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Stolen Lives and Lost Lands: Lakota Force Action and Accountability with Justice Department Meetings, One Hundred Million Dollar Lawsuit

October 17, 2017   |   Original: English
Press Release, Immediate Release: October 17, 2017
Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani 605-517-1547. Email: cantetenza13@gmail.com

Lakota Territory – The Independent Lakota Nation along with other traditional and grassroots Lakota institutions are forcing action and accountability from local, state and Federal governments for stolen Lakota lives and lost Lakota lands.

On October 10, 2017, the Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation again met with a team of investigators from the Department of Justice to seek accountability for missing, murdered, and mistreated Indigenous people at the hands of a racially discrimanatory Pennington County Sheriff, Rapid City Police, and the South Dakota court system.

Specifically, the meetings are looking at Lakota people’s abuse at the hands of law enforcement and overall deaths in the community as a consequence of the policies and proceedures of United States governments, State and local governments.

“It’s the will of the Lakota people to surive the bias they face by a law enforcement and justice system that eliminates the values of being Lakota from it’s actions and proceedings so that we have no Lakota representation in our rights of way,” said Strong Heart Warrior leader Canupa Gluha Mani.

This was the second meeting between independent Lakota representatives and the Department of Justice following continued questions on the murder of Mariah High Hawk and other Lakota women and men. Seeking accountability and garnering public support has been hindered by media outlets who admist they refuse to publish Lakota perspectives because of behind-the-scenes police pressure.

“We are taking direct action because action in the death of Mariah High Hawk has not been met with suitable criteria for the Lakota people to see,” Mani said.

The Department of Justice is also indicating it seeks to interview and explore discriminatory practices in the Oglala Sioux Tribe police, courts, and Tribal Council that are affecting traditional and grassroots Lakota people on Pine Ridge Reservation. Discriminatory violence on the reserveration sets the stage for bias Lakota face in border towns and cities and in State justice systems.

As the Independent Lakota Nation pushes the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate and hold its state and local governments accountable, it is now joining with the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council (BHSNTC) in blaming the State of South Dakota and the Federal reservation system by supporting the filing of a $100,000,00 law suit against the State and Federal governments for lives stolen and lands lost through Constitutional violations of the Supremacy Clause of Article VI.

The lawsuit contends the Federal Government has not followed its own law in honoring treaty agreements between itself and a still independent Lakota Nation, and has further allowed State governments to engage in defacto treaty making with independent Indigenous nations or non-traditional, quasi-sovereign tribal governments which violates Article VI.

The Independent Lakota Nation and the BHSNTC assert these violations have pushed Lakota people into a purgatory constructed to neutralize Indigenous values of life, including language, tiyospaye family structures, and matriarchal political and cultural systems leading to the genocide of the Lakota people.

Canupa Gluha Mani explains, “To protect the matriachal way of life we are pushing these issues forward to make things happen for the Lakota survival.”

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.

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Second Meeting with the DOJ on Missing, Murdered Lakota

Here are photos from the October 10, 2017 meeting with the Department of Justice team of investigators.  The team is looking at Lakota people’s abuse at the hands of law enforcement and overall deaths in the community as a consequence of the policies and proceedures of United States governments, State and local governments.

The DOJ has indicated it seeks to interview and explore discriminatory practices in the Oglala Sioux Tribe police, courts, and Tribal Council that are affecting traditional and grassroots Lakota people on Pine Ridge Reservation. Discriminatory violence on the reserveration sets the stage for bias Lakota face in border towns and cities and in State justice systems.

Oct. 10th Rapid City: Come Testify to Federal Monitors of Police Abuse

JUSTICE FOR STOLEN LIVES!
Rapid City & Pennington Co.

HAU MITAKUYEPI:
The grassroots Lakota Oyate are called to provide testimony on the abuse, violence, murder, and discrimination you and your families face at the hands of law enforcement and court system of Rapid City, Pennington County, other reservation border towns, as well as BIA law enforcement. Security provided by the Cante Tenza Okolakiciye Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation.

Meeting Date: October 10, 2017

Time: 1:00 – 7:00pm

Location: To Be Announced. We are trying to secure the Mother Butler Center and a backup location. Please listen and look for updates.

Please make every effort to attend with testimony concerning you or your loved ones:

  • Family members killed, abused, and battered by law enforcement.
  • Racial profiling on street and traffic stops, and other incidents with law enforcement and court officials.
  • Mistreatment and racist encounters with prison guards and officials.
  • Unfair, cruel, or unusual sentencing in court cases compared to white people with similar charges.
  • Denied parole compared to white people with similar records.
  • Stories of racism in juvenile detention and juve-to-prison transfers of minors.
  • Other testimony about the murder, missing, and mistreatment of Indigenous people at the hand of law enforcement, the courts, and local/county prisons.
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U.S. Federal Monitors will be present to record your testimony in preparation for investigation into systemic, wide-scale racial discrimination against Lakota and other Indigenous people.

Bring pictures, video, documents, and other evidence you would like to present.

Meeting organized and security provided by the Cante Tenza Okolakiciye Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation. For more information contact Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547.

Candlelight Vigil for Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women & Men

Candlelight Vigil for Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women and Men. August 30th, 2017 at Memorial Park shell,  downtown Rapid City.

Canupa Gluha Mani was invited to give the opening and closing prayers for the emotional gathering.  There were other families that also wanted to attend to honor their relatives but were unable.  The number of signs up should be a sobering reminder for everyone outside Indian Country.

ILN Announces International Indigenous Human Rights Office

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
Email: Cantetenza13@gmail.com

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.

Strong Heart Meets With Rapid PD on Mariah High Hawk Death

On Friday, August 25th, members of the Strong Heart Warrior Society met with the  Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris on the troubling death of Mariah High Hawk.

The meeting was arranged by Pennington County Commissioner George Ferebee.

Strong Heart headman Canupa Gluha Mani addressed the police chief along with Mariah’s father and Strong Heart member Delbert High Hawk.

Mr. High Hawk re-emphasized the private detective that has been aiding the family has strong evidence that Mariah’s death was murder. Though Jegeris claimed to be open to new evidence, High Hawk’s claims were met with skepticism.

Despite claims of openness, Jegeris left immediately after responding to High Hawk preventing any further conversation. Listen to the full meeting audio below:
https://www.facebook.com/221714141215308/videos/1421341047919272/

Justice For Stolen Lives Protest – Rapid City and Omaha, August 16th

Justice For Stolen Lives March for Mariah High Hawk and Other Deaths of Indigenous People in Rapid City, Omaha on August 16th

Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society
Independent Lakota Nation

MEDIA ADVISORY: August 11, 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

What: Justice for Stolen Lives March to protest the unexplained death of Mariah High Hawk and other Lakota and Native people subjected to the violence, death, and mistreatment from the Rapid City/Pennington County police. A sister protest is also called for in Omaha, NE.

When: Wednesday, August 16, 2017. March begins at 11:00am.

Where: March begins in the 1200 block of Silverleaf Avenue (where body was found) and continues to the Rapid City Police Department and Pennington County at 300 Kansas City St, Rapid City, SD 57701.   Details of the Omaha protest will be announced when they become available.

Who: Led by the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation with support from other groups and individuals. All Indigenous people are welcome and urged to bring photographs and stories of your lost loved ones. The violence and mistreatment must end!

New Information: A private detective of the High Hawk Family has interviewed many witnesses who saw Mariah High Hawk just before her death. A witness has come forward saying she knows the real story of the events leading to her late night demise. But the local police seem uninterested in following up on the information. We ask why no interest from the police and demand Justice for Mariah and all missing, murdered, and mistreated Native people!

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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.

 

2017 Strong Heart Pine Ridge Food & Clothing Drive is On!

Every fall the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society delivers corn, beans, beets, potatoes, squash, and other vegetables to the traditional and grassroots people on Pine Ridge. Many of these people live out in the most rural areas and ravines and depend on these donations.

The fall food drive gives these grassroots Lakota the chance to can or pickle food to store for the lean winter months.

Strong Heart also harvests wild birds and distributes holiday meals if available including providing flour and other staples for foods like fry bread.

We also deliver new or lightly used warm winter clothes. We especially need new, quality winter clothing for children.

The Fall Food & Clothing Drive is in on! Please donate so we have the gas and materials to pick up donations from Nebraska, Utah, and surrounding areas that want to help the grassroots people. The time is now and for the next 2 months!

Your donations help support food security during the cold winter season and allow Strong Heart Warriors to continue to feed and support the traditional and grassroots Lakota. Hoka Hey!

Direct donations and questions on additional food donations can be directed to Strong Heart headman Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547.

All donors will receive a Red Cry CD or handmade Lakota artwork as a sign of our thanks!”

Pilamaye! Thank you!

Covenant of Free Access to Traditional Lakota Territory

On Friday July 7, 2017, the Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation met with officials of the Black Hills National Forest in Custer, SD to discuss access of the Black Hills by Lakota Oyate, Indigenous peoples, their relatives and agents.

During the roughly 45 minute meeting, the Independent Lakota Nation delivered notice with the Covenant of Free Access to Traditional Lakota Territory for Lakota Oyate, Indigenous People, Lakota Relatives & Our Agents.

Watch the meeting video on Facebook.

In attendance for Independent Lakota Nation, Canupa Gluha Mani, Ana Oian Amets, Ezeder Tzorginda, Aranean Argi.  In attendance for the U.S. Forest Service Black Hills was Supervisor,Mark Van Every, Deputy Forest Supervisor Jerry Krueger , and Special Agent Travis Lunders.

Strong Heart encourages ALL Lakota and Indigenous people to assert independent jurisdiction within unceeded Lakota Territory by exercising customary rights to hunt, fish, and gather medicines as well as refuse to pay the U.S. Forest Service or their contractors for access to Lakota Territory at recreation areas and similar locations.

The Lakota Solidarity Project is organizing a 2017 Jurisdiction Camp to assert and monitor Lakota access and jurisdiction across the Black Hills and surrounding territory.  Support the camp by volunteering or making a donation. Thankyou!

Download the covenant in PDF format.

Text Version

Covenant of Free Access to Traditional Lakota Territory for Lakota Oyate, Indigenous People, Lakota Relatives & Our Agents

July 7, 2017   |   Original: English

“As long as the grass grows and the rivers flow, this land will always be yours.” 
Promise made to the Tetuwan Lakota Oyate by the United States Government

Whereas the Tetuwan Lakota Oyate is an original first nation of people on Turtle Island and has occupied its territorial land base (hereafter Lakota Territory) since time immemorial into present including modern day portions of the states known as South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Nebraska.

Whereas the Tetuwan Lakota Oyate has never relinquished nation status and retains all inherent, natural rights of a nation including the right of customary tenure, aboriginal title, as well as free and unrestricted access and use of its territorial land base to develop and preserve Lakota customary political, social, economic, and cultural institutions.

Whereas the Independent Lakota Nation represents the intergenerational assertion of independent nation status that began with treaty making between the Oceti Sakowin and the United States Government in the mid-late 1800s and has been subsequently represented to the United States and the International Community by Chief He Dog, the Grey Eagle Society, 1973 Wounded Knee declaration; Chief John Grass, and the Lakota Freedom Delegation among others.

Whereas He Sapa or the Black Hills is customary Lakota Territory and has been recognized by the United States Government as judicially unceeded, stolen land (United States v. Sioux Nation of Indians; 1980); and, the Tetuwan Lakota Oyate have never accepted payment or compensation that would extinguish inherent title or customary jurisdiction to this territory.

Whereas the Tetuwan Lakota Oyate, Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, and their relatives have the customary, international, and judicially recognized rights to access unappropriated government or public lands for the purposes of hunting, fishing, gathering of medicinal plants and foods, ceremonial activities, and any other activities that preserve and advance customary social, cultural, religious, economic, and political knowledge and institutions.

Therefore by virtue of the preceding facts, the Independent Lakota Nation declares the following Covenant of Free Access in official notice to the United States Government, state governments, local governments, and the general public:

Covenant 1

The Tetuwan Lakota Oyate, bands of the Oceti Sakowin, Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, and their customary relatives and agents maintain free and unrestricted access to all unappropriated government lands and facilities within the boundaries of Lakota Territory including United States National Forest lands, U.S. Park lands and national monuments, U.S. National Grasslands, U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands, U.S. Recreation lands, state forests, state parks, wildlife/game management areas, and all similar unappropriated government lands and associated facilities such as parking areas, restrooms, boat ramps, and campgrounds.

Covenant 2

The Tetuwan Lakota Oyate, bands of the Oceti Sakowin, Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, and their customary relatives and agents shall not be subjected to fees, licenses, or other administrative burdens that would prevent their free and uninterrupted access to unappropriated government lands and their associated public facilities in Lakota Territory.

Covenant 3

The Tetuwan Lakota Oyate, bands of the Oceti Sakowin, Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, and their customary relatives and agents maintain their rights to hunting, fishing, and gathering of plants and customary medicines without Federal or State regulation, harassment or interference, including license or bag limits, and in all seasons of the year. This Covenant only applies to the classes listed above and does not apply to non-Indigenous persons accompanying Indigenous persons exercising their inherent rights.

Covenant 4

The Tetuwan Lakota Oyate, bands of the Oceti Sakowin, Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, and their customary relatives and agents shall exercise the right to maintain, protect, and have access in privacy to spiritual and cultural sites; to use and control ceremonial objects associated with customary activities; to create, construct, and use in privacy dwellings, gathering places, encampments, or other temporary or permanent structures associated with the exercise of inherent rights; and, to protect, defend, or otherwise ensure the care of Indigenous human or cultural remains within Lakota Territory.

Covenant 5

The Tetuwan Lakota Oyate, bands of the Oceti Sakowin, Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, and their customary relatives and agents or guests shall be identified by their presentation or use of Indigenous identification cards, licenses and passports denoting Indigenous ethnicity, license plates, and other forms of Indigenous identification.

Covenant 6

The Tetuwan Lakota Oyate, bands of the Oceti Sakowin, Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, and their customary relatives and agents shall be free from any act of bias or discrimination, or any act depriving or dispossessing them from access to their land by United States employees, their contractors or concessionaires, or by other local, state or Federal officers or agents in the exercise of their duties.

Covenant 7

The Tetuwan Lakota Oyate, bands of the Oceti Sakowin, Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, and their customary relatives and agents maintain the right to assert and display Lakota jurisdiction across unappropriated government lands including the placing of temporary or permanent signs, historical markers, survey flags, prayer ties, or other items of cultural significance without fear of removal by local, state or Federal officers or agents in the exercise of their duties.

Signed and delivered on the _______ day of ______________­­­­­_ in the year __________;

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Canupa Gluha Mani, Itacan, Strong Heart Warrior Society, Independent Lakota Nation

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Mark Van Every, Supervisor, Black Hills National Forest, United States Forest Service

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Ana Oian Amets, Strategic Communications, Strong Heart Warrior Society, Independent Lakota Nation

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