Press Advisory: Elders & Warriors Confront OST Tribal Council Today

Pine Ridge Council Crisis Continues – Elders & Warriors Confront OST Tribal Council Meeting Today

Missing $$$, Fired Council Reps, Traditional Elders Insulted – Where does it end?

MEDIA ADVISORY: August 12, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Please coordinate interviews and timing with Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547

Follow-up or background only use email: cantetenza13@gmail.com
Online at cantetenza.wordpress.com
 
 WHAT: Pine Ridge Reservation Tribal Council Meeting

WHEN: Friday August 12. Council Meeting Time fluid with media interviews following meeting.

WHO: Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation in support of traditional elders including Lakota Chief Mel Lone Hill, the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council and Floyd Hand, Grey Eagle Society Grandmothers and the grassroots oyate from Pine Ridge.

WHERE: Oglala Sioux Tribe Tribal Council Chambers, Highway 18 and Main Street, Pine Ridge, SD

Pine Ridge Reservation – The crisis on Pine Ridge Reservation continues to deepen as millions in U.S. Government trust monies have disappeared once again under the current Oglala Sioux Tribe Government system (OST). The corrupt cabal witin the OST has used retaliatory firings of questioning Tribal Council members, strong-arm tactics, attempted assault with a gun, and elder abuse of traditional elders and Chiefs to keep accountability from occurring.

Led by the Cante Tenza Strong Heart Warrior Society, elders have flooded this week’s OST Tribal Council meetings leading to increased tension and threats of violence. In response, the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council, Lakota Itachan Mel Lone Hill, and Grey Eagle Society Grandmothers with the Strong Heart Warrior Society have called for a mass warrior meeting Saturday at Billy Mills Hall. Warriors and activists from all across North America have responded.

Elders and warriors return to the Tribal Council today in their ongoing efforts for justice and accountability.

See short vidoes from August 8th, 2016 meeting detailing many of the events that have occurred.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/lakotasolidarity/

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The Independent Lakota Nation represents the free and independent grassroots Lakota Oyate (people) who continue more than 165 years of resistance to colonial settlement on Lakota territory – land that has never been ceded by our people. We claim our sovereign powers and jurisdiction within our traditional free of interference by the United States Government, state governments, or any other foreign entities. Wowakan He Glihuniyalo: Our Sacred Way of Life Comes Home!

Stop Lakota Cultural Theft in Boyce, Virginia

Feburary 10, 2016

To:             The Friends, Organizations, Native Warrior Societies, and Activist Allies of the Lakota Cante Tenza Strong Heart Warrior Society and grassroots Lakota Oyate (People)

Ally Sign-On letter and documents found at: https://cantetenza.wordpress.com/actions/protect/

The Cante Tenza Okolakiciye or Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation, acting on behalf of traditional and grassroots Lakota people on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, have issued a Cease & Desist Order to a group of white and non-native individuals who willfully engaged in the theft of Lakota cultural property by raising and using a Lakota ceremonial tipi for their own use, without the free, prior, and informed consent of the grassroots Lakota Oyate and against the expressed denial of the Lakota Cante Tenza.

The individuals and their groups named in this February 18, 2016 Cease and Desist Order are as follows: Eric Joseph Lewis of Silver Spring, MD; Zachary Owen Heidemann of MD; Katie A. Poffenberger aka Alia Kaitan of Boyce, VA; Barry Wagner of Boyce, VA; Zee Kong of Rockville, MD; and Amanda Truett, of Accokeek, MD.  Additionally, this group of self-described “hippies” also operates under the name of The Harvest Collective, a permaculture education and gardening business in the Washington D.C. metro area.

The tipi is raised in violation at 1040 Page Brook Lane in Boyce, Virginia on land currently under ownership of Ned, Clara, and Katie Poffenberger. In postings and photos of the “Tipi Raising Party” found on social media, an empty beer bottle appears to lie inside the tipi and a future “Medicine Retreat” is planned.

Let it be known, Cante Tenza provided multiple written, phone, and in-person verbal communications denying the individuals and their groups permission to raise and use a Lakota ceremonial tipi and explained in detail the harmful effects to Lakota and other Indigenous peoples caused by their culturally disrespectful behaviors.

Despite this prohibition, on February 3, 2016 the individuals callously and with racist threats and statements refused to remove the tipi, return stolen property, or be accountable for their actions to Cante Tenza or the grassroots Lakota Oyate. Further they recklessly threatened the use of colonial law and police violence to block Cante Tenza efforts at open communication and accountability, with no regard for the historic or ongoing effects of colonial violence on the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island known as North America.

Theft of Indigenous cultural property and denying Lakota and other Indigenous people’s rights to preserve and protect their spiritual and cultural traditions is in direct violation of Lakota Customary (traditional ) Law, the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples International Treaties, International Human Rights Covenants, and no less than seven multi-national declarations of inherent Indigenous rights by Indigenous nations from across Mother Earth.

The willful denying of Indigenous authority acting to protect and preserve Indigenous cultural and spiritual traditions is not a trivial or insignificant action, but is deeply hurtful and emotionally traumatic to those Indigenous people fighting to preserve what culture they have left. Indeed, Indigenous people within the “United States” have been systematically oppressed from their own identities and denied recognition and rights to practice their cultural and spiritual traditions without interference. We are still denied many of the same cultural and spiritual rights afforded religions that are not original to these lands. These injustices are violent, perpetuating inter-generational trauma and genocide.

The flagrant and privileged claim to raise and use a Lakota ceremonial tipi for white and non-native use without grassroots Lakota consent is without moral or ethical defense and it must end now.

We call upon friends and allies of the Independent Lakota Nation and grassroots Lakota Oyate as well as Native activists, groups, and warrior societies to stand with us to resist these racist actions. We must stand together and defend our spiritual and cultural traditions, as well as the rights to maintain, protect and develop the past, present and future manifestations of their cultures in honor of our ancestors, for our people today, and for the future generations to come.

Please sign on to our Solidarity Letter and stand with us to end these actions. Fill out the form here or email your name, organization, and contact information to cantetenza [at] gmail.com.

Pilamaye and Hoka Hey!

 

Action Alert: We Will Not Be Intimidated! Investigate Pine Ridge Now!

February 5, 2016
STRONG HEART ACTION ALERT!
For Immediate Release and Action! Please help and share widely!

 We Will Not Be Intimidated! Investigate Pine Ridge Now!

Your Phone Calls and Emails are Pressuring U.S. Officials to End Elder Abuse – Keep it Up!

This Action Alert is created in honor of Harvey Iron Boy, the latest Lakota elder to die at the hands of the abusive Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) system. Just several weeks ago, Harvey and his wife were concerned to sign the Grandmother’s Letter in fear of OST retaliation that would interrupt Harvey’s medical care. We send our prayers to his wife and family. Hoka Hey!

U.S. Senators and Agency on Aging/Agency on Community Living (AOA/ACL) bureaucrats have been rattled by your phone calls, faxes, and emails in solidarity with ending the abuse against Lakota elders. This is great news, though they are trying to pressure us into weakening our demands. These are not our demands – these are the demands of the grassroots Lakota elders on Pine Ridge! They have even gone so far as to say AOA employee Cynthia LaCounte is offended by our Action Alerts calling for her action in investigating Pine Ridge. These are not personal attacks – they are reminders to KEEP YOUR PROMISES AND DO YOUR JOB!

We remind Ms. LaCounte, Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Senators from South Dakota –failure to protect traditional and grassroots Lakota elders and people from a system of inhuman conditions leading to abuse and death is an act of genocide. Is this the legacy you wish to leave behind?

Please act again with the phone calls, emails, and faxes today (Friday), and into next week!

Contact: Cynthia LaCounte, Director, Office for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Programs, ACL/AOA, U.S. Department Health and Human Services
Phone: 202-357-0148
Email: Cynthia.LaCounte@acl.hhs.gov
Also Contact: Kathy Greenlee, Administrator, ACL
Phone: 202-401-4634
Email: Kathy.Greenlee@acl.hhs.gov
Also Contact: Sharon Lewis, Principal Deputy Administrator, ACL
Phone: 202-795-7385
Email: Sharon.Lewis@acl.hhs.gov

  • Politely demand Ms. LaCounte keep her word and meet with the Porcupine elders. Demand the Agency on Aging investigate the illegal fraud and abusive conditions of the Pine Ridge Meals for the Elderly Program and place the program under Independent Lakota Elder control.

Contact: South Dakota Senator Michael Rounds
(ph) 605-343-5035  (fax) 202-225-5823
Legislative Contact: peter_eckrich@rounds.senate.gov
Contact: South Dakota Senator John Thune
(ph) 605-348-7551   (fax) 202-228-5429
Legislative Contact: Ty_Littau@thune.senate.gov

  • Demand the Senators and Representative follow through with their letter to Strong Heart and the grassroots Lakota elders outlining the trust actions they will initiate to clean up the corrupt system on Pine Ridge and in the Meals for the Elderly, including the reinstatement of Mary Felicia. Remind them of their trust responsibility over U.S. tax dollars being stolen and misused on Pine Ridge leading to the misery and death of grassroots Lakota elders and people.

 

Action Alert proudly distributed by:
Lakota Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society
Independent Lakota Nation
P.O. Box 512 Hill City, SD 57745
Canupa Gluha Mani 605-517-1547
cantetenza13@gmail.com

 

A Step Forward! Plus, pics from Jan 29 Senator’s meeting

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT of Lakota elders and the Cante Tenza delegation!  Your phone calls, emails, and faxes made this critical step forward possible!  Thanks as well to our legal support team. Pilamaye!

As a result of this January 29th meeting, the Senator’s have forwarded the elder’s letter to the Agency on Aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources. The elder’s letter demands investigation and change in the Meals for the Elderly Program on Pine Ridge!

This is an important step forward towards accountability and change.  But we need to remain vigilant and keep the pressure up with U.S. Officials and bureaucrats. Please stay engaged!

January 29, 2016 Meeting with Senator Mike Rounds Legislative Assistant Peter Eckrich, and Senator John Thune Legislative Assistant Ty Littau, on behalf of Porcupine District elders.

Lakota Warrior Society Declares “Elder Abuse State of Emergency” on Pine Ridge Reservation

Lakota Warrior Society Declares Elder Abuse State of Emergency on Pine Ridge Reservation

MEDIA RELEASE: January 29, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547
Contact: Ana Oian Amets at 631-626-5842
Email: cantetenza13@gmail.com

Pine Ridge, SD and Washington DC – The Lakota Cante Tenza or Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation has declared an Elder Abuse State of Emergency for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in response to the crisis of abuse and neglect of grassroots Lakota elders by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Government (OST) on Pine Ridge. Many of the elders facing the brunt of abuse are the living professors of Lakota language and cultural knowledge, putting the cultural survival of the Lakota people at grave risk.

“We are issuing an Elder Abuse State of Emergency because the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Federal Government have failed to uphold and enforce the protections of the Older Citizens Act better known as the Older Americans Act of 1965, said Canupa Gluha Mani, headman for the Cante Tenza warrior society. “By willfully failing to protect against clear evidence of elder abuse, both the Federal Government and the tribal government are conspiring the commit murder against Lakota elders.”

Elder abuse on Pine Ridge by OST officials includes:

  • Systemic neglect
  • Verbal abuse and physical abuse
  • Harassment
  • Criminalization of elders
  • Threats of police force
  • Threats of forced removal to state facility
  • Theft of U.S. trust monies/settlements
  • Theft of funds from elder programs
  • Political retaliation/blacklisting of elders
  • Abuses of the Elderly Meals Program
  • Violation of Indian Preference laws
  • Failure to prosecute OST ethics violations
  • Failure to prosecute violations of OST laws against elder abuse
  • Systematic denial of customary elder input (customary Lakota practices) into government programs and activities that impact the Lakota Oyate (people).

The elder abuse crisis is most visible in OST programs that are supposed to serve grassroots elders, and towards elders labeled as “troublemakers” by corrupt OST officials. but too often are used for fraud and political manipulation by corrupt OST officials. This system of abuse has been allowed to continue by U.S. Health and Human Services agency bureaucrats and U.S. Congressional representatives who have turned a blind eye to the use of U.S. tax dollars to fund illegal and inhuman abuses of Pine Ridge elders.

Cante Tenza’s Friday declaration is intended to bring awareness and action to the elder abuse crisis which has been going on for years. Many of these same elders were forced to occupy the Porcupine Elderly Meals building in Porcupine Community of Pine Ridge for 34 days in 2011 as an act of prayerful protest against the conditions they face.

“Lakota elders are being impacted daily by the abuse of dietary needs and preferences within the Elderly Meals program,” Canupa Gluha Mani said.

In preparation for the Elder Abuse State of Emergency declaration, Cante Tenza delivered a letter from Pine Ridge Porcupine District elders to U.S. officials followed by the release of two powerful graphic tools to raise awareness on the elder abuse crisis – The Elder Abuse Power and Control Wheel and The Cycle of Elder Abuse Flowchart. A screening of the groundbreaking Lakota documentary film Red Cry was also held.

Canupa Gluha Mani added, “The Free and Independent Lakota Nation, the Strong Heart Warrior Society, with assistance from the Lakota Solidarity Project will make sure the United Nations and International Community see how the heinous behavior still affects Indigenous people in Indian Country at the hands of the United States and its puppet tribal governments. ”

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The Independent Lakota Nation represents the free and independent grassroots Lakota Oyate (people) who continue more than 165 years of resistance to colonial settlement on Lakota territory – land that has never been ceded by our people. We claim our sovereign powers and jurisdiction within our traditional free of interference by the United States Government, state governments, or any other foreign entities. Wowakan He Glihuniyalo: Our Sacred Way of Life Comes Home!

Warrior Society Releases Another Tool to End Pine Ridge Elder Abuse

Lakota Warrior Society Releases Another Tool to Help End Elder Abuse “State of Emergency” on Pine RIdge

 Pine Ridge, SD and Washington DC – Continuing the Strong Heart Week of Action to End Elderly Abuse, the Strong Heart Warrior Society has released the second of three informational tools to assist government agency personnel and the general public in understanding the systemic patterns of elder abuse that are occurring at the hands of corrupt officials in the Oglala Sioux Tribe government.  Because of direct threats to the health, safety, and longevity of language-speaking and culture-keeping Lakota elders, the warrior society has issued an Elder Abuse State of Emergency.

The Cycle of Elder Abuse flowchart is a helpful tool in understanding the systemic and conspiratorial pattern of abuse and avoidance behaviors used by corrupt officials and families within the illegal Oglala Sioux Tribe Government  to establish and maintain control over grassroots Lakota elders. The cycle of elder abuse is a well-practiced conspiracy of corruption, abuse, and neglect that creates an oppressive atmosphere of fear and anxiety and furthers  inter-generational poverty, hopelessness, and genocide.

CycleofElderAbuse

Lakota Warrior Society Releases New Tool to Stop Reservation Elder Abuse “State of Emergency”

Lakota Warrior Society Releases New Tool to Stop Reservation Elder Abuse “State of Emergency”

MEDIA RELEASE: January 25, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ana Oian Amets at 631-626-5842
Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547
Email: lakotasolidarity@gmail.com
cantetenza.wordpress.com and lakotasolidarity.wordpress.com

Elder Abuse Power and Control WElderAbusePCWheelheel download:   [ pdf ]   [ jpg ]

Pine Ridge, SD and Washington DC – To call attention and action to the “State of Emergency” of rampant abuse and neglect of grassroots Lakota elders, the Strong Heart Warrior Society has released the first in a set of informational tools to help government agency personnel and the general public understand the systemic patterns of abuse that allow corrupt officials in the Oglala Sioux Tribe government to maintain power and control over “outspoken” grassroots Lakota elders.

The graphical tool explains: “The Elder Abuse Power & Control diagram is a helpful tool in understanding the systemic pattern of abusive and violent behaviors used by corrupt officials and families within the Oglala Sioux Tribe to establish and maintain control over grassroots Lakota elders. The entire system of abuse is multi-faceted with a complex web of threats, abuse and neglect happening at the same time to create an oppressive atmosphere of fear and anxiety. Together this system firmly establishes a pattern of intimidation and control in the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s relationship with grassroots Lakota elders and people leading to genocide.”

The source of this abusive system are U.S. tax dollars given to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. These funds in the form of 638 Contracts and grants are stolen and fraudulently misused by corrupt Oglala Sioux Tribe officials to inflict abuse and misery onto grassroots Lakota elders – the living professors of Lakota language and cultural knowledge. The Oglala Sioux Tribe calls these Lakota language speaking elders “troublemakers” because they are outspoken about creating better living conditions for their people.

South Dakota Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds, along with Representative Kristi Noem, have so far refused their legal obligations to monitor U.S. tax dollars given to the OST under treaty trust obligation. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Justice also continue to ignore the criminal behavior. Lakota Cante Tenza warriors working on behalf of the elders have demanded investigations, but despite physical evidence and years of mounting abuses – the U.S. Government does nothing.

“We hope this powerful tool will bring about awareness and action to stop the inhuman abuse of grassroots Lakota elders,” said Ana Oian Amets, Coordinator of the Lakota Solidarity Project and member of the Cante Tenza Strong Heart Warrior Society. “Without grassroots elders, the future for Lakota language and culture is bleak – we must act now to protect them.”

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The Independent Lakota Nation represents the free and independent grassroots Lakota Oyate (people) who continue more than 165 years of resistance to colonial settlement on Lakota territory – land that has never been ceded by our people. We claim our sovereign powers and jurisdiction within our traditional free of interference by the United States Government, state governments, or any other foreign entities. Wowakan He Glihuniyalo: Our Sacred Way of Life Comes Home!

Week of Action: Call in to Demand Investigations!

January 25 – 27, 2016
STRONG HEART DAYS OF ACTION – ACTION ALERT!
For Immediate Release and Action! Please help and share widely!

CALL-IN TO DEMAND INVESTIGATIONS & ACCOUNTABILITY
U.S. Tax Dollars Funding Elderly Abuse on Pine Ridge Reservation

 U.S. tax dollars given to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota are being stolen and fraudulently misused by corrupt Oglala Sioux Tribe officials to inflict abuse and misery onto grassroots Lakota elders – the living professors of Lakota language and cultural knowledge. The Oglala Sioux Tribe calls these elders “troublemakers” because they are outspoken about creating better living conditions for their people. In particular, elders in the Porcupine District are leading the fight on the reservation for accountability and justice. But Oglala Sioux Tribe officials use this abuse, along with the misery and fear it creates, in an effort to silence these elders and continue the corruption.

Meanwhile, South Dakota Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds, along with Representative Kristi Noem, are refusing their legal obligations to monitor U.S. tax dollars given to the OST under treaty trust obligation. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Justice also continue to ignore the criminal behavior. Lakota Cante Tenza warriors working on behalf of the elders have demanded Congressional and U.S. agency action, but despite physical evidence and years of mounting abuses – the U.S. Government does nothing.

Over the 3 Days of Action WEEK OF ACTION! of January 25th stand with grassroots Lakota elders and people to bring accountability to this situation. Our message is simple and clear:

The United States must meet its trust obligation and investigate unethical and illegal activity in the Oglala Sioux Tribe funded by U.S. tax dollars. In particular, the Elderly Meals Program overseen by the Agency on Aging in the Department of the Health and Human Services must be investigated.

 Phone – Fax – Email in to these agencies and Congressional officials:

Contact: Cynthia LaCounte, Director, Office for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Programs, ACL/AOA, U.S. Department Health and Human Services
Phone: 202-357-0148
Email: Cynthia.LaCounte@acl.hhs.gov

  • Ask Ms. LaCounte why she will not meet with the Porcupine elders as she promised. Ask for her commitment to investigate the illegal fraud and abusive conditions of the Pine Ridge Meals for the Elderly Program and place the program under Independent Lakota Elder control.

Contact: Office of Inspector General Fraud Hotline, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Phone: (800) HHS-TIPS or (800) 447-8477
Fax: (800) 223-8164
TTY: (800) 377-4950

  • Tell them you are a concerned citizen and would like to report the fraudulent use and abuse of HHS funds in the Pine Ridge Reservation Elderly Meals program leading to criminal abuse, neglect, and mistreatment of Lakota elders. If asked, point them to cantetenza.wordpress.com for more information.

Contact: Tracy Toulou, Director for Tribal Justice in the U.S. Department of Justice.
Phone: 202-514-5994 and 202-514-8812
Email: Tracy.Toulou2@usdoj.gov

  • Ask Mr. Toulou why the Department of Justice has not initiated a full and transparent investigation with audit into the conspiracy and corruption in the Oglala Sioux Tribe Government, with prosecution for those individuals and families responsible.

Contact: South Dakota Senator John Thune
(ph) 605-348-7551   (fax) 202-228-5429
Legislative Contact: Ty_Littau@thune.senate.gov

Contact: South Dakota Senator Michael Rounds
(ph) 605-343-5035  (fax) 202-225-5823
Legislative Contact: peter_eckrich@rounds.senate.gov

Contact: U.S. House South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem
(ph) 605-791-4673 (fax) 202-224-7482
Legislative Contact: philip.maguire@mail.house.gov

  • Demand the Senators and Representative uphold their duties as trust representatives of the Lakota to force investigation by the Health and Human Services and Department of Justice. Demand they use their political position to force a full and transparent investigation into the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Meals for the Elderly program.

 

Action distributed by:
Lakota Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society
Independent Lakota Nation
P.O. Box 512 Hill City, SD 57745
Canupa Gluha Mani 605-517-1547
cantetenza13@gmail.com

Updated: WEEK of Action to Stop Elder Abuse: Jan 25 -29

TAKE ACTION FOR LAKOTA ELDERS!
STOP ELDER ABUSE ON PINE RIDGE RESERVATION!

J A N U A R Y   2 0 1 6
Monday 25 | Tuesday 26 | Wednesday 27 | Thursday 28 | Friday 29

Expanding our days of action to the entire week because we will not be stopped by a snowy blizzard, federal shutdown or a blizzard of
bureacracy! Hoka Hey!

  1. Call-in to the South Dakota Congressional Representatives.
  2. Call-in to U.S. Agency contacts responsibile for Elder program oversight.
  3. Create a media blitz- help us land articles, interviews, and attention.
  4. Go viral on social media – help us reach your friends, family, and groups.
  5. Build organizational solidarity to leverage accountability and action.

WeekofAction

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