Week of Action: Call in to Demand Investigations!

January 25 – 27, 2016
For Immediate Release and Action! Please help and share widely!

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