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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: No Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cross Lakota Lands

The following joint statement comes from: Honor the Earth, the Oglala Sioux Nation, Owe Aku, and Protect the Sacred.

“The Oglala Lakota Nation has taken leadership by saying “NO” to the Keystone XL Pipeline. They have done what is right for the land, for their people, who, from grassroots organizers like Owe Aku and Protect the Sacred have called on their leaders to stand and protect their sacred lands. And they have: KXL will NOT cross their treaty territory, which extends past the reservation boundaries. Their horses are ready. So are ours. We stand with the Lakota Nation, we stand on the side of protecting sacred water, we stand for Indigenous land-based lifeways which will NOT be corrupted by a hazardous, toxic pipeline. WE ALL NEED TO STAND WITH THEM.


Fallen Star: A Lakota Star Legend


Long ago, two Lakota maidens were outside looking up at the stars.

One said: “How pretty the stars are this evening! I wish that big one were a human being and I would marry him.”

The other young woman said: “I wish that little star were a man. I would marry him.”

Suddenly two men appeared, saying: “You have just promised to marry us.” The maidens agreed and went with them to the star world, where the two stars became their husbands.

The star world was beautiful. The young women, who were soon to become mothers, were warned not to dig any wild turnips.

One of the women was fond of turnips and began to dig them anyway. When she pulled out a turnip, a hole opened. She could look down to see the Earth and her village. imageShe was homesick and wanted to go home, so she braided the turnip plants to make a rope. She let herself down through the hole. But the braid didn’t reach to the Earth and she crashed to the ground. When she landed, her baby was born. image

A meadowlark raised the baby, named Fallen Star. Fallen Star grew up in days instead of years. He was taller than other men and light shone from him. He traveled around Lakota country, and wherever he went, he was anticipated and treated with respect.

At one tipi camp in the Black Hills, every day a red eagle swooped down and stole a young girl to eat.

All the men from the camp tried to shoot the eagle, with no success. They prayed for Fallen Star to come. image

In seven days, after seven girls had been abducted, he arrived. He shot the eagle and placed the seven girls in the sky as stars.

The Lakota call this constellation wicincala sakowin, meaning Seven Little Girls. We know it as the Pleiades.


Lakota Sioux Press Dept. of Justice for Foster Care Abuse Investigation and Dept. of Health and Human Services for Direct Funding to Tribes for Child and Family Service Programs

Demonstration Planned: “Our Children Are Not Yours To Take”

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Tribal Chairmen of the Great Sioux Nation, Lakota women leaders, and the Lakota People’s Law Project will hold a press conference this Tuesday, November 12 at the Washington Plaza Hotel at 10 Thomas Circle from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the National Hall. Lakota leaders will announce their progress in pressing for a Department of Justice investigation of South Dakota’s cover up of the Mette scandal - a particularly egregious case involving the sexual, physical and psychological abuse of Native children in foster care over a ten year period. South Dakota prosecuted state employees working to remove the children and returned the children to their adoptive mother who had participated in their torture. “We want more than talk about this travesty”, said Phyllis Young, Councilwoman from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “We want the children taken out of that house, they are not safe.”

The briefing will also debut “Hearts on the Ground” a 9 minute documentary by director Kalyanee Mam who won the Sundance Film Festival Award for her portrait of her native Cambodia in “A River Changes Course”.

The Lakota are lobbying the Department of Health and Human Services for their own Title IV federal funding for their child and family service programs since South Dakota refuses to comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act by not placing Lakota children with their extended families or their tribes. Laura Sullivan at NPR broke the story in 2011 in a three part Peabody Award winning investigative series. The series also showed that the state was generating $100 million a year by ignoring ICWA. Oglala Chairman Bryan Brewer said “We are losing too many children to non-native foster care and it threatens the future of our families, culture and tribe. There are serious legal violations taking place, and we have filed a lawsuit with the ACLU against the state.” 

“Our Children Are Not Yours to Take” is the theme of a public education demonstration on Wednesday November 13 from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm in Simon Bolivar Park outside the Department of the Interior which is hosting The White House Tribal Nations Conference. The protest will feature art from Gregg Deal and Native American singing.

The Lakota People’s Law Project, based in Rapid City, SD, provides technical assistance to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and has been working with Lakota leaders since 2005 to address issues related to the Indian Child Welfare Act. The Lakota People’s Law Project is sponsored by the Romero Institute, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization located in Santa Cruz, CA

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Team One Spirit ran in the NYC marathon today. The Lakota Five are: Nupa White Plume, Alex Wilson, Amanda Carlow, Jeff Turning Heart & Kelsey Good Lance.

Incredible Moment As Underdog Billy Mills Wins 10,000m Gold - Tokyo 1964 Olympics - YouTube →


We wanted to reserve this for taking shots at Columbus but we got too much love in our hearts for a true hero of Native peoples- that is Billy Mills of the oft highlighted for its poverty, Pine Ridge Rez. Today, 49 years ago, Billy Mills “a man no I e expects to win this particular race” SHOCKED the world by becoming the 1st American man (he did not compete under Lakota Sovereign status, though in our hearts he did) to win the 10,000 meters and the only male to do it since! We always say in Indian country when we race that we are going to ‘Gammoudi’ each other, referencing Gammoudi’s elbows when he passed Mills and Clarke. :) WE LOVE YOU BILLY!


Unbelievable Public Act of Racism in Rapid City, SD in 2013, By Chase Iron Eyes

This can’t be real. Well- we are talking about a rodeo, in the Northern Plains where social evolution is seemingly 30 years behind. On Thursday, August 22nd, 2013, at the Central State’s Fair Rodeo, White people dressed as rodeo clowns, cops and an Indian performed a skit in front of a largely White audience in an attempt at slapstick spoof comedy. I am not unaccustomed to the jackassery of a rodeo clown performance, but this one showcased the level of intelligence (or lack thereof) and ignorance of those who authorized the performance.

To give you an idea of the skit: a rodeo clown enters the arena in an old car making off-hand funny remarks about the rodeo event, soon a cop appears and it is made known that they are in “hot pursuit” of a “lost prisoner” and “the prisoner is now disguised as an Indian” and that they haven’t seen anyone “dressed as an Indian” [around the 2minute mark]; the clown and the cop mimicking searching gestures, accidentally ignite the car in an explosion at which point a caricatured Indian explodes out of the trunk of the car and the hunt for the Indian is on [at 6:20 of video]. Then the announcer exclaims “LOOK! IT’S THE INDIAN; GET HIM!; GET HIM!” and it doesn’t end there, as everyone breaks into a pop performance of Village People’s YMCA.

WTF. That was all I could think as the cops chased the Indian! Wait, let me preface that WTF with a quick reference to the State of Indian-White relations, specifically between the cops and Indians in Rapid City, SD.

Rapid City is a time bomb, a boiling point that flashes violence between police and Indians resulting in the deaths of officers and Indians on a seemingly regular and personal basis. Daniel Tiger (Native American) shot 3 Rapid City cops, killing two; Daniel was also killed in the gun-battle just 24 months ago. It is not a safe environment for Indians in our Treaty Territory and I personally feel for the officers families who ensure public safety for all. This skit was a disgrace to the deceased officers families and the families of all Indians who’ve been killed by the Rapid City cops. I have personal friends who have family that have been killed by the Rapid City Police Department over the years. To my knowledge, every killing of Indians by the Rapid City cops has been “justified” after investigations by the Rapid City Police Dept. If this is not so, we invite rebuttal from anyone. Rapid City is not a safe place for us but it has been our home for 10s of thousands of years, and we will stay. There have been several marches on Rapid City amassing as much as 700 people who still feel the same way.



Congratulations to Sitting Bull College on its 40th Anniversary. Tribal colleges= Tribal sovereignty.


The light emitted from the natural gas fracking flares in North Dakota now rival the city lights of Minneapolis and Chicago as seen from a NASA satellite.

Greenhouse gases emitted from the Bakken oil fields in 2012 alone were equivalent to adding one million new cars to the road.

Mitakuyepi, my relatives, we must rebuild our relationships with all life and reestablish our responsibilities to all creation and to our next generations. Stand for life.


these maps are part of a set from National Geographic titled “The Lost Land,” which documents the erosion of treaty lands held by the Lakota; the story presented with the maps is very conservative in that it doesn’t go into great detail on how these lands were appropriated or the violence perpetrated against Natives that came along with that (genocide), but i do think the maps are a good introductory history lesson for people who don’t understand even just how much treaty territory has been taken away.


Honoring Warriors, Acknowledging Atrocities; Dyani White Hawk (Lakota)

"Sometimes when I’m alone, I wonder why life has to be so hard for our people. It’s puzzling that some of our own people will turn against us. Is it money? Power? Greed? We were here because we were asked to be here, to stand as protection to the traditional families who continue to follow the original instructions as handed down to us from generation to generation in the form of our Creation stories. I am told there is now an investigation being implemented for the murder of the sixty some people killed during that reign of terror. It’s an outrage that it took over 40 years to discover that a bullet hole in the back doesn’t sound like death by natural cause. We were there also, to protect the land from being raped by the government for uranium. We have evidence of the chemical dumps placed on our land without the knowledge or consent of our members and the leaking of radiation 5 times the safe level, polluting the veins of our mother earth and turning our sacred water into a poison that would cause our child bearing women to abort their unborn babies and cancer replacing natural cause on the death certificates of many of our people. I am not trying to make this a gloom and doom message. I am only trying to give an understanding to some of our young people that we need to continue to protect all that is sacred to us, our Elders, our women and our children, our culture and way of life and each other…But as you can guess, I am getting tired. I just want to be home with my people. I want to wake up to the sound of the birds singing outside my window and the smell of “cowboy coffee” coming from the kitchen instead of hearing the clanging of cell doors and jingling of rings of keys. Please! Continue to fight for what is right. That is all I can ask."
- Leonard Peltier, on the 38th anniversary of the incident at Oglala today (June 26, 2013), which has now been declared Leonard Peltier Day by the Oglala Lakota Nation [source]


Catch the PBS premiere of Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge on July 19 at 10PM ET.

In Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge, host Chris Bashinelli travels the world to see how others outside his hometown (Brooklyn) live. In this program, he visits Pine Ridge to explore the often forgotten culture of the Oglala Lakota Native Americans. While there, he embarks on a life-changing two-day buffalo harvest, is “schooled” by the girls basketball team, visits with a 14-year-old who has devoted her life to suicide prevention and finds himself shoulder deep up a cow’s backside while trying to better understand employment matters on the “Rez.” With humor and pathos, he uncovers stories of hope and learns how culture has prevailed in the face of adversity.


The Lakota Oglala Sioux tribe has told Obama they will NOT ALLOW the Keystone XL pipeline to cross their land! They also said “the result of allowing the pipelines to cross Indian Country will be an ecological and environmental disaster.” They explained how “we have always respected and maintained good relations with the animals, air, land and water…” Read:





BREAKING NEWS: This morning Judge Gene Paul Kean of the 5th Circuit Court in Aberdeen, SD dismissed ALL charges in the trial against Brandon Taliaferro and Shirley Schwab. This is a huge victory for these two child advocates, who were targeted by the state for speaking out on behalf of sexually molested Lakota foster girls and accusing the DSS of protecting the abusive father. We are grateful to our research and investigative team, which helped expose the state’s actions in a special report last year. And we’re so grateful to our allies and supporters—especially those who made it to Aberdeen for the trial! You can read about Judge Kean’s decision here:


Gee, I wonder if these charges had anything to do with Brandon Taliaferro and Shirley Schwab trying to get the state of South Dakota to stop stealing 700 Native American children per month and placing them with white families against the Indian Child Welfare Act.

I imagine it has a bit of something to do with shutting them up so the state can keep receiving the 100 million per year it gets from the government:

States receive money if they move kids out of foster care and into adoption — about $4,000 a child. But according to federal records, if the child has “special needs,” a state can get as much as $12,000.

A decade ago, South Dakota designated all Native American children “special needs,” which means Native American children who are permanently removed from their homes are worth more financially to the state than other children.

So, basically what ends up happening:

[Native American]  children make up less than 15 percent of the child population, yet they make up more than half of the children in foster care.

That’s what these charges are meant to try and cover up.

reblogged for added info.