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Canupa Mani Gluha Fights State Jurisdiction

The OST Tribal Council, U.S. Government, and South Dakota explore surrending jurisdiction on Pine Ridge Reservation up to 15 miles inside the rez border in every direction!  But in less than 2 minutes, Canupa Gluha Mani reveals the utter and racist absurdity of any US Federal, State or local entity overseeing the jurisdiction of the Lakota Oyate (or any other Indigenous nation). THIS is the power of language and the Independent Lakota Nation.

Strong Heart in Blackfeet Nation

Cante Tenza of the Independent Lakota Nation is in Blackfeet Nation at the invitation of grassroots Blackfeet elders and activists to fight state theft of Blackfeet water rights through the newly approved Blackfeet Water Compact.

The Blackfeet Business Council has used many tactics to silence and intimidate the grassroots people and the Water Compact vote occurred when many traditional and grassroots people are at the gatherings.

We will continue to support our Blackfeet Nation relatives in their resistance and grow the movement towards authentic Indigenous independence!

Photos/Media from DOJ Meetings

These are the latest photos or video from grassroots Oyate meetings with the Dept. of Justice on April 7th and 14th. These are from our Blackfeet relatives at the Sukapi Times.

During the latest meeting on April 14th, Strong Heart refused entry to Pennington County Sheriff unless they took off their badges and guns. The Sheriff’s office would not comply, and were denied.  This is asserting Indigenous independence!

 

Public Announcement For Friday Meeting with the DOJ

Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society
Independent Lakota Nation
P.O. Box 512 Hill City, SD 57745
Unceeded Lakota Territory

April 12, 2017
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – BREAKING NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547

Grassroots Lakota Oyate Called to Meet with Department of Justice on Friday in Rapid City, SD

Focus of 2nd Meeting will be Violence and Abuses by Law Enforcement Against Lakota and Other Native Persons

Date:   Friday April 14, 2017
Time:   1:00pm – 4:00pm

Career Learning Center
730 East Watertown Street, Room 107

Rapid City, South Dakota, Lakota Territory

Traditional and grassroots Lakota Oyate are urged to attend the second meeting with the Department of Justice to provide testimony on the abuse, violence, and discrimination they face at the hands of law enforcement of Rapid City, Pennington County, other border towns, as well as BIA Tribal Government law enforcement.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice will be there to record your testimony. Bring pictures, video, documents and other evidence you would like to present.

These meetings are the result of exhaustive work by the Cante Tenza Okolakiciye Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation and we will be there to provide security. Please notify Strong Heart immediately if you encounter any problems with police while traveling to the event.

* Parking on north side of building. Entrance through the  double doors and  walk to the front. Sue or Sally will assist you to the room.

Further questions can be addressed to Strong Heart headman Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547.

Justice For Stolen Lives! Calling Oyate for 2nd Meeting With DOJ, April 14, 2017

JUSTICE FOR STOLEN LIVES!

[ Download the Meeting Flyer in PDF ]

HAU MITAKUYEPI:  

Traditional and grassroots Lakota Oyate are called to provide testimony on the abuse, violence, and discrimination, you face at the hands of law enforcement of Rapid City, Pennington County, other border towns, and BIA Tribal Government law enforcement.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice will be there to record your testimony. Bring pictures, video, documents and other evidence you would like to present.

These meetings are the result of exhaustive work by the Cante Tenza Okolakiciye Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation and we will be there to provide security.

Date:   Friday April 14, 2017
Time:   1:00pm – 4:00pm

Career Learning Center
730 East Watertown Street, Room 107

Rapid City, South Dakota, Lakota Territory

* Parking on north side of building. Entrance through the  double doors and  walk to the front. Sue or Sally will assist you to the room.   Please note the change in address from the first flyer.

 

 

 

Breaking News: Lakota Meet with U.S. Dept. of Justice on Pine Ridge Corruption

Lakota Meet with the U.S. Dept. of Justice on Pine Ridge Corruption
Event Begins with March for Lakota Justice

Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society
Independent Lakota Nation
MEDIA ADVISORY: April 7, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547
Email: cantetenza13@gmail.com
https://www.cantetenza.wordpress.com

 WHAT: Grassroots Lakota of Pine Ridge Reservation meet with officials from the Department of Justice about the serial corruption and theft of U.S. funds. The event kicks off with an impassioned march from the deathsite of Lakota woman Mariah High Hawk to meetings at the Mother Butler Center.

WHEN: Friday afternoon. The Event is happening now.

WHO: Meetings with the Department of Justice with grassroots Lakota people from Pine Ridge Reservation, visitors from the Blackfoot Nation, led by the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation.

WHERE: March begins in the 1200 block of Silverleaf Avenue (where body was found) and continues to the Mother Butler Center for DOJ meetings.

WHY: Strong Heart has been vocal about ending the corruption and abuses on Pine Ridge Reservation. Their latest visit to Washington DC caught the ear of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee who are working with the Department of Justice to take action.

 The Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation on behalf of the traditional and grassroots Lakota Oyate of Pine Ridge Reservation have submitted an official Notice of Complaint to the United States Government through the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and the Office of the President of the United States for its failure to uphold its Trust Obligations in regards to the Lakota people resulting in catastrophic living conditions experienced by many Lakota people:

“Specifically, U.S. Executive Branch officials, department and agency officials, Congressional representatives, and Justice officials have failed the Lakota People:

1. Systemically through the administration of misguided policy directives that undermine Lakota traditional political, social, and cultural institutions.

2. Individually through gross negligence and dereliction of duty in the administration of programs funded by 638 Contracts and the accounting of trust dollars intended to serve the grassroots Lakota communities and people.

3. Retroactively the U.S Government has failed to adequately respond to complaints and documentation provided by Strong Heart, Independent Lakota Nation, and other Lakota persons over many years and U.S. administrations via numerous phone calls, letters, in-person visits, press releases, and other media intended to educate and catalyze action to address the dire consequences of U.S. failures in Lakota communities.

As a result of these systemic and individual beauracatic failures, and the failure to act, catastrophic and genocidal conditions exist on Pine Ridge Reservation.

Further, the United States funded Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) Tribal Council and Government have failed traditional and grassroots Lakota Oyate at every level. This government was illegally imposed upon the Lakota Oyate in 1934 and remains an obstacle to Lakota well-being today.”

The complaint further states:

“On Pine Ridge, the U.S. tribal government system funded by U.S. tax dollars and overseen by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is a failure. Culturally incompatible with traditional matriarchal, family-based Lakota culture, the illegally installed Oglala Sioux Tribe government is controlled by non-traditional mixed-blood indians, most of whom are not Lakota language speakers.

The OST is run by corrupt politicians and criminal families and is riddled with corruption, embezzlement, fraud, and nepotism and these families commonly steal common lands and prey upon the trust benefits intended for the traditional and grassroots Lakota people.

Rarely mentioned beyond reservation boundaries, drug and alcohol gang members within OST embezzle money from U.S. 638 contracts that are desperately needed for the Lakota people. This money funds their drug trade and is used to bribe tribal council members, BIA officials, and law enforcement into protecting this corrupt system.

Like all parts of the OST, the Public Safety (Tribal Police) and Judiciary are ineffective and too often discriminatory against traditional and grassroots Lakota people. White or non-Lakota officers are culturally unprepared to serve Lakota communities and too often act from fear. Unprovoked police violence against traditional and grassroots Lakota is common. Investigative activities are poor, with too many incidents going unsolved, or known perpetrators not apprehended. Police collusion with drug and alcohol traffickers is well known.

The United States Government has failed to hold its tribal government creation accountable, side-stepping responsibility for this corrupt and genocidal system by falsely claiming tribal sovereignty rights on one hand, while working to undermine and ignore real Lakota sovereign rights that would protect territory as well as traditional Lakota cultural, political, and economic institutions. This has led to a persistence of AIM-GOON related discrimination and violence against traditional and grassroots people that began in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Discriminatory acts against Lakota elders and grassroots people by the OST in violation of International law, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, United States law including the Older Citizens Act, and Oglala Sioux constitutional law include but are not limited to:

  • Elder abuse (verbal and physical)
  • Neglect
  • Physical assault
  • Psychological abuse and threats
  • Denial of meals to the elderly
  • Failure to deliver meals to the elderly
  • Denial of healthy food to the elderly
  • Threats of arrest
  • False imprisonment and imprisonment for political retaliation
  • Discriminatory and retaliatory firings
  • Discrimination and corruption in Public Safety policing and Judiciary proceedings
  • Denial and systematic blacklisting from OST government services necessary for life including housing, winter heating, and funds for critical medical visits like dialysis.

Elders in their 70s, 80s, and 90s are threatened with arrest, assault, false imprisonment, and even murder. They face constant mental anguish for seeking a better life for their Lakota people.

At a February 2013 OST Tribal Council meeting regarding Elder benefits, one outspoken Grandmother was confronted by an OST security officer who demanded, ‘’You need to get off your blanket-asses [derogatory term for full-blood Lakota] and get with the program. There’s money for everyone!”

For traditional and grassroots Elders who refuse to get with ‘the program’ of mass corruption (Appendix 2 and 3), they cope with daily abuse, neglect, exploitation, and threats of violence. Money for their programs and services is misdirected and stolen. Too often their pleas fall on deaf ears or go unanswered by OST leaders and community members under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

When traditional elders or people do get into positions of authority, they are routinely driven out of their jobs or simply fired.

This abuse has led Elders and their warrior protectors into lengthy take-overs of tribal buildings to gain wider public attention and provoke action from the U.S. Government who is allegedly accountable for tax-dollars that are being misused.”

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The Cante Tenza Okolakiciye or Strong Heart Warrior Society is a traditional Lakota warrior society as well as a modern day human rights movement to assert Lakota independence and enforce Indigenous rights for the Lakota and other Indigenous people of Turtle Island.

U.S. Senators Agree to Pine Ridge Meeting on Corruption

U.S. Senators Agree to Pine Ridge Reservation Meeting to Investigate Wide scale Corruption in BIA Oglala Sioux Tribe

MEDIA RELEASE: March 22, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Photos follow press release below.

Washington D.C. – On Wednesday, United States Congress members from South Dakota agreed to a meeting with grassroots Lakota people on Pine Ridge Reservation in the next 90 days to investigate long standing complaints of mass corruption and abuses within the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) funded Oglala Sioux Tribe Government (OST).

Wednesday’s meeting, initiated by the Strong Heart Warrior Society on behalf of the Independent Lakota Nation and grassroots Lakota elders, highlighted the latest evidence of corruption, money laundering, and abuse against the Lakota people within OST law enforcement and court system as well as the lack of explanation how $64 million in RAMAH Settlement money has been spent by the tribal government.

“The Independent Lakota Nation sent Strong Heart to deal with issues pertaining to Pine Ridge on the grounds of law enforcement and the Judiciary abusing their authority and the OST Tribal Council unable to account for previous money that was spent during the RAMAH distribution,” explained headman Canupa Gluha Mani.

Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune, as well as U.S. Representative Kristi Noem attended Wednesday’s meeting. Senators Thune and Rounds accepted the official complaint from Strong Heart headman Canupa Gluha Mani.

For years, promises have been made by United States Congress members and agency officials to investigate the mass corruption and abuses within the Oglala Sioux Tribe Government.

A year ago, Strong Heart spent nearly 60 days in Washington DC seeking accountability from Congress members and agency directors for OST abuse against grassroots Lakota elders within their elderly meals and other social service programs.

Canupa Gluha Mani added, “There is theft, misappropriation, and abuse against the Lakota people by the OST tribal government at every level and in every agency.”

Strong Heart wishes to thank Jacqueline Juffer in Mike Rounds office for a tremendous job as well as warrior members Jabril and Cleo who attended and initiated meetings on behalf of people in Flint MI struggling for clean water. Thanks also to Big Dog for his courage.

“This was a great accomplishment today by the Independent Lakota Nation and the Strong Heart Warrior Society,” Mani said.

The OST was created and illegally imposed on the Lakota Nation in 1934 and is funded by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) through various appropriations and 638 Contract agreements. Additional money flows through the tribes through court settlements like RAMAH. But often there is little accountability for how these funds are used resulting in a continuation of corruption and abuse that furthers the poverty conditions on Pine Ridge and other reservations.

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The Cante Tenza Okolakiciye or Strong Heart Warrior Society is a traditional Lakota warrior society as well as a modern day human rights movement to assert Lakota independence and enforce Indigenous rights for the Lakota and other Indigenous people of Turtle Island.

 

 

 

 

High Hawk Family Alleges Police Cover Up in Death of Daughter

High Hawk Family Alleges Police Cover Up in Death of Daughter

Family Marches on Anniversary of Mariah High Hawk’s Death

Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society
Independent Lakota Nation
MEDIA ADVISORY: February 13, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Primary Contact: Delbert High Hawk 605-389-2354
Secondary Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547
Email: cantetenza13@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/Justice4Mariah/
Photo Gallery of Today’s Event Below

Rapid City, SD – A determined High Hawk family alleges a police cover-up in the death of Mariah High Hawk, a twenty-one year old Lakota woman found dead under suspicious circumstances a year ago in Rapid City.

On Monday morning, the High Hawk family with the Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation held a prayer and protest gathering at the site of High Hawk’s death on Silverleaf Avenue.

The group then met with the Rapid City Police Department to demand an explanation for why Ms. High Hawk’s death was ruled caused by hypothermia, when she was found under a utility trailer with significant bruising on her head and shoulders. Neighbors also reported a disturbance in the early morning hours just before her death. An independent autopsy was requested by the family but not performed.

After Monday’s meeting with Rapid City and Pennington County, Mariah’s father Delbert High Hawk remained unpersuaded, “The police are still claiming hypothermia killed her, but she got beat up, bottom-line.”

City and County treatment of High Hawk’s death in the face of suspicious circumstances has angered Lakota and other Native people of the area who have seen deaths of their family and friends go unexplained or simply explained away despite contrary evidence or reports. Reports of police abuse on Native community members is also common.

Strong Heart Warrior Society headman Canupa Gluha Mani explained, “We don’t trust law enforcement. Over and over again they lie.”

Strong Heart argues finding justice is not just a problem in Rapid City and Pennington County, but a continuing struggle for Native people in all the neighboring reservations and border towns.

“We must continue to press for justice for our relatives found unexpectedly dead in all of these towns,” Canupa Gluha Mani said.

The High Hawk family and Strong Heart vow they will continue to seek justice for Mariah. The Rapid City Police say they are open to new evidence, but the family remains skeptical.

“We are not going to give up on this thing. We are going to get justice for my daughter,” High Hawk replied.

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The Cante Tenza Okolakiciye or Strong Heart Warrior Society is a traditional Lakota warrior society as well as a modern day human rights movement to assert Lakota independence and enforce Indigenous rights for the Lakota and other Indigenous people of Turtle Island.