2017 Strong Heart Pine Ridge Food & Clothing Drive is On!

Every fall the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society delivers corn, beans, beets, potatoes, squash, and other vegetables to the traditional and grassroots people on Pine Ridge. Many of these people live out in the most rural areas and ravines and depend on these donations.

The fall food drive gives these grassroots Lakota the chance to can or pickle food to store for the lean winter months.

Strong Heart also harvests wild birds and distributes holiday meals if available including providing flour and other staples for foods like fry bread.

We also deliver new or lightly used warm winter clothes. We especially need new, quality winter clothing for children.

The Fall Food & Clothing Drive is in on! Please donate so we have the gas and materials to pick up donations from Nebraska, Utah, and surrounding areas that want to help the grassroots people. The time is now and for the next 2 months!

Your donations help support food security during the cold winter season and allow Strong Heart Warriors to continue to feed and support the traditional and grassroots Lakota. Hoka Hey!

Direct donations and questions on additional food donations can be directed to Strong Heart headman Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547.

All donors will receive a Red Cry CD or handmade Lakota artwork as a sign of our thanks!”

Pilamaye! Thank you!

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Asserting Lakota Jurisdiction in the Black Hills

Despite years of work by Strong Heart with the U.S. Forest Service and Park Service in the Black Hills, Lakota and other Indigenous people are subjected to illegal fees to access unceded Lakota territory, harassment for participating in traditional activities, and racist practices by Forest Service contractors like Forest Recreation Management Inc.

Strong Heart recently visited Lake Pactola and Forest Recreation Management tried to make us pay.  WE SAID NO!

Their employee from Michigan ignorantly says Black Hills USED to belong to the Lakota.  Somebody needs a history lesson!

This has sparked another meeting with the Forest Service and we are developing a covenant of free use guidelines for Lakota and other Indigenous peoples in Lakota Territory. Stay Tuned!

Special Report: Facing the Enemy Within – Criminal Corruption & Collusion in the Oglala Sioux Tribe Judiciary & Police

Special Report: Facing the Enemy Within – Criminal Corruption & Collusion in the Oglala Sioux Tribe Judiciary & Police

False Charges, Forged Documents, OST Tribal Council Uses Police and Judiciary to Silence Grassroots Lakota Elders and People; Outspoken Elders Threatened with Illegal Removal to Nursing Homes

TO:  U.S. Senator John Thune; U.S. Senator Mike Rounds; U.S. Representative Kristi Noem

FROM: Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation

DATE: June 28, 2017

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547

Photo credit: Rapid City Journal

The Cante Tenza Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation is submitting an Official Complaint to the United States Government via U.S. Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds, and U.S. Representative Kristi Noem.

 Federally funded Justice programs run by the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are being used to criminalize outspoken Lakota elders and strong-arm consent from grassroots Lakota people seeking an end to the wide spread criminal conspiracy and corruption on the reservation.

The Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society has spent years trying to raise public attention to the abuses faced by the grassroots Lakota people at the hands of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Government and Tribal Council (OST), it’s law enforcement and court system.  But with little public attention and continued negligence of United States Senators and the Department of Justice to hold these funded programs accountable – the crisis continues to worsen.

But the situation may have reached a turning point.  In early 2017, 94 year old Cecilia Martin was illegally removed from her home and forced into a nursing home hours away from her family and friends in an act of political retaliation against her outspoken activism and that of her grandson who leads the Strong Heart Warrior Society.

“She was the touchstone for younger grandmothers,” said a Lakota grandmother whose name has been withheld to avoid retaliation. “When she was removed into the nursing home, families got scared for their own grandmothers.”

Removing Martin into a South Dakota run nursing home took a criminal conspiracy to enact.  OST councilwoman Beverly Tuttle, long a focus of grassroots activists, was publicly reported as threatening to remove elders to distant nursing homes if the grassroots Lakota elders would not stop speaking out in tribal council proceedings.

“The system uses family members to attack other family members,” another anonymous source said. “If someone is a part of the corruption, they will even target their own family to keep the corruption going.”

This is where Carmen Martin Yellow Bull enters the story. An employee of the OST Judiciary office and previously implicated in the LOLO ‘money-for-foster-children’ scam in the documentary Red Cry,  Yellow Bull  drafted and forged paperwork removing her own grandmother from her small home in Porcupine to a nursing facility far in the Black Hills.  To shield her crime, she accused her brother and warrior leader Canupa Gluha Mani of failing to care for their grandmother, using her position in the Judiciary to issue a restraining order against him without any legal oversight or due-process.

These kinds of brazen attacks are not new. A similar tactic was used by the OST during the 2011 elder-led takeover of the Porcupine Meals for the Elderly Building to protest systemic abuse, neglect, and inedible food faced by grassroots elders at the center.  The OST created five false charges of elder abuse to hold Canupa Gluha Mani as a political prisoner for 31 days in attempts to force the end of the elder occupation.

“The OST has routinely allowed their own tribal advocates to break the law,” explained Canupa Gluha Mani. “Now there is no law, there is only survival.”

Despite numerous in-person meetings by Strong Heart and public efforts at exposing this corrupt system, the United States Government appears satisfied with the criminal activity within the OST Judiciary.  To this date, no real accountability has been sought from OST law and order programs funded with millions of U.S. tax dollars.

“Taxpayers need to understand what is happening here on Pine Ridge,” Canupa Gluha Mani said. “Judiciary employees are stealing money from court programs, using legal paperwork to silence or imprison critics, and even tricking people out of their EBT food cards for the promise of legal assistance that never comes.”

Often, the OST Tribal Council and Executive Office uses with the police as an arm of enforcement against outspoken grassroots Lakota and their families.  Grassroots elders and not allowed to contest ordinances or speak out in tribal council. If they do so, they are threatened with jail including false charges of “Inciting a Riot.”

The OST police have routinely acted with both bias and incompetence.  Non-Lakota officers often respond with aggression in attempts to intimidate traditional and grassroots Lakota people, and are quick to rely on their weapons even if not threatened.  On the other hand, drug-related crime is epidemic, murders routinely go unsolved or unprosecuted, and police are routinely implicated in illegal acts by grassroots people.

In June 2016, Jamie Lee Brave Heart was shot and killed by a Pine Ridge tribal police officer while at the Pine Ridge hospital.

In February 2017, the OST police failed to follow-up on a missing person report, and two weeks later the Strong Heart Warrior Society found the frozen body of 49 year old Donna Scout following pleas from her family to find their missing daughter.  OST police then tried to claim responsibility for the search.

In April 2017, Jeffery Curry of the Allen community on Pine Ridge was brutally murdered by OST police after a long chase. Eleven OST police officers were placed on administrative leave, the Public Safety Board was disbanded, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs has taken over reservation law enforcement.

Police have also been accused of tipping off and protecting drug traffickers and dropped-charges-for-sex with minor girls and young women.

“The OST is still begging the Department of Justice for more money for public safety, but on Pine Ridge there is just white officers and indian officers killing Lakota people randomly,” an angry warrior leader explained.

Other OST employees implicated by grassroots people in the widespread corruption are Sonia Little Hawk Weston, Lydia Bear Killer, Stanley Little White Man, and Cora Whiting Hildebrand.

So why won’t the Federal government assert accountability over tax-funded tribal programs?

Many activists say the U.S. Government allows continuing corruption  in order to justify the eventual termination of all tribal government programs and a forced removal of jurisdiction and tribal identity to State of South Dakota control. In this scenario, any sovereign rights of Lakota people will be terminated as they become U.S. and South Dakota residents.

And this is not a far-fetched idea. In December of 2016, the incoming Trump Administration threatened to terminate Indigenous jurisdiction and privatize Native land for resource extraction. And now, the BIA is taking a more active role in Pine Ridge activities.

“The tribal council is hiding criminal activity that jeopardizes tribal sovereignty,” Canupa Gluha Mani said. “But the grassroots people and the Independent Lakota Nation are ready for any threat to our nation status.”

The Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation is submitting another complaint to the United States Government based on these allegations.

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The Cante Tenza Okolakiciye or Strong Heart Warrior Society is a traditional Lakota warrior society as well as a modern day human rights movement to assert Lakota independence and enforce Indigenous rights for the Lakota and other Indigenous people of Turtle Island.  

Canupa Mani Gluha Fights State Jurisdiction

The OST Tribal Council, U.S. Government, and South Dakota explore surrending jurisdiction on Pine Ridge Reservation up to 15 miles inside the rez border in every direction!  But in less than 2 minutes, Canupa Gluha Mani reveals the utter and racist absurdity of any US Federal, State or local entity overseeing the jurisdiction of the Lakota Oyate (or any other Indigenous nation). THIS is the power of language and the Independent Lakota Nation.

Strong Heart in Blackfeet Nation

Cante Tenza of the Independent Lakota Nation is in Blackfeet Nation at the invitation of grassroots Blackfeet elders and activists to fight state theft of Blackfeet water rights through the newly approved Blackfeet Water Compact.

The Blackfeet Business Council has used many tactics to silence and intimidate the grassroots people and the Water Compact vote occurred when many traditional and grassroots people are at the gatherings.

We will continue to support our Blackfeet Nation relatives in their resistance and grow the movement towards authentic Indigenous independence!

Photos/Media from DOJ Meetings

These are the latest photos or video from grassroots Oyate meetings with the Dept. of Justice on April 7th and 14th. These are from our Blackfeet relatives at the Sukapi Times.

During the latest meeting on April 14th, Strong Heart refused entry to Pennington County Sheriff unless they took off their badges and guns. The Sheriff’s office would not comply, and were denied.  This is asserting Indigenous independence!

 

Public Announcement For Friday Meeting with the DOJ

Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society
Independent Lakota Nation
P.O. Box 512 Hill City, SD 57745
Unceeded Lakota Territory

April 12, 2017
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – BREAKING NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547

Grassroots Lakota Oyate Called to Meet with Department of Justice on Friday in Rapid City, SD

Focus of 2nd Meeting will be Violence and Abuses by Law Enforcement Against Lakota and Other Native Persons

Date:   Friday April 14, 2017
Time:   1:00pm – 4:00pm

Career Learning Center
730 East Watertown Street, Room 107

Rapid City, South Dakota, Lakota Territory

Traditional and grassroots Lakota Oyate are urged to attend the second meeting with the Department of Justice to provide testimony on the abuse, violence, and discrimination they face at the hands of law enforcement of Rapid City, Pennington County, other border towns, as well as BIA Tribal Government law enforcement.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice will be there to record your testimony. Bring pictures, video, documents and other evidence you would like to present.

These meetings are the result of exhaustive work by the Cante Tenza Okolakiciye Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation and we will be there to provide security. Please notify Strong Heart immediately if you encounter any problems with police while traveling to the event.

* Parking on north side of building. Entrance through the  double doors and  walk to the front. Sue or Sally will assist you to the room.

Further questions can be addressed to Strong Heart headman Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547.

Justice For Stolen Lives! Calling Oyate for 2nd Meeting With DOJ, April 14, 2017

JUSTICE FOR STOLEN LIVES!

[ Download the Meeting Flyer in PDF ]

HAU MITAKUYEPI:  

Traditional and grassroots Lakota Oyate are called to provide testimony on the abuse, violence, and discrimination, you face at the hands of law enforcement of Rapid City, Pennington County, other border towns, and BIA Tribal Government law enforcement.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice will be there to record your testimony. Bring pictures, video, documents and other evidence you would like to present.

These meetings are the result of exhaustive work by the Cante Tenza Okolakiciye Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation and we will be there to provide security.

Date:   Friday April 14, 2017
Time:   1:00pm – 4:00pm

Career Learning Center
730 East Watertown Street, Room 107

Rapid City, South Dakota, Lakota Territory

* Parking on north side of building. Entrance through the  double doors and  walk to the front. Sue or Sally will assist you to the room.   Please note the change in address from the first flyer.

 

 

 

Breaking News: Lakota Meet with U.S. Dept. of Justice on Pine Ridge Corruption

Lakota Meet with the U.S. Dept. of Justice on Pine Ridge Corruption
Event Begins with March for Lakota Justice

Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society
Independent Lakota Nation
MEDIA ADVISORY: April 7, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547
Email: cantetenza13@gmail.com
https://www.cantetenza.wordpress.com

 WHAT: Grassroots Lakota of Pine Ridge Reservation meet with officials from the Department of Justice about the serial corruption and theft of U.S. funds. The event kicks off with an impassioned march from the deathsite of Lakota woman Mariah High Hawk to meetings at the Mother Butler Center.

WHEN: Friday afternoon. The Event is happening now.

WHO: Meetings with the Department of Justice with grassroots Lakota people from Pine Ridge Reservation, visitors from the Blackfoot Nation, led by the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation.

WHERE: March begins in the 1200 block of Silverleaf Avenue (where body was found) and continues to the Mother Butler Center for DOJ meetings.

WHY: Strong Heart has been vocal about ending the corruption and abuses on Pine Ridge Reservation. Their latest visit to Washington DC caught the ear of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee who are working with the Department of Justice to take action.

 The Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation on behalf of the traditional and grassroots Lakota Oyate of Pine Ridge Reservation have submitted an official Notice of Complaint to the United States Government through the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and the Office of the President of the United States for its failure to uphold its Trust Obligations in regards to the Lakota people resulting in catastrophic living conditions experienced by many Lakota people:

“Specifically, U.S. Executive Branch officials, department and agency officials, Congressional representatives, and Justice officials have failed the Lakota People:

1. Systemically through the administration of misguided policy directives that undermine Lakota traditional political, social, and cultural institutions.

2. Individually through gross negligence and dereliction of duty in the administration of programs funded by 638 Contracts and the accounting of trust dollars intended to serve the grassroots Lakota communities and people.

3. Retroactively the U.S Government has failed to adequately respond to complaints and documentation provided by Strong Heart, Independent Lakota Nation, and other Lakota persons over many years and U.S. administrations via numerous phone calls, letters, in-person visits, press releases, and other media intended to educate and catalyze action to address the dire consequences of U.S. failures in Lakota communities.

As a result of these systemic and individual beauracatic failures, and the failure to act, catastrophic and genocidal conditions exist on Pine Ridge Reservation.

Further, the United States funded Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) Tribal Council and Government have failed traditional and grassroots Lakota Oyate at every level. This government was illegally imposed upon the Lakota Oyate in 1934 and remains an obstacle to Lakota well-being today.”

The complaint further states:

“On Pine Ridge, the U.S. tribal government system funded by U.S. tax dollars and overseen by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is a failure. Culturally incompatible with traditional matriarchal, family-based Lakota culture, the illegally installed Oglala Sioux Tribe government is controlled by non-traditional mixed-blood indians, most of whom are not Lakota language speakers.

The OST is run by corrupt politicians and criminal families and is riddled with corruption, embezzlement, fraud, and nepotism and these families commonly steal common lands and prey upon the trust benefits intended for the traditional and grassroots Lakota people.

Rarely mentioned beyond reservation boundaries, drug and alcohol gang members within OST embezzle money from U.S. 638 contracts that are desperately needed for the Lakota people. This money funds their drug trade and is used to bribe tribal council members, BIA officials, and law enforcement into protecting this corrupt system.

Like all parts of the OST, the Public Safety (Tribal Police) and Judiciary are ineffective and too often discriminatory against traditional and grassroots Lakota people. White or non-Lakota officers are culturally unprepared to serve Lakota communities and too often act from fear. Unprovoked police violence against traditional and grassroots Lakota is common. Investigative activities are poor, with too many incidents going unsolved, or known perpetrators not apprehended. Police collusion with drug and alcohol traffickers is well known.

The United States Government has failed to hold its tribal government creation accountable, side-stepping responsibility for this corrupt and genocidal system by falsely claiming tribal sovereignty rights on one hand, while working to undermine and ignore real Lakota sovereign rights that would protect territory as well as traditional Lakota cultural, political, and economic institutions. This has led to a persistence of AIM-GOON related discrimination and violence against traditional and grassroots people that began in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Discriminatory acts against Lakota elders and grassroots people by the OST in violation of International law, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, United States law including the Older Citizens Act, and Oglala Sioux constitutional law include but are not limited to:

  • Elder abuse (verbal and physical)
  • Neglect
  • Physical assault
  • Psychological abuse and threats
  • Denial of meals to the elderly
  • Failure to deliver meals to the elderly
  • Denial of healthy food to the elderly
  • Threats of arrest
  • False imprisonment and imprisonment for political retaliation
  • Discriminatory and retaliatory firings
  • Discrimination and corruption in Public Safety policing and Judiciary proceedings
  • Denial and systematic blacklisting from OST government services necessary for life including housing, winter heating, and funds for critical medical visits like dialysis.

Elders in their 70s, 80s, and 90s are threatened with arrest, assault, false imprisonment, and even murder. They face constant mental anguish for seeking a better life for their Lakota people.

At a February 2013 OST Tribal Council meeting regarding Elder benefits, one outspoken Grandmother was confronted by an OST security officer who demanded, ‘’You need to get off your blanket-asses [derogatory term for full-blood Lakota] and get with the program. There’s money for everyone!”

For traditional and grassroots Elders who refuse to get with ‘the program’ of mass corruption (Appendix 2 and 3), they cope with daily abuse, neglect, exploitation, and threats of violence. Money for their programs and services is misdirected and stolen. Too often their pleas fall on deaf ears or go unanswered by OST leaders and community members under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

When traditional elders or people do get into positions of authority, they are routinely driven out of their jobs or simply fired.

This abuse has led Elders and their warrior protectors into lengthy take-overs of tribal buildings to gain wider public attention and provoke action from the U.S. Government who is allegedly accountable for tax-dollars that are being misused.”

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The Cante Tenza Okolakiciye or Strong Heart Warrior Society is a traditional Lakota warrior society as well as a modern day human rights movement to assert Lakota independence and enforce Indigenous rights for the Lakota and other Indigenous people of Turtle Island.