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Pine Ridge

Occupation Peoples

Grass Roots Oyate

January 16, 2000

Until we Win

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 Statement from Headsman Floyd Looks for Buffalo Hand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 3, 2000

RED CLOUD BUILDING, PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, SOUTH DAKOTA:

Headsman Floyd Looks for Buffalo Hand has made the following statement:

We need all the help and support from all the nations to overcome the IRA Government and to recoup our yearly financial loss to the BIA on the Howard Wheeler act of 1934. To recoup over 68 million dollars denied us in Aberdeen area office to baby-sit us under the Howard Wheeler act.

If we can achieve self-sufficiency and self-governance through our general council, which is our treaty, we can develop our own tollgate, bisecting the reservation and creating our own economic development to European corporations for import and export landing fees in the United States. Money to be used for our economic development that our artistic people can export our own arts and crafts. We will not be obligated to any state taxes for our tobacco sales. Through our free enterprise, transaction will be easier to all countries under our Sovereign Government. It will be a hard struggle for us to achieve this. But we know that with positive thinking and help from concerned people that we can achieve this freedom for our future generations, our grandchildren and the continuation of our people.

We the Lakota people have been incarcerated for 67 years under the BIA as a prisoner of war. 27 years ago we tried this at Wounded Knee in 1973 and we were not successful because the Bureau of Indian Affairs did the audit. Now 27 years later we are doing the same thing. This time with the help of Internet relatives reading my message to call the inspector general in Washington DC and to call the secretary of the interior Bruce Babbit to help us. Recently the president of the United States, Bill Clinton, stated the people of Pine Ridge needed help.

We feel the BIA and the tribal council will control the 80 million dollars earmarked for this reservation. Bob Ecoffey, the BIA representative for our People, is a member of the Lakota Nation and is in conflict of interest by BIA Guidelines. Control of the money we are to receive I fear with 67 years of power and control, we will remain destitute and the great Lakota Nation will suffer more if changes are not made. I feel, as a descendant of Red Cloud, we the Lakota People are the only nation that defeated the United States Government, at Little Big Horn, who have taken the American flag away. This is why I feel we still suffer at the hands of the United States Government since June 25, 1876. We can defeat things that are visible and physical please understand that what God has given us is our spirit to survive and the spirit can’t be defeated. The Spirit is something that can’t be seen.

Let us put our minds together as one heart, one mind and one spirit. As one great man once stated in 1963 ask not what your country could do for you but ask what you could do for your country.

God Bless mitakuye oyasin

For further information, please contact Headsman Floyd Looks for Buffalo Hand at (605) 867-5303 or (605) 867-5762

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