Grass Roots Oyate
January 16, 2000
Until we Win
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For Immediate Release
February 26, 2000
RED CLOUD BUILDING, PINE RIDGE AGENCY, SOUTH DAKOTA:
OST PRESIDENT SUSPENDS 13 "RENEGADE" COUNCILMEN!
On February 24, 2000, the Oglala Sioux Tribal (OST) President Harold Salway suspended 13 tribal councilmen without pay for the following violations:
President Salway also issued a letter to the Tribe's Head Judge reminding him that the suspended council representatives will have no recourse in tribal court. These suspensions are effective "until further determined by other constitutional research and review".
Today marks the 42nd day of the Grass Roots Oyate's peaceful takeover of the Tribe's administrative offices. The group represents the "silent majority" of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who have been oppressed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs-sponsored Indian Reorganization Act government that was forced upon the Great Sioux Nation in 1934. The occupiers contend they will remain in the Red Cloud Building until their nine demands are met, among them: the immediate, permanent removal of Wesley "Chuck" Jacobs; a five-year full forensic audit of the all tribal funds; an audit of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Land Office; suspension of entire Tribal Council pending a referendum election for their permanent removal.
In other news, the Oglala Sioux Tribe celebrated the anniversary of the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation/liberation today by conducting a four-direction prayer walk into Pine Ridge Agency. The occupation at Wounded Knee lasted 71 days. Traditional people took a stand against corruption within tribal government. The occupation garnered international attention and brought focus to the "third-world" conditions on Indian reservations. A feast and pow-wow for the anniversary will begin this evening at 6:00 p.m.
For further information, please contact Floyd Hand or Media Coordinator - Dale Looks Twice at (605) 867-5303.
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