Declaration on Lakota Nationhood and the Dakota Access Pipeline Conflict to the United Nations and the International Community

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Declaration on Lakota Nationhood and the Dakota Access Pipeline Conflict to the United Nations and the International Community

November 1, 2016   |   Original: English

 To Officers of the United Nations and Friends of Lakota in the International Community:

SINCE THE BEGINNING of the pipeline conflict between the Hunkpapa Lakota Oyate (People) of Standing Rock Reservation and Dakota Access Ltd. (DAPL), the Independent Lakota Nation has closely monitored the situation through regular communication with the Hunkpapa Lakota Oyate, via our designated observers on the ground, and other reports.

We call the attention of the United Nations and the International Community to the egregious violations of International human rights and International Law that are occurring within our aboriginal territory:

  • The United States Government along with U.S. state and local governments continue to illegally occupy our unceeded, aboriginal lands by force, and permit private land owners (squatters) and corporations to destroy our sacred land base for the purpose of monetary greed in detriment to the Lakota Oyate and the freedom and health of land, water, air, people, and other Life.
  • The illegal occupation of our territory and the resulting destruction and desecration of Lakota cultural and historical sites, burials, and other sacred lands caused by Dakota Access Ltd. corporate personnel has been defended by private mercenaries, United States local, state and Federal law enforcement officers, and overseen by the threatening presence of United States National Guard military troops. Our airspace is also continuously violated by over flights of Federal and state planes and/or drones for the purposes of constant surveillance and to create fear.
  • Lakota people and non-Lakota supporters have been criminalized, arrested, incarcerated in small cages, abusively strip-searched to create shame, and violently removed from Lakota territory by local, state, and Federal law enforcement while the United States Government remains silent and consenting to this violence.
  • The actions of the United States Government and its permitted Corporations in conjunction with abetting private land owners and complicit Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Governments are in violation of our inherent sovereignty and natural rights as a free and Independent Lakota Nation, and are a shameful and knowing continuation of genocidal policies and practices of the United States Government towards the Lakota Oyate and Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island that began long ago.
  • We remind the United Nations and the International Community that, “Indigenous peoples have the right to the full enjoyment, as a collective or as individuals, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights4 and international human rights law.” In addition, the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples clearly articulates the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples. Whether the United States or any other nation state agrees to abide by these provisions is irrelevant. These inherent rights have been agreed upon by the International Community and should be defended by the United Nations in whatever manner possible.

Therefore, the Independent Lakota Nation representing the free and unyielding grassroots Lakota Oyate of the northern great plains of Turtle Island, reassert our natural human right to resist tyranny and oppression in all forms, and formally declare the following provisions to the United Nations and International Community as an independent nation of free people:

  1. The matriarchal Tetuwan Lakota Oyate are a sovereign Indigenous First Nation whose ancestral lands comprise a large area of the Northern Great Plains of Turtle Island, including territory in the U.S. states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana.
  1. The Indigenous peoples of the Northern Great Plains, and the Lakota Oyate in particular, have never relinquished nation status.
  1. The assertion of independent Lakota political, economic, and cultural identity was present long before the presence of european settlers, and has not ceased since contact with european settlers and the American state.
  1. A truly sovereign and distinct Lakota Nation – independent of the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) system of colonial governance forced upon our people by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) – has been continually maintained through our matriarchal system and other customary political and cultural institutions since contact.
  1. Our respectful matriarchal elders – those fluent speaking grandmothers who by virtue of their long life, vision, and preservation of Lakota language and culture, are the customary leaders of the Oyate – have not approved the Dakota Access pipeline and therefore such pipeline is in violation of Lakota aboriginal title and is being constructed without the prior, free, or informed consent of the Lakota Oyate as given by our respectful matriarchal elders.
  1. The Lakota People have the right to assert independent status, sovereign jurisdiction, and eminent domain within our parochitorial territory under International Law, the United States Constitution, Trade Law, and Treaty Law. The 1961 and 1969 Vienna Convention on Treaties, 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Article VI of the United States Constitution are mere starting points in the solid legal framework that underlies our rights to freely assert our nation status without interference from the United States Federal Government, State Governments, or their entities.
  1. All treaties between the United States Government and the Lakota Oyate have been abrogated by past and present United States actions resulting in breach of treaty terms and conditions including but not limited to, a) Conspiracy to defraud; b) Forgery; c) Land theft; d) Manifest violation through U.S. military incursion into sovereign Lakota territory without our consent; and, e) Systemic failure to honor treaty agreements resulting in conditions of life resulting in the destruction of the Lakota People. Under the Preamble to the Law of Treaties, Article 45-63 of the Vienna Convention of the Law of Treaties, treaties between the Independent Lakota Nation and the United States are terminated with all previous land claims reverting back to aboriginal title of the respective Indigenous nations. The Independent Lakota Nation reasserts our rights to free and unfettered access and use of any and all areas within the territorial boundaries of the Lakota Independent Nation State without prejudice or interference by another foreign jurisdiction including the United States or its state governments.
  1. The Independent Lakota Nation does not surrender our sovereign jurisdiction and aboriginal title over our traditional lands. Furthermore, officials of tribal governments created by the United States Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (IRA) or modeled after U.S. IRA government structures do not speak for the grassroots Oyate as we have our own political institutions based in our matriarchal system that was created long before the presence of european colonists on Turtle Island. The enforced dominance of IRA tribal government authorities by the United States Government is knowingly resulting in the systematic invisibility and oppression of traditional Lakota people as well as our cultural, social, and political institutions that make up our traditional forms of government. This politically motivated dominance and recognition of U.S. IRA tribal authorities over customary, independent Indigenous governments is a form of genocide.
  1. The U.S. Federal Government through Federal Indian Policy as applied through actions of Federal, state, and local governments and their permitted corporations constitute acts of genocide as defined by the United Nations 1948 The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, of which the United States Government is a signatory.
  1. The jurisdictional authority of United States Courts and its applications of law against the Indigenous nations of Turtle Island are constructed upon the racist and genocidal Doctrine of Discovery. Using this doctrine, United States Courts have intentionally and systematically created a false and morally reprehensible legal basis for United States “ultimate dominion” or “ultimate title” over independent Indigenous nations as “domestic dependent nations” subverting our own political and judicial institutions. Therefore, United States Courts cannot provide fair remedy or relief for Lakota Oyate or any other Indigenous people. We demand the United States Government revoke this racist doctrine and its Federal Court decisions that violate the natural rights of freedom and human rights of Turtle Island’s Indigenous nations.
  1. The Lakota Oyate have the inherent human right to resist oppression, genocide, and future colonization in our desire to be free, and to form coalition between sympathetic and supporting governments of other Nation States as well as individual American citizens and citizens of other Nation States, who recognize and share in their responsibility for the past and ongoing illegal and inhumane actions perpetrated by the United States of America on the Lakota Oyate.
  1. We do not recognize United States or state permits to gather, pray, or otherwise demonstrate our cultural, social, and political institutions on our own aboriginal lands. This includes the permit given by the United States Government Army Corps of Engineers to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Government for the Sacred Stone protest encampment and/or Red Warrior encampment against the Dakota Access pipeline for assembly on traditional Lakota territory. Lakota persons and their supporters maintain their rights of way across Lakota territory and all adjacent territory without interference for the purposes of travel and other social, cultural, or political activities.
  1. Federal, state, and local law enforcement do not hold jurisdictional right to enforcement activities on traditional Lakota territory and do so only through the illegal threat of colonial, military force (through the United States National Guard) on Lakota people and our supporters. The forced removal of Lakota and other Indigenous persons and our supporters from Lakota territory for the purposes of arrest, incarceration, and other forms of punishment are illegal incursions into Lakota territory to protect the theft of Lakota land and resources without our free, prior, or informed consent via our customary government. These actions violate International Law and Human Rights provisions that promote and protect the rights of people and nations to their own self-determination and freedom.
  1. Further, United States Courts do not maintain jurisdiction over Independent Lakota Oyate or our appointed agents and allies. Any such military or armed use of force or intimidation by the United States Government, State or local governments or its permitted corporations and private security contractors are illegal Acts of Aggression against the Independent Lakota Nation and our allies in violation of Lakota natural rights, International law, and human decency.
  1. The Independent Lakota Oyate shall exercise its independence and self determination according to the interests of the Lakota Nation including the defense of land and people, and the use of eminent domain to exert jurisdiction over Lakota Territory forcefully or coercively removed from Lakota jurisdiction by illegal and genocidal acts of the United States government, State and local governments, corporations, or its citizens.
  1. The Independent Lakota Nation and all those persons who stand with us shall work together to assert our independence free of U.S. and corporate control, in honor of our ancestors who sacrificed for our lives today, and with love for our children and grand children so they may have a tomorrow as free Lakota people. Hoka Hey!

To develop relations with the Independent Lakota Nation , please contact Canupa Gluha Mani at 1-605-517-1547.  Messages can also be sent to cantetenza13@gmail.com.

Strong Heart 2016 Food Drive for Grassroots Oyate

Fall 2016 Strong Heart Food Drive Page – please donate and help!  Photos of donations are also available on this page. Hoka Hey!

Updated October 2, 2016 – Cante Tenza Okolakiciye or Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation has called for a fall Food-Drive to benefit grassroots elders and their families on Pine Ridge Reservation. Winter is coming and the time to collect and distribute food and other resources is now – before the snow and below-zero temperatures arrive.  We need:

  • Fresh, freezable meats including beef, venison, elk, and buffalo.
  • Fresh Produce including corn, squash, potatoes, sweet-potatoes, turnips, and other long lasting root vegetables that can be stored.
  • Low salt canned vegetables including beans, peas, corn, and similar items.
  • No added sugar canned fruits like apples, pears, and citrus.
  • Staple cooking items like flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, vegetable oil, etc.
  • If you have the choice, please do not send highly processed packaged foods with high carbohydrates or that contain lots of salt, sugar, or corn syrup.
  • We also need blankets, heaters, and winter coats (especially for children) for the coming winter.

Donations can be sent to
Strong Heart Warrior Society
Po Box 512
Hill City, SD 57745

For questions, please contact headman Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547.  Email cantetenza13@gmail.com.

Pilamaya!  Thank you!

Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society Statement on Dakota Access Pipeline Injunction Decision and Nationhood

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Media Release & Statement
For Immediate Release: September 9, 2016
Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547

Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society Statement on DAPL Injunction Decision and Nationhood, September 9, 2016

siouan-indigenous-peoplesLakota Territory – Since the beginning of the confrontation between the Hunkpapa Lakota Oyate (People) of Standing Rock Reservation and Dakota Access Ltd. corporate personnel and security forces near the Standing Rock Reservation, the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society has monitored the situation on the ground and maintained communication with the Hunkpapa Lakota Oyate.

Today’s United States Federal Court ruling is of no consequence to the Independent Lakota Nation and all free Indigenous peoples. Lakota land defenders and their allies standing in independence maintain all rights guaranteed a free people under natural law, international law, and treaty law to maintain and expand, if desired, their habitation and defense of Lakota Territory under the following provisions:

  1. The matriarchal Tetuwan Lakota Oyate are a sovereign Indigenous First Nation whose ancestral lands comprise a large area of the Northern Great Plains of Turtle Island, including territory in the U.S. states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana.
  1. The Indigenous peoples of the Northern Great Plains, and the Lakota Oyate in particular, have never relinquished nation status.
  1. The assertion of independent Lakota political, economic, and cultural identity has not ceased since contact with white settlers and the American state.
  1. A truly sovereign and distinct Lakota Nation – independent of the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) system of colonial governance forced upon our people by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs – has been continually maintained through our matriarchal system and other customary political and cultural institutions since contact.
  1. Our respectful matriarchal elders – those fluent speaking grandmothers who by virtue of their long life, vision, and preservation of Lakota language and culture, are the customary leaders of the Oyate – have not approved the Dakota Access pipeline and therefore such pipeline is in violation of Lakota aboriginal title and is being constructed without the prior, free, or informed consent of the Lakota Oyate as given by our respectful matriarchal elders. Predictably, this construction has resulted in the destruction and desecration of Lakota cultural and historical sites, burials, and other sacred lands, threatening the health of land, water, air, people, and other living relatives within our territory.
  1. The Lakota People have the right to assert independent status, sovereign jurisdiction, and eminent domain within our parochitorial territory under International Law, the United States Constitution, Trade Law, and Treaty Law. The 1961 and 1969 Vienna Convention on Treaties, 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Article VI of the United States Constitution are mere starting points in the solid legal framework that underlies our rights to freely assert our nation status without interference from the United States Federal Government, State Governments, or their entities.
  1. All treaties between the United States Government and the Lakota Oyate have been abrogated by past and present United States actions including intentional deception and fraud, land theft, U.S. military incursion into sovereign Lakota territory without our consent, and systemic failure to honor treaty agreements. Under International and Treaty Law, treaties with the United States are therefore null and invalid, with all previous land claims reverting back to aboriginal title of the respective Indigenous nations. All Lakota Territory is therefore unceeded and has been recognized as an illegal taking within United States Federal Courts under the Black Hills Land Claim.unceededlands
  1. United States federal indian policy as well as actions of State and local governments and their permitted corporations continue to engage in acts of genocide as defined by the United Nations 1948 The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, of which the United States Government is a signatory.
  1. The jurisdictional authority of United States Courts and its applications of law against the Indigenous nations of Turtle Island are constructed upon the racist and genocidal Doctrine of Discovery. Using this doctrine, United States Courts have intentionally and systematically created a false and morally reprehensible legal basis for United States “ultimate dominion” or “ultimate title” over independent Indigenous nations as “domestic dependent nations.” We demand the United States Government repudiate this racist doctrine and its Federal Court decisions that violate the natural rights of freedom and human rights of Turtle Island’s Indigenous nations.
  1. The Lakota Oyate have the inherent human rights to resist oppression, genocide, and future colonization and form a coalition between sympathetic and supporting governments of other Nation States as well as individual American citizens and citizens of other Nation States, who recognize and share in, or accept their responsibility and accountability for the past and ongoing illegal and inhumane actions perpetrated by the United States of America on the Lakota Oyate.
  1. Further, United States Courts do not maintain jurisdiction over Independent Lakota Oyate or our appointed agents and allies. Any such military or armed use of force or intimidation by the United States Government, State or local governments or its permitted corporations and private security contractors are illegal acts of colonial aggression against the Independent Lakota Nation and our allies in violation of Lakota natural rights, International law, and human decency.
  1. The Independent Lakota Oyate shall exercise it’s independence and self determination according to the interests of the Lakota Nation including the defense of land and people, and the use of eminent domain to exert jurisdiction over Lakota Territory forcefully or coercively removed from Lakota jurisdiction by illegal and genocidal acts of the United States government, State and local governments, corporations, or its citizens.
  1. The Independent Lakota Nation and all those persons who stand with us shall work together to assert our independence free of U.S. and corporate control, in honor of our ancestors who sacrificed for our lives today, and with love for our children and grand children so they may have a tomorrow as free Lakota people. Hoka Hey!

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Video: Defense of Elders at the OST Tribal Council Meeting

The Bureau of Indian Affair’s Oglala Sioux Tribe Government (OST) does not want traditional and grassroots elders to interfere with their corrupt practices. So they are verbally abusing and criminalizing elders, threatening to arrest and put them in jail.  This is in violation of OST’s own laws against elder abuse as well as US laws that protect the elderly.

Fortunately on August 8th, Strong Heart headman Canupa Gluha Mani was there to defend grassroots elders including Auntie Cecilia Martin and Chief Mel Lone Hill as well holding the OST Tribal Council accountable for their corrupt and abusive practices. Check the videos out:

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[Updated] State & Local Police Terrorize Lakota With Traffic Checkpoints to Stop Dakota Pipeline Blockade Support

MEDIA RELEASE: August 19, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547
Email: cantetenza13@gmail.com
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State & Local Police Continue Traffic Checkpoints Friday to Stop Dakota Pipeline Blockade Support

Checkpoints Violate Lakota Nation Jurisdiction, International and Treaty Law

South Dakota – On Thursday, the Cante Tenza Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation received dozens of complaints from Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota tribal members reporting mass harassment at traffic checkpoints leaving the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, manned by State and local law enforcement. Police were stopping cars leaving Pine Ridge Reservation in mass and threatening tribal members who may be headed to support the Dakota Pipeline Blockade near Standing Rock Reservation.

Over 100 cars had been counted as being stopped, many of whom were simply going about grocery shopping and other daily business. Cars were being turned around if suspected of heading towards the Dakota Pipeline Blockade, while others were cited for minor infractions. It is unknown if any tribal members were arrested.

While some traffic checkpoints may have eased, tribal members are still reporting being stopped Friday morning. Upwards of 25 people have reported being stopped early Friday morning.

On Thursday afternoon, Strong Heart Headman Canupa Gluha Mani observed a traffic checkpoint just north of Pine Ridge Reservation of four South Dakota State Troopers that had seven cars pulled over to the roadside. Tribal members waived down Canupa Gluha Mani to report their distress.

When asked what law enforcement was doing, a trooper replied, “We have orders to turn them around or cite them.” Canupa Gluha Mani was then followed by a trooper who sped and swerved back and forth on the road behind Mani’s vehicle attempting to incite the warrior leader.

The Strong Heart Warrior Society condemns these traffic checkpoints and any interference of the rights of way of Lakota persons from traveling across their traditional lands for any purpose. South Dakota is Lakota territory under natural law, International Law and treaty law. The State of South Dakota and the United States Government are in violation of these legal covenants and mass stops of Native persons is criminalization without due process, racial profiling and illegal. These stops must end now.

Strong Heart is in contact with U.S. Congressional officials and the Department of Justice to register formal complaints and will be reporting the violations of Lakota person rights to the United Nations Office for the High Commissioner of Human Rights. The United States is a signatory to the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which is just one international agreement that guarantees Lakota travel and rights of way across their traditional territories.

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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!

Updated: Pine Ridge Warrior Gathering August 13 – Billy Mills Hall

Native Warriors Gather in Defense of Lakota Elders & People on Pine Ridge

MEDIA ADVISORY: August 12, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Please coordinate with Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547
Follow-up or background only use email: cantetenza13@gmail.com
Online at cantetenza.wordpress.com

Gathering in Response to Mass Corruption, Elder Abuse Within Tribal Government

 WHAT: Mass gathering of Native warrior societies and activists in defense of traditional and grassroots Lakota elders and people on Pine Ridge Reservation.

 WHEN: Saturday August 13, 2016

WHO: Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council and Floyd Hand, Grey Eagle Society Grandmothers, and Lakota Itachan Mel Lone Hill with support from the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation .

WHERE: Billy Mills Hall, intersection of Hwy 18 and Hwy 407 in Pine Ridge, SD, Lakota Territory

 Pine Ridge – Seeking accountability and justice to a corrupt and abusive Oglala Sioux Tribe Government, traditional Lakota societies and people have called for a mass gathering of Native warriors at Billy Mills Hall on Saturday. The meeting, called for by the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council, Lakota Itachan Mel Lone Hill, Grey Eagle Society Grandmothers, with support by the Strong Heart Warrior Society in the latest effort to change a broken tribal government system that continues to abuse elders, blacklist and strongarm political opponents, and steal millions of U.S. tax dollars appropriated for tribal needs.

For some, this is a return to Pine Ridge, home of the 1973 Wounded Knee Occupation, while hundreds of other warriors and activists from around Turtle Island (North America) have been put on standby. They face a tribal government system that is culturally, socially, and politically incompatible with Lakota society and survival of the Lakota people. Of more than two dozen representatives from nine districts, only one tribal council member can speak the Lakota language fluently.

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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!

TO ATTEND –

For More Information:

  1. Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council,  Floyd Looks For Buffalo Hand: 605-867-5762 or 605-454-1868
  2. Uncle Mel Lone Hill: 605-454-2500
  3. Cante Tenza Strong Heart Warrior Society,  Canupa Gluha Mani: 605-517-1547

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!

Anger Over Police Killings Spark Capital Protest in Lincoln, NE

Lakota Cante Tenza Okolakiciye
Strong Heart Warrior Society
Independent Lakota Nation

ACTION ALERT
For Immediate Release: July 7, 2016
Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547

NATIVE LIVES MATTER: ANGER OVER POLICE SHOOTINGS SPARK TODAY’S CAPITAL PROTEST

Indigenous and Latino Leaders Come Together for Answers on Police Killings

WHO:  Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society and members of the local Indigenous and and Latino communities.

WHAT: Protest over the May 5th police shooting of Lance McIntire as well as the disturbing ten year history of repeated police shootings of Native and Latino people.

WHERE: Ongoing today on the north side of the Capital Building in downtown Lincoln.

WHEN:  The protest will last until 1pm on  Thursday, July 07, 2016.

MORE: Today, Indigenous and Latino leaders met with Judy Morgan Gaiashkibos (Nebraska Commission on Native American Affairs) and Lozaro Arturo Spindola (Latino American Commission) regarding the disturbing history of police shootings involving Indigenous and Latino persons in the Lincoln-Omaha area.  Activists are demanding a reopening of the investigation into the death of Lance McIntire as well as a civil rights investigation into police shootings of Indian and Latino community members going back ten years.

Lakota 500 Mile Sacred Hoop Run, June 24 – 29

SacredHoopRun2016FlyerCante Tenza is proud to support the Lays Bad family in the 34th Annual 500 Mile Sacred Hoop Run around the Black Hills.  The run begins tomorrow June 24th and continues to the 29th.  The 500 mile prayer run empowers Lakota youth with a strong Lakota identity while sharing traditional Lakota culture, language, and spirituality.

Thank you to the following for your support of the run:

  • Steve and his staff at Hardware Hank, Rapid City
  • Sandy in Rep. Kristi Noem’s office – $25
  • Senator John Thune’s office – printing
  • Gabril at Office Depot- printing
  • Rick Brady and Black Hills Community Bank – 15 cases water
  • Justin in the Baken Park Safeway
  • Venice and Josh  – shoes for the runners
  • Russell and Sound Pro – 5 cases gatorade
  • Family Thrift Center
  • Cindy Johnson and Connect Lumber Mart

Lakota Chief Mel Lone Hill and Strong Heart Warriors Work to Stop Alcohol Sales on Pine Ridge

MEDIA RELEASE: May 16, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For quotes and follow-up, contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547
For non-deadline specific inquiries, email: cantetenza13@gmail.com
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Sacred Struggle: Lakota Chief Mel Lone Hill and Strong Heart Warriors Work to Stop Alcohol Sales on Pine Ridge Reservation

On the eve of the proposed referendum to approve alcohol sales on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation issued the following statement:

This is to the Lakota Oyate of an Independent Lakota Nation within the five states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Nebraska as well as our relatives across Turtle Island:

The Lakota Nation is under attack by the Federal Government at the discretion of their 1934 Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) puppet government known as the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST).

After the attempt in 2013 to legalize alcohol sales on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the OST was told by the body of the Lakota Oyate to not bring the alcohol issue up again to referendum. Only about 12% (3526) of the estimated 30,000 residents of Pine Ridge even voted on the issue in 2013, representing the deep distrust and lack of recognition of OST leadership. This does not include the thousands of Lakota Oyate who live outside of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

The full membership of the Oglala Lakota People have never given the Oglala Sioux Tribe consent to legalize alcohol in any measure. But the OST persists, driven by the possibility of feeding the corrupt tribal government system with alcohol dollars that represent the misery of the Lakota people the IRA government has itself created.

Mel Lone Hill is the Tetuwan Lakota Itachan – chieftain of the Tetuwan Oglala Lakota people. He has enlisted the help of the Independent Lakota Nation and the Strong Heart Warrior Society to oppose the sales of alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. We are taking on this challenge.

Today, Uncle Mel Lone Hill appeared in court today to file an injunction to eliminate the voting standards to stop the May 17 vote of the referendum to go into effect. We pray that he succeeds.

But we must not forget this is the same tribal government that has refused to give the sacred pipe back to the people at Uncle Mel Lone Hill’s request. So he asked Canupa Gluha Mani and the Strong Heart Warrior Society to help get the pipe returned in order to rid this evil of white supremacy which is imposing its own european bipolar disorder upon the last living Lakota people who defeated the U.S. Government on the field of battle known as the Greasy Grass or Little Big Horn.

We should no longer question why our children commit suicide at alarming rates or our people turn to alcohol and drugs when our own supposed tribal government labels our elders as criminals and refuses to return the sacred pipe to the Lakota Oyate. The cause is right before our eyes.

It is our opportunity and discretion for our people to take this issue into consideration. We call on all sun dancers – not those weekend warriors who are Lakota when convenient, but those real grassroots and full-blooded sun dancers and all Lakota people to vote against this referendum, should the vote occur on Tuesday May 17th.

John Yellowbird Steele and his 18 members of the OST are committing an act of genocide against the Lakota people by going against the will of the Oyate in attempts to bring this poison directly on to the reservation.

Should this proceed, we are prepared to immediately file a genocide complaint with the International Community against these 18 members and the Ogala Sioux Tribe in general for their intentional actions that will directly increase those conditions of life known to be lethal to our people.

Cante Tenza Okolakiciye
Independent Lakota Nation

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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!