Warriors Reassert Tribal Sovereignty, “Tribal” Police Arrest Them

It makes you wonder who or what, exactly, the pigs are protecting. Our people and land? Or the interests of the US Empire?

From Censored News
by Vi Waln
Sicangu Lakota

What does homeland security mean to you as a tribal member? How would you react if someone invaded your home and threatened your family? I would not be very kind to anyone who made the personal choice to invade my home. If you are going to come into my home uninvited you better be ready to face the consequences.

The federal government created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after the 9/11 attacks to make the United States of America a safer place to live. The Homeland Security Act was signed into law on November 25, 2002. The mission of DHS is basically “to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards.” When you browse their webpage you will see several areas DHS focuses on, including counterterrorism, border security, preparedness, response, recovery, immigration and cybersecurity. http://www.dhs.gov

I have attended many tribal council meetings and the only areas I have ever heard them discuss are preparedness and response. What about counterterrorism, border security, recovery, immigration and cybersecurity? Our tribal governments could create our own DHS “to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards.”

Last week a group of Lakota people stopped a caravan in the Eagle Nest District on the east side of the Pine Ridge Reservation. The caravan, including two semi-trucks overloaded with oil treater vessels, were detained for several hours in the town of Wanblee, SD. The blockade ended when the Oglala Sioux Tribal police turned out in full force and arrested five individuals who bravely stood their ground against these oversized trucks that were trespassing through Lakota Territory to avoid South Dakota weigh stations.

The incident made national headlines in a matter of hours. There are many people all over the world curious to learn what the disposition of the criminal case against the tribal members will be. The Lakota people who turned out to support one another on highway 44 were only looking out for their land, air and water. They were warriors working “to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards.”

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About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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