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

Breaking News: Elderly Meals Program Meeting Held Despite Community Deaths

STRONG HEART NEWS ALERT
BREAKING NEWS!

Friday, January 21, 2016
Immediate Release – Please  share widely!

UNCARING  OST OFFICIALS HOLD ELDERLY MEALS PLANNING MEETING WHILE COMMUNITY MOURNS DEATHS

Porcupine District, Pine Ridge Reservation – Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) Official Faith Two Eagles is currently holding a planning meeting for new Elderly Meals Site Director Buster Apple in flagrant violation of Lakota cultural values that prioritizes the mourning and honoring of the newly dead.  Wakes for Val High Hawk and Micheal Whiting are planned for today.   Porcupine elders are furious that a meeting regarding their elderly meals program has been scheduled while their hearts and attention are with the families of the deceased. This is not the Lakota way!

This meeting marks the first time the Porcupine Meals for the Elderly Site has been open in 45 days. Elders are constantly excluded from meetings about their programs but then invited when there is a death in the community and cannot attend.

Mr. Apple is the selected replacement for former Director and Cook Mary Felicia who was illegally fired in early November 2015 as a consequence of her vocal support, and support by, outspoken Porcupine elders. Since Mrs. Felicia’s firing, Porcupine elders have faced delayed, denied, and unhealthy meals to disabled elders, including elderly with diabetes and heart disease during winter months when the temperature is regularly below zero.  Three elderly men have died since November.

Grassroots Lakota elders in the Porcupine District of Pine Ridge Reservation have signed a letter demanding the United States Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice investigate the unlawful corruption and inhuman abuses in the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) Meals for the Elderly Program on Pine Ridge. Porcupine District officials have recently announced plans to transfer their Community Action Program (CAP) office to the Elderly Meals Site putting the program in limbo and causing deep concern among district elders.

Press Advisory: Lakota Warriors Give Red Cry in Washington D.C., Thursday Screening and Press Conference

Lakota Warriors Give Red Cry in Washington D.C.

Ground-breaking Documentary Offers Proof to Elder Abuse, Genocide Accusations

LAKOTA MEDIA ADVISORY: January 21, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547
Contact: Ana Oian Amets at 631-626-5842
Email: cantetenza13@gmail.com

WHAT: Press Conference followed by film screening of ground-breaking documentary Red Cry

WHEN: Thursday January 21st. Press Conference at 5:00pm. Film at 6:00pm. Discussion follows.

WHO: Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation and supporters. Canupa Gluha Mani (Strong Heart headman and featured in the film) and Ana Oian Amets (film writer and producer) will be in attendance.

WHERE: Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St NW, Washington, DC

Washington DC – On Thursday evening at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, the Lakota Cante Tenza Strong Heart Warrior Society from Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota will bring an inferno of truth to the heart of the U.S. Empire – a Washington D.C. and U.S. Government system that has grown cold with constant allegations of abuses and illegalities.

A 5:00pm the Lakota warrior society will hold a press conference detailing the ways U.S. Government programs are being used and mis-used to commit murder against traditional and grassroots Lakota elders on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Lakota Strong Heart has been in Washington D.C. for over a week seeking accountability from Congressional and agency officials for criminal abuses in the Meals for the Elderly Program on Pine Ridge.

Following the press conference at 6:00pm, Washington will again host the ground-breaking Lakota documentary Red Cry. This incendiary documentary is a 2 ½ hour kick in the gut as grassroots Lakota elders and people from Pine Ridge reveal the ways a beautiful way of life is being driven into extinction by U.S. Government policies and actions of the Bureau of Indian Affairs supported Oglala Sioux Tribe. A discussion will follow the film at 8:30pm.

Grassroots Lakota elders, among the remaining traditional and language speaking elders, continue to be subjected to abusive, racist, and inhuman conditions in the Elderly Meals Program and other programs administered by officials within the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs supported Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST). U.S tax dollars flow into the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and are used to fund the abuse and murder of traditional Lakota elders.

For their outspoken efforts for human dignity and change, elders in their 70s, 80s, and 90s are threatened with arrest, removal to mental health facilities, and are blacklisted from medical services necessary for life like dialysis. Meanwhile the Oglala Sioux Tribe lies and evades about these conditions to the outside world.

In 2011, these same elders from the Porcupine Elderly Meals Program occupied the meal’s building for 34 days in protest to the same abusive and genocidal conditions that remain unchanged today. Despite media attention and multiple meetings with U.S. officials, the Obama Administration has done little to nothing to stop this behavior despite millions in U.S. tax dollars being spent to fund the corrupt OST system.

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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!

1/20/16 Action Alert: Pressure U.S. Officials to Investigate Lakota Elderly Meals Corruption!

January 20, 2016 STRONG HEART ACTION ALERT!
For Immediate Release and Action! Please help and share widely!

Pressure U.S. Officials to Investigate Lakota Elderly Meals Corruption!

Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Actions are Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Murder!
United States Government has Treaty Obligations and Fiduciary Responsibility Over U.S. Tax Dollars to Tribe

 Seven grassroots Lakota elders  in the Porcupine District of Pine Ridge Reservation, backed by 100 more, have signed a letter demanding the United States Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice investigate the unlawful corruption and inhuman abuses in the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) Meals for the Elderly Program on Pine Ridge. These abuses are resulting in delayed, denied, and unhealthy meals to disabled elders, including elderly with diabetes and heart disease during winter months when the temperature is regularly below zero.

Because these traditional and grassroots elders speak out against the inhuman conditions they face daily, they are subjected to ongoing abuse, neglect, lack of healthy food, physical and emotional threats, and retaliatory blacklisting from services necessary for life by corrupt OST and Porcupine District officials.

OST officials have been clear – they want these outspoken, elderly “troublemakers” GONE. So they lie to U.S. agencies and the media to sweep the corruption under the rug. These abuses and games are nothing less than a conspirarcy to commit murder.

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. 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. does nothing. 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.

It’s time to stand closely with grassroots Lakota elders and people and bring accountibility to this situation. If the U.S. will do nothing, then the whole world must know. Please act now with the phone calls, emails, and faxes below!


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

  • Demand Ms. LaCounte keep her word and meet with the Porcupine elders. Demand she 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: 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

  • Demand that the Department of Justice begin a full and transparent investigation with audit into the conspiracy and corruption in the Oglala Sioux Tribe Government, no matter where it leads, and 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 as trust representatives force Health and Human Services and Department of Justice to do their jobs to investigate and prosecute the fraudulent use and theft of U.S. tax dollars by the criminal individuals and families in the Oglala Sioux Tribe government and Meals for the Elderly Program. The corrupt OST is culturally incompatible and discriminates against the grassroots Lakota Oyate. The Lakota people have the right to their own cultural, political, and social institutions, free from interference, to make a good life for themselves and the future generations to come.

 

Action Alert 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

1/19/16 Press Release: Outrage! Lakota Elders Denied Food by Oglala Sioux Tribe in Retaliation for Activism

Outrage! Lakota Elders Denied Food by Oglala Sioux Tribe in Retaliation for Activism
Lakota Warriors Demand U.S. Congressional Reps Meet Treaty Obligations

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 – It’s hard to imagine the ongoing plight of grassroots traditional and language speaking elders on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation getting worse – but it has. In retaliation for their recent public outrage against the ongoing unlawful and inhuman abuses they face at the hands of corrupt and uncaring Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) and Porcupine District officials, the Porcupine Elderly Meals Site has been temporarily, or permanently shut down denying elders critical meals. Porcupine District officials have also announced plans to take over the Elderly Meals site and replace it with the Community Assistance Program (CAP) office. CAP officials are among the main instigators abusing Lakota elders in Porcupine District.

One elder advocate (name withheld to protect against further retaliation) reported last night that elders are losing weight, and that the health gains made under the previous Elderly Meals director and cook, Mary Felicia, have been negated. It is well known that many of these elders are disabled and have health problems like diabetes and heart disease that require regular hot, healthy meals – especially during the winter months when temperatures are regularly below zero.

The denial of healthy meals is nothing less than conspiracy to commit murder by corrupt OST and District officials.

Elders are also angry at the continued abuse and lack of action by a dismissive United States Government that continually ignores treaty obligations and 638 Contract provisions that require their investigation and prosecution of illegal activity in tribal programs supported by U.S. tax dollars. More than 100 elders have signed the recent letter demanding investigation by Cynthia LaCounte, Director, Office for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Programs for the Department Health and Human Services Administration on Aging and Tracy Toulou, Director, Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice.

The Lakota Cante Tenza Warrior Society is currently in Washington DC meeting with U.S. Congressional representatives and other officials seeking accountability for their negligent lack of action leading to genocide of grassroots and traditional Lakota people. Despite the letter from the elders, U.S. Congressional representatives Senator John Thune, Senator Mike Rounds, and Representative Kristi Noem are non-committal on taking action in violation of their fiduciary duties to oversee treaty obligations.

Cante Tenza (Strong Heart) headman Canupa Gluha Mani issued the following statement:

Within the time frame of the removal of Mrs. Mary Horse Felicia, three disabled elders have died. The youngest of the three – Gilbert Bad Wound- died of food poisoning. He is the latest death from the unhealthy medical caring of Native People through U.S. treaty obligations.

Strong Heart vows if another elder dies with any condition that was brought on by the fraudulent use and illegal expenditures of tax paying dollars at the hands of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Government, America is to blame for the conspiracy to commit murder at the hands of tax dollars.

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