Strong Heart Warrior Society
Free & Independent Lakota Nation
Box 512, Hill City, South Dakota 57745
605-454-0449 or 605-517-1547
December 31, 2010
PRESS ADVISORY/RELEASE CONTACT:
Duane Martin Sr. at 605-517-1547 or 605-454-0449.
TODAY’S “ZERO TOLERANCE” WHITE CLAY BLOCKADE RAISES STAKES FOR NEW YEAR
Strong Heart Warrior Society, United Urban Warrior Society, Rapid City AIM, and others take stand in aftermath of December 24th Pine Ridge Protest and Killing of Duane Martin Sr.’s Dog “Small Guy” as well as harassment from Oglala Tribal Police who prevent the creation of healthy communities.
Like Chief Big Foot, Crazy Horse, and Rain in the Face in the past, modern day warriors act to protect their people – now from the ravages of colonial society that take the form of alcohol and drugs.
WHAT: New Year’s Eve Alcohol Blockade of White Clay, Nebraska
WHO: Strong Heart Warrior Society, United Urban Warrior Society, and Rapid City American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) with support from Lakota people, activists and others.
WHEN: December 31st from 1:00PM to 11:00PM
WHY: On December 24th the Strong Heart Warrior Society led a protest against alcohol bootlegging and drug dealing on the Oglala Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation. In retaliation, bootleggers poisoned and killed “Small Guy”, the much loved dog of Strong Heart headsman Duane Martin Sr., at his home in Sharps Corner. The Strong Heart Warrior Society, along with the United Urban Warrior Society and Rapid City AIM is taking a zero tolerance stand against alcohol bootleggers, drug dealers, and corrupt tribal officials and police who are complicit in the continued destruction of the Lakota people and who prevent a healthy Lakota nation from arising.
“We are doing the White Clay blockade to implement the real zero tolerance on alcohol and drug abuse that is influencing our people to commit suicide and other behaviors that are detrimental to a healthy Lakota community,” said Strong Heart headsman Duane Martin Sr.
Literally hours after completion of the annual prayer ride commemorating Chief Big Foot and his unarmed band of Lakota refuges who were led to slaughter by U.S. Calvary in 1890 at Wounded Knee, a new group of warriors such as Strong Heart works alcohol and drug free to heal their people from the illegal import of alcohol and drugs from white society that is killing the Lakota people.
“We want to be left alone to do the positive things for our Lakota people,” Martin said. “We don’t want to keep repeating the same history over and over.”
Cante Tenza Okolakiciye also known as the Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Lakota Nation is an ancient Lakota warrior society as well as a broad-based civil rights movement that works to protect, enforce and restore treaty rights, civil rights, and sovereignty of Native people and their communities across Turtle Island.