Family and Supporters March for Justice on Anniversary of Mariah High Hawk’s Unsolved Murder

Family and Supporters March for Justice on Anniversary of Mariah High Hawk’s Unsolved Murder

Family Demands Answers from Rapid City Police and Pennington County

 Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society
Independent Lakota Nation
MEDIA ADVISORY: February 12, 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/
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WHAT: Protest march on the Anniversary of Mariah High Hawk’s unsolved murder to demand a full and fair investigation into her death by the Rapid City Police and Pennington County.

WHEN: Monday, February 13, 2017. March begins at 11:00am.

WHO:  The High Hawk family and their supporters, with 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 Rapid City Police Department and Pennington County at 300 Kansas City St, Rapid City, SD 57701.

WHY: To demand an update from Rapid City Police and Pennington County Sheriff to questions about Mariah High Hawk’s unsolved death, and ask why there is so little justice for missing and murdered Native people in Rapid City and Pennington County.

Rapid City, SD – The High Hawk Family of Pine Ridge Reservation along with their supporters and members of the Strong Heart Warrior Society will hold a protest march on the anniversary of Mariah High Hawk’s unsolved murder.

The march will begin at the site of her death on the 1200 block of Silverleaf Avenue, and continue to the Rapid City Police Department and Pennington County Government complex to demand answers about her case. Following the march, people will gather at the Mother Butler Center for food.

Mariah High Hawk was found dead under a trailer with evidence of bruising and blunt trauma in Rapid City on the morning of February 14, 2016.

Despite this and other evidence, the Rapid City Police Department says High Hawk’s death is not a murder, and explains away her death by, “bad weather or some other factor.” (Police: Despite family’s claims, High Hawk death not foul play. Rapid City Journal, February 24, 2016.)

What then was the cause of Mariah High Hawk’s death? Why wasn’t an independent autopsy performed as demanded by the family? What was the disturbance in the early morning hours just before she died? How did she end up under a trailer? Where did the bruises on her head and body come from? Why has no official cause of death ever been reported? Why do cases of missing and murdered Lakota women go unsolved in Pennington County?

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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.

Search for Missing Lakota Woman Ends in Tragedy

  • Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society
    Independent Lakota Nation
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2017
    Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547 or email cantetenza13@gmail.com  |  cantetenza.wordpress.com

Search for Porcupine Woman Suspended After Body Found

Strong Heart Warrior Society Thanks Community for Assistance; Offers Condolences to Families

Search Photos Included Below –

 Porcupine Community, Pine Ridge Reservation – An intensive morning search for missing Lakota woman Donna Scout ended in tragedy when her frozen body was found next to her mother’s grave at the Lakota Mennonite Church in Porcupine.

Donna Scout, age 49 (updated), was last seen in the Porcupine Community in the final week of January, but family members had grown concerned by her disappearance.

The search began at 8:45am this morning led by the Strong Heart Warrior Society and supported by Ms. Scout’s family and other community members. Abandoned buildings, wooded creek bottoms, and roadsides were searched.

Around noon Ms. Scout’s body was found and the search was suspended.

Donna Scout’s death is another tragedy for the Pine Ridge Reservation. Illegal bootleggers supply community members with alcohol and drugs, fueling domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect. During the cold winter months, people wandering outside can die of exposure in minutes.

Despite filing police reports, Scout’s family had seen no action from the Oglala Sioux Public Safety office until this morning after Strong Heart became involved.

Strong Heart wishes to thank all those who participated and supported Tuesday’s search party and sends condolences and prayers to the Horse, White Face, Red Wolf, and Scout families for their loss.

  • Thank you to Mary Horse Felicia and Lorraine White Face for getting Strong Heart involved.
  • Thank you to all the Strong Heart brothers who participated.
  • Thank you to Duane Yellow Cloud, Garold Little, and Jarvis Weston.

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.

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Strong Heart Warriors Announce Search for Donna Scout of Porcupine

Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society
Independent Lakota Nation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2017
Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547
Email: cantetenza13@gmail.com

Strong Heart Warriors Announce Search for Donna Scout of Porcupine

Lakota Woman Missing for Two Weeks; Police Have Failed to Act

WHAT: Search party for Donna Scout, a 43 year old Lakota woman missing for two weeks and last seen in the Porcupine Community of Pine Ridge Reservation.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Search party will begin approximately 8:00am.

WHO: Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation and volunteers.

WHERE: Porcupine Community of Pine Ridge Reservation.

MORE:  Search parties will be deployed beginning Tuesday morning in the Porcupine Community of Pine Ridge Reservation for a Lakota woman missing for approximately two weeks.

Donna Scout, age 43, was last seen in the Porcupine Community in the last week of January but her family has not heard from her since that time.

Despite filing police reports, no action has been taken by Oglala Sioux Public Safety.

On Monday evening, the Horse, White Face, and Red Wolf families contacted headman Canupa Gluha Mani of the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society for assistance in finding Ms. Scout.

Ms. Scout was last seen wearing a lime green colored jacket, hooded sweater, snow boots with fur around the calf. She commonly walked along roadside in Porcupine.

Tuesday’s search will focus along road ways and wooded creek bottoms. Volunteers are invited to participate.

Ms. Scout has children on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota. If anyone has seen Donna Scout or has information on her whereabouts, they are urged to call the Strong Heart Warrior Society immediately at 605-517-1547.

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.

2016 Holiday Gift Bags for Lakota Children

Wopila tunka unpetu waste uhapo. Thank you. Aho!

Holiday gift bags for grassroots children on Pine Ridge.
Merry Christmas from the Independent Lakota children of the Nation of Lakotas.
Merry Christmas to everyone that made our day happy. Diane, Cheryl & Mike, John, Jesse, Qusi, Tristam, Stephen, Northman, David, Ricky, and Dennis BHCB.
Canupa Gluha Mani
Free & Independent Lakota Nation of the Lakotas and the Strong Heart Warrior Society
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Declaration on Lakota Nationhood and the Dakota Access Pipeline Conflict to the United Nations and the International Community

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Declaration on Lakota Nationhood and the Dakota Access Pipeline Conflict to the United Nations and the International Community

November 1, 2016   |   Original: English

 To Officers of the United Nations and Friends of Lakota in the International Community:

SINCE THE BEGINNING of the pipeline conflict between the Hunkpapa Lakota Oyate (People) of Standing Rock Reservation and Dakota Access Ltd. (DAPL), the Independent Lakota Nation has closely monitored the situation through regular communication with the Hunkpapa Lakota Oyate, via our designated observers on the ground, and other reports.

We call the attention of the United Nations and the International Community to the egregious violations of International human rights and International Law that are occurring within our aboriginal territory:

  • The United States Government along with U.S. state and local governments continue to illegally occupy our unceeded, aboriginal lands by force, and permit private land owners (squatters) and corporations to destroy our sacred land base for the purpose of monetary greed in detriment to the Lakota Oyate and the freedom and health of land, water, air, people, and other Life.
  • The illegal occupation of our territory and the resulting destruction and desecration of Lakota cultural and historical sites, burials, and other sacred lands caused by Dakota Access Ltd. corporate personnel has been defended by private mercenaries, United States local, state and Federal law enforcement officers, and overseen by the threatening presence of United States National Guard military troops. Our airspace is also continuously violated by over flights of Federal and state planes and/or drones for the purposes of constant surveillance and to create fear.
  • Lakota people and non-Lakota supporters have been criminalized, arrested, incarcerated in small cages, abusively strip-searched to create shame, and violently removed from Lakota territory by local, state, and Federal law enforcement while the United States Government remains silent and consenting to this violence.
  • The actions of the United States Government and its permitted Corporations in conjunction with abetting private land owners and complicit Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Governments are in violation of our inherent sovereignty and natural rights as a free and Independent Lakota Nation, and are a shameful and knowing continuation of genocidal policies and practices of the United States Government towards the Lakota Oyate and Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island that began long ago.
  • We remind the United Nations and the International Community that, “Indigenous peoples have the right to the full enjoyment, as a collective or as individuals, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights4 and international human rights law.” In addition, the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples clearly articulates the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples. Whether the United States or any other nation state agrees to abide by these provisions is irrelevant. These inherent rights have been agreed upon by the International Community and should be defended by the United Nations in whatever manner possible.

Therefore, the Independent Lakota Nation representing the free and unyielding grassroots Lakota Oyate of the northern great plains of Turtle Island, reassert our natural human right to resist tyranny and oppression in all forms, and formally declare the following provisions to the United Nations and International Community as an independent nation of free people:

  1. The matriarchal Tetuwan Lakota Oyate are a sovereign Indigenous First Nation whose ancestral lands comprise a large area of the Northern Great Plains of Turtle Island, including territory in the U.S. states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana.
  1. The Indigenous peoples of the Northern Great Plains, and the Lakota Oyate in particular, have never relinquished nation status.
  1. The assertion of independent Lakota political, economic, and cultural identity was present long before the presence of european settlers, and has not ceased since contact with european settlers and the American state.
  1. A truly sovereign and distinct Lakota Nation – independent of the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) system of colonial governance forced upon our people by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) – has been continually maintained through our matriarchal system and other customary political and cultural institutions since contact.
  1. Our respectful matriarchal elders – those fluent speaking grandmothers who by virtue of their long life, vision, and preservation of Lakota language and culture, are the customary leaders of the Oyate – have not approved the Dakota Access pipeline and therefore such pipeline is in violation of Lakota aboriginal title and is being constructed without the prior, free, or informed consent of the Lakota Oyate as given by our respectful matriarchal elders.
  1. The Lakota People have the right to assert independent status, sovereign jurisdiction, and eminent domain within our parochitorial territory under International Law, the United States Constitution, Trade Law, and Treaty Law. The 1961 and 1969 Vienna Convention on Treaties, 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Article VI of the United States Constitution are mere starting points in the solid legal framework that underlies our rights to freely assert our nation status without interference from the United States Federal Government, State Governments, or their entities.
  1. All treaties between the United States Government and the Lakota Oyate have been abrogated by past and present United States actions resulting in breach of treaty terms and conditions including but not limited to, a) Conspiracy to defraud; b) Forgery; c) Land theft; d) Manifest violation through U.S. military incursion into sovereign Lakota territory without our consent; and, e) Systemic failure to honor treaty agreements resulting in conditions of life resulting in the destruction of the Lakota People. Under the Preamble to the Law of Treaties, Article 45-63 of the Vienna Convention of the Law of Treaties, treaties between the Independent Lakota Nation and the United States are terminated with all previous land claims reverting back to aboriginal title of the respective Indigenous nations. The Independent Lakota Nation reasserts our rights to free and unfettered access and use of any and all areas within the territorial boundaries of the Lakota Independent Nation State without prejudice or interference by another foreign jurisdiction including the United States or its state governments.
  1. The Independent Lakota Nation does not surrender our sovereign jurisdiction and aboriginal title over our traditional lands. Furthermore, officials of tribal governments created by the United States Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (IRA) or modeled after U.S. IRA government structures do not speak for the grassroots Oyate as we have our own political institutions based in our matriarchal system that was created long before the presence of european colonists on Turtle Island. The enforced dominance of IRA tribal government authorities by the United States Government is knowingly resulting in the systematic invisibility and oppression of traditional Lakota people as well as our cultural, social, and political institutions that make up our traditional forms of government. This politically motivated dominance and recognition of U.S. IRA tribal authorities over customary, independent Indigenous governments is a form of genocide.
  1. The U.S. Federal Government through Federal Indian Policy as applied through actions of Federal, state, and local governments and their permitted corporations constitute acts of genocide as defined by the United Nations 1948 The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, of which the United States Government is a signatory.
  1. The jurisdictional authority of United States Courts and its applications of law against the Indigenous nations of Turtle Island are constructed upon the racist and genocidal Doctrine of Discovery. Using this doctrine, United States Courts have intentionally and systematically created a false and morally reprehensible legal basis for United States “ultimate dominion” or “ultimate title” over independent Indigenous nations as “domestic dependent nations” subverting our own political and judicial institutions. Therefore, United States Courts cannot provide fair remedy or relief for Lakota Oyate or any other Indigenous people. We demand the United States Government revoke this racist doctrine and its Federal Court decisions that violate the natural rights of freedom and human rights of Turtle Island’s Indigenous nations.
  1. The Lakota Oyate have the inherent human right to resist oppression, genocide, and future colonization in our desire to be free, and to form coalition between sympathetic and supporting governments of other Nation States as well as individual American citizens and citizens of other Nation States, who recognize and share in their responsibility for the past and ongoing illegal and inhumane actions perpetrated by the United States of America on the Lakota Oyate.
  1. We do not recognize United States or state permits to gather, pray, or otherwise demonstrate our cultural, social, and political institutions on our own aboriginal lands. This includes the permit given by the United States Government Army Corps of Engineers to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Government for the Sacred Stone protest encampment and/or Red Warrior encampment against the Dakota Access pipeline for assembly on traditional Lakota territory. Lakota persons and their supporters maintain their rights of way across Lakota territory and all adjacent territory without interference for the purposes of travel and other social, cultural, or political activities.
  1. Federal, state, and local law enforcement do not hold jurisdictional right to enforcement activities on traditional Lakota territory and do so only through the illegal threat of colonial, military force (through the United States National Guard) on Lakota people and our supporters. The forced removal of Lakota and other Indigenous persons and our supporters from Lakota territory for the purposes of arrest, incarceration, and other forms of punishment are illegal incursions into Lakota territory to protect the theft of Lakota land and resources without our free, prior, or informed consent via our customary government. These actions violate International Law and Human Rights provisions that promote and protect the rights of people and nations to their own self-determination and freedom.
  1. Further, United States Courts do not maintain jurisdiction over Independent Lakota Oyate or our appointed agents and allies. Any such military or armed use of force or intimidation by the United States Government, State or local governments or its permitted corporations and private security contractors are illegal Acts of Aggression against the Independent Lakota Nation and our allies in violation of Lakota natural rights, International law, and human decency.
  1. The Independent Lakota Oyate shall exercise its independence and self determination according to the interests of the Lakota Nation including the defense of land and people, and the use of eminent domain to exert jurisdiction over Lakota Territory forcefully or coercively removed from Lakota jurisdiction by illegal and genocidal acts of the United States government, State and local governments, corporations, or its citizens.
  1. The Independent Lakota Nation and all those persons who stand with us shall work together to assert our independence free of U.S. and corporate control, in honor of our ancestors who sacrificed for our lives today, and with love for our children and grand children so they may have a tomorrow as free Lakota people. Hoka Hey!

To develop relations with the Independent Lakota Nation , please contact Canupa Gluha Mani at 1-605-517-1547.  Messages can also be sent to cantetenza13@gmail.com.

Indigenous Independence Summit, October 15-16, 2016

october2016indysummitalibomasIndigenous Nations of Turtle Island Independence Gathering

  OCTOBER 15 + 16, 2016
ALIBOMAS CREEK TERRITORY
4771 AL STATE HWY. 199,
TUSKEGEE, AL 36083

All independent minded Nations welcome!
Free camping. Some meals provided.

For more information call
Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547
or Red Chief at 334–421-7201
cantetenza13@gmail.com

 

  • Presented by the Independent Lakota Nation and the Cante Tenza Strong Heart Warrior Society
  • Hosted by the Independent Nation of the Aliboma-Kituwah

 

Strong Heart 2016 Food Drive for Grassroots Oyate

Fall 2016 Strong Heart Food Drive Page – please donate and help!  Photos of donations are also available on this page. Hoka Hey!

Updated October 2, 2016 – Cante Tenza Okolakiciye or Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation has called for a fall Food-Drive to benefit grassroots elders and their families on Pine Ridge Reservation. Winter is coming and the time to collect and distribute food and other resources is now – before the snow and below-zero temperatures arrive.  We need:

  • Fresh, freezable meats including beef, venison, elk, and buffalo.
  • Fresh Produce including corn, squash, potatoes, sweet-potatoes, turnips, and other long lasting root vegetables that can be stored.
  • Low salt canned vegetables including beans, peas, corn, and similar items.
  • No added sugar canned fruits like apples, pears, and citrus.
  • Staple cooking items like flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, vegetable oil, etc.
  • If you have the choice, please do not send highly processed packaged foods with high carbohydrates or that contain lots of salt, sugar, or corn syrup.
  • We also need blankets, heaters, and winter coats (especially for children) for the coming winter.

Donations can be sent to
Strong Heart Warrior Society
Po Box 512
Hill City, SD 57745

For questions, please contact headman Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547.  Email cantetenza13@gmail.com.

Pilamaya!  Thank you!

Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society Statement on Dakota Access Pipeline Injunction Decision and Nationhood

[ PDF Download of Statement ]

Media Release & Statement
For Immediate Release: September 9, 2016
Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547

Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society Statement on DAPL Injunction Decision and Nationhood, September 9, 2016

siouan-indigenous-peoplesLakota Territory – Since the beginning of the confrontation between the Hunkpapa Lakota Oyate (People) of Standing Rock Reservation and Dakota Access Ltd. corporate personnel and security forces near the Standing Rock Reservation, the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society has monitored the situation on the ground and maintained communication with the Hunkpapa Lakota Oyate.

Today’s United States Federal Court ruling is of no consequence to the Independent Lakota Nation and all free Indigenous peoples. Lakota land defenders and their allies standing in independence maintain all rights guaranteed a free people under natural law, international law, and treaty law to maintain and expand, if desired, their habitation and defense of Lakota Territory under the following provisions:

  1. The matriarchal Tetuwan Lakota Oyate are a sovereign Indigenous First Nation whose ancestral lands comprise a large area of the Northern Great Plains of Turtle Island, including territory in the U.S. states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana.
  1. The Indigenous peoples of the Northern Great Plains, and the Lakota Oyate in particular, have never relinquished nation status.
  1. The assertion of independent Lakota political, economic, and cultural identity has not ceased since contact with white settlers and the American state.
  1. A truly sovereign and distinct Lakota Nation – independent of the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) system of colonial governance forced upon our people by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs – has been continually maintained through our matriarchal system and other customary political and cultural institutions since contact.
  1. Our respectful matriarchal elders – those fluent speaking grandmothers who by virtue of their long life, vision, and preservation of Lakota language and culture, are the customary leaders of the Oyate – have not approved the Dakota Access pipeline and therefore such pipeline is in violation of Lakota aboriginal title and is being constructed without the prior, free, or informed consent of the Lakota Oyate as given by our respectful matriarchal elders. Predictably, this construction has resulted in the destruction and desecration of Lakota cultural and historical sites, burials, and other sacred lands, threatening the health of land, water, air, people, and other living relatives within our territory.
  1. The Lakota People have the right to assert independent status, sovereign jurisdiction, and eminent domain within our parochitorial territory under International Law, the United States Constitution, Trade Law, and Treaty Law. The 1961 and 1969 Vienna Convention on Treaties, 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Article VI of the United States Constitution are mere starting points in the solid legal framework that underlies our rights to freely assert our nation status without interference from the United States Federal Government, State Governments, or their entities.
  1. All treaties between the United States Government and the Lakota Oyate have been abrogated by past and present United States actions including intentional deception and fraud, land theft, U.S. military incursion into sovereign Lakota territory without our consent, and systemic failure to honor treaty agreements. Under International and Treaty Law, treaties with the United States are therefore null and invalid, with all previous land claims reverting back to aboriginal title of the respective Indigenous nations. All Lakota Territory is therefore unceeded and has been recognized as an illegal taking within United States Federal Courts under the Black Hills Land Claim.unceededlands
  1. United States federal indian policy as well as actions of State and local governments and their permitted corporations continue to engage in acts of genocide as defined by the United Nations 1948 The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, of which the United States Government is a signatory.
  1. The jurisdictional authority of United States Courts and its applications of law against the Indigenous nations of Turtle Island are constructed upon the racist and genocidal Doctrine of Discovery. Using this doctrine, United States Courts have intentionally and systematically created a false and morally reprehensible legal basis for United States “ultimate dominion” or “ultimate title” over independent Indigenous nations as “domestic dependent nations.” We demand the United States Government repudiate this racist doctrine and its Federal Court decisions that violate the natural rights of freedom and human rights of Turtle Island’s Indigenous nations.
  1. The Lakota Oyate have the inherent human rights to resist oppression, genocide, and future colonization and form a coalition between sympathetic and supporting governments of other Nation States as well as individual American citizens and citizens of other Nation States, who recognize and share in, or accept their responsibility and accountability for the past and ongoing illegal and inhumane actions perpetrated by the United States of America on the Lakota Oyate.
  1. Further, United States Courts do not maintain jurisdiction over Independent Lakota Oyate or our appointed agents and allies. Any such military or armed use of force or intimidation by the United States Government, State or local governments or its permitted corporations and private security contractors are illegal acts of colonial aggression against the Independent Lakota Nation and our allies in violation of Lakota natural rights, International law, and human decency.
  1. The Independent Lakota Oyate shall exercise it’s independence and self determination according to the interests of the Lakota Nation including the defense of land and people, and the use of eminent domain to exert jurisdiction over Lakota Territory forcefully or coercively removed from Lakota jurisdiction by illegal and genocidal acts of the United States government, State and local governments, corporations, or its citizens.
  1. The Independent Lakota Nation and all those persons who stand with us shall work together to assert our independence free of U.S. and corporate control, in honor of our ancestors who sacrificed for our lives today, and with love for our children and grand children so they may have a tomorrow as free Lakota people. Hoka Hey!

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Video: Defense of Elders at the OST Tribal Council Meeting

The Bureau of Indian Affair’s Oglala Sioux Tribe Government (OST) does not want traditional and grassroots elders to interfere with their corrupt practices. So they are verbally abusing and criminalizing elders, threatening to arrest and put them in jail.  This is in violation of OST’s own laws against elder abuse as well as US laws that protect the elderly.

Fortunately on August 8th, Strong Heart headman Canupa Gluha Mani was there to defend grassroots elders including Auntie Cecilia Martin and Chief Mel Lone Hill as well holding the OST Tribal Council accountable for their corrupt and abusive practices. Check the videos out:

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[Updated] State & Local Police Terrorize Lakota With Traffic Checkpoints to Stop Dakota Pipeline Blockade Support

MEDIA RELEASE: August 19, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547
Email: cantetenza13@gmail.com
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State & Local Police Continue Traffic Checkpoints Friday to Stop Dakota Pipeline Blockade Support

Checkpoints Violate Lakota Nation Jurisdiction, International and Treaty Law

South Dakota – On Thursday, the Cante Tenza Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation received dozens of complaints from Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota tribal members reporting mass harassment at traffic checkpoints leaving the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, manned by State and local law enforcement. Police were stopping cars leaving Pine Ridge Reservation in mass and threatening tribal members who may be headed to support the Dakota Pipeline Blockade near Standing Rock Reservation.

Over 100 cars had been counted as being stopped, many of whom were simply going about grocery shopping and other daily business. Cars were being turned around if suspected of heading towards the Dakota Pipeline Blockade, while others were cited for minor infractions. It is unknown if any tribal members were arrested.

While some traffic checkpoints may have eased, tribal members are still reporting being stopped Friday morning. Upwards of 25 people have reported being stopped early Friday morning.

On Thursday afternoon, Strong Heart Headman Canupa Gluha Mani observed a traffic checkpoint just north of Pine Ridge Reservation of four South Dakota State Troopers that had seven cars pulled over to the roadside. Tribal members waived down Canupa Gluha Mani to report their distress.

When asked what law enforcement was doing, a trooper replied, “We have orders to turn them around or cite them.” Canupa Gluha Mani was then followed by a trooper who sped and swerved back and forth on the road behind Mani’s vehicle attempting to incite the warrior leader.

The Strong Heart Warrior Society condemns these traffic checkpoints and any interference of the rights of way of Lakota persons from traveling across their traditional lands for any purpose. South Dakota is Lakota territory under natural law, International Law and treaty law. The State of South Dakota and the United States Government are in violation of these legal covenants and mass stops of Native persons is criminalization without due process, racial profiling and illegal. These stops must end now.

Strong Heart is in contact with U.S. Congressional officials and the Department of Justice to register formal complaints and will be reporting the violations of Lakota person rights to the United Nations Office for the High Commissioner of Human Rights. The United States is a signatory to the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which is just one international agreement that guarantees Lakota travel and rights of way across their traditional territories.

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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!