11/11/15 Action Alert! Hold the Oglala Sioux Tribe Accountable for Elder Abuse!

Lakota Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society
Independent Lakota Nation
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November 11, 2015
STRONG HEART ACTION ALERT!

For Immediate Release and Action! Please help and share widely!

Hold the Oglala Sioux Tribe Accountable for Elder Abuse! Support the Porcupine Elders!

No More Empty Promises from the OST. Change Must Happen in the Elderly Meals Program!

After a week of pressure on the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) government for the politically motivated termination of respected Lakota elder Mary Felicia from her job as Site Director and cook for the Meals for the Elderly program in the Porcupine District, the OST is telling grassroots elders change is coming. OST President John Steele has promised to reinstate Mary, but has not put that promise in writing. No more empty promises from the OST!

At the same time, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and OST police are being sent by corrupt individuals and families within the OST to threaten and harass elders at their homes and meeting places. Police harassment is elder abuse and it must stop now!

The United States Title VI program which funds the Meals for the Elderly Program on Pine Ridge is also putting pressure on the OST to depoliticize the meals program or face defunding through a Tribal Council resolution. The Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation demands the Meals for the Elderly Program, and the buildings that house the programs across the nine districts of Pine Ridge, are immediately removed to elder control as described by the customary provisions and common-sense guidelines of the Wowasakeikcupi: Matriarchal Supremacy Clause. The OST must act immediately to move the Elderly Meals program to elder control without interference.!

Your emails and phone calls make a powerful difference! Please support these grassroots Lakota elders by making as many of these contacts as possible.

Contact: John Steele, President of the BIA Oglala Sioux Tribe
Phone: 605-407-7497
Email: johns@oglala.org

Tell President Steele he will be held publicly accountable for empty promises and weak action.

  • We demand he reinstate Mary Felicia to her post in the Meals for the Elderly program in Porcupine and must put the promise of this reinstatement IN WRITING until it occurs.
  • We demand an end to the discrimination, intimidation, criminalization, and exploitation of grassroots Lakota elders and people including ALL FORMS of police harassment, retaliatory action, and blacklisting from government services necessary for life.
  • We demand the immediate removal and prosecution of all OST government personnel who have abused grassroots elders and/or profiteered off of their struggles and needs.
  • We demand the immediate repeal of OST law 07/12 that legalizes elder abuse and criminalizes grassroots elders from speaking out in Tribal Council and other OST government functions passed during the Brewer administration.

Contact: Michelle Rogers U.S. AOA Title VI Regional Office Representative for South Dakota
Phone: 303-844-7816
Email: michelle.rogers@acl.hhs.gov

  • Demand the U.S. Agency on Aging and Department of Health and Human Services follow through on their promises to intervene in the Meals for the Elderly program if their requirements are not met and the elders continue to be mistreated.

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, – 605-348-7551 and fax: 202-228-5429
U.S. Representative for South Dakota Kristi Noem – 605-791-4673 and fax 202-224-7482
South Dakota Representative Michael Rounds – 605-343-5035 and fax 202-225-5823

  • Demand the Senators and Representative as trust representatives force the Department of Justice to do their jobs to investigate and prosecute the fraudulent use and theft of US tax dollars by the criminal individuals and families in the Oglala Sioux Tribe government. 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.

Contact: OST Tribal Council Representatives
You can try all tribal council representatives through the OST line: 605-867-5821 or call individually below.

  • Immediately introduce and draft a resolution that transfers the Meals for the Elderly Program across the nine districts from OST to matriarchal elder control and management, without interference and political manipulation.
  • Immediately repeal of OST law 07/12 that legalizes elder abuse and criminalizes grassroots elders from speaking out in Tribal Council and other OST government functions passed during the Brewer administration.

NAME                                                            PHONE

Ella John Carlow

Richard Greenwald

Robin Tapio

Collins Cj Clifford

Mike Her Many Horses

Ellen Fills The Pipe

Floyd Brings Plenty

Blaine Little Thunder

Marilyn Charging Crow

Austin Watkins

Chauncey Wilson

Sonia LH Weston

Jacqueline Siers

Ron Duke

James Cross

Patrick Ross

David Pourier

Craig Dillon

Donn Fire Thunder

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605-407-0029

605-454-0771

605-407-1246

605-407-7525

605-407-1045

605-407-2596

605-407-0584

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605-454-1247

605-407-1249

605-407-1247

605-685-8594

605-407-1306


Action Alert distributed by:
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Independent Lakota Nation
P.O. Box 512 Hill City, SD 57745
Canupa Gluha Mani 605-517-1547
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