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Racism, Corruption in Justice System Fuel Wyoming’s Removal of Lakota Children

Independent Lakota Nation
Strong Heart Warrior Society
International Indigenous Human Rights Office
Office of the Provisional Government

P.O. Box 512 Hill City, SD 57745, Unceeded lakota Territory

ILN Press
November 13, 2017   |   Original: English
Immediate Release: October 17, 2017
Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani 605-517-1547  Email: cantetenza13@gmail.com

Mitchell Family Latest Casualty in Wyoming’s War on Indians

Racism, Corruption in Justice System Fuel Wyoming’s Removal of Lakota Children

Lakota Territory – The International Indigenous Human Rights Office (IIHRO) of the Independent Lakota Nation (ILN) is alleging wide scale racism and corruption in State of Wyoming’s Justice system that is fueling the continuing removal of Lakota children and the illegal incarceration of Indigenous men and women that contributes to genocide.

The latest casualty is Stephen Mitchell, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe who was deprived due process and incarcerated under false charges of kidnapping by the State of Wyoming and colluding members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in order to remove his seven year old daughter into the custody of former girlfriend Dawn Ashley Preston.

Preston, who is white and non-Native, has a history of drug and alcohol abuse as well as documented abuse and negligence of their young daughter. She’s alleged to have told Stephen things like, “Come take this brat, I have no time for her!” and once kept the young girl buckled in a car seat for over 24 hours causing an extensive rash requiring medical care. She is also alleged to have kept the child locked in a room while gone from the house and left in the supervision of teens.

But Preston is white, from a family with connections to the corrupt good-old-boy network of Wyoming officials, judges, and those who protect them.

The Mitchell family, including 75 year old fluent Lakota speaking grandmother Rose Red Bear Mitchell, have kept extensive records of custody, care of the child, and checks of child support demanded by Preston for care she rarely gave.

“If she [Preston] had been a loving caring mother in the beginning, we would not be here today,” Rose Mitchell said.

Despite these extensive records and an October 2017 admission by Preston that Stephen had never kidnapped his daughter, Mitchell remains in jail for no apparent reason except that he’s Lakota, and the corrupt system wants him there. He has tried numerous times to present evidence and file protection orders for his daughter, but he’s been denied by the system at every turn and curiously given a $100,000 bond, labeled a “flight risk” with conditions put on his incarceration that remain unknown.

The Office of the Wyoming Ombudsman agreed to visit Mitchell today to check on his failing health. He is reported to have lost over 130 lbs while jailed.

A former attorney for Mitchell reportedly stated he had never seen a case such as this and that he felt like he could not speak up because judges had already decided before trial what they were going to do.

“The whole system is working together to keep my grandson in jail,” Rose Mitchell said.

The Strong Heart Warrior Society has also stepped in to demand justice in this case and provide security for Rose Mitchell who has custody of her granddaughter but continues to receive threats and see unfamiliar people stalking her house.

Preston, and her mother Cynthia Grant, are alleged to have threatened the Lakota grandmother multiple times and attempted to forcefully take the child who is also an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe at gunpoint.

“They told me they would follow me and when they found me I would ‘be sorry,’” Rose said.

Legally, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 (25 U.S. Code Chapter 25) stipulates the child’s welfare is served by continuing custody within the tribe and with parents or grandparents as she currently resides.

“We can’t relax and live a normal life,” Rose Mitchell shared sadly. “We have paperwork to prove all of this is true but no one will listen to us.”

Despite the clear legal guidelines of ICWA, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has been complacent if not complicit in the attempted removal of the Lakota child as have other corrupt programs on other Lakota reservations who have found ways to profit off of child removal.

The IIHRO strongly condemns any attempts to remove the child from Lakota custody and deprive the child of cultural identity which is guaranteed by International Law.

“This is nothing less than serial warfare through population management,” explained Canupa Gluha Mani of the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society. “Lakota have inherent rights and the purpose of intent by U.S. State government agencies to violate and destroy these inherent rights is a crime against humanity.”

The IIHRO is currently preparing a complaint for the United Nations based on the facts of the case as they have been presented. Evidence of racism, collusion, and corruption contributing to an Act of Genocide has been documented.

Canupa Gluha Mani said, “The interpretation of International law demands the enforcement of these laws as an instrument of a natural birth right, which is Lakota.

If the U.S. does not like it, we will see them in World Court,” he promised.

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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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Lakota Treaty Council Files Cease & Desist Order to Block Negotiation or Access to Black Hills Settlement Interest Money

Lakota Treaty Council Files Cease & Desist Order to Block Negotiation or Access to Black Hills Settlement Interest Money

Press Release for Immediate Release October 17, 2017

Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani 605-517-1547 and for forwarded interviews to Floyd Looks for Buffalo Hand.  

Lakota Territory – On Monday, the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council filed a Cease & Desist order in U.S. Federal Court in Rapid City. The Cease & Desist order was filed by Black Hills Sioux Nation representative Floyd Looks for Buffalo Hand with support from Strong Heart and the Independent Lakota Nation.

The order seeks to block any attempts to negotiate or otherwise access interest accrued on the Black Hills Settlement by any person or organization without approval of the seven bands of the Lakota Oyate.

Currently, the Lakota refuse to accept the 1981 settlement money or its accrued interest that now tops over one billion dollars that attempts to settle the illegal United States illegal seizure of the Black Hills and surrounding treaty lands without Lakota consent and in violation of the 1851 and 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaties.

The Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council has asked for penalties of one hundred million dollars for any person attempting to negotiate or access the settlement or its interest.

A meeting on October 7, 2017 at the Ramkota Hotel in Rapid City broached the issue of accessing the hundreds of millions of dollars in accrued interest. But the traditional and grassroots Lakota fear any withdraw of money from the Black Hills settlement will be considered as Lakota acceptance for the sale of the Black Hills.

The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) was the host for the October 7th meeting that included several Indigenous attorneys but did not outreach to traditional and grassroots Lakota people of the seven bands, many who live on reservations.

“It’s really sad these groups proceeded on this without informing the poor people,” said Strong Heart Warrior leader Canupa Gluha Mani. “When will they put the people first?”

Canupa Gluha Mani along with Lakota Oyate Itacan Mel Lone Hill found out about the meeting and interceded when topics steered towards accessing the settlement interest. Anger has grown on the reservations as Lakota people have learned people were discussing settlement moneys without broad Oyate consent.

“You neutralize your people’s rights by not telling or including them in what’s going on,” Canupa Gluha Mani explained.

It is customary for Lakota leaders or people acting in ways that affect treaties or issues affecting the seven bands to represent themselves with Lakota language and do so in togetherness with grassroots Lakota elders and people – many of whom are poor and cannot travel long distances from the reservations.

“The IITC must be accountable for their illegal behavior in not telling the people about possible actions that affect our land base.”

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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.

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.

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.