Grass Roots Oyate
January 16, 2000
Until we Win
Current Pine Ridge Weather
For Immediate Release
February 24, 2000
RED CLOUD BUILDING, PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, SOUTH DAKOTA:
WOMEN & CHILDREN PROVE TO BE DRIVING FORCE FOR GRASS ROOTS
An elderly woman, who travels nearly two hours across the reservation to support the Grass Roots Oyate, stated that, " the women are the 'nation-keepers', the 'generation-builders'." She went on to say that, " the Oglala Lakota people have tried non-traditional methods and pushed our children into it. Now, it has created a gap in generations. That is why we are here today. In the past, the Oglala Lakota lived in a simpler way, people respected elders. These ways are not lost, they are innate. If we have faith in the sacred pipe, we can regain our dignity and strength."
Dale Looks Twice, spokesman for the Grass Roots Oyate, stated, "Our actions here are creating a "snowball" effect; many other reservations are ready to reformulate their governmental system. Traditionalists are demanding accountability from their elected officials. Many tribes are watching us, our actions will serve as a catalyst for all tribes to abolish the 'oppressive monster' - the Indian Reorganization Act government system."
The Grass Roots Oyate have maintained control of the Oglala Sioux Tribe's administrative offices since January 16th. They have declared their sovereign immunity under the guidelines of the 1868 Treaty at Fort Laramie. The seven bands of the Great Sioux Nation are one of the few tribes that have a treaty in active, full force. In their 38th day of the peaceful occupation, they are standing on their original demand to remove the Tribe's Treasurer, Wesley "Chuck" Jacobs for gross misconduct and mismanagement of federal funds allocated to the members of the tribe. Further, they are demanding a referendum vote to abolish the I.R.A. government policy and return to a more culturally based system. There are a total of nine demands, none of which have been met as of this writing.
For further information, please contact Floyd Hand or Media Coordinator, Dale Looks Twice at (605) 867-5303.
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