One day on a ranch in
Wyoming, owned by Jim and Dena Riley, the day—April 30,
1997—their brown mama buffalo, named Big Momma, gave
birth to MIRACLE MOON-, she was born red like all
baby buffalo….but soon turned white….and remains white
today. Her name comes from the fact that she survived
being tossed 15 feet into the air while still in the
birth sack. Jim saved her life....and thus began a very
special bond with this new WHITE buffalo calf. Only one
in ten million buffalo turns out to be white.
By 2001, two more while
buffalo calves had been born. An unbelievable miracle
that the while buffalo were coming forth…but not without
many trials and tribulations that surround being chosen
as Keepers and Guardians of the White Buffalo. It was
now time to move their small growing buffalo family.
In December of 2001, they
moved the buffalo to a 5-acre ranch 20 miles northwest
of Flagstaff, Arizona, near the base of the San
Francisco Peaks, at an elevation of over 8,000 feet.
These peaks, a dormant volcano, rise almost 13,000 feet
and are the home of the Hopi Kachina People, and the
sacred mountain to the Navajos, the Havasupai, and other
surrounding Native American tribes and are looked upon
with awe and reverence.
When Jim and Dena first came
to this land, they looked toward the peaks and on the
side of the mountain, they saw the form of a White
Buffalo—and there was also Coyote, Kokopelli, a Star,
and a Crescent Moon, as well as a Spirit’s Face! This
was their sign, this was the place. They called this new
home, Spirit Mountain Ranch, because so many spirits
were overlooking this new chosen place. Their intent was
to purchase additional land as needed, but then
developers came in and bought all the surrounding land,
locking the ranch to five small acres.
They have made the White
Buffalo at Spirit Mountain Ranch available to the world,
and thousands of visitors—people of all nations from
around the globe—have come to visit, honor and offer
prayers….and receive blessings. Both Jim and his beloved
wife Dena have invested their life and savings for their
White Buffalo family and to be able to share them with
the world. Their gift is immense.
The White Buffalo calves
continue to bless us. By 2008, NINE white buffalo had
been born. There has never been a White Buffalo herd in
history! The Sacred White Buffalo herd of Spirit
Mountain Ranch have been DNA tested and are confirmed to
be 100% pure North American Bison, as opposed to Beefalo
Then, tragically, our
beloved Jim Riley died suddenly of a heart attack on
Saturday, April 12, 2008. He was 64. He gave his life
for his cherished White Buffalo and he understood their
message and their mission.
Then two more White Buffalo
were born in May of 2008. The newest
baby buffalo born this year is JIM'S "BE HAPPY
SPIRIT,"- born May 4, 2008. This is MIRACLE
MOON'S- 5th White baby born to her, now our 10th
White Buffalo. DENA'S "PRIDE & JOY,"- was born May
15, 2008. This is Big Momma’s 3rd White baby born to
her, now our 11th White buffalo. They are both females
and doing quite well.
The number of White Buffalo
now is ELEVEN—the number of the prophecy. The herd has
severely outgrown the ranch, and Jim, up to the time of
his spirit passing, Dena, and Cynthia Hart of the Sacred
World Peace Alliance have been searching for new land
with the right conditions. The conditions on the present
land are extreme, water and food have to be purchased
and trucked in. Electricity is from a generator. The
winters are extreme. The need for a NEW HOME is great.
The conditions now are overcrowded.
Our responsibility is not
only to take good care of the Sacred White Buffalo but
also to protect these very special and exotic rare
animals. They are considered “Religious Miracles.”
Our mission is to SECURE NEW
LAND AND TO RELOCATE the Sacred White Buffalo herd to a
place where they can eat living grass and have readily
available water. A place that is climate appropriate and
where they can have lots of space to “Run Like the
Wind.” In addition to securing land, there will also be
the additional expenses for food, water, care,
relocation, and new setup expenses for both the Sacred
White Buffalo herd and their caregivers.