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CAMP JUSTICE

Subject: >>>> CAMP JUSTICE <<<< 7-20-99
       Date: Tue, 20 Jul 1999 18:19:11 -0400
       From: Mike Wicks <Mike.Wicks@mindspring.com>
Organization: American Indian Cultural Support
         To: list suppressed

From: Mike Wicks <Mike.Wicks@mindspring.com>
Official update from the Oglala Lakota organizers of CAMP JUSTICE.
                        >>>> CAMP JUSTICE <<<<
                        For immediate release
                            July 20, 1999

CAMP JUSTICE, Oglala Lakota Nation, South Dakota:

-On July 4, 1999, the Oglala Lakota Nation declared it's independence with
the development of CAMP JUSTICE.  16 days later, the encampment remains;
gaining National and International support and recognition in it's efforts
to find justice for the Oglala Lakota Oyate (people).

-CAMP JUSTICE will continue to exist until justice is served and our demands
are met with Federal and Nebraska state officials.  The CAMP and the WALK FOR
JUSTICE are reminders to the Nation and the State of Nebraska that we must not
forget the brutal murders that have taken place in and around White Clay,
Nebraska:
         Wally Black Elk, Ron Hard Heart, Martin Young Bull Bear, Francis
         Thunder Hawk, Rich Big Crow, Little John Means, Thomas Twiss, Don
         Bordeaux, Dennis Cross, Raymond Yellow Thunder, and others.

-Representatives for CAMP JUSTICE provided the Federal and state officials
with the following list of demands for justice:
        1. Demand a full and complete investigation on all human and civil rights
           violations which have occurred in Sheridan County, NE since the legalized
           hanging of Lakota people ceased, to the present day murders of Martin
           Bull Bear, Ron Hard Heart, Wally Black Elk, Little John Means, and many
           others.

        2. Immediate closure of all alcohol establishments in White Clay until a license
           is issued by the Secretary of the Interior or his representative.  See 1904
           Presidential Executive Order.

        3. Return of original designated Pine Ridge Agency lands (which includes
           White Clay, NE) as noted in the 1868 Treaty with the U.S. Government.

        4. Creation of a permanent Civil Rights Office in Sheridan County, NE to
           address human and civil rights violations against indigenous Lakota
           people.

        5. Immediate removal of Sheridan County Sheriff Terry Robbins for cover-up
           of Deputy Randy Metcalf's criminal activities against indigenous Lakota
           people.

        6. Establish a law requiring data collection on all traffic stops to
           include state, county, and municipal law enforcement to record the race
           of every motorist they stop.  See North Carolina law.

-On July 10, 1999, on the WALK FOR JUSTICE, eviction notices were posted on four
alcohol establishments and 1 grocery store in the controversial village of White Clay,
NE.  Treaty law states that alcohol cannot be sold within the proximity of an Indian
Agency.  Pine Ridge Agency is a dry reservation.  To date, there are 20 days left to
vacate the premises.  Appropriate measures will be taken if these business owners
fail to comply.  Organizers are calling for an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT of Nebraska retailers
until demands are met.

-Recently, rumors indicated that CAMP JUSTICE was shutting down.  On the contrary,
the Camp will remain until justice prevails!  Additionally, organizers say they
will continue the WALK FOR JUSTICE every Saturday until justice is served.

-This release will serve as an open invitation encouraging all Spiritual Leaders,
Clergymen, Alcohol/Drug Treatment/Prevention Programs, OST Dept. of Public Safety,
OST Council Representatives, concerned citizens of Nebraska, M.A.D.D., etc. to
join the WALK FOR JUSTICE to bring national awareness of the ethnic cleansing that
is taking place in this border town called White Clay, NE.  The next march is
scheduled for July 24, 1999 at Bill Mills Hall in Pine Ridge Village.  The march
will begin at 12:00 p.m. followed by a peaceful rally in White Clay, NE.

For more information, contact Dale Looks Twice or Floyd Hand at (605) 867-5762

CAMP JUSTICE internet/email Liaison
Mike Wicks  Mike.Wicks@mindspring.com
CAMP JUSTICE home page



Issues and Concerns currently being researched and addressed by
the American Indian Movement, Eastern Dakota Chapter

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS:

South Dakota Court injustices to minorities

Mascots - Sisseton "Redman"

Sacred Sites and Land Preservation and Protection

Exploitation by religious organizations of Indian poverty for monetary gain

Exploitation of Indian Crafts and Jewelry by non-Indians



ALLOTED LANDS VIOLATIONS:

BIA handling of Water rights on alloted lands

Anything 2 1/2 acres, or less, is automatically given to the tribe upon
the death of a relative - instead of staying in the family.
(Adds to the 'trust lands' that are then leased out.)

Sub-leasing of allotted lands for many times the price of paid to the
land owner.

Easement mis-management and violations by the power company -
non-payment for easements of power transmission lines through Indian
lands.

BIA and Tribal officials cater to the ranchers and farmers sub-leasing
the allotted lands, at the expense of the land owners.


Do Not....
Do Not go to Non-Indian run Pow Wows
Do Not buy Indian items from Non-Indian vendors
Do Not buy jewelry from the Orient that markets itself as Indian
Do Not Pay to pray
Do Not buy AIM memberships - there is no such thing, it is a matter of commitment, not money
Do Not agree with racism of any kind - Racism is Racism
Do Not mix religions; it is a conflict, you can't do both
Do Not pay for Sweats, Sundances, and Vision Quests. These items are not for sale


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