Wowasakeikcupi: Strong Heart Releases Matriarchal Supremacy Clause

Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani 605-517-1547

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Independent Lakota Nation Releases Matriarchal Supremacy Clause to Protect Grassroots Lakota Grandmothers and Elders

Customary Practices Must Be Enforced to End Abuse Against Pine Ridge Elders

Pine Ridge Reservation, SD – On Monday, the Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation released a set of thirteen customary practices to wowasakeikcupi or return matriarchal leadership and enforce respect of respectful grassroots Lakota elders by those within the Lakota Nation, including the corrupt Bureau of Indian Affairs Oglala Sioux Tribe Government (OST). The term “respectful” is used to mean those traditional and grassroots elders of customary age who are the remaining Lakota language speakers and culture holders and the heart of the Lakota Nation itself.

“Since time immemorial, the matriarchal system has been in place and we keep utilizing that intention for our women,” said Strong Heart headman Canupa Gluha Mani. “So any law derived from a white-privileged, euro-centric government like the OST will never ever override the matriarchal system.”

Release of the Supremacy Clause comes as grassroots elders on the Pine Ridge Reservation find themselves under terroristic attack yet again by corrupt individuals and families that run the Oglala Sioux Tribe Council, Executive Council, and many reservation wide and district committees.

Most recently, corrupt OST officials gathered in a secret meeting and terminated respected Lakota elder Mary Felicia on November 3rd from her job as Site Director and cook for the Meals for the Elderly program in the Porcupine District. Though she did nothing wrong, Mary was fired for speaking out against corruption and her association with Strong Heart.

This is the same Elderly Meals program that was taken over by the elders in March 2011 for thirty-seven days to protest elder abuse, neglect, theft of funds intended for elderly programs, and the systematic denial of elder’s input into the internal affairs of the OST and the welfare of the Lakota people.

Since the building locks were changed on Monday November 3, over 150 elders have been locked out from hot healthy food and safe social gathering space. Flu shots for the elderly and poor have also been delayed or cancelled. Programs to aid Lakota foster children and veterans have been interrupted.

Porcupine elders are demanding that Mary Felicia be reinstated as Site Manager and Cook, and that the customary provisions of the Matriarchal Supremacy Clause are enforced.

The Lakota Strong Heart are deeply concerned that the continued abuse, neglect, and threats towards grassroots elders will result in more deaths to the dwindling number of Lakota language speakers who hold the knowledge to preserve culture and custom for present and future generations.

“The Strong Heart have a saying that a nation is conquered when the heartbeats of our women are under the ground. But it has never happened which is why our independent status still exists,“ Canupa Gluha Mani explained.



Desperate Oglala Sioux Tribe Serves Inedible Meal to Elders

America: would you feed this to your own grandmothers that you are supposed to care for and love –  much less feed your own children with it?”   Canupa Gluha Mani, Strong Heart headman

The Oglala SIoux Tribe (OST) is getting desperate. Following the November 4th Action Alert by Strong Heart detailing OST interference in the Porcupine Meals for the Elderly Program that fired respected Site Director Mary Felicia and left over 150 elders without food or services – the tribe rushed to make meals for the angry and concerned elderlies.

The result was an inedible meal that included a pale looking hot dog, lots of carbohydrates, and something that looks like a sugary fruit cup.  Porcupine elders and their warrior defenders are extremely upset by this disrespectful and pathetic attempt at “CYA” by District and OST officials.  This does not meet the nutritional requirements or the cultural food needs of these elders, some of whom are in fragile health, have diabetes, and need hot, high protein food to stay healthy. Clearly, the OST just doesn’t care.

But Strong Heart does, and we are in the elder’s corner!


11/4/15 Action Alert! Lakota Elderly Meals Program Under Attack Again!

November 4, 2015

For Immediate Release and Action! Please help and share widely!

Lakota elder Mary Felicia illegally terminated, threatened with arrest at the Porcupine Elderly Meals Program. 150+ elders left without hot meals.

The corrupt politicians and criminal families who control the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) government on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are continuing their terroristic attacks on traditional and grassroots Lakota elders and people who speak out for a better life.

On Monday November 2nd, corrupt OST officials gathered in a secret meeting and terminated respected Lakota elder Mary Felicia from her job as Site Director and cook for the Meals for the Elderly program in the Porcupine District. Though she did nothing wrong, Mary was then threatened with arrest by OST police Officer Alfred Leftwich.

Grassroots Lakota elders and poor people depend on the Meals for the Elderly program for healthy meals and a safe environment to socialize together. A fluent Lakota speaker, Mary has created a dependable, safe space for Lakota elders to enjoy hot, healthy, culturally-appropriate food and share sociallyelderchild3 with others for the first time since elders took over the Elderly Meals building back in 2012 to force attention on the abuses they experienced.

Since the building locks were changed overnight Monday, over 150 elders have been locked out from hot healthy food and safe social gathering space. Wednesday flu shots for the elderly and poor were also delayed or cancelled. Programs to aid Lakota foster children and veterans have been interrupted.

A member of the secret meeting admitted Mary’s firing was politically motivated in retaliation for her relationship to the traditional Strong Heart Warrior Society and her outspoken voice to end elder abuse and corruption within the OST government system.

Mary’s termination is only the most recent example of the graft and corruption that controls the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Greedy politicians and criminal families use programs like Meals for the Elderly to embezzle money and exert abusive control over the grassroots people.

The tricks used by these corrupt politicians and greedy families are not new, but part of a routine and systematic abuse of authority backed by U.S. tax dollars and policy goals to disenfranchise and forcefully impoverish the poor and outspoken grassroots people until they are gone .

This is nothing less than genocide! We must stand with Mary and other grassroots Lakota and hold these people and this system accountable!

The grassroots Lakota elders and people in Porcupine and all across the nine districts in Pine Ridge Reservation have the right to a better life free from the corrupt officials and OST government system that is forcefully impoverishing the reservation while pimping the people’s struggles in poverty to gain millions in U.S. tax dollars and more in private donations for personal gain an drug gang profits. The Lakota people have the right to have Mary Felicia and other grassroots leaders provide a safe, healthy, and enriching social environment without discrimination or interference.

Please take the following actions right now to support Mary Felicia and the grassroots Lakota people. We need your support, so please make as many of these contacts as possible.

Contact: Michelle Rogers U.S. AOA Title VI Regional Office Representative for South Dakota
Phone: 303-844-7816

  • Demand the U.S. Agency on Aging and Department of Health and Human Services follow through on their promises to intervene in the Meals for the Elderly program. Reinstate Mary Felicia to her post in the Meals for the Elderly program in the Porcupine District and ensure adequate funding and support without interference.
  • We demand the immediate removal and prosecution of all OST government personnel including Executive Council, Tribal Council representatives, district officials, committee officers, Judiciary staff, and tribal police who have neglected, abused, and terrorized grassroots elders and/or profiteered off of their struggles and needs.

Contact: Tracy Toulou, Director for Tribal Justice in the U.S. Department of Justice.
Phone: 202-514-5994 and 202-514-8812

  • Demand that the Department of Justice begin a full and transparent investigation with audit into the conspiracy and corruption in the Oglala Sioux Tribe Government, no matter where it leads, and prosecution for those individuals and families responsible.

Contact: South Dakota Senator John Thune, – 605-348-7551
U.S. Representative for South Dakota Kristi Noem – 605-791-4673
South Dakota Representative Michael Rounds – tribal liaison, Katie Joe: 605-343-5035

  • Demand the senators and representatives as trust representatives force the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Justice to do their jobs and end the corruption and criminal conspiracy in the Oglala Sioux Tribe government. The Lakota people have the right to their own cultural, political, and social institutions, free from interference, to make a good life for themselves and the future generations to come.

Contact: John Steele, President of the BIA Oglala Sioux Tribe
Phone: 605-407-7497

Tell President Steele he cannot pretend ignorance about the neglect, abuse, and terror inflicted upon the grassroots Lakota elders and people by the corrupt families within the OST. This is a form of genocide. He will be held responsible for everything that is occurring.

  • We demand he reinstate Mary Felicia to her post in the Meals for the Elderly program in Porcupine and ensure adequate funding and support to all district Elderly Meals programs without interference.
  • We demand an end to the discrimination, intimidation, criminalization, and exploitation of grassroots Lakota elders and people as well as their blacklisting from government services necessary for life.
  • We demand the immediate removal and prosecution of all OST government personnel who have abused grassroots elders and/or profiteered off of their struggles and needs.
  • We demand the immediate repeal of OST law 07/12 that legalizes elder abuse and criminalizes grassroots elders from speaking out in Tribal Council and other OST government functions passed during the Brewer administration.

Contact: OST Tribal Council Representatives
Medicine Root tribal district council member, James Cross: 605-454-1247
Porcupine tribal district council member, David Puyor: 605-407-1247
Pine Ridge district council member, Ella John Carlow: 605-407-1206
You can also try all of them through the OST line: 605-867-5821

  • James Cross, David Puyor and Ella John Carlow need your support in helping them get this message to the council members that are in violation. Tell them you are against the illegal termination of Mary Felicia and that the elders need to be free and left alone.

Action Alert distributed by:
Lakota Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society
Independent Lakota Nation
P.O. Box 512 Hill City, SD 57745
Canupa Gluha Mani 605-517-1547

United Nations Visit 7-30-15

On July 30, the Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation met for the second time with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in New York regarding a number of issues related to the survival of the Lakota Oyate including the next steps in developing a comprehensive genocide complaint against the United States and the five U.S. states within Lakota Territorial jurisdiction. Continue reading United Nations Visit 7-30-15

Lakota Warrior Leader Arrested 48 Hours After Filing Emergency Injunction

Cante Tenza Okolakiciye – Strong Heart Warrior Society


Contact: Strong Heart Media lead – Naomi Archer 631-626-5842 and Email:


Updated 4:20pm MST:  Canupa is free and resting. Thanks to the media and others who called in and prevented the Sheriff’s office from sitting on his processing and keeping him over the weekend.  “Plain and simple, this was a setup,” Canupa Gluha Mani said.

Updated 2:43pm MST:  We are told Canupa will be released after 4:00pm. Bail has been paid.

Black Hills– Lakota activist and Strong Heart Warrior leader Canupa Gluha Mani was arrested Friday afternoon by the Pennington County Sherriff’s Office in retaliation for his leadership in protecting his people from the Rainbow Gathering in the sacred Black Hills.

Less than 48 hours ago, Canupa filed an Emergency Injunction in Rapid City Federal Court to force the U.S. Forest Service and other State and local agencies to remove the Rainbow Gathering from unceded Lakota Territory based on International law and U.S. treaty law. Pennington County Sheriff’s Office – arresting agency – was one of the Defendant’s named in the emergency appeal.

The alleged charges, failure to pay child support, have been used in previous retaliatory actions against Canupa on Pine Ridge and have been proven false in those cases.

In 2011, similar retaliation against the high profile Lakota activist forced the Department of Justice Office of Tribal Justice (DOJ) to censure the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) and President John Yellow Bird Steele. Steele was recently re-elected as OST President.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe had the warrior leader falsely arrested and held against his will for twenty one (21) days in retaliation for his support of Lakota elders during the thirty-four day (34) day 2011 Elderly Meals Takeover.

He was also falsely arrested and held for 24 hours immediately before the December 31, 2011 Strong Heart Blockade of alcohol sales in White Clay, Nebraska earning the DOJ rebuke.

Strong Heart notes the arrest is occurring on Friday afternoon and before the long 4th of July holiday, in order to keep the Lakota activist in jail over the weekend and preemptively keep him from protesting the gathering during the weekend’s highest attendance. Strong Heart notes OST President John Yellow Bird Steele has welcomed the Rainbow gathering despite their history of rampant drug use, increasing violence, and desecration of sacred places.

Because of his high profile activism, Canupa is routinely interacting with law enforcement from local, State, and Federal agencies. Law enforcement officers have visited the International Treaty Defenders camp in opposition to the Rainbow Gathering numerous times since the gathering began to be organized near Deerfield Lake.

Only now – 48 hours after filing the Emergency Injunction against government agencies –does this arrest occur


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.