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Shaman Performs Sacred Medicine Wheel Ceremony in Big Bear Lake to Replenish Moisture; Big Bear Lake Celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month.

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Bennie E. LeBeau, Sr., a spiritual leader from the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, will perform a 6,000-year- old sacred medicine wheel ceremony today in Big Bear Lake, to help replenish moisture and bring back rains to drought stricken Southern California communities. The ceremony is scheduled for Monday, November 15, 2004 at sunrise (6:25 a.m.). The sacred ritual coincides with National American Indian Heritage Month, which recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of the American Indians and honors Native American cultures and traditions.

"The cell that is in your body is the same thing as the cells on the Earth, and we do an acupuncture ceremony that heals the wounds of the Earth," said Bennie LeBeau. "The ceremony allows currents to flow again and circulate the Earth, which means water, rain and snow re-energizes the cell, or in this case the medicine wheel."

The ceremony's main objective is to heal the wounds of the land caused by drought, restore nature and replenish the environment. Mr. LeBeau has over 30 years of experience as a shaman. He performed a similar ceremony in The Grand Tetons last May, which had a dramatic impact on the region.

Mr. LeBeau says he needs to fulfill the "Rainbow Warriors Prophecy," which is to show the people how to harmonize with the Earth and make it beautiful again. He says spirits guided him to Big Bear to heal the sick trees and rejuvenate the land.

"We're working for the betterment of Mother Earth," LeBeau said. "The ceremonies will heal the areas."

Big Bear Lake is the central hub for the medicine wheel ceremony because its trees are in need of healing. The Big Bear Medicine Wheel consists of eight points that span a 220-mile radius around the Big Bear hub. Simultaneous ceremonies will occur at each of these eight points, and energy from these ceremonies will create vibrations to allow nature's currents to flow again and re-energize circulation of the earth. The points include Sheep Hole Mountain (29 Palms), Granite Peak (Mojave National Preserve), Goldstone (Superior Lake), Shadow Mountain (below Edwards Air Force Base), Aliso State Beach, Mecca Hills/Salton Sea, and Palomar Mountain (Escondido).

The Big Bear Medicine Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, November 15 at 6:25 a.m. (sunrise), and is expected to end at approximately 1 p.m. The location of the ceremony is Presbyterian Conference Center of Big Bear Lake, 575 Prairie Lane. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Please logon to http://www.bigbear.com/ for directions to the ceremony and updated information. Please contact Dan McKernan at 909.866.6190 ext. 235 or 951.283.9442 or dmckernan@bigbear.com to schedule interviews, b-roll and photography needs. To learn more about Bennie LeBeau please logon to http://www.teton-rainbows.com/. To learn more about the medicine wheel ceremony logon to http://www.shrinesandsacredsites.com/teton/story.htm.

Big Bear Lake is an easy two-hour drive from most Southland cities. For all there is to see and do in beautiful Big Bear Lake and to make lodging reservations or request a Visitors Guide, log on to http://www.bigbear.com/ or call 1.800.4.BIG.BEAR (1.800.424.4232).

CONTACT: Dan McKernan, Public Relations Coordinator of Big Bear Lake Resort Association, +1-909-866-6190 Ext. 235, Home, +1-909-585-0137, or Cellular, +1-909-283-9442, or Fax: +1-909-866-5671, dmckernan@bigbearinfo.com

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