MEDIA RELEASE: May 16, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Sacred Struggle: Lakota Chief Mel Lone Hill and Strong Heart Warriors Work to Stop Alcohol Sales on Pine Ridge Reservation
On the eve of the proposed referendum to approve alcohol sales on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation issued the following statement:
This is to the Lakota Oyate of an Independent Lakota Nation within the five states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Nebraska as well as our relatives across Turtle Island:
The Lakota Nation is under attack by the Federal Government at the discretion of their 1934 Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) puppet government known as the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST).
After the attempt in 2013 to legalize alcohol sales on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the OST was told by the body of the Lakota Oyate to not bring the alcohol issue up again to referendum. Only about 12% (3526) of the estimated 30,000 residents of Pine Ridge even voted on the issue in 2013, representing the deep distrust and lack of recognition of OST leadership. This does not include the thousands of Lakota Oyate who live outside of the Pine Ridge Reservation.
The full membership of the Oglala Lakota People have never given the Oglala Sioux Tribe consent to legalize alcohol in any measure. But the OST persists, driven by the possibility of feeding the corrupt tribal government system with alcohol dollars that represent the misery of the Lakota people the IRA government has itself created.
Mel Lone Hill is the Tetuwan Lakota Itachan – chieftain of the Tetuwan Oglala Lakota people. He has enlisted the help of the Independent Lakota Nation and the Strong Heart Warrior Society to oppose the sales of alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. We are taking on this challenge.
Today, Uncle Mel Lone Hill appeared in court today to file an injunction to eliminate the voting standards to stop the May 17 vote of the referendum to go into effect. We pray that he succeeds.
But we must not forget this is the same tribal government that has refused to give the sacred pipe back to the people at Uncle Mel Lone Hill’s request. So he asked Canupa Gluha Mani and the Strong Heart Warrior Society to help get the pipe returned in order to rid this evil of white supremacy which is imposing its own european bipolar disorder upon the last living Lakota people who defeated the U.S. Government on the field of battle known as the Greasy Grass or Little Big Horn.
We should no longer question why our children commit suicide at alarming rates or our people turn to alcohol and drugs when our own supposed tribal government labels our elders as criminals and refuses to return the sacred pipe to the Lakota Oyate. The cause is right before our eyes.
It is our opportunity and discretion for our people to take this issue into consideration. We call on all sun dancers – not those weekend warriors who are Lakota when convenient, but those real grassroots and full-blooded sun dancers and all Lakota people to vote against this referendum, should the vote occur on Tuesday May 17th.
John Yellowbird Steele and his 18 members of the OST are committing an act of genocide against the Lakota people by going against the will of the Oyate in attempts to bring this poison directly on to the reservation.
Should this proceed, we are prepared to immediately file a genocide complaint with the International Community against these 18 members and the Ogala Sioux Tribe in general for their intentional actions that will directly increase those conditions of life known to be lethal to our people.
Cante Tenza Okolakiciye
Independent Lakota Nation
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!