Stop Elder Abuse On Pine Ridge Reservation!
  • Petitioned Ms. Leslie A. Hagan

This petition was delivered to:

Native American Issues Coordinator
Ms. Leslie A. Hagan
Aging Services Program Specialist
Courtney Hoskins
U.N. High Commissioner For Human Rights
Navi Pillay
Pres. Oglala Souix Tribe
John W. Yellow Bird Steele

Stop Elder Abuse On Pine Ridge Reservation!

    1. Rev. 'John Mark' Crowder
    2. Petition by

      Rev. 'John Mark' Crowder

      Homer, LA

Elder abuse on the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation has reached epidemic proportions! This epidemic has shown itself within the Elderly Meals Program where elders have called on Native warrior societies to protect them and help bring about justice.

Shamefully, the Oglala Tribal Government has dismissed the abuse claims despite public revelations and stories from more than 23 elders describing physical assault, psychological abuse and threats, denial of meals to elder visitors and the home-bound. Unhealthy food is being served cold and undercooked to elderly suffering from diabetes and other health problems. Funds from the elder's program are missing and incredibly - drugs and alcohol have been sold from the building by staff relatives while elders were present!

Tribal government's denial of abuse allows harm against elders to continue. This threatens the safe transfer of cultural traditions between generations that preserve a soveriegn Lakota Oyate - people. This is a human rights violation. These human rights violations must be addressed now, before any more elders are harmed!

On March 4th, 2011, the Elderly Meals Program building was peacefully taken over and is now occupied by a stalwart group of elders and members of traditional Native warrior societies. These elders have asked for support.

Abuse and human rights violations of these elders MUST end and those responsible brought to justice!

For more information and updates please contact the Strong Heart Warrior Society as 'Lakota Oyate' on Facebook, or

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Resa Baker KIOWA, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      The Elder Abuse must stop!

    • Bill Stevens COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      This kind of corruption on behalf of the tribal council and the BIA is appalling. We should never have to experience this in this century with our elders. Something must be done and done quickly to help these people. The unlawful arrest of those who came to help the elders should be released immediately. Oversight should have been done by an outside source as not to have any self interest in the matter. Shame on the Oglala Lakota Tribal Government for denying these people their dignity.

    • Ruth Drace ELIZABETHTOWN, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      We r all watching.....

    • Eugenia Cerisano FAIRMONT, WV
      • over 3 years ago

      We must respect our Elders !!!

    • Mary Ellen Elmore NUNNELLY, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      Please help our Elders.


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