep warm,  I read there was the first ever Snownado  that touchdown in Navaho  country. My relatives as we get older this cold and heat can get to us.  I image the price of wood has gone up and maybe even scarce. I send what I can to help out, but it is never enough so if you can help donate you can go to a Walmart near you and send a donation it would help during this harsh winter. 

Send to:  Laurene John in New Mexico – text or message Laurene the your name and location of your donation .

Peace and Dignity

Anabel Gutierrez and Sal Reza have been appointed to the Peace and Dignity Council and are working hard to continue the Sacred  Continental Prayer Run.  I have been working on the Peace and Dignity website to help coordinate everyone’s efforts,  please register to keep up to date on how you can help as we prepare for 2020.  https://www.peaceanddignity.net/

The community of ELA is in need of some prayers as there has been a rash of killings by the LA Sheriffs department we are going to run the sacred staffs and pray for a  healing, guidance and  Peace and Dignity between the sheriffs dept and the community of ELA . Please keep us in your prayers. https://eastsidewarriorspirit.run/



Weather: Still Snowing

Weather: Still Snowing

Mom says it has been real cold and they need to go out and buy wood, but people are price gauging by doubling the price of the wood and only selling truckloads. They won’t break up loads and sell a little to put in there small vehicle.

If you have a truck and live by LBM they could use the help.

They are out today trying to get wood.

If you can help with a donation still use Walmart for now.

Thanks, Atl

PS: We need to get them a truck.

Winter Chanupa

Winter Chanupa January 19, 2019.   

If you plan on traveling at night be careful, some relatives drive all night and go straight to the Sundance grounds and on the 19th that road may not be drivable. Living in California I watch the weather because I am one of those that leaves Friday evenings to be at LBM in the morning.

I have driven though blizzards and pouring rain knowing that I needed to fulfill my obligation.

If you have a 4 wheel drive and know how to drive then safe travels. If you can drive Friday during the day that would be the best time to travel. We will be meeting at Chief Danny John’s and Laurenes house and determine if the road is passable to go to the grounds.

See you there.

Safe travels,


Winter Chanupa

Winter Chanupa

January 11, 2019 I got a call from First Lady Laurene this evening asking me to convey this message about Winter Chanupa scheduled for next Saturday January 19,2019. The weather is suppose to continue to be bad to travel next Thursday and Friday.

The weather has been stormy and cold with black ice on the roads.  One of her granddaughters got into an accident and totaled her car, she is a little banged up and grandma is taking care of her. It looks like the weather is going to continue to be bad and it will not be safe to travel.

In times like this, Chief Danny John walks into the Sundance Grounds and prays for all of us who could not make it. If you were planning on driving all night to make it to pipe ceremony please don’t, the roads will be too dangerous. Gather with your family’s load and pray with your Chanupas.

Be safe.

Donations always welcomed please send via Walmart to:

Laurene John  – New Mexico –

Then call or text Laurene to let her know your name, which is needed to verify sender.


Atl Gonzales



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