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Occupation Peoples

Grass Roots Oyate

January 16, 2000

Until we Win

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GRASS ROOTS OGLALA LAKOTA OYATE

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JANUARY 18, 2001

RED CLOUD BUILDING, PINE RIDGE AGENCY, SOUTH DAKOTA:

True colors shown amongst Grass Roots Oyate towards the cause!

On January 16, 2001; the anniversary of the peaceful take-over of the former Red Cloud Building, a group of the Grass Roots General Council leave to meet with the newly elected Tribal President, John Yellow Bird/Steele at Billy Mills Hall concerning the building.  Upon their arrival, on KILI radio was former media coordinator for the Grass Roots Oyate, Dale Looks Twice, now a highly paid Tribal employee with others like him speaking against the Grass Roots General Council.

As the insolence continues towards the Grass Roots General Council, they respectfully walk out of the meeting while the group of original seven whom Dale refers to, act with total vengeance towards the Oyate as they now fitfully graze with IRA Government officials. This is another classic example to the Oyate who listened to KILI that nothing has changed with the new IRA election except the names and faces.

As the Grass Roots General Council enter the former Tribal Chambers where the alter holds the sacred Cannupa used earlier to pray with for courage, many sit silent and numb from what had just been witnessed.  As many of those sit and contemplate on what had just happened and what to do next, one thing was clear to the Grass Roots General Council, that there cannot be any negotiations with the newly elected IRA officials.

Another thing was also clear to the Grass Roots General Council, that those former supporters of the Grass Roots Movement who now sit as paid Tribal employees shall be treated as such. Names like Dale Looks Twice, Eileen Janis, Floyd and Natalie Hand, Oliver Red Cloud have now been stricken from any further connection or media contact to the GRASS ROOTS OGLALA LAKOTA OYATE!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 18, 2001

 PEACEFUL OCCUPATION OF THE FORMER TRIBAL BUILDING CONTINUES WHILE SEVERAL GRASS ROOTS OYATE NOW GRAZE ON THE SIDE OF THE OPPRESSORS!

  Oyate Headquarters - Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

At a scheduled meeting between the Grass Roots Oglala Lakota Oyate and General Council and the IRA tribal council, shrewd attempts by several former supporters of the Grass Roots Movement were made to return the tribal administration building back to the newly elected tribal council.  Members of the Grass Roots Oglala Lakota Oyate General Council suppressed the attempt by returning to the former Red Cloud Building.  In spite of false statements made by Dale Looks Twice over KILI radio of assault rifles in the building, Grass Roots Oyate remember not to long ago when he was using the same intimidation tactics with the last tribal administration officials. 

Former members of the Grass Roots Oyate, who we have observed to have no respect for themselves let alone the Sacred Canunpa, genuinely hurt elders.  Mrs. Marie Randall stated, "We went to pray with them and talk and we get treated as though this past year being here, holding the building, and praying was nothing!  Our hearts and feelings were hurt.  We returned here and had a Pipe Ceremony just for what happened at the Billy Mills Hall." 

The Grass Roots General Council will continue to stand on their Sovereign rights under the original 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty; to use the building as an Embassy for all bands of the Tetuwan Nations in their plight to be heard within the World Court level.  It is obvious to many that we can no longer wait for the change in the IRA system and that we must move forward, together, now.  

Former Grass Roots Oyate members Floyd and Natalie Hand, Oliver Red Cloud, Dale (including his so-called "original seven") who were involved with the take-over, as of now have been officially warranted as of having no affiliation to the GRASS ROOTS OGLALA LAKOTA OYATE! (For names of those original seven, you may contact Dale.) 

The Grass Roots Oglala Lakota Oyate will continue to move forward with their goal of establishing the Embassy of the Tetuwan Nation; input from the other bands in this endeavor will be appreciated.  The building will be re-named and a dedication ceremony will be held at a future date to be announced for all to attend. 

We thank everyone for their continued support.  For further information, please contact Wallace Little, Jr. or any Tokala at 605-867-5821.  Email address is: groyate@gwtc.net and icq # is 75999256; email and icq are checked daily.

As with all my emails concerning the Occupation Peoples please forward to any and all interested parties in its entirety

Wadv
Wild Horse

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