February 5, 2016
STRONG HEART ACTION ALERT!
For Immediate Release and Action! Please help and share widely!
We Will Not Be Intimidated! Investigate Pine Ridge Now!
Your Phone Calls and Emails are Pressuring U.S. Officials to End Elder Abuse – Keep it Up!
This Action Alert is created in honor of Harvey Iron Boy, the latest Lakota elder to die at the hands of the abusive Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) system. Just several weeks ago, Harvey and his wife were concerned to sign the Grandmother’s Letter in fear of OST retaliation that would interrupt Harvey’s medical care. We send our prayers to his wife and family. Hoka Hey!
U.S. Senators and Agency on Aging/Agency on Community Living (AOA/ACL) bureaucrats have been rattled by your phone calls, faxes, and emails in solidarity with ending the abuse against Lakota elders. This is great news, though they are trying to pressure us into weakening our demands. These are not our demands – these are the demands of the grassroots Lakota elders on Pine Ridge! They have even gone so far as to say AOA employee Cynthia LaCounte is offended by our Action Alerts calling for her action in investigating Pine Ridge. These are not personal attacks – they are reminders to KEEP YOUR PROMISES AND DO YOUR JOB!
We remind Ms. LaCounte, Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Senators from South Dakota –failure to protect traditional and grassroots Lakota elders and people from a system of inhuman conditions leading to abuse and death is an act of genocide. Is this the legacy you wish to leave behind?
Please act again with the phone calls, emails, and faxes today (Friday), and into next week!
Contact: Cynthia LaCounte, Director, Office for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Programs, ACL/AOA, U.S. Department Health and Human Services
Also Contact: Kathy Greenlee, Administrator, ACL
Also Contact: Sharon Lewis, Principal Deputy Administrator, ACL
- Politely demand Ms. LaCounte keep her word and meet with the Porcupine elders. Demand the Agency on Aging 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: South Dakota Senator Michael Rounds
(ph) 605-343-5035 (fax) 202-225-5823
Legislative Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: South Dakota Senator John Thune
(ph) 605-348-7551 (fax) 202-228-5429
Legislative Contact: Ty_Littau@thune.senate.gov
- Demand the Senators and Representative follow through with their letter to Strong Heart and the grassroots Lakota elders outlining the trust actions they will initiate to clean up the corrupt system on Pine Ridge and in the Meals for the Elderly, including the reinstatement of Mary Felicia. Remind them of their trust responsibility over U.S. tax dollars being stolen and misused on Pine Ridge leading to the misery and death of grassroots Lakota elders and people.
Action Alert proudly 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