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GRASS ROOTS OGLALA LAKOTA OYATE

Press Release: September 19, 2000

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DAY #243 of the PEACEFUL OCCUPATION

On Wednesday - September 13th, the General Council made the decision to rename the building: "Tetuwan Nation Embassy" ~~ and to invite the other six bands of the Tetuwan Nation to set up an office within our/your building.

This action is the result of acquiring a seat in the United Nations as the Sovereign Nation we are. To our relatives from here and from the other bands ~~ we encourage you to get active, get involved. Much information needs to be shared with and disseminated to our Oyate. Everyone will have a better understanding and in this way, we can all work together as one to achieve our many goals…one of which is to establish a traditional form of government that will benefit all of the Oyate ~~ whether you're from the Sicangu, Mniconjou, Oglala or any of our other sister bands.

The Grass Roots Oglala Lakota General Council remains strong and is adamant about keeping the building for the purpose stated herein. They will continue to meet weekly and they encourage all Grass Roots Oyate ~~ on each respective reservation ~~ to do the same. United, we have a stronger voice! Wan-eya, o-un-kiya po!

A member of the Tokalas says: Independent Oglala Nation. As you all know, there was an occupation that took place in a tiny hamlet called Wounded Knee. At that time, there was a commitment made; some of our tribal members took a vow or oath to become or be sovereign.

It was a commitment I myself took to heart and believed others would do the same. The commitment was to be free and independent of the government finances. As time went on, you can see who was committed and who isn't or wasn't.

And going along that line of thought, it comes to this. There's a lot of people that are caught up in the present I.R.A. system of government funding and being caught in the belly of the beast (the banks, credit unions, churches, etc.). And this goes back to the saying, "A dog won't bite the hand that feeds it" -- V.A.; SSI/SSA; BIA; I.H.S.; -- you're all in it.

So let's be sovereign and withdraw from the current greedy and self-centered wasicu rules and regulations. Let's stay with our natural law. Remember, you came here with nothing and you will leave with nothing. Ni wicab huntun. Pila maya pelo.

Approximately ten days ago the long distance lines were turned off at the building, due to non-payment of the bill. The Elders question that, as we are all Tribal Members. The General Council is to meet with the BIA Agent to see what can be done.

Also, the General Council plans to ask the FBI to investigate all other bands within the Tetuwan Nation, for acts of corruption, misuse of funds, etc.

As always, if you have any questions, please call 605/867 5821. Mitakuye Oyasin.

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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