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 www.lakotaoyate.net.