Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

January 20, 2013

'Red Cry' Lakota Grandmothers Rise to Challenge of 'Diabolical' Genocide

Lakota Grandmothers Rise to Challenge Genocide

Silenced No More: Trailer Released for Explosive Lakota Documentary "Red Cry"
Lakota Grandmothers Rise to Challenge “Diabolical” Genocide

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To arrange interviews with Lakota elders, contact Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547.

Press statement
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Turtle Island - The Lakota Solidarity Project (LSP) in association with the Strong Heart Warrior Society and traditional Lakota elders on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have released the first trailer for the explosive new documentary film, “Red Cry”.

Shot in high-definition over the summer of 2011 by the Lakota Solidarity Project, the incendiary documentary chronicles the lives of Lakota elders and oyate (people) in the face of ongoing genocide against the Lakota by the United States Government and corporate interests.

The Lakota, sometimes known as Sioux, are a migratory band of Indigenous people who once traveled with the great buffalo herds across the Great Plains region of North America until broken treaties forced many onto reservations in South and North Dakota.

The documentary film is part of a historic collaboration between traditional Tetuwan Lakota elders from Pine Ridge Reservation and a growing group of native and non-native solidarity activists to bring Lakota elders – particularly grandmothers - to the world stage to speak with their own voices to international governing bodies like the United Nations as well as the highest levels of the United States Government.

During the late 1800s, the United States Government intentionally subverted the Lakota’s matriarchal system of leadership by excluding the grandmothers during treaty negotiations, appointing men as puppet chiefs, and only designating Lakota men to vote on treaty issues.

“This will be the first time in history that our elders will be put forth to make the white man accountable for the atrocities committed against our grandmothers and people,” said Canupa Gluha Mani, headman for the traditional Lakota warrior society known as Cante Tenza (Strong Heart) that protects the elders. “We are representing all of these elders who have been neglected.”

Beginning March 1, 2013, the documentary will be added to a grassroots campaign for mobilizing international support to end genocide and return the Lakota matriarchal system of government and customary law.

“The elders know this is a project that needs to fulfill itself, and it will,” added Canupa Gluha Mani.

Members of the all-volunteer LSP have committed thousands of hours to the project and anticipate the rapid growth of the group as more people gain awareness to the Lakota’s resistance struggles.

LSP member Susan Carrara (Ojibwe, Mandan, European), whose grandfather lived on the Ojibwe White Earth Reservation in Minnesota, explained, “With the explosion of people’s movements like Idle No More in North America, Occupy Wall Street, the Idignados movement in Europe, and the Arab Spring, the time is ripe for the Lakota grandmothers to finally be heard on the world stage and we are honored to help make that happen.”

The Lakota Solidarity Project (LSP) is a truly historic social justice collaboration between traditional Tetuwan Lakota elders from Pine Ridge Reservation and a growing group of native and non-native solidarity activists directed by the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society. We are growing an international movement to end the genocide of the Lakota people and support the renewal of matriarchal leadership from Lakota grandmothers on Pine Ridge and across the Lakota Nation.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Red Cry is listed in Huffington Post along with a link to your webpage. Please share!

Thanks for all that you do!