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
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.
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!