Montana’s Missing Women’s Crisis

WHY, WHY, WHY is this problem not seen as a “problem” – in fact, it is much worse than a problem, it is a travesty that oozes of bigotry. Where are the feminists who love to brag about caring about women? Where are the journalists who ignore this issue like it is nothing of importance? Where are the protests or marches from all sides? Where are the phone calls, e-mails, faxes, or letters that should be sent to the officials in Montana, the BIA, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, AIM, the Department of Justice, National Crime Information Center, the Urban Indian Health Institute, and all the other sources that need to be contacted?

During a recent Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing, it was said “that Native Americans in Montana and across this country are dealing with violence at a much higher rate than the rest of the population and you cannot set foot in Indian country without hearing a heartbreaking story about this growing problem.”

The problem is not new in Montana, but in 2019, four pieces of legislation are proposed that should, at the federal level, revamp the way the U.S. Department of Justice compiles a database on missing and murdered Native women to help make sure all law enforcement agencies have necessary information.

In 2016 in a report by the Urban Indian Health Institute said “according to the National Crime Information Center there were 5,712 reports cited of slain or missing Native American women and girls, but only 116 of those cases were logged into a Department of Justice database.” “One of the problems stated is that it takes so long to bring attention to the problem of missing and murdered Native women because of inaccurate stereotypes that degrade how people view Native women.”

According to Senator Jon Tester, “Where’s the problem? Is it with BIA, is it with the FBI, is it with tribal law enforcement?” Tester wondered aloud at the December 12 hearing. “Why are we not finding these people? We would have a different reaction if this was a non-native.”

The Department of Justice has said it’s taken steps to address the problem. Last September it announced more than $113 million in grants to improve public safety, serve victims of crime and combat violence against women in American Indian and Alaska native communities. (This I will have to see to believe that any of this money will go to helping the missing women and girls.)

Studies have shown that this is NOT just a problem in Montana but throughout 71 cities in other states. Police in many U.S. cities fail to track murdered and/or missing Indigenous women. Investigations have shown that records have not been kept, nor have the stories of these missing or murdered women and girls been covered on the news. They have been missing from life, from the news, and from documentation. THIS MUST END!

To read a more indepth story of this travesty of justice, please click on:

Missing-and-Murdered-Indigenous-Women-and-Girls-Report.pdf

$ 3.9 Million to a White Man for Wounded Knee?…NO WAY!

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Reprint from:  https://www.change.org/p/national-historic-site-of-wounded-knee-inc-3-9-million-to-a-white-man-for-wounded-knee-no-way

How sad Tim Giago (Mario Gonzales is involved) is promoting the Commercialization of Wounded Knee! I wonder if he has consulted the relatives of those buried there first?….and why would he pay 3.8 Million for land owned by a white man smack in the middle of a reservation?…Something wrong here! United Urban Warrior Society will NOT support this!….Assimilation at its best!

“United Urban Warrior Society” doesn’t support this at all and will stand with those who oppose it! and will host a couple rallies this summer at the Wounded Knee Site & Tims news Paper “Native Sun news”

Please contact them and tell them NO! WAY!:

P.O. Box 9344, Rapid City, SD. 57709               Phone: 605.716.5421, Fax: 605.716.5425

Giago: “I signed an agreement to be the sole purchaser of Wounded Knee. The reason is that it has been sitting there idle and doing nothing for over 40 years.” Then he said: “I said the land would be put into trust for all of the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation.”

There is MAJOR! Questions here about Giago’s true motivation and intent here. If purchase does occur, who is he planning on holding it in trust with? The Federal Government???? When you start looking at this deal it starts to smell. After Wounded Knee ’73 old Gildersleve sold this to Czwyczynski for $ 20,000. Now this brings up 2 questions.

1) How the heck did Gildersleve ever get a clear title to those 40 acres anyway? According to the 1868 treaty a white man cannot own land within the boundaries of the reservation! unless he is married to a Native who is an enrolled member, but when she dies it goes to her family NOT the white guy! The Gildersleve illegally sold this land and the Oglala Sioux Tribe should fight this and retain the land! From what I have been told the BIA made this mistake and hasn’t got the balls to fight it! Or being paid off to look the other way!

2). Why is Giago willing to pay $ 3,900,000? That’s MILLION dollars for something that sold for $20,000. In the 1970’s? Trust me; he’s greasing his and Mario’s palm somehow on this deal. Mario Gonzales is involved here we know its about money and this alone draws many red flags!

What about the other land owners around this site? What is their input? From what I have been told they are not happy about this deal either.

I have been told that Tim Giago has never done anything for the Memorial at Wounded Knee. Back in 1973 he supported Dick Wilson’s regime. Dick & his goons used Tim’s paper “Lakota Times” to trash & condemn AIM & murder our people at that time. So, Mr. Giago has blood on his hands. It is well known that Tim Giago has attacked and wrote stories against the American Indian Movement “Blaming them for firebombing his news paper‘s office in Pine Ridge”. He has also spoken against Leonard Peltier, slamming those who would support him.

Giago says: he has already created a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called the National Historic Site of Wounded Knee Inc. There is a Wounded Knee Memorial already there at the site! But because it is associated to The American Indian Movement he will not support it nor recognize it.(Own by the Fire Lighting Tiospaye!)

Giago: My attorney is Mario Gonzalez, who is Oglala Lakota, and he will be putting together the trust for all the tribes. Scared of this! Mario has been removed from the Treaty Council and has been involved in several scams to get money from the Black Hills!

Giago has also talked with former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle in Washington DC and several friends in New York City to begin fundraising efforts in Washington DC and New York. (This boils my blood! Why would we ask the same Government who massacred our people in cold blood and still honor 18-medals of honor to the soldiers who killed innocent woman and children at this site!)

Giago: Can you imagine a really beautiful Holocaust Museum and a big trade pavilion for Indian artisans and craftspeople? They could set up booths year-round and sell their arts and crafts to the tourists. We would have tourists come from all over the world and stay in Rapid City go to the restaurants and hotels, Take buses to Wounded Knee, It would create over 200 jobs For the people down there. It would be also a boost financially to Rapid City, South Dakota,” he says.

Are you kidding me? Here is the true motive right here! He said it in his own words! Why would we want to boost Rapid City and not Pine Ridge?

A little side note here folks! In all this talk there has been NO mention of those Murdered here! Those Ancestors buried there are not all Ogalala’s they are Miniconju’s and Hunkpapa’s From Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Have their relatives been asked about this? And are they involved? They must have a say in this matter!

This land should be returned back to the tribe and the land must! If sold be sold at a fair market value…and ANYONE wanting to build a memorial on this sacred ground must have the approval of the families of those buried there and an agreement with landowners nearby! As well as an agreement to include or support the Wounded Knee Take over in 1973! Without predigests!

When I first posted that we would not support this I recieved this response from Time Giago!

“Hi James. I am sorry you are so angry that I have set out to buy the lands around Wounded Knee. I think this is a time we should all pull together. My feelings about AIM and Leonard Peltier should have nothing to do with what we are trying to accomplish. There is no one who has worked harder to save the Black Hills than Mario Gonzalez. He litigated for the Black Hills in 1980 before the Supreme Court and the Hills would have been assumed purchased if he had not represented several tribes in litigating this action. The preservation of the Wounded Knee site is of historic importance and as I said the land would be put into trust for all of the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation. What is wrong with that? I need your help and not your anger. Tim”

In closing Mario Gonzalez did not! Litigate for the Black Hills in 1980 before the Supreme Court! It was the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council who he at the time he worked for and was asked by the elders to do this! They dismissed him because he was scamming moneys and have since been caught a couple times with his hands in the cookie jar!

This is a bad deal! Why would we keep buying our own lands back from the white people at 10 times the value when it still belongs to us as per the 1868 Treaty! Something wrong here people! Think about it! Then to turn around and ask us to chip in when our people and community’s are some of the poorest in the Nation?

Hecetu Welo, Mitakuyepi, nis inyan tankunl iyapo!

Here is the original post! This is where it all started!

https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/01/03/help-buy-wounded-knee-website-now-donations-162941

United Urban Warrior Society

This petition will be delivered to:

National Historic Site of Wounded Knee, Inc. P.O. Box 9344 Rapid City, SD 57709. 605.716.5421, National Historic Site of Wounded Knee, INC.

Call to Action on Standing Rock Pipeline

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Early Monday news – I love that the Veterans going to Standing Rock seemed to make a difference. It is about time that so many other people are standing with the Sioux tribe. It is way past time. I’ll be keeping my eye on the breaking news today to see if the people will be leaving as asked, or if they will remain to keep up the pressure. The Corp of Engineers has said they would not try to force people to leave, but thousands want to stay to make sure their voices are finally heard.

The Governor of the state apparently is fighting this, stating this “is a serious mistake”, so for all you activists out there, please call, e-mail, fax, or write the Governor Jack Dalrymple, 600 E. Blvd., Bismarck, ND 58505-0001,Fax: (701) 328-2205, Phone: (701) 328-2200, e-mail: governor@state.nd.us. Send the info to your friends, and post it on Twitter and any blogs or websites you have.

I’m not liking the little I know of what the Trump administration may do, but I’m holding back any opinion until he is in office and I know more about his plan for “privatization”, which from past history doesn’t work out too good for the Native American community. It could very well mean more land being taken away from them, so now it is a “wait and see” game, but for the time being, the pipeline appears it will be redirected away from Sacred ground and the water supply at Standing Rock.

To see this morning news report on the latest facts, click on http://kstp.com/news/dakota-access-pipeline-protesters-plan-to-remain-camped-federal-land/4335419/#.WEWZtNveTTo.facebook

National Relief Charities (NRC) – helping Native American people improve the quality of life.

In Honor of the 32nd Annual Gathering of Nations, (April 25 – 27) I’d be amiss if I didn’t include something about the various Native American nations that started a way of life for me in fighting for indigenous people, not just here in the United States, but around the world.

Over 500 treaties were made with the various Native American nations, and the federal government has broken them all, denying the the resources and land that was taken away from them and forcing them to live on reservations, being abused, and murdered.  The government can (and has) taken away everything they can, but they will never break the spirit of these beautiful people.

Will you join me in working together to improve their quality of life?  Please take the time to read the link below:

mastheadNational Relief Charities (NRC) – helping Native American people improve the quality of life. – National Relief Charities.