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Thursday, September 6, 2012

American Indian Genocide Museum: Buffalo Soldiers and Genocide

Massacre at Wounded Knee
President of the American Indian Genocide Museum: Glorifying Buffalo Soldiers, who took part in the Massacre at Wounded Knee, is to glorify ethnic cleansing and genocide

Buffalo Soldier at Massacre at Wounded Knee
By Steve Melendez
Pyramid Lake Paiute
American Indian Genocide Museum
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My name is Steve Melendez and I am the president of the American Indian Genocide Museum here in Houston, Texas. Currently we have been protesting the Buffalo Soldiers Museum, also located here in Houston.We are struggling to prevent the glorification of ethnic cleansing and genocide.
The Buffalo Soldiers take great pride in dressing up in Cavalry uniforms and parading around as if hunting our people down and forcing them onto reservations was at one time, the patriotic thing to do.
Dr. Quintard Taylor (who is black) of the University of Washington has put the whole situation in perspective when he said, "Here you have black men killing red men for the white man.”
Has it been forgotten that the Buffalo Soldiers were so recently emancipated from 200 years of slavery by the white man at the time?
Also, our museum has uncovered evidence that the earliest account of anyone ever claiming to have coined the phrase, 'Buffalo Soldiers' was by a white man.
Former Texas Ranger, Ed Carnal wrote,"At Fort Richardson were stationed what we Texans called the 'buffalo soldiers'-- U.S. negro troops." Ed Carnal died in 1921 at the age of 72. Thanks to Ed Carnal, we can put the bizarre myth to rest that our ancestors 'honored' those who hunted them with the name, "Buffalo Soldiers".
          How could things get so out of hand that such a thing is glorified? There must be a duty to remember.
Perhaps one day the American Indian Genocide Museum will be on the Mall in Washington D. C. with the Jewish Holocaust Museum.
Steve Melendez
President -American Indian Genocide Museum

Rally trumpets progress in purchasing Sacred Land Pe’ Sla

Rally in Rapid City trumpets progress in purchasing Sacred Land, Pe’ Sla
Organizers stress that more funds are needed and Tribes must remain united
September 06, 2012
Press statement
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RAPID CITY, S.D. -- On Wednesday, Sept. 5th, in downtown Rapid City, 250 supporters of the Native American Pe’ Sla Land Sale movement gathered to emphasize the continuing needs of the Sioux Nation in its effort to re-acquire land sacred to them in the Black Hills. The event was organized by the Last Real Indians and the Lakota People’s Law Project. Speakers included Attorney Chase Iron Eyes, fundraiser and spokesperson for the Pe’ Sla movement; Robin Lebeau, tribal councilwoman from the Cheyenne River Reservation; Tom Poorbear, vice-president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe; and Scott Means, son of activist and actor Russell Means.

During the rally, art by Shepard Fairey and National Geographic Photographer Aaron Huey was displayed by marchers. The art read “The Black Hills Are Not For Sale," a reference to the U.S.’s current policy of ignoring the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1851) and the Sioux tribes’ refusal to accept compensation for the seized land. At a certain point in the rally, participants each took a 3’ x 2’ version of the Black Hills art by Fairey and Huey and marched out to Omaha St., where they lined themselves along the edge of Memorial Park, showcasing the posters to drivers and photo-journalists.

The Sioux speakers and organizers who led the rally emphasized that, while the tribes have put down a deposit on the 2000 acres of real estate in the Black Hills, the tribes must raise additional cash by the end of November to seal the land deal. Chase Iron Eyes said, “The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has placed earnest money down towards the purchase of Pe’ Sla, but it is not a victory yet—the fight isn’t over. But, this is a huge success, because it buys us time.” Iron Eyes and his organization, the Last Real Indians, have raised $325,386 through an Indiegogo account. This money by contract must go towards securing Pe’ Sla. The precise amount still required by the tribes for final purchase has not been released, though a press release from the tribes is expected any day.

In addition to emphasizing ongoing fundraising needs, speakers at the event trumpted the necessity that the tribes themselves remain united as they proceed in the land acquisition. Robin Lebeau said, “Something historic has happened. We have united as the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people when some said that we wouldn’t come together… I’m asking you [fellow tribal members] to call your presidents, your chairmen, your spiritual leaders, your treaty groups. We have to keep working to come together for Pe’ Sla.”

The art by Shepard Fairey and Aaron Huey used in the action was brought from California to South Dakota by the Lakota People’s Law Project, a nonprofit law firm based in Rapid City and Santa Cruz. Daniel Nelson, Secretary-Treasurer for the organization, said, “It has been our honor to support the Pe’ Sla movement by putting together actions in South Dakota and hand delivering art by Shepard Fairey and Aaron Huey.” Shepard Fairey is the artist who created the iconic, red and blue “Hope” poster for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and Aaron Huey is the photo-journalist who helped author last month’s National Geographic cover story about the Pine Ridge Reservation.

The action Saturday was covered by Keloland TV and the Rapid City Journal.

Iron Eyes, Lebeau, and Huey invite interviews from journalists. To reach Lebeau or Huey, please use or 831-406-0349. For Iron Eyes use

Lakota elders take over tribal office to protest abuse


File photo: Lakota elder Occupation 2011


Oglala Sioux Tribal Government Resists Accountability, Legal Recall of Oglala
District Officials

Press Statement
September 6, 2012
Posted at Censored News

OGLALA COMMUNITY, PINE RIDGE, S.D. -- On Friday August 31st, 2012, a brave group of Lakota elders from the Oglala District of Pine Ridge Reservation peacefully and prayerfully took over the Oglala District Community Action Program (CAP) Office to protest unlawful Elderly Abuse and Neglect as a result of more than $10,000 in CAP funds that were stolen by Oglala District officials for personal gain. The peaceful take over of the CAP office followed two days of fact finding meetings by the elderly residents of the Oglala District.
Details of district CAP disbursements show how these funds were given out to District officials in stipends instead of being used for needs of Lakota elderly citizens such as emergency funding for propane and electricity, travel money for medical needs, and other elderly programs. The funds were provided by the Denver office of the United States Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) Governmentspecifically for the health and welfare of the district’s elderly residents.
According to records obtained by the elders, $10,071.00 of CAP funds were handed out in the form of regular stipends and larger disbursements to five district officials including Floyd Brings Plenty, Avis Black Smith, Darlene Helper, Stanley Star Comes Out, and Goldie Star. Helena Little also received CAP money.
This is the second elder-led protest to occur within the last 16 months on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. In March of 2011, Porcupine District elders took over the Porcupine Elderly Meals Building for 34 days to protest elderly abuse, neglect, theft of funds and center resources, unhealthy food, unsafe and unsanitary conditions and poor services. Despite a vigorous effort by the OST to deny the allegations, shutdown the protest, and illegally incarcerate occupation leaders – nearly everyone of the elderly complaints was proven true.
Since the Oglala Elder Occupation began last Friday, the Oglala Sioux Tribe has routinely used threat of police action (an additional act of elder abuse) to remove the peaceful elders.

On Tuesday, the Tribe negotiated a 12:00 midnight end to the occupation promising elders could return in the morning.  This was a lie. Elders were prevented from entering the CAP Office in the morning and action by the Strong Heart Warrior Society to return the elders to the occupation was required.
“Like any elderly led protest, it is being held peacefully and prayerfully,” explained Strong Heart headsman Duane Martin Sr.. He further explained how Strong Heart is merely there in a support capacity to ensure the safety and welfare of the elderly persons involved. 
Oglala District elders have also been pursuing legal remedies of removing the district officials from office and forcing new elections.   Their intention is to lawfully create a District Government that protects their safety, growth, and well-being, and under which their rights of freedom would be guaranteed.
But despite initial go-ahead from theOglala Sioux Tribe (OST) Judiciary, the OST Tribal Government is now attempting to hide evidence of wrong doing by claiming District constitutional by-laws do not have to be honored by the Tribal Council. 
This claim is in direct conflict with the Oglala Sioux Tribe Constitution and amounts to an illegal power grab by the OglalaSioux Tribal Council over local democratic representation in the nine districts of Pine Ridge.
Emergency meetings of Oglala and otherdistrict’s elders are bringing out additional illegalities.  As with the March 2011 Elder Occupation,the Oglala Sioux Tribe is attempting to sweep the corruption and abuse under the rug by attempting to stop any investigations into wrong-doing.  Most grassroots Lakota believe the corruption of District Officials is present at an even greater level among representatives of Tribal Government.  Evidence of wrong doing is so prevalent, an independent team has been documenting and recording evidence of this wide-spread corruption and abuse of grassroots elders and people.
CanteTenza Okolakiciye - Strong HeartWarrior Society
Free & Independent Lakota Nation
Box 512, Hill City, South Dakota 57745 | 605-517-1547 | Lakota Oyate on Facebook
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Cante Tenza Okolakiciye also known as the Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Lakota Nationis an ancient Lakota warrior society as well as a broad-based civil rights movement that works to protect, enforce and restore treaty rights, civil rights, and sovereignty of Native people and their communities across Turtle Island.

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