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Indians Gather To Pray For Rain

Nearly 100 Apache Indians have gathered to pray through the night against the wildfires scorching their reservation in Arizona.

An Apache medicine man raised his voice in song to pray for rain to save both the Indians´ land and their livelihoods. The tribe´s cash cow, its casino, lies within the evacuation zone and is closed.

At the tribe´s holy ground, the medicine man beat his water-filled drum and called for an end to the fire. A chorus of male voices joined in, their song punctuated with an occasional whoop. Apache women moved clockwise in their long dresses, swaying with crosses as they danced.

But the ritual brought no rain to the Fort Apache Indian Reservation today.