October 17, 2017 | Original: English
Press Release, Immediate Release: October 17, 2017
Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani 605-517-1547. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lakota Territory – The Independent Lakota Nation along with other traditional and grassroots Lakota institutions are forcing action and accountability from local, state and Federal governments for stolen Lakota lives and lost Lakota lands.
On October 10, 2017, the Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation again met with a team of investigators from the Department of Justice to seek accountability for missing, murdered, and mistreated Indigenous people at the hands of a racially discrimanatory Pennington County Sheriff, Rapid City Police, and the South Dakota court system.
Specifically, the meetings are looking at Lakota people’s abuse at the hands of law enforcement and overall deaths in the community as a consequence of the policies and proceedures of United States governments, State and local governments.
“It’s the will of the Lakota people to surive the bias they face by a law enforcement and justice system that eliminates the values of being Lakota from it’s actions and proceedings so that we have no Lakota representation in our rights of way,” said Strong Heart Warrior leader Canupa Gluha Mani.
This was the second meeting between independent Lakota representatives and the Department of Justice following continued questions on the murder of Mariah High Hawk and other Lakota women and men. Seeking accountability and garnering public support has been hindered by media outlets who admist they refuse to publish Lakota perspectives because of behind-the-scenes police pressure.
“We are taking direct action because action in the death of Mariah High Hawk has not been met with suitable criteria for the Lakota people to see,” Mani said.
The Department of Justice is also indicating it seeks to interview and explore discriminatory practices in the Oglala Sioux Tribe police, courts, and Tribal Council that are affecting traditional and grassroots Lakota people on Pine Ridge Reservation. Discriminatory violence on the reserveration sets the stage for bias Lakota face in border towns and cities and in State justice systems.
As the Independent Lakota Nation pushes the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate and hold its state and local governments accountable, it is now joining with the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council (BHSNTC) in blaming the State of South Dakota and the Federal reservation system by supporting the filing of a $100,000,00 law suit against the State and Federal governments for lives stolen and lands lost through Constitutional violations of the Supremacy Clause of Article VI.
The lawsuit contends the Federal Government has not followed its own law in honoring treaty agreements between itself and a still independent Lakota Nation, and has further allowed State governments to engage in defacto treaty making with independent Indigenous nations or non-traditional, quasi-sovereign tribal governments which violates Article VI.
The Independent Lakota Nation and the BHSNTC assert these violations have pushed Lakota people into a purgatory constructed to neutralize Indigenous values of life, including language, tiyospaye family structures, and matriarchal political and cultural systems leading to the genocide of the Lakota people.
Canupa Gluha Mani explains, “To protect the matriachal way of life we are pushing these issues forward to make things happen for the Lakota survival.”
The Independent Lakota Nation continues the inter-generational movement to assert Lakota independence and grows from past efforts by Lakota chiefs, elders, treaty councils, and more than 165 years of resistance to illegal settlement on unceeded Lakota territory.