Weekend Update #24: Witness

August 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Culture

Russell Means discusses how the lens through which America views its Indigenous people, shows how America views the world. From English-only laws and Christian righteousness to the perpetual state of war since its creation, the United States citizens continue to show a lack of respect for their relatives visions. Russell Means offers advice to the people of America in this edition of Weekend Update.

Weekend Update #24: Witness from Russell Means on Vimeo.

CBS Blows the Whistle on Lakotah Electricity Scandal

March 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Media, News

HARLEY CARNES NOT JUST ANOTHER STORY: 03/02/09

CLICK TO LISTEN TO THE BROADCAST njas-mar-03-09

Date: 03/02/2009 Length: 00:01:29

Families Freezing in Nation’s Poorest County:

PUBLIC UTILITIES “CUT” ON CROW CREEK RESERVATION

(Fort Thompson, SD) Electric company caught “pulling meters” (CLICK TO VIEW THE VIDEO) in the poorest community in the nation, leaving America’s most vulnerable people without power in the dead of winter. Predatory electric companies continue to conduct these atrocious practices amid growing public outcry and damning national media scrutiny. Headlines in newspapers across the country highlight unnecessary tragedies as arctic winter months reveal the electric company’s controversial conduct of shutting off the community’s power, despite the rest of South Dakota having Seasonal Termination Protection Regulations.[1]

CORRECTION: “Central Power Electric Cooperative, Inc” is the wholesale provider, not the retail provider that has been illegally disconnecting the meters on Crow Creek Reservation. The real culprits are at the “Central Electric Cooperative:” We apologize for any confusion caused by this error and our happy to oblige the request of Loren Noess - General Manager of CENTRAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE to post his information here for your convenience. See his e-mail request below.

index.htm.gif

NoessLoren Noess - General Manager

Text of Mr. Noess’ e-mail with:

To Whom it may concern:

Please change the address of Central you have on your web site. Also if you do some research on this video it was played last June on Utube [sic] and we know they were at Crow Creek last March of 2008 doing taping This video we believe is a year old. Our employees are on this video. They are doing their and should not be explosed[sic].

Please refer to the attached letter that I emailed to Eric Klein yesterday and also sent by mail.

I have sent copies of this letter to all 3 Congressional Leaders in Washington and the South Dakota PUC. The 3 Offices in Washington indicated they haven’t received any calls from the Reservation about disconnects. As you’ll read in our letter we haven’t disconnected any[sic] for the months of Dec. Jan and Feb.

Any questions please give me a call.

Loren Noess

General Manager

PO Box 850

1420 North Main

Mitchell, SD 57301

605-996-7516

index.htm.gif

Contact Information

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm
E-mail: cec@centralec.coop
Phone: 605.996.7516
Toll Free in SD: 800.477.2892
Fax: 605.996.0869

Office Locations:

Headquarters Office:
PO Box 850
1420 North Main Street
Mitchell, SD 57301 USA

Plankinton Branch Office:
PO Box 130
102 South Main Street
Plankinton, SD 57301 USA

Putting LIVES on the Line:

This winter, the Crow Creek Indian Reservation is experiencing record-low temperatures reaching fifty below zero. Hundreds of families living in government housing have had their electric meters removed by Central Electric Cooperative, the local electric cooperative. When these power meters are pulled the residents are left without power; the propane heaters do not run; pipes freeze; and there is no water for cooking, drinking, bathing or flushing toilets. Many of these households have family members whose lives depend upon electronic medical equipment such as defibrillators.

Ironically these families are paying some of the highest electricity rates in the country even though they live adjacent to the Big Bend Hydro-Electric Dam on the Missouri river. These homes are poorly insulated causing electric bills in excess of $300.00 in the coldest months.

Median income in the region is approximately $5,000 a year (typical of the thirteen Lakotah (Sioux) Reservations in the “Great Sioux Nation” as defined in the Treaties of 1851 and 1868 with the US Government).

“I’ve been to disaster areas around the world including Sri Lanka after the tsunami, hurricane Katrina, and after the Iowa floods, but, I have never witnessed such blatant disregard for human life as I have here in my own country on the Crow Creek reservation,” stated Eric Klein, Founder and CEO of Compassion into Action Network – Direct Outcome Organization (CAN-DO). “Especially now, with the new administration focusing on the development of America’s infrastructure, we need to focus our energies and resources immediately to address this critical situation where such infrastructure is being blatantly misutilized.”

Appalled by the abuse and neglect, one US Marine and Crow Creek resident took action to publicize the exploitation. Using a hand-held video recorder, he documented local power companies physically cutting electricity lines and removing meters in the peak of winter.

Watch the footage at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=wIVgpMK5-Jo&feature=channel

Utilizing their proven approach to providing lasting solutions with full accountability, efficiency and results, CAN-DO is addressing the operation at the Crow Creek Indian Reservation on the local level to raise the nation’s awareness of the urgent human right abuses taking place in the South Dakota region.

“We are calling for a collaborative effort by ethical individuals, organizations, schools and political leaders to assure that this damage is reversed,” said Klein. “Together, we can contribute to real change here at home.”

View the complete Crow Creek plan at www.can-do.org. Join in the ‘Call to Action.’

LAWS OF SOUTH DAKOTA TITLE 49

PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS

49-34A-2. Service required of utilities. Every public utility shall furnish adequate, efficient, and reasonable service.

49-34A-6. Rates to be reasonable and just – Regulation by commission. Every rate made, demanded or received by any public utility shall be just and reasonable. Every unjust or unreasonable rate shall be prohibited. The Public Utilities Commission is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to regulate all rates, fees and charges for the public utility service of all public utilities, including penalty for late payments, to the end that the public shall pay only just and reasonable rates for service rendered.

Source: SL 1975, ch 283, § 16.

THE LIE PROPAGATED BY THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe:

“Every night, the sun slips quietly away behind the bluffs of the Missouri River. These bluffs flank the western edge of the Crow Creek Reservation in central South Dakota. Located one mile south of tribal headquarters at Fort Thompson is Lake Sharpe, one of South Dakota’s Great Lakes. Water recreation abounds on the 80-mile reservoir created by the Big Bend Dam. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing and swimming as well as picnicking and camping along the water’s edge. The tribe’s wildlife department offers guided fishing and hunting trips. It also maintains a buffalo herd that often grazes north of Fort Thompson. ” http://www.travelsd.com/ourhistory/sioux/tribes/crowcreek.asp

THE TRUTH

… thousands of hectares of Indian land have been lost to dams. In North Dakota, a quarter of the Fort Berthold Reservation, shared by the Arikara, Mandan and Hidatsa peoples of the upper Missouri, for example, was flooded as a result of a staircase of dams (the Missouri River Development Project (MRDP), built during the 1950s and 1960s. The land lost included the best and most valuable and productive land on the reservation – the bottom lands along the river where most people lived.105 Five different Sioux reservations also lost land. Again, the impact was quite severe: the dams destroyed nearly 90 per cent of the tribes’ timberland, 75 per cent of the wild game, and the best agricultural lands.106

Ultimately, the Missouri dams cost the indigenous nations of the Missouri Valley an estimated 142,000 hectares of their best land – including a number of burial and other sacred sites – as well as further impoverishment and severe cultural and emotional trauma. A guarantee, used to rationalise the plan in the first place, that some 87,000 hectares of Indian land would be irrigated was simply scrapped as the project neared completion. As researcher Bernard Shanks puts it: “MRDP replaced the subsistence economy of the Missouri River Indians . . . with a welfare economy . . . As a result of the project, the Indians bore a disproportionate share of the social
cost of water development, while having no share in the benefits.”.107

104 Pittja 1994:54.
105 Guerrero 1992.
106 United States v David Sohappy, Snr et al., 477 US 906 (1986), cert. denied. Cited in Guerrero 1992.
107 Guerrero 1992.

About CAN-DO:

Founded by Eric Klein, CAN-DO has set a new standard for humanitarianism and is changing the face of philanthropy. It quickly has become an organization people can trust and depend upon to “get it done” fast and effectively. It is a 501c3, relief organization dedicated to working on the local level to provide lasting solutions, with full accountability, efficiency, and results.
Video footage, photographs and the web site offer documentation of the organization’s efforts at every phase. CAN-DO supporters take pride in watching their generosity directly affect the lives of those in need through the organization’s VirtualVolunteer.TV.

CAN-DO’s successful missions to bring immediate and direct relief to areas in need have captured the attention of renowned philanthropists including Oprah Winfrey and former president Bill Clinton. The organization was recently awarded the Global Compassion Award at the United Nations for its global impact, unparalleled transparency and accountability. For further information, please visit www.can-do.org or email Eric Klein at ek@can-do.org.

About the Republic of Lakotah:

We are the freedom loving Lakotah from the Sioux Indian reservations of Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana who have suffered from cultural and physical genocide in the colonial apartheid system we have been forced to live under.

We are continuing the work that we were asked to do by the traditional chiefs and treaty councils at the first Indian Treaty Council meeting at Standing Rock Sioux Indian Country in 1974.

During the week of December 17-19, 2007, we traveled to Washington DC and withdrew from the constitutionally mandated treaties to become a free and independent country. We are alerting the Family of Nations we have now reassumed our freedom and independence with the backing of Natural, International, and United States law.

We do not represent those BIA or IRA governments beholden to the colonial apartheid system, or those “hang around the fort” Indians who are unwilling to claim their freedom.

For further information, please visit www.republicoflakotah.com or call 605-867-1111.

– END –

U.S.A. Indian Reservations

December 29, 2008 by  
Filed under Our Land

0 No Data
1. ABSENTEE SHAWNEE
2. ACOMA
3. AGUA CALIENTE
4. ALABAMA-COUSHATTA
5. ALABAMA-QUASSARTE CREEKS
*6. ALLEGANY
7. APACHE
*8. BAD RIVER
9. BARONA RANCH
10. BATTLE MOUNTAIN
11. BAY MILLS
12. BENTON PAIUTE
13. BERRY CREEK
14. BIG BEND
15. BIG CYPRESS
16. BIG LAGOON
17. BIG PINE
18. BIG VALLEY
19. BISHOP
20. BLACKFEET
21. BRIDGEPORT
22. BRIGHTON
23. BURNS PAIUTE COLONY
24. CABEZON25. CADDO *
26. CAHUILLA27. CAMPO
28. CAMP VERDE
29. CANONCITO
30. CAPITAN GRANDE
31. CARSON
32. CATAWBA
33. CATTARAUGUS
34. CAYUGA *
35. CEDARVILLE
36. CHEHALIS
37. CHEMEHUEVI
38. CHEROKEE *
#39. CHEYENNE-ARAPAHOE*
40. CHEYENNE RIVER
41. CHICKASAW *
42. CHITIMACHA
43. CHOCTAW *
#44. CITIZEN BAND OF POTAWATOMI *
45. COCHITI
46. COEUR D’ALENE
47. COLD SPRINGS
48. COLORADO RIVER
49. COLVILLE
50. COMANCHE *
51. COOS, LOWER UMPQUA & SIUSLAW
52. COQUILLE *
53. CORTINA
54. COUSHATTA
55. COW CREEK
56. CREEK *
57. CROW
58. CROW CREEK
59. CUYAPAIPE
60. DEER CREEK
61. DELAWARE *
62. DEVILS LAKE
63. DRESSLERVILLE COLONY
64. DRY CREEK
65. DUCKWATER
66. DUCK VALLEY
67. EASTERN SHAWNEE *
68. EAST COCOPAH
69. ELY COLONY
70. ENTERPRISE
71. FALLON
72. FLANDREAU INDIAN SCHOOL
73. FLATHEAD
74. FOND DU LAC
75. FORT APACHE
76. FORT BELKNAP
77. FORT BERTHOLD
78. FORT BIDWELL
79. FORT HALL
80. FORT INDEPENDENCE
81. FORT MCDERMITT
82. FORT MCDOWELL
83. FORT MOHAVE
84. FORT PECK
85. FORT YUMA
86. FT. SILL APACHE *
87. GILA BEND
88. GILA RIVER
89. GOSHUTE
90. GRANDE RONDE
91. GRAND PORTAGE
92. GRAND TRAVERSE
93. GREATER LEECH LAKE
94. GRINDSTONE
95. HANNAHVILLE
96. HAVASUPAI
97. HOH
98. HOLLYWOOD
99. HOOPA VALLEY
100. HOPI
101. HOULTON MALISEETS
102. HUALAPAI103. INAJA
104. IOWA *
105. ISABELLA
106. ISLETA
107. JACKSON
108. JEMEZ
109. JICARILLA
110. KAIBAB
111. KALISPEL
112. KAW *
113. KIALEGEE CREEK *
114. KICKAPOO *
115. KIOWA *
116. KLAMATH *
117. KOOTENAI
118. L’ANSE
119. LAC COURTE OREILLES
120. LAC DU FLAMBEAU
121. LAC VIEUX DESERT
122. LAGUNA
123. LAS VEGAS
124. LAYTONVILLE
125. LA JOLLA
126. LA POSTA
127. LIKELY
128. LONE PINE
129. LOOKOUT
130. LOS COYOTES
131. LOVELOCK COLONY
132. LOWER BRULE
133. LOWER ELWAH
134. LOWER SIOUX
135. LUMMI
136. MAKAH
137. MANCHESTER
138. MANZANITA
139. MARICOPA
140. MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT
141. MATTAPONI +
142. MENOMINEE
143. MESCALERO
144. MIAMI *
145. MICCOSUKEE
146. MIDDLETOWN
147. MILLE LACS
148. MISSION
149. MOAPA
150. MODOC *
151. MOLE LAKE
152. MONTGOMERY CREEK
153. MORONGO
154. MUCKLESHOOT
155. NAMBE
156. NARRAGANSETT
157. NAVAJO158. NETT LAKE
159. NEZ PERCE
160. NIPMOC-HASSANAMISCO +
161. NISQUALLY
162. NOOKSACK
163. NORTHERN CHEYENNE
164. NORTHWESTERN SHOSHONE
165. OIL SPRINGS
166. OMAHA
167. ONEIDA #
168. ONONDAGA
169. ONTONAGON
170. OSAGE
171. OTOE-MISSOURI *
172. OTTAWA *
173. OUT
174. OZETTE
175. PAIUTE
176. PALA
177. PAMUNKEY +
178. PASCUA YAQUI
179. PASSAMAQUODDY
180. PAUCATAUK PEQUOT +
181. PAUGUSETT +
182. PAWNEE *
183. PECHANGA
184. PENOBSCOT
185. PEORIA *
186. PICURIS
187. PINE RIDGE
188. POARCH CREEK
189. POJOAQUE
190. PONCA *
191. POOSEPATUCK +
192. PORT GAMBLE
193. PORT MADISON
194. POTAWATOMI #
195. PRAIRIE ISLE
196. PUERTOCITO
197. PUYALLUP
198. PYRAMID LAKE
199. QUAPAW *
200. QUILLAYUTE
201. QUINAULT
202. RAMAH
203. RAMONA
204. RED CLIFF
205. RED LAKE
206. RENO-SPARKS
207. RINCON
208. ROARING CREEK
209. ROCKY BOYS
210. ROSEBUD
211. ROUND VALLEY
212. RUMSEY
213. SAC AND FOX #
214. SALT RIVER
215. SANDIA
216. SANDY LAKE
217. SANTA ANA
218. SANTA CLARA
219. SANTA DOMINGO
220. SANTA ROSA
221. SANTA ROSA (NORTH)
222. SANTA YNEZ
223. SANTA YSABEL
224. SANTEE
225. SAN CARLOS
226. SAN FELIPE
227. SAN ILDEFONSO
228. SAN JUAN
229. SAN MANUAL
230. SAN PASQUAL
231. SAN XAVIER
232. SAUK SUIATTLE
233. SEMINOLE *
234. SENECA-CAYUGA *
235. SEQUAN
236. SHAGTICOKE +
237. SHAKOPEE
238. SHEEP RANCH
239. SHERWOOD VALLEY
240. SHINGLE SPRING
241. SHINNECOCK +
242. SHOALWATER
243. SHOSHONE
244. SILETZ
245. SISSETON
246. SKOKOMISH
247. SKULL VALLEY
248. SOBOBA
249. SOUTHERN UTE
250. SPOKANE
251. SQUAXON ISLAND
252. ST. CROIX
253. ST. REGIS
254. STANDING ROCK
255. STEWARTS POINT
256. STOCKBRIDGE MUNSEE
257. SUMMIT LAKE
258. SUSANVILLE
259. SWINOMISH
260. TAOS261. TE-MOAK
262. TESUQUE
263. TEXAS KICKAPOO
264. TOHONO O’ODHAM
265. TONAWANDA
266. TONIKAWA *
267. TORRES MARTINEZ
268. TOULUMNE
269. TRINDAD
270. TULALIP
271. TULE RIVER
272. TUNICA-BILOXI
273. TURTLE MOUNTAINS
274. TUSCARORA
275. TWENTYNINE PALMS
276. UMATILLA
277. UINTAH AND OURAY
278. UNITED KEETOOWAH BAND OF CHEROKEE *
279. UPPER SIOUX
280. UPPER SKAGIT
281. UTE MOUNTAIN
282. VERMILION LAKE
283. VIEJAS
284. WALKER RIVER
285. WARM SPRINGS
286. WASHOE
287. WEST COCOPAH
288. WHITE EARTH
289. WICHITA *
290. WIND RIVER
291. WINNEBAGO #
292. WINNEMUCCA
293. WOODFORD INDIAN COMMUNITY
294. WYANDOTTE *
295. XL RANCH
296. YAKAMA
297. YANKTON
298. YAVAPAI
299. YERINGTON
300. YOMBA
301. YSLETA DEL SUR
302. YUROK
303. ZIA
304. ZUNI