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Rare Baby White Buffalo, 'Lightning Medicine Cloud,' Considered Sacred

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GREENVILLE, Texas — A rare white buffalo calf regarded as sacred by Lakota Sioux tradition has officially been named at a ceremony drawing about 2,000 people to a northeast Texas ranch.

The crowd gathered Wednesday in Greenville in honor of the calf called Lightning Medicine Cloud.

Herd owner Arby Little Soldier says the calf was born May 12 during a thunderstorm. The name is also a tribute to the first known white buffalo in Texas born in 1933.

Lakota Sioux tradition holds that Whope (HOH'-pah), the goddess of peace, once appeared in the form of a white buffalo calf. Little Soldier says the buffalo represents hope for all nations and races.

Greenville is about 50 miles northeast of Dallas.

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