Lakota File Federal Injunction to Remove Rainbow Gathering



Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547 or Email:

 WHAT: Press Conference

 WHO: International Treaty Defenders – a collaboration of the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society and the Lakota Rainbow Affinity group of supportive Rainbow Family members.

 WHERE: International Treaty Defenders Camp. From Hill City, SD take Deerfield Road until you see the camp.

 WHEN: Thursday July 2, 2015 at 11:00am

 Rapid City, SD – Wednesday afternoon the Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation filed an Emergency Injunction in Federal Court to force action in removing the Rainbow Gathering from Lakota Territory in the Black Hills.

The nine page motion enjoins defendants, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Park Service, South Dakota Division of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, and Pennington County Sheriff, to take immediate action to remove the 1000 person Rainbow Gathering from a site near Deerfield Lake in the Lakota’s sacred mountains.

The motion for Emergency Injunction states that: “The Defendant’s failure to act will also result in the imminent threat of injury to the political, social, and cultural institutions and resources of Lakota Nation members including injury to Lakota tribal treaty rights, lands, assets, and resources; and, additional damage to Lakota historical and cultural sites which have not been fully identified and inspected on the site prior to the Rainbow encampment.”

The Lakota have never relinquished nation status or given up aboriginal title to He Sapa or the sacred Black Hills.  The warrior society has been working with the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council and other traditional and grassroots Lakota people to remove the gathering.  The injunction is filed by the Independent Lakota Nation to more fully assert sovereign nation status.

Organizers for the Rainbow encampment failed to get permission following the customary law of the traditional Lakota Nation. Despite the rosy reports on social media, many grassroots and traditional Lakota are upset about the Rainbow incursion on sacred ground.

Holding the gathering in the Black Hills without an invitation from traditional Lakota people has also divided the Rainbow Family reducing attendance and causing the event to be labled an “unsanctioned” Rainbow gathering.



Statement on a Supposed Lakota Alliance with the Rainbow People to “Take Back” the Black Hills

Strong Heart Warrior Society Statement on a Supposed Lakota Alliance with the Rainbow People to “Take Back” the Black Hills

June 28, 2015 (updated)

Did the Treaty Councils give credibility to Chase Iron Eyes, Cody Hall, Leonard Peltier’s son or anyone else to create an alliance with the Rainbow people to take back the Black Hills?

How can this be? Because we have never lost the hills. They have always been ours, as those who have worked so hard for our people understand.

How is that decades of work by the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council and treaty councils from our sister bands – the many meetings of elders, visits to Washington D.C., statements, and lawsuits – are being ignored and made invisible because a few individuals make these claims?

All the while this splinter group of the Rainbow Family already has:

  • Violated and dismissed traditional Lakota protocols,
  • Disregarded, attacked, mocked, and threatened Lakota elders and grassroots leaders,
  • Preventing grassroots Lakota leaders from speaking by continually interrupted and mocking,
  • Camped and put infrastructure on top of Lakota cultural sites and possible burial sites,
  • Brought pot, meth, LSD, and other synthetic drugs into our Sacred Hills,
  • Recruited youth from our reservations to share their drugs and give access to the reservations,
  • Intentionally inflamed divisions within Pine Ridge in order to create divide and conquer,
  • Brought in fake medicine men to give them blessings, while dismissing fluent Lakota language speakers and cultural knowledge keepers on our own lands!

Given these things, why are Lakota people so quick to make agreement with the Rainbow people but cannot speak out against the abuse of Lakota lands and people?

 The original announcement denying the Rainbow Gathering in the Black Hills has come from the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council – a traditional governing body because traditional Lakota protocols were not respected.   Yet a very skillful effort has occurred to focus attention on the stand made by one or two individuals when it was the Treaty Council who took this stance and asked Strong Heart to act. How quickly this truth is forgotten for attacks against individuals who are doing nothing more than what was asked.

If these behaviors and comments by Rainbow people were happening in any other activist realm – ending Native mascots, protesting racism at a hockey game or Rapid Regional, or seeking release for Leonard Peltier – our Lakota people would be blowing up with anger and rage. But because this so called Rainbow Family is throwing around large sums of drug dollars, our values as Lakota people are being bought and sold.  

Just because a few “good white men” come to the reservation and pick up trash or act respectful does not speak to the thousands more Rainbow people that have – in well documented reports – trashed Indigenous lands, disturbed and shitted on ancestral remains, and trampled on the sacred sites of our sister nations of Turtle Island. But this handful of “good white men” are supposed to control the many thousands of others who follow to the Black Hills to get high and play indian with our ceremonies and way of life?   This is not sane! And it’s a very shortsighted stance that does not keep the survival of our land and people at heart.

The white man has always sent his best talkers- the “good white men,” his gifts, and his money into our lands to persuade us to one thing or another. This is nothing new. And there have always been those that want to believe the smooth talk and promise of respect the white man has offered – take his money and his way of life. But we know how these promises have turned out. Look around you, the truth is in front of your eyes!

But because Rainbow people are throwing around their drug money in reservation stores and picking up a few bags of trash, suddenly they are the Lakota’s Great White Saviors?

We have never the lost the Black Hills. It has always been, and will remain, ours. The Treaty Councils of our people have fought for this since the white man sued for peace with the Great Sioux Nation and our allies. But now, somehow because white people throw around their drug money on the reservation these Treaty Councils are no longer needed?  How demeaning to our elders, ancestors, and our way of life is this?

We have forgotten how to be strong Lakotas once again.

Out Treaty Council has put Strong Heart on the front lines to defend our sacred hills and our way of life. It is time for the Treaty Councils to make a stand and speak out for what they believe in as their sacred duty to protect the Great Sioux Nation.  

Strong Heart Letter to All Lakota People

Strong Heart Warrior Society Letter to All Lakota People

June 27, 1015

The Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society took on this fight for the elders and people against the group known as the “Rainbow Family” who planned to bring up to 20,000 people into our sacred Black Hills. These Rainbow gatherings are well known for drug use, playing indian by stealing Indigenous culture, and they have desecrated the burial places and sacred sites of other nations.

This Rainbow Family has entered our sacred hills as warriors of alcohol and drugs, protecting the white man and his drug business while refusing to get permission from our real Lakota people. And these Rainbow warriors have mocked, threatened, and ridiculed Lakota elders and people with their white privilege while falsely claiming they represent love and peace.

This is a war being waged upon us by these Rainbow People. But our own Lakota people are absent in the defense of our sacred hills. The grandmothers of yesterday are not the grandmothers of today.

The reason for that is the majority is these grandmothers are the boarding school grandmothers. The grandmothers of the boarding school abuse continue this pain by inflicting this abuse upon their grandkids. Instead of listening to the grandmothers, this makes the grandkids run away to become junkies and alcoholics. And you see this all across the nine reservations today.

Remember this when all of these young women choose their belonging to drugs and alcohol rather than speaking out against the things that don’t belong to us. A real woman at least gives responsibility to the children she raised rather than allowing them to be destroyed by the white man and his euro-centric disorder.

I, Canupa Gluha Mani, stand on that principal because not only are drugs and alcohol the epidemics of the grandchildren – we are also epidemics of the abuse.

Many native nations struggle so hard to understand this colonized adoption of eurocentric mindsets. But as Lakota people it’s about how white America continues to use forced penetration of this modern abuse that neutralizes us as a people to be Lakota.

You can have education. You can have computer technology. You can have everything that gives you the western conveniences. You can have everything that belongs to the white man but that’s still not enough to make you a Lakota.

A Lakota is a Lakota when you understand the word. A half-breed is a half-breed when you understand that word. In reality, if the Lakota is real inside of who we are – whether as half-breed or Lakota – we would put the Lakota first regardless of what anyone says.

Attending all of the sundances going on in our country doesn’t make you Lakota, no matter how many times you dance or how many times you pierce. No matter how many times you sweat in our sacred lodge- it doesn’t make you Lakota. We use these things for our own selves, not as Lakotas. So the way we use these things makes you a white man – think about it.

It’s the continued way of the half-breeds and white people going against the real traditional minded people – the real traditional people – that’s where the fight is at. If the Black Hills is sacred to us, then and only then can we really go home and get inside here. You don’t have to use the white man to do anything for you. You don’t have to ask his permission. We do it for ourselves.

Our ancestors have done that. Many times our ancestors stood up to the white man, because they are Lakota. Today, we are so brainwashed due to this catholic christian upbringing that now we have become just like the white man and we defer to him at every turn.

Let’s look at this word “peace.” If we ever had it before, we would still be living by it today.  But the Lakota people have always been warriors – you can’t change that. And a warrior is not a drunk, and a warrior is not a person who continues to use drugs or any substance they think is good for them. That’s what a white man does. The only people the drug users care about are each other. They protect each other as they are doing now through the same old lies, rumors, and divisions. And that’s what the white man has created in us.

When you understand about the Canupa Wakan – when you understand who you are with your own heart – then you finally come to terms with the understanding that you are a real human being and not a white man. That is the identity of the problem we must face.

Crazy Horse never went into battle smoking weed. Sitting Bull never had a gallon of wine or whisky to have a vision quest. These substances were all brought and forced upon our people. Many white people knew the way to get the indians was to neutralize their own power as indians, and replace it with with the eurocentric bipolar disorder power known as white-think.

The Rainbow People have always lied to us. They have always lied because that’s what the white man does. These Rainbows are not using our own people to stand with you as Lakotas and make achievement in our country. Instead they are making our people turn against us, so they too are condemning us for what is important. Because of this, the warriors of today, without the need of alcohol and drugs, are struggling to remain the warriors of tomorrow.

There should he multitudes of us over here in the Black Hills but because of in-house jealousy and fighting there is none. The white man and his little brother called the half-breeds are the reason why real Lakotas can never get together.

If the Great Mystery wanted us to teach the white man how to use our sacred pipe, he would have told us that, but he didn’t. If he told those half-breeds to listen to the elders, he would have told them that, but he didn’t. The half-breeds have come from the forced penetration act of the white man, and if they cannot put the Lakota inside them first, they become just like the white man. Anything goes with their versions of love, peace, and spirituality – the same way these Rainbows created their so-called family.

It doesn’t take education to understand that – it takes a heart to understand that. But if your heart is dead because of alcohol and drugs, the only thing you can repeat out of your mouth is hatred for your own people.

Many years ago I faced this too.  I drank but I never used drugs. Despite this, I never went against the belief of my own people. It didn’t take me very long to sober up. It was easy to see where I needed to be for the purpose of my people, not for the purpose of alcohol and drugs.

Remember a Lakota is a Lakota, a half-breed is a half-breed, a white man is a white man, and nothing can change that. If you want alcohol and drugs then go live with the white race and accept his way of life and his white privilege. Quit bitching at people who are trying to save the future generations that are coming.

We may be elders who come from that abusive era, but we will be the elders of tomorrow who still maintain fairness and balance. And we will be like the elders of yesterday who knew how to live with real love in our hearts. And we will be the elders who put their real responsibility before our people.

Remember it is not about the Rainbow People, it’s not about America, and it’s not about the Tribal Government. We know these enemies. It’s about the real Lakota – our poor Lakota people who have nothing – and the land we care for.

The United Nations has recognized our love for the people and the land we care for by giving Strong Heart the flag of the United Nations. This shows all of what we have achieved for our people and all Red Nations. We have rights to our land. The land is ours. All we have to do is come back.

Hoka hey!

Strong Heart Condemn Threats and Lies to Lakota Elders, Rainbow Members to Blame

Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation


Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547


Strong Heart Condemn Threats and Lies to Lakota Elders,  Rainbow Members to Blame

Updated Thursday June 25 6:49pm MST; Pine Ridge, SD – The Rainbow Gathering in the Black Hills is creating havoc on the Pine Ridge Reservation, enflaming division among groups of Lakota and resulting in verbal threats and lies intended to confuse and frighten Lakota elders. Elders are the foundation for Lakota sovereignty and independence and critical to the survival of the Lakota Nation.

On June 24th a press release was sent by the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society on behalf of the Grandmother Khahtela Society since many traditional elders do not use the computer. The press release strongly condemned the actions of a group of Lakota youth and others whose public support of the Black Hills Rainbow Gathering has included public statements that are neglectful and derogatory to the health, welfare, and social standing of Lakota elders and the Lakota Nation itself.

But it wasn’t long before grandmothers began receiving a number of calls that misstated the press release in order to cause confusion. Some calls even involved death threats to at least one grandmother and her family. One caller identified themselves as a member of the Rainbow Family.

The Strong Heart Warrior Society strongly condemns efforts to confuse, denounce or intimidate traditional and grassroots elders who are acting for the good of the nation. This includes those people mentioned in the original release as well as others who may be acting on their behalf.

“Stop confusing and threatening our elders,” Strong Heart headman Canupa Gluha Mani said. “I’m standing up now to take all of this for the grandmothers – you call me if you have something to say to our elders!” Canupa Gluha Mani’s phone number is 605-517-1547.

Threats and intimidation of Lakota elders by people claiming to respect them one moment, but then neglecting and denouncing them in the next, causes emotional distress and deep pain for traditional and grassroots elders who already see their roles diminished and are abused by the illegal Oglala Sioux Tribe form of government. The destruction of the Tiyóspaye, or traditional Lakota extended family unit by colonization and the boarding school era, as well as the division between those that use and sell drugs and the largely anti-drug elders also contributes to this abuse.

The presence and defiant efforts of the Rainbow Family to prove their legitimacy for gathering in the Black Hills is enflaming the dynamics on Pine Ridge that harm elders. Despite this, Rainbow members continue to seek ways to interact with Lakota youth openly sharing drugs while using social media and phone calls to publicly dismissing, ridiculing Lakota elders and traditional representatives who have clearly communicated the Rainbow Family is not welcome in Lakota Territory.

We express our deepest apologies to Lakota grandmothers and their families who have faced death threats and abuse because of this stance against the gathering and the apparent networking of drug business that is occurring as a result.


Press Release: Traditional Lakota Delegation Moves to Evict Black Hills Rainbow Gathering on Anniversary of Little Big Horn Battle

Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society with the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council


Attachments: No Trespassing Sign, Cease and Desist Order

Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547 or email to  to arrange interviews

Traditional Lakota Delegation Moves to Evict Black Hills Rainbow Gathering on Anniversary of Little Big Horn Battle

Hill City – A delegation of the Traditional Lakota Oyate in collaboration with supportive Rainbow Family members will move to evict the Black Hills “Occupy Rainbow” Gathering on Thursday. This follows twelve days of intense action to encourage the Rainbow gathering to leave the unceded Lakota Territory.

The delegation represents the Lakota Grandmothers Khahtela Society, Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council, Cante Tenza Strong Heart Warrior Society, the United Urban Warrior Society, as well as many traditional and grassroots Lakota people supported by a solidarity group of Rainbow Family who are standing with the Lakota to peacefully aid their people in leaving the sacred mountains.

The eviction is for the failure of the Rainbow Family to follow traditional Lakota protocols and receive permission from the Lakota People for the gathering, the arrogant attitudes and hurtful actions of Rainbow people towards traditional and grassroots Lakota elders and societies, as well as the open sharing of drugs with Lakota youth.

Lakota Strong Heart headman Canupa Gluha Mani said, “We’ve given them every opportunity to leave our territory, and now it’s time to go!”

The eviction action comes on the 139th anniversary of the Battle for Greasy Grass or Little Big Horn where a combined force of Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors led by Crazy Horse defeated the United States elite 7th Calvary led by General George Custer. This great victory by the Sioux and their allies deeply affected U.S. desires to create a peace treaty with the Great Sioux Nation and other Plains tribes leading to the 1868 Treaty of Ft. Laramie which guaranteed the Black Hills to be Lakota lands without white settlement for perpetuity. International law also supports the Lakota’s Black Hills claim since the independent Lakota people have never relinquished nation status and have maintained their political, social, and cultural institutions in their territory since contact with white settlers.

The U.S. Forest Service, Park Service, and other agencies have blatantly disregarded the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council and traditional Lakota societies by not supporting Lakota cease and desist and no gathering orders in violation of Article XII of the 1868 treaty.

Following the strong response from Lakota warrior societies to the planned Rainbow Gathering, a group of Rainbow members have been working to support the Lakota wishes and support the no camping order and eviction.

The Rainbow solidarity group said in a June 22 statement: “We are concerned that the situation in the Black Hills of South Dakota and specifically the disrespectful actions of a few members of the Rainbow family who have self sanctioned this gathering and who have ignored the wishes of the majority of Rainbows and violated our consensus procedures in order to further their own, personal agendas and motives. We can see that this situation is creating an environment in South Dakota that is dangerous for our children, young adults and elders.”

The delegation will be peacefully asking the Rainbow gathering to vacate the land and “No Trespassing” signs will be posted to warn others coming in after the eviction. The Lakota vow to follow through with the eviction and will be monitoring the situation into the planned July gathering dates.


The Wrong Side of Honor & History

The Rainbow Family claims to have stood with Native people during the 1973 Wounded Knee Takeover and the  1969 -71 Occupation of Alcatraz.

In 2015, Rainbow Family in the Black Hills have chosen to side with a few Lakota opportunists backed by the modern day version of OST tyrant  Dickie Wilson and the GOON Squads in the silencing and elimination of  traditional and grassroots Lakota People and our cultural ways.



Contact Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547.  Time is of the essence so those within a day’s drive of Lakota Territory are urged to respond.

Press Release: Rainbow Gathering Faces Cease & Desist Order by Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council, Dismiss Lakota Elders for Drug Profit$

Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society


Attachments and Links:

Cease and Desist, Order to Appear  PDF Strong Heart Warrior Society & Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council

Lakota Solidarity Statement from members of the Rainbow Family

Social Media Statement from Rainbow founder Barry Plunker Adams

Contact Canupa Gluha Mani phone:  605-517-1547   Email:

Black Hills “Rainbow” Gathering Denounced, Given Cease & Desist Order by Warriors and Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council

Black Hills – What started out as a planned Rainbow festival of thousands in the Black Hills has come under fire from all directions culminating with a Cease & Desist order from the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council and delivered by the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society in advance of efforts to remove the encampment from unceded Lakota Territory.

The Cease and Desist order follows the flagrant dismissal of traditional treaty council elders and warriors by the Rainbow Gathering who were handed a Notice of Complaint on June 15th denying their gathering in the Sacred Black Hills.

The denial is based on the failure of Rainbow members to follow traditional Lakota protocol in order to get permission to enter the Black Hills as well as the arrogant refusal to leave despite Lakota requests to do so. The Rainbow Family campers are also ordered to appear in front of Lakota Treaty Council elders to answer for their actions.

Despite an aggressive social media campaign by Rainbow members and a few Lakota youth encouraging people to come to the Black Hills, the gathering has been denounced by long-time Rainbow founders and the majority of participants who see the gathering as an attack on Lakota sovereignty and another opportunity for the corrupt Oglala Sioux Tribe Council and its cronies to further marginalize and silence traditional and grassroots Lakota elders and people.

But the Rainbow holdouts refuse to budge claiming a “spiritual vibe with the land” while flagrantly disrespecting the blood, sweat, and tears of traditional Lakota people who have fought for years to win back their unceded territory. Rainbow holdouts are even throwing the promise of money around using divide and conquer to win support of the Hill City Chamber of Commerce in a meeting tonight, but refusing to meet with traditional Lakota elders and Treaty Council members.

Because of these kinds of disrespectful actions, many Rainbow travelers are detouring to gathering locations in Michigan, California, and elsewhere. A group of Rainbow members are also standing with the traditional Lakota and are planning a “peace delegation” to visit the camp and encourage people to leave before Lakota warriors are forced to take action.

The role of marijuana business in this gathering is also being heavily scrutinized. Rainbow Family founder Barry Plunker Adams, many candid Rainbow members, and the Lakota Strong Heart Warriors have openly questioned the financial motives of Rainbow members who are refusing to leave the Black Hills and who are actively working with an Oglala Sioux Tribe that is eyeing legalization of alcohol and pot, and is used extensively by Pine Ridge drug gangs for protection and funding through embezzlement of U.S. funds intended for Pine Ridge’s poor people.

Strong Heart Warriors point out the use of an encampment in the Sacred Black Hills for drug business, and to create an open environment of drug use and partying is a desecration to the sacred mountains and destructive to the preservation and renewal of Lakota language and culture.  In a Monday statement they said, “How can we preserve our beautiful Lakota culture if we are despondent, dull, and distanced from ourselves through drugs and alcohol?”

They also call on Americans to stand with the real Lakota explaining, “The disrespectful and manipulative actions of a few rainbow Americans, coupled with the promise of profits from pot sales, are causing trauma and turmoil to Native nations who have done nothing and simply wish to be left alone.”


Standing Together With the Lakota Against the “Rainbow’ Gathering in the Black Hills



Floyd Looks for Buffalo Hand has spoken on behalf of the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council, as their elected leader, that the “Rainbow Family” gathering is not welcome in the Black Hills.

He has called upon the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society to enforce this decision and remove those participating in the gathering from Lakota territory. He has asked his nephew and Strong Heart headman, Canupa Gluha Mani to stand with James Swan in moving forward in this call of action, and with the Lakota Nation itself, to enforce international treaty law.

The warriors have been moving around the clock fulfilling the call of duty to serve their nation’s poor and impoverished people within the Great Sioux Nation. Many have tried to undermine this honorable stance as a result of division taking place within the nation – division driven by U.S. policies and personal agendas. Even short-sighted  members of the American Indian Movement have condemned them for making this stand on behalf of the Lakota nation’s poor and innocent grassroots peoples.

The historical use of intoxicants as a weapon to dull our people’s ability to preserve Lakota land and culture is well documented, as is our resistance to the disease of alcohol and drugs in our protests in White Clay, Nebraska.  One of the calls to action in this struggle in the Black Hills is to discipline and sanction the use of all drugs and alcohol within the territorial boundaries of Lakota’s international treaty lands as historically recognized and enforced by Lakota warriors and activists to protect Lakota people.

But the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) Council – the corrupt puppet government of the United States – wants to legalize the sale of marijuana and alcohol within the reservation known as Pine Ridge, allowing a massive underground drug and bootlegging trade to operate in the open.  Members from the OST council have met with marijuana growers, and individuals colluding with the U.S. Government, that are doubling or posing as Rainbow Family.

The reasons for this meeting seem clear: to help further one another’s agenda.  The growers can use the “legitimacy” of the tribal government’s word to justify their dishonorable presence in the Black Hills and make a profit from current and future pot sales.  They have launched their own dis-information campaign to draw more people to the Black Hills and are even using Lakota youth to serve as “Rainbow ambassadors” to bring in more Lakota from the reservations.

The OST stands to profit by endorsing the Rainbow gathering. They earn support for legalization efforts, and make future business contacts for the web of drug gangs that use the OST for protection and funding. This so-called “government” is once again putting the desires and profits of individuals over the well-being of a nation.

The U.S. Government benefits by creating chaos and division within the Lakota nation and openly supporting OST’s dismissal of traditional Lakota people and their free and independent status. This erodes critical efforts at tribal sovereignty, preservation of language and culture, and reduces efforts at protecting innocent people from the damaging effects of corporate resource extraction and pipeline projects.

We also know of at least two other tribal members who are not a part of the tribal government who have been spreading lies about the motives of Strong Heart and aligning themselves against the wishes of the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council. They have brazenly spread the message it is alright to gather in the Black Hills without following traditional protocol. These persons should be held accountable for the act of bringing destruction on their own tribal members, including their own youth, in the quest for personal recognition or gain.

We are asking for the public to call Floyd Looks for Buffalo Hand at 605-867-5762 and give him support and encouragement in sanctioning the following individuals who have sold out their people. These people are encouraging division and the disrespect of traditional protocols that protect a nation. Their unwise and unhealthy actions cannot continue to go on without comment. These individuals are:

John Yellow Bird Steele
Alex White Plume
Regina Brave
Leonard Little Finger
Russell Eagle Bear
Dennis Tacos Yellow Thunder
Michael Catches the Enemy
Garvard Good Plume
Leo Cordier
Storm Harris
Jess Rowland
James Hawk
Harold One Feather

We also call upon the Treaty Councils of the Great Sioux Nation, and other Indigenous nations, to stand with the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council in sanctioning these individuals above who have acted in detriment to the well-being of the Lakota Nation.   Contact Floyd Looks for Buffalo Hand at 605-867-5762 with your support.

Sadly, the Great Sioux Nation has already allowed one eastern sister band to legalize marijuana in detriment to it’s own people. This legislation only adds to the devastating drug addiction epidemic that is present in these regions and is killing our people. How can we preserve our beautiful Lakota culture if we are despondent, dull, and distanced from ourselves through drugs and alcohol?


For those who consider themselves as American People, we ask you to consider these words and forward this message to your family, friends, and organizations:

As Americans, when will we stand together to stop the uncaring attitudes and behaviors that forces this country’s own indigenous people to kill each other?  When is enough, enough?  When do we accept the shame for killing off our last indigenous peoples that have done no wrong to our grandfathers and grandmothers, or our children?  If we are honest, we as Americans are to blame regardless of what side of the fence we stand on. Regardless of our political affiliation, we urge other Americans to take a stand and fight the real fight to save the indigenous peoples and their homeland. If we are really true patriotic Americans then lets act like real Americans and stop all of this racial bigotry that we impose upon the last real remaining freedom fighters that have done no wrong to us.

Remember, the violation of traditional Lakota cultural protocols is what escalated into the illegal entry into the Black Hills of this gathering – what can be seen as delinquent youth and arrogant individuals taking the lead of false Rainbow leaders. This has turned into something quite different than a gathering about “love” and “peace” with long-time Rainbow founders and participants openly denouncing what is happening in the Black Hills.  The disrespectful and manipulative actions of a few rainbow Americans, coupled with the promise of profits from pot sales, are causing trauma and turmoil to Native nations who have done nothing to us, and simply wish to be left alone. As  tax-paying Americans we have a responsibility because we helped create this problem. The only ones we see staying true to their belief so far, are the real warriors that are fighting the real fight against their own destruction.  We must support them.

How can we help? One thing that can be done is to call Floyd Looks for Buffalo Hand at 605-867-5762 and ask him to sanction the people listed in this letter for selling out their own people. The people on the OST tribal council have sold out their people by ignoring the Lakota nation’s free and independent status and seemingly accepted bribes from pot growers with a personal agenda.

Other individuals that have sided with the fake “rainbow” gathering in the Black Hills are doing their own part to undermine the Lakota nation’s free and independent status whether it be willingly, or not.  They must also be held accountable.

Let’s call our Senators and Representatives and tell them we support the Lakota asserting their sovereign rights in the Black Hills to protect their people.  We stand with them.

  • Senator John Thune phone in Rapid City is  (605) 348-7551. His toll-free number is (866) 850-3855
  • Senator MIke Rounds phone in Rapid City is (605) 343-5035. His toll-free number is (844) 875-5268
  • Representative Kristi Noem in Rapid City is (605) 791-4673. Her toll-free number is (855) 225-2801

If we stand together, we can stop this fake “rainbow” gathering and support the traditional Lakota people.  It’s the right thing to do.

Lakota Situation Summary for the Rainbow Family


This educational document was requested by members of the Rainbow Family to share among those who are not understanding of the situation in the Black Hills and with the Lakota Oyate.


The matriarchal Tetuwan Lakota Oyate have never relinquished nation status. The assertion of sovereign Lakota political, economic, and cultural identity within our territory has been continually maintained through our matriarchal system and other customary political and cultural institutions like treaty and judicial councils, elder societies, and warrior societies. This is the real Lakota.

The Lakota People have the right to assert independent status and sovereign jurisdiction over our territory under International Law such as the 1961 and 1969 Vienna Convention on Treaties, 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and in U.S. law under Article VI of the United States Constitution.

If the Rainbow Family does not honor Lakota sovereignty then they are endorsing U.S. colonization of Lakota territory and genocide of our people.


Despite the intentional killing of free Lakota people, the forced movement of our people onto agency lands (reservations), and, a sell-or-starve policy by the United States Government, the sacred Black Hills has never been ceded by the Lakota People. In 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized the Black Hills had been illegally stolen from the Lakota. The Black Hills is not U.S. National Forest, park land, public land, or America. The Black Hills is Lakota territory!

The Rainbow Family has no special right, entitlement, or privilege to gather in the Black Hills.


The Oglala Sioux Tribal (OST) Government system was created by the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) and was illegally forced upon our people by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Oglala Sioux Tribe is controlled by non-traditional mixed-blood indians and is culturally incompatable with traditional matriarchal, family-based Lakota culture.

The OST is ruled through corruption, embezzlement, fraud, and nepotism. Beginning in the early 1970s, the OST has been used to attack and eliminate full-blood, traditional, and grassroots Lakota people. This corruption and violence precipitated the 1973 Wounded Knee Takeover and continues today.

Rainbow Family collaboration with the Oglala Sioux Tribe is the same as working with the U.S. Government to destory authentic Lakota sovereignty and culture.


The genocidal conditions of life created by the U.S. Government and the OST have created an epidemic of drugs and alcohol use among our people. The situation is so critical that elders must often chain their refrigerators shut so that their food will not be stolen and exchanged for drugs or alcohol. Hopelessness fuels a teen suicide rate over 150% times the U.S. average.

Drug and alcohol gang members openly work within OST to embezzle money from U.S. contracts that are desperately needed for the poor Lakota people to fund housing, food, and medical care. This money funds their drug trade and is used to bribe tribal council members, BIA officials, and law enforcement into protecting this corrupt system.

When Lakota people courageously speak out against this corrupt system, they face retaliation and are blacklisted from OST government services necessary for life including housing, healthy food, winter propane, and funds for critical medical proceedures like dialysis. Elders in their 70s, 80s, and 90s are threatened with assault, false imprisonment, and even murder. They face constant mental anguish for seeking a better life for their Lakota people.

Inside sources tell us the decision to hold a gathering in the Black Hills is being fueled by financial motives of at least one large pot grower in the Rainbow Family. This is a direct assault on Lakota people.


Unscrupulous or ignorant people among the Rainbow Family may find a group or individual that will say or do what they like. These individuals may offer ceremony, claim to share Indigenous ‘wisdom’, or give permission for activities and ceremonies when they do not have the Lakota people’s authority to do so. This often results in cultural confusion, cultural appropriation and theft, and real Lakota issues and voices being silenced. Only listening to the voices you want to hear dishonors Lakota cultural protocols, creates division, and hurts Lakota people further.  The Lakota have a saying, “An individual does not speak for a nation – the nation speaks for the individual.”

Elders and leaders from traditional Lakota governing societies have clearly told the Rainbow Family they are not welcome in the Black Hills. We urge  the  Rainbow Family to leave the Black Hills now and denounce those that stay!  Stand in solidarity with the traditional Lakota people!