|Strongheart photo: Whiteclay blockade|
Friday, June 29, 2012
By Cante Tenza Okolakiciye - Strong Heart Warrior Society
Free and Independent Lakota Nation
Box 512, Hill City, South Dakota 57745
WHAT: Traffic blockade of White Clay, Nebraska in order to stop the illegal transport of alcohol onto Pine Ridge Reservation. Friday will be one of the busiest days of the summer as monthly checks come out prior to the July 4th holiday.
On Thursday night, Chief Robert Greenwald of the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) Department of Public Safety agreed to cooperate with the blockade and enforcement of OSTCode 88.01. Strong Heart welcomes this participation and noted Greenwald’s past statement in a May public meeting, that he wished to work more closely with traditional warrior societies like StrongHeart.
“The Strong Heart Warrior Society is asserting Lakota customarylaw, which is full sovereignty,” explained Strong Heart Headsman Canupa GluhaMani (Duane Martin Sr.).
“We are asking these stores to leave the Lakota people alone so we can have a future and implement rehabilitation of our people,” Martinsaid.
WHEN: Friday, June 29th from 10:00AM to 11:00PM
WHERE: Borderbetween Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and the town of WhiteClay, Nebraska.
WHO: Cante TenzaOkolakiciye, known as the traditional Strong Heart Warrior Society of theLakota Nation will be leading the blockade with support from OST Public SafetyHighway Division officers. Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation will be there insupport. Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe activist Laci Hale will be coordinating theparticipation of the women. Deep Green Resistance will be present in solidarity.
OST lay advocates Susan Schrader and Carmen Yellow Bull arecalled upon to monitor the behavior of public safety officers in the enforcement of OST and sovereign customary law. Local, state, national and international media have also been notified of the blockade.
WHY: The small border town of White Clay sells over 13,000 cans of beer a day, or FIVE MILLION cans of beer a year to mostly Oglala Lakota people in an ongoing act of physical and spiritual genocide of the Lakota people. With direction from traditional Grandmother societies in Pine Ridge Reservation, Strong Heart has been at the forefront of trying tostop the illegal flow of alcohol into the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation forover 12 years. This zero tolerance ban is defined in Oglala Sioux Tribal Ordinance 88.01 as well as traditional Lakota customary law.
Cante Tenza Okolakiciye also known as the Strong Heart WarriorSociety of the Lakota Nation is an ancient Lakota warrior society as well as abroad-based civil rights movement that works to protect, enforce and restoretreaty rights, civil rights, and sovereignty of Native people and theircommunities across Turtle Island.