In 1994 a white buffalo calf was born named Miracle, in Janesville, Wisconsin, on the ranch of Dave and Valerie Heider. Thousands of people of many different faiths have visited Miracle, testifying that her birth is a call for all races to come together to heal the earth and solve our mutual problems.
On 9 May of 1996, a silvery white buffalo calf named Medicine Wheel was born at the ranch of Joe Merrival on the Pine Ridge reservation of South Dakota. Another white calf, Rainbow, had been born in the same herd on 27 April. It died 25 hours later of scours, a diarrhea type condition.
The birth of a white buffalo calf is seen by the Native Americans as the most significant of prophetic signs, equivalent to the weeping statues, bleeding icons, and crosses of light that are becoming prevalent within the Christian churches. Just as the Christian faithful who attend these signs see them as a renewal of God's ongoing relationship with humanity, so do the Native Americans see the white buffalo calf as a sign to begin to mend life's sacred hoop.
The recent births were surrounded by controversy. Some have suggested that the calf is a beefalo, a buffalo and beef cattle mix. Some have accused Mr. Merrival of genetic engineering. The odds of the birth of a white buffalo are estimated as 6¬10 million to one. In response, he says that there is little probability of mixed parentage and none whatsoever of genetic manipulation.
Mr. Merrival, who is of Oglala Sioux ancestry, thinks the birth of Medicine Wheel is a great gift that must now be used to try and help as many people as possible. His son Darrin thinks that the calf was sent to us to unify the nation.
James Dubray, a medicine man, said: "Our young people need it the most. They need to have hope. They need to have a future. And this will help. This place has been chosen as the starting point for the healing process to begin."
Floyd “Looks for Buffalo” Hand, an Oglala medicine man, has commented, "Here is a man, a poor farmer, who has been kind to animals all his life, and now there is a white buffalo calf here. These are omens, and they are happening in the most unexpected place among the poorest people in the country. They are good omens, if we pay attention to them. For us, this would be something like coming to see Jesus lying in the manger."
When asked whether the birth of the latest calf was a sign, Benjamin Creme replied "Yes indeed, it is a sign. The important ones are the last two. These were created with the influence of the Masters."
It was said by some that in "the time of the White Buffalo" sunbows, or whirling rainbows, would begin to appear more frequently as a sign to the people. As most readers of this journal will know, we are in the time of the White Buffalo. The long-awaited White Buffalo Calf was born August 20, 1994 on a Wisconsin farm owned by Dave and Valerie Hieder.
Jay Pierce is Valerie Hieder's dad, and he is the person who greets most of the over 65,000 people who have come out to the farm to visit Miracle since her birth just over a year ago. "Miracle is in great shape," he reports.
"She started out white alright, but then turned jet black for all of the winter. Right now she's a kind of cinnamony yellow. Those are three of the four colors, and, according to the prophecies that have been explained to us there is one color left, red." It has been said that the White Buffalo will return in the way White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman left many years ago: she rolled over four times, getting up each time as a bunko calf of a different color: red, then yellow, black, and finally white. The process is apparently unfolding in reverse, as was foreseen long ago.
Miracle now weighs about 550¬600 pounds, and is about a year away from maturity. Red Tail Hawks come to circle over the herd nearly every day, and there is an eagle that comes soaring over a couple of times a week.
"It's great for me here at the farm because of all the wonderful people I get to meet," Mr. Pierce commented. "I'd say that about half of the visitors are Native. We have no privacy, and are sometimes overwhelmed, but that's okay. It's great having her here.
"As far as I'm concerned," he said, "she is doing her job around here. She gets along fine with all the other buffalo, and is one of the herd. It's heartening to see the attitude of the people who come here to visit. They are serene and calm and peaceful. They really seem to slow down. If we could just slow people down around the world like that, there would probably be a lot less greed and craziness."