Independent Grandmothers Issue Letter to U.S. Officials

Date:                         December 31, 2015

To:             Cynthia LaCounte, Director, Office for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Programs, ACL/AOA, U.S. Department Health and Human Services

To:              Tracy Toulou, Director, Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice

From:            Lakota Nation of Independent Grandmothers of the District of Porcupine, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

The Lakota Nation of Independent Grandmothers of the District of Porcupine on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation prepare this letter of intent requesting Cynthia LaCount, Director of the Office for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Programs, ACL/AOA take immediate forward action to investigate the continuation of corrupt behavior at the discretion of President John Yellow Bird Steel’s Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) administration.

Funds directed for the Meals for the Elderly Program are being illegally used and spent due to the following indiscretions:

  • Theft and misappropriation of funds intended for Elderly Meals .
  • Political interference, firings, and retaliation against Elderly Meals employees by officials.
  • Continual violation of Indian Preference laws in Elderly Meals staffing.
  • Disregard and failure to prosecute violations of OST ethics laws and laws against elder abuse.
  • Elder abuse in the forms of neglect, verbal abuse, harassment, threats of retaliation against “trouble makers”, threats of police force, and systematic denial of customary elder input (customary Lakota practices) into the Elderly Meals program.
  • Unreliable or shortened Elderly Meals hours resulting in a denial of elderly meals.
  • Unhealthy and culturally inappropriate food choices, unhealthy preparation of meals, delayed delivery of meals, sloppy and disrespectful serving of meals to elders (Exhibit 1, 2, 3).

This is also a letter of immediate intent that the Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. Dept. Of Justice take these matters into the virtue of consideration by supporting Ms. Cynthia LaCount and other relevant program directors to take a full investigation into the behavior that is causing death, health issues, and financial despair to our elders.

It is for these reasons that we, the Independent Lakota Grandmothers of the District of Porcupine, have humbly requested the Strong Heart Warrior Society to help lead us out of being denied of the rights given to us since time immemorial.

It is a government’s responsibility to investigate the use and misuse of tax paying dollars that originate from the discretion of taxing white and other so-called americans for monies designated for such said reservation obligations that arise through independence and treaty. The virtues of both independence and treaty allow sovereignty to take into account asserting investigations into tax paying laws that are broken at the discretion of the John Yellow Bird Steele administration and resulting in the suffering of Lakota elders.

Families that support John Steele’s administration have been stealing and using tax payer dollars to fund their drug and alcohol epidemics that are creating such mayhem here on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It is we Lakota elders of the District of Porcupine bringing once again this case to light as it continues to reach the United Nations.

Ms. Cynthia LaCount did make verbal agreement by phone conversation to the leader of the Strong Heart Warrior Society, Canupa Gluha Mani that she would meet with the said Lakota elders of the District of Porcupine to put an end to their concerns of abuse. We expect this agreement to be honored.

Sincerely,

The seven Lakota elders of the District of Porcupine

One hundred (100) additional signatures of Lakota elders and people have been added to this letter.

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