Independent Lakota Nation Press Release
August 29, 2017 | Original: English
For Immediate Release: August 29, 2017
Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani 605-517-1547 or Ana Oian Amets 631-626-5842
ILN Announces International Indigenous Human Rights Office
Lakota Territory – The Independent Lakota Nation (ILN) announces the historic formation of the International Indigenous Human Rights Office (IIHRO) to monitor and address Indigenous human rights issues within Lakota and surrounding Indigenous territory.
The ILN has been in previous contact with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Office (UNHCHRO) on human rights issues pertaining to the Lakota and Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island, and the IIHRO is a further step towards bringing the condition of Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island further into public awareness.
The IIHRO will first address the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous peoples within Lakota and surrounding territory. Under the name Justice For Stolen Lives, the investigation will begin with the U.S. states of South Dakota, Nebraska, and Montana and will focus on those Indigenous people murdered by law enforcement or whose cases were never solved, or solved in contradiction of evidence going back twenty-seven years to 1990.
“The International Community is required to investigate a high capacity of unexplained deaths that occur randomly to Indigenous people at the hands of law enforcement,” explained Lakota Strong Heart Warrior leader Canupa Gluha Mani. “In the absence of International action, we will take it upon ourselves to investigate through the forming human rights office.”
The IIHRO will regularly update the United Nations and other international human rights bodies on the status of Indigenous human rights in Lakota and surrounding territory.
Canupa Gluha Mani added, “We call out to other Indigenous nations with the same circumstances of unexplained or uninvestigated deaths at the discretion of America’s policies and procedures of ethnic cleansing to hold the U.S. Government, states, and towns accountable for these violations of human rights.”
The Independent Lakota Nation continues the inter-generational movement to assert Lakota independence and grows from past efforts by Lakota chiefs, elders, treaty councils, and more than 165 years of resistance to illegal settlement on unceeded Lakota territory.